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New! Business Bytes

I've picked up a lot of useful hints, tips and knowledge about business and productivity over the years. In addition to writing about developments in the business world, I also run training sessions and workshops on stress management, working relationships, efficient working, productivity and being organised and have compiled some of the materials below. If … Continue reading New! Business Bytes

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Beating Workplace Stress with Effective Meetings

We’ve all sat in meetings and wondered whether we really need to be there and whether we’re adding any value. We’ve all sat in meetings that have wandered off topic, over run or just don’t seem to have a clear objective. There are a few activities you can do before, during and after the meeting to overcome these issues and make the meetings you attend - and those you run - more efficient, more effective, more productive and a lot less stressful for all concerned.

Video is King

As smartphone and tablet use has become more pervasive and acceptable in more social scenarios, the mode of content consumption has changed. Consumers have moved from reading articles, to consuming more content in video format. As such, there is little surprise in finding that organisations are putting aside ever-increasing budget for video marketing. However, making … Continue reading Video is King

What’s Hot in Digital for EduTech? Digifest 2018 Top Takeaways

Edutech professionals travelled from far and wide to attend Jisc's two-day Digifest 2018 conference at the Birmingham ICC on 6th and 7th March 2018, to find out about the latest developments in digital strategy and digital learning technologies in further and higher education. The conference boasted a rich agenda grouped into four distinct streams; digital … Continue reading What’s Hot in Digital for EduTech? Digifest 2018 Top Takeaways

Long-form is Dead… Long Live Long-Form

With recent news about declining print newspaper sales and major newspapers switching to online only services, it is unsurprising that there are many cries of "print is dead" in the media. We are also hearing a great deal about the importance of writing in short-form for on-the-go content consumption. But what of the future of traditional long-form media such as books and magazines?

Things I’ve Learned About Blogging… Part 1

After a 15 year hiatus, I find myself with a website again, only this time it’s not 2001, Web 2.0 has completely changed the landscape, I’m learning a lot about blogging through trial-and-error and having previously said that I was a pure coder and would never use a CMS, a lack of spare time has … Continue reading Things I’ve Learned About Blogging… Part 1

Latest Thinking and Emerging Trends in Media: #RethinkMedia Conference 2016

Rachel Drinkwater @REDrinkwater Sunday 20 March 2016 21:51GMT Wednesday 16th March 2016 saw Birmingham City University’s annual #RethinkMedia Conference, a part of Digital Cities Birmingham . The event promised to “delve into the latest in digital and social media and digital for businesses or organisations” and “put a spotlight on emerging trends, up and coming … Continue reading Latest Thinking and Emerging Trends in Media: #RethinkMedia Conference 2016

Blurred Lines: The Convergence of Marketing and Customer Services

Rachel Drinkwater @REDrinkwater Tuesday 15 March 2016 22:04GMT The rise of social networking, online communities and internet sharing culture has posed new challenges and opportunities for branding, marketing and communications teams across all industries. In particular social networking platforms have facilitated two-way dialogue between customers and organisations and also enabled conversations between customers. These platforms … Continue reading Blurred Lines: The Convergence of Marketing and Customer Services