Rants and raves on design, digital, marketing and culture news from inside our walls and beyond.

So you're used to eBay to look for that gift you can't find on the high street. Maybe you've also used Gumtree for more localised purchasers. With eBay buying up Gumtree, many were wondering what would now become of the localised-marketplace and if eBay would have any competition in this space.

Suddenly stepping into this area is Facebook, with the launch of their free Marketplace on their mobile app... 

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The Next Big Thing is Estates Gazette’s annual mission to scout out the most imaginative and innovative solutions to real world problems. As the proud official design partners of the competition, we’ve enjoyed being a part of this journey. Having launched the initial brand identity last year, to running the awareness campaign and having our MD, Jerry Llewellyn, aboard the judges panel, we were delighted to see our front cover design hit the shelves this week.  

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It's been all over the news, from the BBC to The Guardian, that 33 Central — the 225,000 sq ft office block at 33 King William Street — has been sold to US bank Wells Fargo. This is not only good news for London's real estate market post-Brexit but also a lesson in the importance of property branding and marketing...

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The emergence and impact of social media over the past 10 years has seen a dramatic rise in the way that brands are identified, reviewed and ultimately hurt by consumer behaviour. The coffee giant Starbucks now famously hire a huge social response team tasked with the reputation management of their stores on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. 

Social customer service is now seen as the new telephone when it comes to airing our displeasures at a product or service that has not met expectations. 10% of all social posts are now believed to be complaints in some order and related to a company's image and reputation... 



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We're on a mission. An open-ended culture driven mission focusing on nurturing creative confidence in ourselves, our clients and our community. It's called Creative Advantage and under this CA umbrella, we launched a monthly talk series where we invite creative professionals from a range of backgrounds to give us a glimpse of what gets them up in the morning. We've dubbed it PassTheSalt. 

The goal is to get interesting, innovative, off the wall, differently-focussed people into the office to chat with us. Whether its through their success stories or failures, their experiences or attitudes, the aim is to inspire and enthuse. Ultimately, it gives us a new lens through which to approach our own internal projects... 

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Last week saw corks popping across the summer skyline as Londoners descended upon bars and pubs for London Wine Week. Keen to soak up some knowledge, as well as Bordeaux, we decided to turn our heads to the wine industry and the creativity that fuels it... 

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