Did you know that 75% of mental illnesses start in adolescence and that one in six people in the UK will experience mental health issues at some point in their life? It is increasingly important for us all to be aware of the impact it has on people’s lives – whether they experience it personally, or whether they are supporting friends, family or colleagues.
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It’s a good time to be selling ear buds (or ‘headphones’, if you weren’t born in the noughties). Not long ago we were waxing lyrical about the growing audiobook market, so it is only appropriate to follow up with a view on the other audio fad that has crept into our lives via our ears.
If you’re anything like me, the World Cup provides plenty of reasons to celebrate: football on every day of the week, seeing the best players the world has to offer and the potential for England to bring home a trophy for the first time in decades (or not, as so often ends up being the case). But it’s not only we football fans who get excited about the World Cup; major producers of consumer goods also see the competition as a golden opportunity to grab the attention of potential customers of all ages.
The recent proposal by London mayor Sadiq Khan to remove advertisements for junk food from the Transport for London (TfL) network, in support of a wider movement to combat childhood obesity in the UK capital, points to the impact of OOH (out-of-home) advertising on our purchasing choices and its potential to influence our behaviour, for good or bad.
So after weeks of speculation and chatter, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finally wed! In a break from traditional royal weddings going back several centuries, it’s encouraging to see the pair opting for a more modern-day celebration (apparatchiks around the British monarchy may not say the same however). While most people were focused on what Meghan was wearing (as a fellow bride-to-be, I will admit that was one of my main reasons for watching the wedding), it also got me thinking about how far we have come in connecting with ‘the Royals’ over the last decade, largely due to the increased adoption of digital communication.
The future of retail is certainly hot news at the moment, a constant stream of negative stories about retail brands collapsing or struggling in the face of the rising trend to online shopping, compounded by their failure to reinvent the shopper experience.