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Wish us luck at the PR Week Awards! Battenhall’s up for best specialist agency in the UK

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#NERVOUSDAY. For the third year running, we’re heading to the PR Week Awards tonight. When we were just one year old, we were named Best New Agency finalists, but came a close joint second, when we were two years old we won Best Specialist AND Best Small Agency, which kind of shocked and surprised me […]

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Heading to Dusseldorf for Innovation in Sports 2016

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I’m heading out to Dusseldorf today to speak at Innovation in Sports 2016, an event which kicked off last year at Manchester United’s HQ, Old Trafford, and this year has doubled in size and taken on an international flavour, with 2,000 delegates heading over the the Dusseldorf Congress for two-day event. I’ll be speaking on how […]

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Launch of Battenhall’s FTSE 100 social media report 2016

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Today at a packed venue in Central London we launched the fourth edition of Battenhall’s flagship report, our annual research paper that looks into how the FTSE 100 companies use social media. With first hand data, case studies and analysis, the report has been well-received already, getting print coverage in The Times and in City AM, and this in-depth piece […]

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Brace yourself… adverts are coming to WhatsApp

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If you’re anything like us, you’re never too far away from your phone. Chances are you’re reading this on yours right now, and it’s also highly likely that you’ve got WhatsApp installed, which is why this next bit is so important. WhatsApp has announced that following new updates to its privacy policy, businesses will be […]

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Registration opens for Battenhall’s Social Media 2017 Trends Briefing

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Each year, we publish a major report into how the world’s biggest brands use social media, with the focus bring on the FTSE 100 list of companies. This body of work is now in its 4th year, and the new Battenhall FTSE 100 Social Media Report will be unveiled on 12th September as part of Social Media […]

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Battenhall shortlisted for two best agency gongs at PR Week Awards and UK Agency Awards 2016

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It’s award season, or at least shortlist announcing season, with the big 2016 industry award ceremonies in PR and social media coming up this Autumn. We’ve been blown away by our good fortune to date, picking up 7 ‘best agency’ awards in our first three years in business. Well, we’re now into year four, and […]

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How to get (addicted to) Pokemon Go in the UK, the game that has overtaken WhatsApp, Instagram and Tinder

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The last week has seen a new app take the world by storm. Pokemon Go is an Augmented Reality (AR) game, brought to us by the 20 year old Nintendo Franchise, that sees users walk through the real world, capturing virtual Pokemon. It has come out of nowhere, but is already re-writing the rule books […]

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A look at the data behind how the biggest brands in the US use Instagram

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The secret’s out. The numbers are in. Use the Mayfair filter, ask a question, no exclamation marks, not too much content, and you’ll do just fine on Instagram. That’s according to new data that has been collated, crunched and released by TrackMaven on how the Fortune 500 companies use everyone’s favourite Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing social network. Precisely half of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The advent of WhatsApp for brand communications

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WhatsApp last week announced that it is rolling out new services aimed at businesses that are communicating with their customers, along with the news that the Facebook-owned messaging app is dropping the $1 annual fee that some customers are charged. While much buzz was made about the dropping of the dollar fee, the advent of new WhatsApp […]

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Davos kicks off: a look at the global super-elite’s digital agenda for 2016

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Today, the annual gathering of the global super-elite kicks off in Davos, Switzerland. The annual World Economic Forum, generally referred to simply as as Davos, sees CEOs, pop culture stars and innovators present and network like there’s no tomorrow. This year it seems already like digital is right up there on the agenda, and in […]

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Anyone for Peach?

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The tasty new social network Peach, arrived on the scene just one week ago today. Created by the founder of Vine, it claims to be a fun, simple way to keep up with your friends and be yourself. Having played with the app daily since its launch and tested out all of its features and […]

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