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Battenhall Design Team: Here London

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Here London is an annual convention bringing together some of the best art, design and technology talent from all over the world. This year, Battenhall’s design team had the privilege to attend and enjoy an array of talks that ranged from sculptors and MTV’s visual storytelling VPs to architectural collectives, filmmakers and NYTMag design directors. There were lots of activities […]

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Highlights from Apple’s WWDC: Siri, Apple Music & Watch revamp

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The Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off yesterday in San Francisco, where Apple’s CEO Tim Cook walked (and talked) the crowd through his keynote. He described, platform by platform, how each has been overhauled, announcing the new iOS 10 as well as changes to Music, News and HomeKit. But here’s what really caught our attention: Siri is about to get a […]

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Twitter announces changes to its platform, disbands commerce team

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Yesterday, Twitter’s Senior Product Manager, Todd Sherman, confirmed in a blog post that the social network will be making changes to its platform to make it easier for users to communicate with each other (we previously blogged about the proposed changes here) Soon, @names and media attachments (photos, GIFs, videos, polls and quote tweets) will […]

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How the BBC is using Yik Yak, the youngest of all the chat apps

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We’re big fans of chat apps here at Battenhall HQ. As social networks become messaging apps, messaging apps are becoming social networks, and the youngest of all these is Yik Yak. We first wrote about Yik Yak last February, then again back in January this year when its web version launched. Its user base started […]

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Twitter set to stop including links and photos in character limit

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It may sound like a minor update, but the rumour in itself has made social media managers (and savvy tweeters) rejoice. According to Bloomberg, Twitter could be changing the way that it counts characters. This means that photos and links will no longer be included in the character limit that currently uses 23 characters for […]

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The rise of the Emoji

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Everyone loves emojis. They’re often used to joke, express feelings, and at times give someone a piece of your mind. At Battenhall, we love using them for our daily WhatsApp Broadcast messages  – which is what inspired us to look into  where the universal language of emoji comes from, who decides what emoji launches next and why […]

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The 5 waves of innovation in social media: my slides from Vision keynote

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This week I had the privilege of delivering one of the keynote talks at Vision, the annual conference on all things media and creativity, which took place in Bristol. The two-day conference included speakers such as Uber’s general manager Fred Jones, PR god Mark Borkowski, Tim Westwell, co-founder of Pukka (the tea people!), National Trust’s […]

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Snapchat introduces shoppable ads and ups its game to monetise the platform

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From emoji videos to exciting new caption limits, it seems that ghostly video app Snapchat always has a trick up its sleeve to surprise users. After the launch of its money transfer service Snapcash, it seems the monetisation of the platform is about to reach a whole new level, as Snapchat introduces 10-seconds call-to-action ads. […]

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Beme: Is second time a charm?

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  Last summer, Casey Neistat, filmmaker, viral sensation and YouTube vlogger, and Matt Hackett, ex Tumblr’s Head of Brand Strategy and Marketing, launched Beme. With an already strong online fan base, Beme feels like the next big step for storytelling apps. The concept is easy: a social media video-sharing app where you can record videos […]

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Instagram tweaks Carousel

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Last year, Instagram introduced Carousel ads, a service that enabled brands to showcase multiple photos in one post to give advertisers more creativity in storytelling on the platform. Now, the photo sharing juggernaut has taken it one step further and is now enabling brands to showcase multiple videos in one post. From now, advertisers will […]

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The demise of newspapers, and what it means for digital media

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For the past 15 years or so, circulation figures for the national newspapers in the UK have been in steady decline, and slumping sales have resulted in the closure of many newspapers nationwide, and globally. Today, another paper was axed. New Day, a daily newspaper launched by publisher Trinity Mirror, announced that it was to […]

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What Snapchat, the King of micro-moments, has in store for us

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Snapchat has evolved a huge amount since its inception in September 2011 and we’ve kept a keen eye on this social messaging platform as it has continued to grow, and draw in users from across the globe with its innovative and addictive features. One of those is the ability to apply filters, and in March for our third birthday, we set […]

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New social network @Talkshow launches. It’s Twitter with a twist. Only invited users can post, anyone can watch.

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A new social network slash messaging app has just launched, called Talkshow. Created by the former Twitter product VP Michael Sippey, the new app has a unique spin on the messaging app / social networking space, offering its users a safer but more easily browsable place to share content with friends and strangers alike. Talkshow has just […]

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Hitting a poll-ar iceberg: what next for Boaty McBoatface?

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On Sunday, the polls closed for the social media competition that has caught the UK’s imagination – to name a £200 million research vessel. The winning entry, RRS Boaty McBoatface, received over 120,000 votes and has generated hundreds of news mentions, as well as its fair share of controversy. The entry’s creator has since publicly […]

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The next 10 years of Facebook: lasers, space and virtual reality

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In the last 10 years, how far has Facebook come? And how different is it now to how it was in the beginning? Facebook went from nothing to being THE social network pretty fast, exclusively in the realm of university students originally, it went on to define a new kind of personal communication, used today by 1.59 BILLION people […]

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Chatbots are coming

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Last week, Kik beat its competitors to the punch by introducing Chatbots – interactive software powered by artificial intelligence designed to simulate human conversations that are becoming increasingly popular for brands to engage with customers. Kik, which at last count had over 275 million users, was the first of what is expected to be many […]

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How we built a consultancy for innovation: the Battenhall blueprint

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This is a post about how Battenhall works. We are now three years old, and throughout our time building up this business we have tried to foster a new way of working that I felt when we launched better fits the social media age in which we live. The good news is that our model […]

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Pinterest brings ‘Promoted Pins’ to the UK

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Having been introduced initially in the US last year and following very quickly in the footsteps of Twitter and more recently Instagram, Pinterest has finally launched its Promoted Pins in the UK. From today, UK brands will now be able to buy Promoted Pins making it much easier for brands to reach ‘Pinners’. John Lewis, […]

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Burberry is the first luxury brand to run a sponsored Snapchat Discover channel

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With Snapchat allowing more and more brands onto its ad platform, it was only a matter of time before a non media specific brand jumped on the band wagon and took it that one step further. Christopher Bailey has stepped up to the plate with Burberry. It has used Snapchat to help with the launch of its latest men’s fragrance, Mr. […]

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YouTube ups its live streaming capabilities

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Have you tried live streaming video yet? It’s increasingly at our finger tips with Facebook Live and Periscope but now YouTube has stepped into the game too. Although YouTube has had live streaming capability for a while now it had to be done through Google+ and Hangouts if you were on a desktop, or through the […]

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Having a chat with Tay… AI meets social messaging apps

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All the talk last week has been of Google DeepMind playing, and beating, the world champion of Go. I don’t know the game Go well, but I have read that it is so complex that it was previously thought a computer could not beat a top human player. Until now of course, as Google Deepmind’s AlphaGo […]

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Instagram changes its time stamps and announces a personalised feed

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In the last week, Instagram ushered in a seemingly small tweak to its content layout, where the trademark age stamps were replaced with far less visible date footers. The old version, as you will no doubt remember, displayed the date stamp top right of the photo or video, in hours, days or weeks depending on age. This […]

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Battenhall launches 3rd birthday Snapchat geofilter

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Today, to mark our third birthday, we’ve launched our own branded Battenhall geofilter on Snapchat. Our birthday filter is available to all Snapchat users in the Old Street area of Shoreditch area today and later the week. It’s mainly for our teamies to share the love – Snapchat is the #1 go to app in […]

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Happy 3rd Birthday Battenhall

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Today our business turns three years old! Today we’re a big, busy, bustling business full of creative minds, innovators and award winners, but three years ago today, Battenhall launched in a big empty office in East London, with only a tiny bit of client work to get us started, and only one person (me!). However we […]

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“That app is my life…” How messaging apps are reinventing everything

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“How often are you on Snapchat?” “There’s not a time when I’m not on it. I do it while I watch Netflix, I do it at dinner, and I do it when people around me are being awkward. That app is my life.” Messaging apps are social networks now. We’re not only connecting with each […]

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How Facebook can get Messenger ads right

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Last week TechCrunch broke the story of a leaked document Facebook allegedly sent to some of its top advertisers where the social network behemoth said it intends to start pushing ads in its messaging app, Messenger, sometime during Q2 of this year. Facebook has yet to comment on the article (other than stating they do […]

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5 ways to get more out of LinkedIn

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LinkedIn, the social network for business professionals, was launched in 2003 making it one of the early forms of social media that’s still around today. In internet years it’s practically middle-aged and was part of the Web 2.0 movement that saw the rise of Facebook and Twitter and, of course, the rise and fall of […]

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WhatsApp reaches a billion active users

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced last night that it is being used by a billion people every month, with fresh stats confirming that a whopping 43 billion messages and 250 million videos are sent on a daily basis. WhatsApp was bought by Facebook back in October 2014, and although Facebook Messenger has an impressive  800 million monthly […]

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Yik Yak finally launches on the web

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Nearly a year ago, we blogged about a new player in the messaging app game, called Yik Yak. The hyper-local so-called ‘gossip’ app raised millions in funds and took the US college campuses by storm, and now, has launched on the web. The app acts like a local bulletin board for your area by showing the […]

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Battenhall is hiring – Could you be our new Middle Weight Designer?

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It’s an exciting time to be working at Battenhall, as our enviable client roster is inviting us to work on ever more ambitious briefs, and digital design is a rapidly expanding part of our portfolio. We’re currently looking for digital designers with 2-3 years experience to join our team. As a digital designer you will […]

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