WordPress and the world’s emerging economies

Love_wordpressI love WordPress. In fact, I think it can save the world. Even if you’re not as enthusiastic about WordPress as me, I want to convince you that it’s a force for good in the world and a communication platform of inestimable value for the world’s emerging economies.

What is WordPress? WordPress is a great way to get your content online. It’s web software you can use to power your own blog or website. From humble beginnings as a blogging platform, it’s evolved both in terms of number of users (more than 20% of the world’s websites run WordPress, including this one) and its capabilities. Continue reading

Hey, CTOs… how about speaking plain English?

CTO_EnglishDuring my years in agency-land I’ve met and worked with a number of CTOs as an agency and as a client). Most have bored the shit out of me, they weren’t actually boring, they simply spoke Geek (Greek would’ve been easier).

But when I was at Wunderman London I met Gregory Roekens, CTO at AMV BBDO. He changed my view on what an inspiring, engaging asset a plain-speaking CTO can be to an agency and how if they speak in ‘our’ language it makes life waaaaay less boring. Continue reading

My smartphone should be changing your business

* This guest blog is by Judo Payments CEO Dennis Jones who tweets here

judo_paymentsOn my way home from work in London yesterday, I ordered food through JustEat with a few taps. Halfway home, the Tube broke down (sigh) and I found myself racing my fellow minions to the surface to find alternate transport.

With Hailo, I had my taxi booked and paid in two taps and avoided the long line at Paddington station. Annoyed by my delay, but glad to be on a direct path home, I rewarded myself by booking tickets to see an up-and-coming pianist on YPlan for later that evening. Two taps and the tickets were in my phone. Continue reading

Digital is bringing football to the point of collapse

GUEST POST: Joel Windels tweets here and is the Community Director for social media measuring company Brandwatch

digital footballFootball is on the brink of financial collapse. It’s an issue that relevant governing bodies have scrambled to address in varying ways, but the problems are rooted far deeper than fickle billionaires and greedy footballers.

The digital revolution has been stampeding through almost every entertainment industry – which few will deny is what football ultimately is – as the footsteps of technological advances leave no cultural opiate untrodden. Continue reading

FTC clears Google for monopoly abuse, but will the EU?

GUEST POST: Will Becker is the MD and co-founder of Media Ingenuity, the corporate parent of TotallyMoney.com

Google IceLast week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it would not be taking legal action against Google for monopolistic abuses provided that Google changed some of its business practices relating to mobile patents.

Interestingly, it found that Google had not skewed its search results to favour its own ‘vertical search’ products. That seems a strange finding as it is unlikely that the EU’s competition commission will come to the same conclusion at the end of a similar two-year investigation. Continue reading