Posts By: Susan Billinge

Hailo and Bookatable make saying ‘goodnight’ that little bit easier

Hailo adHailo and Bookatable are determined to make ordering a cab as stress free as possible.

Bookatable has integrated its cloud-based table reservation service with Hailo’s 15,000-strong fleet of London black cabs.

A statement on Hailo’s “digital newsroom” claims diners will no longer be “left waiting for taxis outside in the street or fiddling awkwardly with their phones under the table booking taxis, worse still making calls in the restaurant itself.

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Is the UK ready to go digital-first?

WomanHomeWorkingFujitsu’s research into the UK’s digital landscape shows the nation is ready and willing to adapt to a digital-first approach when looking for ways to interact with organisations.

The study shows more than a fifth of us will opt for a digital-first approach when offered. We want the government to do more too. 54% of respondents want to see Number 10 to do more to drive digital, and one in five would vote for a political party that focussed on digital policies.

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‘Madtech’ start-up accelerator prepares for class of 2015

Collider logoThe Collider accelerator programme, which puts tech start-ups in contact with big brands and investors,  is about to welcome it’s third intake of fledgling businesses.

The scheme provides start-up ventures with business advice and help to secure funding, and such is its reputation that it has signed up 12 brand partners to the year-long programme.

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London City Airport sends Christmas cheer #AcrossTheMiles

elfElves have installed a video booth at London City Airport where passengers and crew can record a personal message for their loved ones overseas.

After recording their video in the log cabin, the travelers are given a special code to access and share their video online.

The campaign is being backed on social media with the hashtag #acrossthemiles.

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Kim Kardashian posts Instagram’s most-liked image of 2014

Kim KardashianKim Kardashian’s wedding photo has been named Instagram’s most-liked snap of 2014.

The image of Kardashian and Kanye West kissing on their wedding day attracted 2.4 million likes, becoming not only Instagram’s picture of the year, but also its most-liked image ever.

The four-year-old photo sharing site attracts over 200 million people who share 65 million photos every day.

It is now acting on its popularity and flexing its marketing muscles,  introducing ads in the UK and rolling out tools that allow brands to monitor their performance on its ad network.

Take a look below to see what else has been grabbing users’ attention on the photo sharing site in the past 12 months.

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The UK’s top brands on social media

ThumbSocialbakers, the analytics platform, has released its monthly social marketing report. Nuggets from the September 2014 study include the news that EE has scooped first place in the Top Five Twitter Brands by Interactions, surpassing Tesco, which held the number one spot in August.

According to the stats, Sky has became the most Socially Devoted Brand in the UK in September 2014, again supplanting Tesco, while Vodafone joins the ranks of the Top Five Socially Devoted Brands on Facebook.

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Infographic: the Scottish referendum in online stats

Scottish flag flickr:Rev StanThe influence of news outlets played a greater part than that of social media in Scotland’s decision to vote ‘No’ in the Scottish referendum, suggests research by Bell Pottinger Wired.

From 17 December 2013 until polls closed on 18 September 2014, there were 8.8 million online conversations about the vote. Of these conversations less than 1% (66,308) came from news articles, with the remainder originating from Twitter, blogs and forums.

Although they didn’t claim victory on the day,  Alex Salmond and the ‘Yes’ campaign stormed social media. The ‘Yes’ campaign achieved a greater share of voice online (36.4%) than the ‘No’ campaign (26%). Scotland’s former first minister also sent 1.5 times more tweets than Alistair Darling, his counterpart leading the ‘No’ campaign. Read more on Infographic: the Scottish referendum in online stats…

Twitter trials ‘Buy’ button

Twitter Buy buttonTwitter is finally taking its first crack at e-commerce by testing a “Buy” button in the US that lets shoppers buy directly from a Tweet.

According to Twitter’s blog, the button is just the first step in the social network’s plan to build more functionality into the site and transform the way we shop with our mobile devices.

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The #VeryBeautyTour takes off on Instagram's #VeryBeautyTourBrands including Babyliss, Illamasqua, Nails Inc, Max Factor, Murad, Real Techniques and Bourjois will be showcasing their products on board’s ‘Very Beauty’ bus, touring the UK this autumn.

The online fashion and beauty retailer’s £600,000 campaign has been designed, planned and executed by Posterscope, PSLive, Vizeum and Liveposter, bringing together digital out-of-home, experiential, social and user-generated content.

It aims to capture passengers’ “getting ready” moment, which can be shot in the on-board Instagram booth and shared on social media using the hashtag #VeryBeautyTour and the Twitter handle @VeryNetwork.

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World’s first-ever 3D print petition comes up trumps for elephants

World’s first-ever 3D print petition comes up trumps for elephantsHow do you get your charity noticed in a space already overflowing with e-petitions and direct mail? You could build a life-sized 3D printed elephant, which is how World Animal Protection (previously known as WSPA) has creatively chosen to get its message across as part of a campaign urging holidaymakers to boycott elephant rides and shows.

The work has been set up raise awareness about the pain, stress and suffering inflicted on elephants used in the tourism industry.

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