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Nicholas Bloom is America's best work-from-home expert. He says the remote work revolution is 'only halfway through.'

Hello! Welcome to this weekly roundup of stories from Insider's Business co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.What we're going over today: America's best work-from-home expert is bracing for turmoil.We spoke with 21 of Matt Gaetz's high-school classmates. Some say they could have predicted the congressman's sex scandal.Some Lululemon retail employees say there is an environment of "toxic positivity," where workers fe...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, UK, New York, Microsoft, Finance, Stanford, White House, Boston, Advertising, US, America, Trends, Strategy, Remote Work


Weekend reading: Vaccinated

What caught my eye this week. I got the call to be vaccinated against Covid this week. I admit that being in the midst of reading about super-rare blood clots linked to certain Covid vaccines at the exact time didn’t fill me with joy. But as Tim Harford says in the Financial Times: An educated guess, based on UK data, is that being vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab carries a one-off risk of death of one in a million — not much higher than the risk of dying in an accident while travelling to...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hong Kong, UK, London, Marketing, Bbc, NHS, Oxford, Cornwall, Astrazeneca, Rightmove, University of Oxford, Jeff Bezos, Halifax, Vanity Fair


This Terrifying Animation is Running in the UK to Promote Mortgage Lender

With the aim of taking uncertainty out of interest-rate transactions, mortgage lender and home-buying company Habito has released a distinctive animated campaign that certainly isn't for children. The 30-second spot from Uncommon Creative Studio, is the seventh installment in its "Hell or Habito" campaign, and this one, dubbed "Don't Get Stung," is potentially the most...
Tags: UK, Advertising, Creative, Don, AdFreak, Habito, B-to-C


Premier Inn, UK’s Largest Hotel Chain, to Woo Back Guests With ‘Rest Easy’ Focus

Premier Inn, the U.K.'s largest hotel chain, has returned to television for the first time in more than three years with a "Rest Easy" message designed to reassure wary travelers it's safe and comfortable as lockdown restrictions ease. The campaign is Premier Inn's first work since Leo Burnett was appointed to be its advertising agency...
Tags: UK, Hotels, Advertising, U K, Leo Burnett, Travel & Transportation, B-to-C


This UK Ad Partnership Hopes to Help Criminalize Sexual Harassment in Public

LONDON--In Britain, it's not a crime to sexually harass people in public. Well, not specifically--unless it also leads to assault or another criminal offense--because there is no law that prevents cat calling, creepy behavior or other unwanted, threatening and harmful advances. There are growing calls in the U.K. to change that. A new outdoor PSA...
Tags: UK, London, Advertising, Britain, Psas, U K


UK Fintech Bank Hires Fold7 In New Summer Campaign to Attract Small Businesses

U.K. bank NatWest Group is working with creative agency Fold7 to create an energetic summer campaign for Mettle, its free, mobile-only business account for small businesses and independent contractors. Fold7 will produce a multi-channel campaign this summer that will feature TV and video-on-demand. Last May, NatWest Group closed its own consumer-facing app-based bank, B?, to...
Tags: UK, Advertising, B-to-B, Fin Tech, NatWest Group, Fintech Bank Hires


How to Buy Bitcoin in 2021

Alright. I finally broke down and bought into Bitcoin earlier in the year. My journey into cryptocurrencies was far from smooth. I’m now speculating the cryptocurrency through direct ownership using Coinbase Pro and through the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), and I can confidently say that I now know how to speculate in the space reasonably well. My Initial Problem with Coinbase At first, I wanted to buy bitcoins directly through Coinbase but then I ran into an issue with their ID verificatio...
Tags: UK, Marketing, Investing, Paypal, Bitcoin, Square, Ira, Robinhood, Coinbase, Bitcoins, Chainalysis, GBTC, Coinbase Pro, Specifically Square


Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE): my journey from first steps to leaving work

I achieved financial independence in seven years and retired early six months after that. Documented the journey, too. From initial plan, through battling FIRE1 demons, to finally ending my career and starting a new life. I learned a lot along the way – but I appreciate you haven’t got seven years to relive it with me. So let’s distill down that knowledge into a single capsule post that you can swallow and digest to smooth your own path to FIRE. To begin at the beginning Managing my mind was...
Tags: UK, Marketing, US, Fire, Atlantic, Jacob, Financial Independence, Monevation, Passive investing, Early Retirement, Jacob Lund Fisker


Facebook takes down 16,000 groups trading fake reviews after another poke by UK’s CMA

Facebook has removed 16,000 groups that were trading fake reviews on its platform after another intervention by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the regulator . The CMA has been leaning on tech giants to prevent their platforms being used as thriving marketplaces for selling fake reviews since it began investigating the issue in 2018 — pressuring both eBay and Facebook to act against fake review sellers back in 2019. The two companies pledged to do more to tackle the insidious ...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Ebay, France, Social Media, Tech, Spain, Paypal, Policy, United Kingdom, Competition And Markets Authority, Cma


Roku is planning a big advertising push

Hi and welcome to Insider Advertising for April 9. I'm senior advertising reporter Lauren Johnson, and here's what's going on:Roku hunts for agencies.Klarna's influencer council.TikTok beauty trends.If this email was forwarded to you, sign up here for your daily insider's guide to advertising and media.Tips, comments, suggestions? Drop me a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @LaurenJohnson. Roku, Nasdaq sign Reuters Roku is looking for a new ad agency to...
Tags: Apple, UK, Media, China, Advertising, US, Newsletter, Trends, Netflix, Sony, Roku, Influencer Marketing, Skincare, Klarna, Newsletters, Sebastian Siemiatkowski


What are Enterprise Investment Schemes?

M ore and more people are asking me about Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) these days. Maybe it’s because the well-off are weller-offer than ever before that these more obscure schemes are hitting their radar. Perhaps it’s the squeezed middle resenting their tax bills. In my personal life, I know it’s a consequence of an infuriating number of my friends joining the mid-seven-figures club on selling businesses.1 At the other end of the spectrum are the patrons of crowdfunding sites like Seed...
Tags: UK, Marketing, Investing, Tax, Hmrc, IHT, VCT, Seedrs, Eis, Wild West, SEIS, VCTs, Venture Capital Trusts VCTs, Enterprise Investment Schemes, Tax Mitigation, EIS Capital


Publicis Brings the Magic Back to Breakfast with new Kellog's Coco Pops Campaign

Publicis Groupe UK’s K1 team has launched a new campaign for Kellogg’s Coco Pops, bringing to life the magical power of turning the milk chocolatey at breakfast time. A digital platform engages a new digitally native audience, letting families explore a range of magic tricks that they can try at home.  ‘Start the Magic’ is a multi-platform campaign that gives the Coco Pops brand a fresh, magical new look, as Coco the monkey exits his 3D animated world to make an appearance in ours.  ...
Tags: UK, Advertising, Food And Drink, Gorillaz, Publicis, Matt Lucas, Charlie Wilson, Kellogg, Kellogg's, Italy Republic of Ireland, Joanna Bailey, Kellog, Publicis Groupe UK, Cass Browne, Greece Carat


The UK Creates Big Tech Antitrust Watchdog

The U.K. launched a new regulatory body with the goal of promoting competition among technology companies on Tuesday. According to a statement from the U.K. government, the new agency, dubbed the Digital Markets Unit, will "help make sure tech giants such as Facebook and Google cannot exploit their market dominance to crowd out competition and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, UK, Media, Advertising, U K, Digital Markets Unit


Grey Launches a Global Campaign for Volvo Cars on the Biggest Safety Challenge We’ve Ever Faced

has created the Ultimate Safety Test campaign for Volvo Cars . After leading the industry in automotive safety for decades, Volvo Cars is now broadening its focus to make sure sustainability becomes as ingrained in the company culture as safety always has been. The global campaign, which covers TV, online video, social, digital, OOH and radio and print, is part of wider integrated and marketing efforts from Volvo Cars that reflect the company’s commitment to climate neutrality and el...
Tags: Europe, UK, Advertising, Automotive, Volvo, Arctic Circle, Grey, Bjorn, Volvo Cars, Ivan Zachariáš, Javier Campopiano, Mike Johnstone, Global Campaign for Volvo Cars, Central Marketing Brand


UK Launches New Watchdog to Police Big Tech's Ad Market Monopoly

The UK government launched a new watchdog agency on Wednesday that will be tasked with keeping an eye on Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook, according to an announcement published online. The stated goal of the new watchdog is to police the “concentration of power among a small number of firms” in the world…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, Science, Media, Ebay, Advertising, Social Media, Companies, Computing, News Corp, World Wide Web, Business Finance, Big Tech, Andrea Coscelli


Rethinking Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time at which connections with friends and family are strengthened and positive mindsets are encouraged. Muslims around the world will take part, including in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and the UK.  By looking at the differences in these three markets, it’s clear that marketers can take inspiration from one another when it comes to creating relevant and culturally engaging content. With the pandemic changing traditions and routines, brands n...
Tags: Google, UK, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Brands, Seo, Nike, Facebook Messenger, Tottenham, Dubai, Unicef, Ramadan, McDonald, Telkomsel, Netflix Party, Rami Ismail


Eco-Friendly Koh Hires Fever-Tree’s Global Marketing Head for UK Push

Eco-friendly cleaning products maker Koh has named Fever-Tree marketer Vince Lawson to lead the Australia-based company's operations in the U.K. as part of its push to expand internationally. Lawson, the former global director of marketing for London-based Fever-Tree will build on Koh's growth in the U.K. after it reached more than 460,000 households in the...
Tags: UK, London, Australia, Advertising, Sustainability, Food & Beverage, Lawson, Koh, Plant-based Products, Vince Lawson


Answers being sought from Facebook over latest data breach

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in the European Union is seeking answers from the tech giant over a major data breach reported on over the weekend. The breach was reported on by Business Insider on Saturday which said personal data (including email addresses and mobile phone numbers) of more than 500M Facebook accounts had been posted to a low level hacking forum — making the personal information on hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ accounts freely available. “The exposed data in...
Tags: TC, Facebook, UK, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Data Breach, United Kingdom, Data Security, Computer Security, Business Insider, Zuckerberg, Gdpr, Hunt


Who should attend a Global Democracy Summit?

Tarunabh Khaitan For the first time since 2001,  there are more autocracies  in the world than democracies. In 2019, 54% of the world’s population lived in a full-blown autocracy; 35% lived in democracies that were moving in the autocratic direction. This latter category included countries like Brazil, India, Poland, Ukraine, the Philippines, Turkey, and the United States. In just another year, by 2000, 68% of the world was living under authoritarianism, with V-Dem downgrading India —...
Tags: UK, Law, India, United States, Melbourne, Biden, Donald Trump, Branding, Guest Blogger, Nyu, Democratic Party, Capitol, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Vajpayee, Duterte, John Locke


Amazon’s #peegate, a self-inflicted PR disaster, explained: Monday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you’re reading this online or in a forwarded email, here’s the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters.   $47.8 million That’s the estimated five-day box office take of Warner Bros./Legendary Entertainment’s “Godzilla vs. Kong,” including the $32.2 million it made from Friday through Sunday, the AP’s Jake Coyle reports. The figures are pandemic-era records. Essential conte...
Tags: Amazon, UK, New York, Hollywood, Berlin, Advertising, Ap, Netflix, Reddit, Wisconsin, Jeff Bezos, Pollack, Alexa, Gmc, Jake Coyle, Bloomberg News


Corona: From The Natural World

New Corona UK campaign celebrates the power of nature to produce the beer’s 100% natural ingredients.
Tags: UK, Advertising, Corona


Via drops 'The Agency' and Women's History Month never needs to end: Agency Brief

Agency, rebrand thyself Portland, Maine landmark The Via Agency has rebranded, dropping the redundant “agency” moniker in favor of the sleeker “Via.” (Sorry, are we not supposed to say “spaghetti pasta” or order a “martini cocktail” anymore?) Chief Creative Officer Bobby Hershfield led the redesign, which includes a new website, typeface and colors. There’s also a dynamic logo that’s giving off retro TWA vibes. “When The Via Agency was founded in 1993, we needed to distinguish what busine...
Tags: UK, Instagram, California, Advertising, Chicago, Malala Yousafzai, Toni Morrison, Kamala Harris, Dollar Shave Club, WPP, Angela Davis, Fcb, Sara, Laura, McDonald, GSK


Weekend reading: Wall Street to Reddit – hold my beer

What caught my eye this week. C ompetition to work for one of the bulge bracket investment banks is always fierce. Young graduates from the best universities around the world compete for the chance to make millions in the markets. Indeed, many onlookers – myself included – have lamented this brain drain. Finance takes too many clever people away from science and engineering. So it’s especially galling that all that striving for academic achievement and going toe-to-toe in grueling interviews w...
Tags: Google, UK, England, London, Abc, Wall Street, Germany, Marketing, US, Eu, Bloomberg, Paypal, Bbc, Netflix, Credit Suisse, Reddit


Podcast 106: The mysterious Reuse Files button in Microsoft Word

The episode’s title might sound like an April Fool’s joke, but it isn’t. In December 2020, a “Reuse Files” button mysteriously appeared in the UK browser version of... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
Tags: UK, Microsoft, Seo, Word, Microsoft Word


Facebook gets a C – Startup rates the ‘ethics’ of social media platforms, targets asset managers

By now you’ve probably heard of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) ratings for companies, or ratings for their carbon footprint. Well, now a UK company has come up with a way of rating the ‘ethics’ social media companies.     EthicsGrade is an ESG ratings agency, focusing on AI governance. Headed up Charles Radclyffe, the former head of AI at Fidelity, it uses AI-driven models to create a more complete picture of the ESG of organizations, harnessing Natural Language Processing to automate t...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Technology, Microsoft, Finance, US, Articles, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, United Kingdom, Governance


Mutuals And Direct Banks Top The UK, France, Italy, And Spain Banking CX Indexes – Here’s Why

In our 2020 European Banking Customer Experience Index (CX Index™), mutuals and direct banks outperformed traditional banks in terms of CX in the UK, France, Italy, and Spain. Why? Because mutuals and direct banks excel at the three E’s of customer experience: ease, effectiveness, and emotion. But they do it differently. When we delved into […]
Tags: Europe, UK, Marketing, Customer Experience, Spain, Banking, Age Of The Customer, CX, UK France Italy, customer experience index (CX Index, France Italy And Spain Banking CX Indexes


2021 Brings New Security Challenges And Regulations For European CISOs

Just like waiting for the bus, 3 pieces of European focused research I have authored have published over the last few days. I have looked at three topics, that of European cyber regulations, European CISO budgetary trends in 2021, and finally the career paths of CISOs at major UK FTSE 100 organizations. What becomes apparent […]
Tags: UK, Marketing, Cybersecurity, Age Of The Customer, Security Operations, Cybersecurity Trends, Security Risk Management


UK Broadcaster Sky Offers Millions in Free Ads for Creative Sustainability Ideas

The U.K.'s biggest satellite broadcaster, Sky, is running a competition for agencies and brands to win a combined 2 million pounds ($2.7 million) worth of advertising inventory if they can help promote positive behavioral change to help its commitment to be net carbon zero by 2020. The "Sky Zero Footprint Fund" will name five winning...
Tags: UK, Advertising, Sustainability, Sky Zero Footprint Fund


Lockdown Lifting to Signal Surge in Spending, Finds eBay Ads

New insights from eBay Ads UK reveal opportunities for brands to engage consumers from all walks of life as lockdown lifts – from partying pensioners to sun seekers, young and old London, UK: Brands should anticipate a surge in spending over the coming weeks, as Monday’s lockdown lifting marks the start of a season of shopping […] The post appeared first on Ad Tech Daily.
Tags: UK, Advertising, Press Releases, Online Media, Digital Marketing, Media Buying, London UK, Ad & Media Strategies, Online Advertising Challenges, Advertising Reports and Studies, Digital Intelligence, Ad Spending, Censuswide, COVID-19, Covid19, Covid19 Impact


How brands can harness Facebook Groups to build communities

People have never been more active and mobilised online. Over the last year, while people stayed at home, we saw them turning to social media communities. Many of these communities are built through Facebook Groups – an increasingly powerful tool for brands and one that we’ve been working on with a number of our clients. Brands like home exercise equipment manufacturer Peloton and beauty buyers club Beauty Pie are known amongst social media users for using Groups to build a sense of...
Tags: UK, Social Media, Seo, New York Times, Facebook Groups, Times, Thought Leadership, Facebook Group, Peloton, Community Management, Mobbie Nazir, Cooking Community Facebook, Facebook Focus, National Geographic Facebook Group



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