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Man United fans learn of Moyes sacking on Twitter first

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Football is often an unpredictable sport filled with drama, heated skirmishes and last minute comebacks. However, for beleaguered David Moyes, the writing was already on the wall. This morning, much to the prediction and jubilation of many Manchester United fans, David Moyes’ short-lived managership at Old Trafford came to an end as he was sacked […]

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Facebook’s brave new venture into unbranded apps

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Throughout it’s development, much of Mark Zuckerberg’s focus for Facebook has been to bring people inside the Facebook iOS and Android Apps, onto the platform and through the channels that are Facebook branded. However, now this strategy has changed – a new direction to “unbundle the big blue app” has been set instead to build […]

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Can you really ‘Own the Moment’ on Twitter?

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Every social media marketers dream is to be the person behind ‘that tweet’- the one that stands out enough to catch your eye and get your attention. The tweet that people think is so awesome it suddenly goes viral often taking that carefully selected #Hashtag with it. We’ve all see it happen but rarely do […]

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Facebook break up: brands and young users move on

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Every month we number crunch to find out how many active users each social network has and every month since we started doing this, we see Facebook is still on top with over a billion users. Yet research tells us that despite these stats, many brands and young users have broken up and moved on […]

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#BattenVEDA: Vlogging tips and tricks

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It’s day 14 of #BattenVEDA which means we’re almost at the halfway point and I’m delighted to be able to tell you that the 35 vloggers who are taking part in our challenge to vlog every day in April, have produced more than 300 vlogs and come from five different continents: Asia, Australia, North America, South America, […]

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The role of digital in the future of health

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PSFK has published a new report on the future of health. The free to download paper covers topics ranging from digital gaming, self-tracking and diet logging, to assisted online diagnosis and connected care. As brands and consumers alike begin to experiment with what’s possible with mobile and wearable health technologies, it’s handy to see a […]

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Why apps will become obsolete

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Apps were a revolution  when smartphones started to get big. Now we are facing an era of digital and social interactions on TVs, watches, cars, devices that don’t have screens at all (like lights bulbs, pedometers and fridges). We are also spending less time in each app, doing the open-refresh-scan-close cycle with app after app […]

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Twitter wants to be Facebook, Facebook wants to be Twitter

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Earlier this week Twitter announced that it’s officially rolling out a brand new user profile design in a bid to allow users to show who they really are. The new profile set up is currently only available to a small group of users, but in the coming weeks everyone will start noticing that their Twitter profile […]

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Instagram beats Twitter and Facebook for top spot with teens

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Teen users of social media are coveted by brands and social networks alike. They give the cool factor and show a glimpse of what the future of digital looks like. A new report published by Piper Jaffray looks at fresh data from teen social media usage. The report shows that Instagram has leapfrogged Facebook and […]

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News media take to WhatsApp and WeChat

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The BBC, which recently trialled its Instagram news service InstaFax, is now trialling further experimental news services to cover the news agenda in India, where the general elections are taking place. BBC India has launched channels on WhatsApp and WeChat, using them for news gathering and content promotion in the region. Due to the popularity […]

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Battenhall team at last airing of social TV show @TheFoxProblem

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A few lucky members of the Battenhall team were at last night’s final airing of the season for popular web TV show The Fox Problem, with guests including Richard E. Grant, Daisy Lowe and Gabrielle. Last night’s interview was live from the US with Justin Mateen, the co-founder of dating app Tinder, who confidently claimed that […]

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Tips for Preparing for #BattenVEDA

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In the countdown to #BattenVEDA we’ve pulled together some top tips to ensure that you’re fully prepared to get the most out of your vlogging experience this April. Whether you’re new to YouTube or not, it’s always good to check you’ve got all angles covered. Your YouTube Channel – How do you look? It’s time […]

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Anonymous, hyperlocal app Firechat breaks new boundaries in social messaging

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The last week saw a new app launch which we’re loving at Battenhall. FireChat, which allows anonymous, hyperlocal social messaging, is rising up the charts and seeing 100k downloads a day as it becomes the new hot property of the web. It’s ridiculously simple to get started with. Signup requires just a name – any […]

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The implications of Facebook purchasing Oculus

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It seemed no one in the tech space saw it coming. On Tuesday the 25th of March 2014, Facebook announced that it had purchased Oculus, developers of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, for $2bn. According to Oculus’ company statement on its website, Facebook “understands the potential for VR” and the social networking giant can […]

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Register to be part of the #BattenVEDA Community

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What is VEDA? VEDA is a YouTube Challenge taken up by vloggers around the world to Vlog Every Day in April. This year we’re inviting you to take part in VEDA and become part of the #BattenVEDA community. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a YouTubing Pro with millions of followers, a blogger who’s looking for their next […]

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Project Morpheus: Sony’s new virtual reality headset

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During GDC 2014, Shuhei Yoshida, Head of the Sony Computer Entertainment arm, announced Project Morpheus-the head mounted, virtual reality prototype built for the Playstation 4. A release date wasn’t announced however Mr Yoshida did state that the device would be made available for game developers.  The prototype  currently features  specs which include 1080p display and full […]

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The Moto 360: A smart watch with a focus on style

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This week saw the announcement of Motorolla’s new smart watch, the Moto 360, one of the first that sports Android Wear. If you haven’t yet read about Android Wear, it’s an extension of the Android mobile operating system developed specifically for wearable tech. The Moto 360 has been positioned as a reinvention of the classic […]

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UK launch today: why Google’s £30 Smart TV plug is less about TV and all about brands

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Big news. Google launches Chromecast today in the UK. In case you’re not familiar with the product, it is a dongle-like plug that slots into your TV’s HDMI socket and turns a dumb television set into a Google Android powered online entertainment experience. The end result is a fusion of TV and tablet. While it’s a […]

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Calling all future Battenhallers… we’re hiring

Life in an agency is never dull, that’s for certain. At Battenhall our client work involves above and below the line campaigns, social, traditional and mainstream, planning, audits, business consulting and a lot of design & build. We’re looking for new talent across the board to add to our rapidly growing team – we’re hiring […]

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World Wide Web 25 years on

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Today marks the birthday of what we know as the World Wide Web and it has been with us for a quarter of a century thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee. As we look back at the 25 years with World Wide Web it is without a doubt that a lot has happened since. In celebration, this […]

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LinkedIn hits 15 million members in the UK

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LinkedIn has announced hitting a major milestone this morning – the 15 million active user mark in the UK. The professionals’ social network of choice announced it with a blog post containing an infographic that breaks down the site’s UK user demographics. London is by far the biggest city, 10x bigger than any other, and […]

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Team Battenhall expands with two new senior hires

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We’re all incredibly excited to announce two new additions to the senior management team at Battenhall today. As reported this morning in the media press, we have appointed Sam Phillips and Steph Bennett as client service director and account director respectively. Steph has been with us a short while already, while Sam starts here at […]

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Battenhall turns one: the year in review

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This time 12 months ago, to the day, Battenhall opened its doors for business. An empty-ish office in London’s tech city glistened with optimism at shaking up the comms industry just a little bit. Our manifesto of disrupting the status quo was something that we were lucky enough to see deliver some amazing launch clients, […]

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Yahoo signs Mourinho to be Tumblr-posting global football ambassador

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There has been much change at Yahoo! in the last year. The internet company has really upped its ante, following the poaching of Marissa Mayer, who was one of Google’s first employees and most respected senior executives. She joined Yahoo! 18 months ago and since then has really shaken things up. The company’s acquisition of […]

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Social media strategy for healthcare 101

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in 2013 we were privileged enough to be invited to speak at the London Health Tech Forum, Protein Health, Social Media Week’s digital health panel, and then at the end of the year at the Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing’s annual conference, where I also judged their digital awards (the winner in my category […]

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Social data predicts Wolf of Wall St will win at the Oscars

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It has been shown before that when you look closely at social networks and pore through data in detail, you can predict events. Rumours leak out, trends form and opinion can be quantified. Well, Meltwater has published its own predictive analytics data about The Oscars, and they say that Wolf of Wall St is going to […]

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Reddit launches new and experimental news format, Liveupdate

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Reddit has launched Liveupdate, new type of news reporting functionality that it has been experimenting with recently, where selected users are being given the ability by Reddit staff to work on live news feeds for reporting on news events, something not previously seen on Reddit. Because of Reddit’s huge influence online, this is a big deal […]

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Sina Weibo prepares for IPO

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  Last week’s news of WhatsApp’s purchase for $19bn it seems other social networks are preparing to raise funding for their future. Next up is Sina Weibo – the Chinese social network which is planning to go IPO on the New York Stock exchange later this year with a valuation of up to $7bn – […]

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Calling all causes: Battenhall’s birthday present is back to you

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Since launching Battenhall we have been trying to disrupt the traditional agency model, a little bit at a time. We are about to turn one year old, and to celebrate, we want to give something back. As part of the way we work here, we spend 20% of our time on non-client causes. Anything goes, […]

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Data from social media is the must-have brand asset

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When Battenhall’s founder Drew Benvie was asked to write for The Guardian, he chose the topic of social data. His piece appeared yesterday and details the importance of an individual’s data on social media. Drew talks about how business innovation and marketing can be better advanced by those brands being proactive and using the data as […]

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