why is Northern AgencyLand flying Down Under?

To fanfare, a Leeds agency officially opened their Sydney office last week. Another Leeds agency has had an office in Sydney for a while and according to my sources a third is thinking about it. Meanwhile, nearly every agency bod I meet seems to know someone who has moved down under in the last 18 … Continue reading why is Northern AgencyLand flying Down Under?

deja vu watching The Gamechangers

Last Tuesday BBC2 aired their new feature-length drama The Gamechangers, about the 2003 legal feud between Rockstar who make Grand Theft Auto and an evangelical moralising lawyer who believed that violent games were poisoning a generation of teens. Writing in last weekend's Sunday Times, Matt Rudd gave the drama a pretty rubbish review, with what he called a hilariously … Continue reading deja vu watching The Gamechangers

Am I working for a Digital/Content/Online/Social agency today? A freelancer’s guide

Sometimes agency positioning statements can be a little hard to interpret, for example 'supplying indigenous solutions to brand problems' doesn't really tell you what goes out of the door. So based on my experience, here's a handy checklist for freelancers who suspect they are, in fact, working for some kind of digital agency: - There … Continue reading Am I working for a Digital/Content/Online/Social agency today? A freelancer’s guide

the return of formal dressing

I'm calling it - Power Dressing is back. Actors now rock up to film premieres looking like they've stopped off on the way to present results to the City. There's the film Kingsman with it's focus on dressing like a gentleman and the Kingsman-Mr Porter tie-up I wrote about recently. And on the female front, yesterday's Sunday Times … Continue reading the return of formal dressing

all hail the Power Part Timers

Last week Timewise's 2014 Power Part Time List was published.  It proves, it says, that "part time working is possible at senior levels, in all types of business".  Included in this year's list from my industry (the whole list changes annually) are the Marketing Director at Diageo responsible for Smirnoff, the Senior Director for Marketing and Insights for … Continue reading all hail the Power Part Timers

home is where the stealthily good work is

I get the impression that the marketing community are currently somehow under the impression that the only UK cities producing decent work are London and Manchester.  And that really winds me up. Not only because as a Leeds-based planner there's an implication that I'm coasting along in the second division, but because I know for a … Continue reading home is where the stealthily good work is