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April 16, 2018Published by: Steph Bennett

Was Wetherspoon mad to call time on social media?

This morning, pub chain JD Wetherspoon closed all of its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, citing the negative effects of social media and as a way to cut costs, save time, and move their marketing focus to something more suitable to their target audience.

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March 8, 2018Published by: Drew

Battenhall turns five

A lot of people, it turns out, have a five-year plan. I’ve been asking around and I can confirm these plans are almost always incredibly exciting. To travel the world. To buy a home. To swim with dolphins. To start up a business. Some people just plan for health and happiness, which is sensible I think. But five years ago, my plan was to build a business myself, around something I felt I could do well, and for it to succeed. When I say succeed, I meant still exist in five years… that’s all really. And now here we are five years later.

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January 30, 2018Published by: Joe Cant

Things are getting ‘heated’ on Strava…

As an avid triathlete, I would say that Strava is the social network for athletes. The service, which tracks sporting activity via GPS and has had over 1 billion uploads to date, shares data with users across the globe.

While Strava is already famous among athletes (particularly cyclists and runners), this week the app made headlines in more controversial circumstances when its global heatmap was launched. It seems that some people using Strava-enabled devices have been carrying out some pretty sensitive jobs indeed, which has raised questions around data sharing.  

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January 22, 2018Published by: Rebecca Gill-Clarke

Brits can now join in on the fun of quiz show app HQ Trivia

Set your calendar alerts people - it’s finally here! The massively popular iOS (and now Android!) quiz show game HQ Trivia is now available in the UK. For those in the dark, HQ Trivia has really taken off across the pond, hooking in over 15,000 participants per game. Twice a day during the week and once a day on the weekend, a live game show takes place on your phone with the chance to win a share of a cash prize by correctly answering a set of trivia questions. Brits in the know have been tuning in at unsociable hours for a chance to compete in the North American version of the game, but the new UK version promises to air at 3 pm and 9 pm GMT.

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January 12, 2018Published by: Drew

Facebook has announced major changes to the News Feed: what does it mean for brands?

Facebook has announced some major changes to the News Feed. In an announcement made directly by Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg himself, the planned changes have been described as a way of giving us better connections to one another. Of late, the News Feed has become congested with random videos, company posts, news headlines, and sometimes less savoury content too. Zuckerberg has made it clear he would like the News Feed to become front and centre in our personal social media lives once again.

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October 23, 2017Published by: Drew

Trying something new – book short bursts of time with Battenhall in our 20% time

Update: our 2017 dates are now fully booked, so we have launched new dates for 2018 which are now available to book here

Since day one, we have tried to do things differently to other PR firms and ad agencies here at Battenhall, in the hope that we can find a new, more relevant working model for the social media age we're in. One of these different things is how we manage our time.

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February 15, 2017Published by: Fereshta Amir

Do we need a digital Geneva Convention?

At the annual RSA Conference this week, Microsoft called for the establishment of a digital Geneva Convention. The company's President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, asked for technology companies to step up and work together to protect the public from nation-state sponsored cyber attacks.

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