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Vision, technology and inclusion

by Sian English, MPA's vice chair and head of marketing at leading proptech provider, Street Group Back in February this year, the MPA held a Big Debate on a vision for the future of the media, digital, and creative sector in Manchester. Fast forward 5 months to July 2020 and being in a room full of people, socialising, laughing and hugging seems like a hazy dream. Nevertheless, as we’re over halfway through the year, I’ve found myself thinking back to some of the issues raised that evening and wondering how they fit with the here and now. Technology takes away [...]

2020-07-23T11:11:37+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

Top tips for planning a new website

by Chris Buckley, founder of Pixel Kicks As we near the end of lockdown, many businesses are already deep in plans about how they make their return. If the last three months have proven anything, it’s that digital has never been more important. The companies that have struggled during these pressing times are those with more traditional bricks & mortar services, whilst internet retailers have generally seen a huge upturn. A number of reports have recently mentioned that the spring and summer of 2020 could spell the start of the next “digital gold rush”. The natural first step for most [...]

2020-07-23T11:11:37+00:00July 21st, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

Crafting a 3D world to bring the love story of a Gingerbread man to life

By Jonathan Ashworth, founder of Mighty Giant: The Moving Image Company There are many moving parts (pardon the pun) when it comes to the production of an animated short film. A project at Mighty Giant ranges from simple animation, to 3D modelling, through to filmed production. Sometimes a job means we need to get all the tools out the box; this short film we made before Christmas was one such example. We were approached late last year by Fox Agency in Leeds to help them with a Christmas film for a global manufacturing company. The creative had been written, with [...]

2020-07-23T11:11:37+00:00July 16th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

A new strategic services agency, for a new era

Steve McCarron (former MD of Cheetham Bell JWT, and gyro), Rebecca Ashley and Helen Davies (Planning Directors at Planning Express and formerly of TBWA) are launching a new kind of strategic services agency called ‘The Planning Department’. As clients and agencies respond to tough economic conditions, they will depend on smaller teams which are able to scale up as required by bringing outside specialists in. The Planning Department believes that this trend plays to the strengths of the strategy discipline, which is at its best when representing diverse points of view from outside of the core team. Diversity of thinking [...]

2020-07-23T11:11:37+00:00July 14th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

MPA announces Chair of Judges for Awards 2020

The MPA, the independent voice of Manchester’s media and creative community, has announced its Chair of Judges for the MPA Inspiration Awards 2020.  Now in its 8th year the awards were created for the industry by the industry. Cindy Simmons Managing Director of the MPA said, “We are delighted to announce that Jane McMillan, Head of Marketing Communications at Warburtons, has agreed to be this year’s Chair of Judges for the MPA Inspiration Awards 2020”. Jane has worked at Warburtons since 2004 and was promoted to her current role in 2017. She has helped deliver campaigns featuring company Chairman Jonathan [...]

2020-07-23T11:12:37+00:00July 2nd, 2020|MPA, Uncategorized|

Anticipating the slope of enlightenment

by Dan McNicholas, 4and20million co-founder You may have come across the Gartner Hype Cycle before now.  With one simple curve, it eloquently describes the phases of hype that accompany every new trend, gadget, big idea and lifestyle choice we experience.  From a spark of inspiration or trigger of change, our expectations quickly rise to inflated levels as we put all our faith in this new concept to be lifechanging (hello, lockdown sourdough bakers!).   But what goes up must come down, and from the lofty heights of the Peak of Inflated Expectations, we inevitably descend into the Trough of Disillusionment, [...]

2020-07-23T11:11:37+00:00June 29th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

One Brand Magic and Mustard host ‘virtual roundtable’ on lockdown’s impact on home interest brands

Manchester-based integrated communications agency, One Brand Magic, and Mustard Research teamed up to host a virtual roundtable with senior KBB leaders to discuss how lockdown has affected their businesses and how brands and retailers should react to the crisis. The roundtable was held via Zoom on Wednesday 3rd June and aimed to uncover opinions and predictions for the future among senior executives from some of the industry’s biggest home interest brands, including Blum, Franke, Moduleo and Ideal Standard. Informed by research gathered from various sources, the discussion centred around the impact of Covid-19 and how the nationwide lockdown is likely [...]

2020-07-23T11:11:37+00:00June 25th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

“What’s next for co-working?”

by Dunstan Carter, business development manager, The Sharp Project Except for key workers, the majority of people across the UK have found themselves either furloughed or working from home over the last three months. The odd eerily accurate science fiction film aside, no-one could’ve predicted anything like this happening a year ago and it's turned most sectors upside down and given them a big, unwelcome shake. Before the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown, the creative sector in Manchester was booming and co-working hubs were popping up all over the city and thriving. The spirit of collaboration seemed buoyed by all [...]

2020-07-23T11:11:37+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

Working from home for some time to come

by Andy Garner, MD, More Media Sales We’ve always had a fairly flexible set up here at More Media Sales.  Flexible working is something we’ve embraced from the beginning and so working from home was not particularly new to anyone.  The whole team working from home ... for getting on for 3 months ... well yes that is a bit different. There are obvious challenges that I’m sure we’ve all encountered – self motivation, working whilst home schooling, staying away from the fridge …! But we’ve somewhat surprisingly found a lot of good things about this new working set up. Aside from [...]

2020-07-23T11:11:37+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

Covid-19 – ‘Time to be on your best behaviour’

By Roxanne Vure, Associate Director, MediaCom Manchester The Covid-19 pandemic has brought dramatic changes to everybody’s lives. And not surprisingly, with global lockdowns and the resulting economic slowdown, there have been significant impacts on all companies. Consumer behaviours are having to constantly evolve and adapt to new guidelines and circumstances; as a result, attitudes towards brands are altering. Kantar research found that globally 78% of consumers believe brands should help them in their daily lives, and 75% say brands should inform people about what they’re doing. Consumers expect more from brands. More than ever they are under intense scrutiny, those [...]

2020-07-23T11:11:38+00:00June 18th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|