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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

chromebook apps

A month with a Chromebook

My first week with a chromebook, had generally been a positive experience so how are thing shaping up a full month later? Highlights I’m still loving the lightweight nature of the device coupled with the long battery life. Speed is something that I’m continually impressed by. Whether it’s screen-grabbing and editing an image or editing […]

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Twitter earnings, digital businesses grow and Manchester’s talent – AWD

It was all about the numbers this week, and there were mixed results from Twitter on Wednesday as they announced their Q4 2015 performance. While revenue was up a healthy 48%, and losses were reduced, There was concern about the stagnating user base, which stalled or reduced, depending on whether you included SMS users. Q1 […]

Twiitter leadership team on earnings call

Twitter earnings call Q4 2015 – increasing revenues from a static user base

I’ve been looking froward to this quarter’s earnings call from Twitter. It’s a real opportunity for them to remind investors what a great platform Twitter can be. I was really tracking 4 things from tonight’s call: So how did they do? Well. revenue hit $710m so that’s slightly over expectation and growth of 48% YoY Monthly Active Users […]

linkedin share price drop

3 reasons why LinkedIn tanked

Yesterday, LinkedIn saw it’s largest drop in share price since it’s IPO in May 2011. So what happened? Let’s park for now the continued threat of a tech bubble ready to burst, and the impact of a Chinese slowdown, and look closer at LinkedIn itself: A poor earnings call – It’s the season for investor […]