Laurence Borel

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No hashtags, no frills, just a good old prank

This campaign is awesome and truly put a smile on my face. Nice to see that marketers can still get eyeballs on their content the good old-fashioned way without the social fluff. Well played Ford!

Kickstarter campaign: The Secret Lives of Heroes

“Pop is everything art hasn’t been for the last two decades. It’s basically a U-turn back to a representational visual communication, moving at a break-away speed…Pop is a re-enlistment in the world…It is the American Dream, optimistic, generous and naïve.” – Robert Indiana Popularised by the work of New York artists of the early 1960s such […]

From 20K words to 100K words… a few tips on preparing your PhD #PhDChat

Yet again, I haven’t blogged in a while, partly due of lack of time but also partly due to lack of inspiration. I have been busy to say the least, juggling my senior management role, the completion of my MRes (which I passed with Distinction; the hashtag whitepaper is due to be uploaded on SlideShare […]

An analysis of M&S’s and John Lewis’ hashtag strategies

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies, roast turkey, crackers … and a tear-jerking advert of some sort. Once again, brands are competing for the Christmas ad that will generate the highest number of views, but also conversations through hashtags. John Lewis has once again gone down the emotional engagement route through story-telling, achieving 8 million views […]

Paris vs. New York: a visual tale of the two cities

In this stunning film, filmmaker Frank Matellini explores the similarities and differences of Paris and New York City in the wonderful split-screen time-lapse video, “Paris / New York”.   As I was perusing the Internet for a suitable photo for this blog post, I also found this 2012 article showcasing some of the artwork created by Vahram […]

Introducing London Midtown

I was  surprised the other day to find out that the triangle of Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles area has been dubbed London Midtown. I happen to work Midtown and my university is also based in this eclectic and exciting area. The Evening Standard and recently highlighted a number of exciting talks taking place Midtown in […]

From 140 characters to 20K words

This is it! I handed in my hashtag research thesis a couple of weeks ago after working on it from 6 months full time. Going back university to study towards a Masters by Research was something which I wanted to do for many years and it’s been a hell of a journey. I have now […]

Star Paws – Cute emotionally engages viewers

Did you know that a staggering 15 percent of all internet traffic is cat-related? Animals on the internet have become big business, with some pets attracting more fans than Hollywood celebrities. Think about Grmupy Cat, Three Mobile’s #DancePonyDance or #SingItKitty ads, Budweiser’s #BestBuds 2014 Super Bowl ad, the Dulux dog or the Andrex puppy. Animals […]

Student accommodation in the heart of trendy East London

If you have read my top tips for new students, you will have noticed that I mentioned that finding the right accommodation is crucial to your students’ wellbeing. I personally did my undergrad outside of London in Canterbury and lived in Halls during the first year of my undergrad. I had the time of my […]

UK clearing is almost over; a few words of wisdom to future students

I am finding it hard to believe that we are now in mid-August and that my Masters of Research is almost over. Things have been busy at my end finishing off my hashtag project thesis, authoring a book chapter, turning said thesis into an article and applying for a PhD. Phewww! I sit uniquely on […]

Books about town; London streets filled with #bookbenches

BookBench trails – 2nd July – 15th September  I am a sucker for cultural trails. They remind me of my time working in Digital Marketing during the Olympics. Launched by the National Literary Trust (NLT) and Wild in Art, the Books About Town project sees 50 BookBench sculptures placed around the capital, from Greenwich to Hyde […]

NOMAD’s ChargeKey and ChargeCard now available from Amazon in the UK

Tired of having to carry a cumbersome iPhone cable around? Look no further, NOMAD’s ChargeKey and ChargeCard are now available from Amazon in the UK. Compact enough to attach to your keys and fit in your purse, these handy charging cables are my new best friends. My slight preferences goes to the ChargeKey which I […]

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