Essential reading

7 essential reads for the agency MD

Most business leaders know that lifelong learning is an essential habit for personal development but in an industry where the majority of our learning will most likely come from online sources, I still believe there are some books that deliver incredible knowledge. I’ve always been a voracious reader and in my previous role I commuted a […]

Focus, focus, focus

I’ve recently found myself talking about focus, again and again, like the proverbial broken record, so I thought I’d capture three ways that you can increase the focus in your business.   Strategy “If everything is important, nothing is important.” – anon Visions, missions statements and corporate objectives, often evolve into exhaustive to-do lists, and […]

Partner programmes

Channel marketing – friend or foe?

I had the pleasure of catching up with Channel Marketing expert, Stewart Townsend, last week and thought I’d share some of my/our takeaways.   But why was I even discussing channel marketing?   Back in my Latitude days, we created a search product for SMEs that was white-labelled for partners with access to a large […]

Do you really need an office?

While not as popular as my “greener grass” post, this month’s pondering about the need for an office drew a fair amount of commentary. We’ve seen headlines like the following in the US: After Growing to 50 People, We’re Ditching the Office Completely: Here’s Why …and great podcast like this one: Is the […]

What I’ve been reading this month – #WorldBookDay

Since it’s World Book Day I thought I’d share some of the business literature I’ve been reading over the past week weeks. Ok…one or two might have been audiobooks, but that still counts, right? You’ll notice a theme around leadership and company culture in these books since it’s a topic very close to my heart. […]

Greener grass syndrome – retaining young talent

Following a number of conversations with agency owners and tech companies, where the subject of junior staff retention came up repeatedly, I took to LinkedIn with the following post: I really appreciate the comments and wanted to pull out the ones which stood out the most. While the post was primarily focussed on lower retention rates […]

From Tech North to… erm, working with northern tech companies.

Is this thing still on? Wow…my last post was May 2016! I must have been busy. TBH, I’ve spent more time on LinkedIn, Twitter and the Tech North blog, so there hasn’t really been a need to post personally. Now that Tech North and Tech City have evolved into Tech Nation I’ve stepped away to […]


It’s the “mathmen” that are most at risk from the robots

Last week I had the pleasure of chairing the “Future of Agencies” panel at Manchester Digital’s annual Digital Revolution event. It was an engaging session (even if I say so myself) with four great panelists: Aaron McGrath of Bing Ads Nicky Unsworth of BJL David Edmundson-Bird of MMU Jon Kershaw of Havas …and we covered […]

Google comparison ads

Google drops ads, Scoble to speak at SAScon, Yahoo starts sale process, AMP arrives and Foursquare gets smart – AWD

Ok, so Google hasn’t dropped all its ads but it is dropping text ads from the right-handed side of the SERPs and they are killing off comparison ads. The company is clearly making too much money and need to slow down the revenues 😉 In all serious this appears to be a fairly dramatic move, […]

SAScon 2016

SAScon keynotes – pure self-indulgence

SAScon will celebrate seven years this June and we’ve been lucky to have brought bucket loads of great speakers together, including some amazing keynotes. We’ve just announced that, renowned futurist, Robert Scoble will Keynote this year, alongside the inimitable Marty Weintraub and the legendary Jim Banks, so the 2016 line-up is looking damn good. So how […]