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UK Podcasts 2019
Brand Strategy
25/02/2019

UK Podcasts in 2019: Entering the Mainstream

Earlier this month, Spotify announced an earth-shaking move into podcasting. With its acquisition of Gimlet Media and Anchor – two major players in podcasts – the music streaming service is set to bring pods to a much wider audience. Spotify will reportedly pay $230 million for Gimlet, the largest acquisition…
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Sex Education
Media Research
13/02/2019

The United Kingdom of Netflix: Here Comes One-Size-Fits-All Media

Last week, as I was aimlessly scrolling through Netflix, lazily allowing my eyes to pass over Oscar-nominated box office smash here, internationally-acclaimed crime drama there, I came across an original show called Sex Education. This struck me as a rather odd title to begin with – I wondered whether the…
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Boxy Girls
Brand StrategyKids Media
17/01/2019

Boxy Girls – Unboxing Kids Trends in 2019

With Christmas over and the new year firmly underway, one gift kids have been receiving this festive period represents current kids trends better than any other – Boxy Girls. At first glance, Boxy Girls might seem no different from the innumerable other brands in your average toy shop. Bratz, Barbie…
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Media Research
04/12/2018

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here – How Reality TV Escaped Its Nasty Past

­If asked about the main components of a hit reality show, most people might suggest celebrity spats, humiliating tasks and plenty of controversy. And while the tasks on this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here have been sufficiently testing for contestants, the show has a…
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Kids MediaMedia Research
12/11/2018

Viral kids songs – earworms for adults and kids alike

In the past few years a massive trend has been sweeping across YouTube – Viral Kids Songs. This trend isn’t brand new, of course, as YouTube has been known for its viral content since its launch back in 2005. Iconic videos like Charlie Bit My Finger, Chocolate Rain and Numa…
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Shiro's Story
Media Research
17/10/2018

Shiro’s Story – where freestyle rap meets gripping drama

YouTube isn’t the most obvious destination if you’re searching for a compelling new drama series. But the enthralling narrative of Shiro’s Story has captured a massive audience on the platform with its portrayal of family struggle, frayed relationships and gang violence. Written by grime MC turned director Rapman, the hit…
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Shoppable Content - Hook Research
Media Research
02/10/2018

Amazon’s New Shoppable Content: Innovative or Just Hyped-up Teleshopping?

It is undeniable that product placement is increasingly influencing consumers’ purchasing habits. From Coronation Street to Love Island, it seems hard to get away from brand endorsements and promotional content on TV today. And now, brands are gearing up to integrate the viewing and shopping experiences with shoppable content. Amazon is…
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Surprise album
Brand StrategyMedia Research
07/09/2018

Surprise album releases – creating buzz in a Beyhive

Last week, one of the most enduring names in the music industry, Eminem, released a surprise album. This follows the lead of several musicians who in recent years have tried to avoid the stagnation of their brand by using surprise releases. But what lies behind this trend? Can an album…
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Social Media Influencers
Brand Strategy
31/08/2018

Social Media Influencers – the magic key to solve brand woes?

It's 2018 and the media landscape is unrecognisable compared to what it once was. SVOD services have replaced Blockbuster, Instagram has replaced photo booths and now social media influencers are taking over the celebrity sphere. For those of you that haven't been paying attention, social media influencers are people (or…
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Love Island fans
Consumer Insight
09/08/2018

Love Island Fans – The Most Loyal of Them All?

Ever been pied off by a peng sort while burning to a crisp in the Mallorcan summer sun? Me neither. But that didn’t stop me and 3 million other Love Island fans from watching the Series 4 launch back in June. Since then, it’s been one of the nation’s biggest talking…
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