What’s in a name?

I guess I should at least attempt to explain the name of this blog. Those who know me may perhaps believe the name is in honour of my border collie Martha (left), now seven-years-old and looking cute as ever. Others may think the rather unusual name is derived from the mobile computer in my all-time favourite TV show, Doctor Who. Both are partly true, but … [Read More...]

The behavioural economics of wedding gifts

Going to an Autumn or Christmas wedding soon?  Unsure how much to spend on a gift?  You don't want to seem mean, naturally, but equally you don't actually like them that much to become over-generous.  What a dilemma!  Here are some suggested methods of calculating wedding gift spend from the wonderfully romantic world of behavioural economics, courtesy of … [Read More...]

Nature made us advertisers

What can the world of marketing learn from nature?  To explore this question, advertising executive Ethan Decker draws on his former training as an ecologist we're all 'evolved advertisers' at heart, thanks to natural and sexual selection. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK3c9GCjSx8 … [Read More...]

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