I really liked you. And you spoilt it.

Lucy Beddall looking bored at a table.

The email marketing trap Have you ever signed up for a newsletter from an ethical clothing brand you really like? Or an online supplement company? Or a brand that sells fake tan? All real examples of things I’ve signed up to. And then, they bombard you with emails. Does anyone actually like receiving twice-daily emails […]

The toxic world of bro marketing

Lucy Beddall sipping margarita with a macbook pro being a bro.

I’ve noticed a lot of bro marketing on my social media feeds recently. Especially on my much-loved LinkedIn. It’s brazen, often misleading, and can be quite aggressive. For those unfamiliar with bro marketing, it tempts you with promises of a brand new life with an eight-figure salary, all starting with an e-book that hooks you […]

It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for!

Lucy peeping from a wall. Text: It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for!

‘It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for’ – advice from my Mum that stuck with me. She was probably alluding to the shadowy corners of Cinderella’s Nightclub in 1989 – although it was usually me in the shadowy corners drinking Special VAT cider (with a straw). Applying her theory to LinkedIn, it […]

Conference freebies: time for a rethink?

Lucy holding an array of tote bags collected from conferences

I love a freebie! Branded corporate gifts and conference giveaways are staples at events from Freshers’ Fairs to professional conferences. But as the focus on environmental sustainability grows, what is the real cost of these conference giveaways? A close look at the conference goodie bag In a recent conference bag, I sweated with excitement as […]

Last orders at the bar! Work experience for the mature crowd

Last orders at the bar! Work experience for the mature crowd.

Does anyone else think work experience should be available to older people? Let me provide some context. How can we be sure we are in the right careers? Decisions made during teenage years shaped your path Most of us decided on futures when we were 17 or 18 (whether that be via university or straight […]

The glorious rise of the typo, and a lesson from Grange Hill

The Glorious Rise of the Typo and a Sausage!

I love seeing typos. Much as I adore ChatGPT (OpenAI) for its ideas, refining my clumsier thoughts, proofreading short texts, finding emojis and providing references, I’m also noticing its limitations. ChatGPT lies At times, it can be misleading, and it lies like a cheap watch. Recently, it has offered me some dubious responses, reminiscent of […]

Why you should love your competitors

Why you should love your competitors

How do you feel about your competitors? Do you want to crush them, humiliate them, or make them cry like babies? Do you blank them at networking events? Or maybe they ignore you and make you feel inadequate. But what if I told you that loving your competitors could be the key to your success? […]

Choosing a logo: lessons from online dating

Logos and online dating

Choosing a logo can be a daunting task. It’s a visual representation of your brand and you want it to be just right. But what happens when the designer and agency respond perfectly to the creative brief, and yet, you just don’t like it? It’s like going on a date with someone who looks great […]

Marketing Manager or Marketing Magician?

Marketing Manager Jobs

Unrealistic marketing jobs I noticed a job advert for a marketing manager this week. A small business was looking for a marketing expert with skills in web design, leaflet & poster design, PPC, PR, CRM, copywriting, email, social media marketing…. and so the list went on. Some of these are real specialisms. We can all […]