Preston, is a little-known northern British city with an illustrious past in the country’s 19th century industrial revolution, and a football team whose best days were more than 60 years ago. It was at the heart of a world-beating textile industry, was Charles Dickens’ smokey location for “Hard Times”, and – 200 years ago – was the first town outside London to have gas lighting.
Following on from my piece in Print Week...
Recently Jo Francis asked me my thoughts on robotics following on from a BBC series on intelligent machines. You can see the original article here:
Iqraa Hassan – invited me to expand on the theme:
As early as 2000 I had installed robotic systems like the one below into factories at St Ives and before that we had significant investment in Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV’s)– which were basically un-manned fork trucks that ran on a track in the floor.
(Image courtesy of Rima System)
So robotics is not necessarily new, what is exciting however is that technology today is getting much more sophisticated and less expensive. So that in the future they will be easily justifiable.
The national daily newspaper that has the youngest readership, The Sun, has lost more than 40% of its copy sales in the past five years. But so has the oldest, The Daily Telegraph. Newspapers are in real trouble and finding it difficult to create digital services. Even the once golden Mail Online is losing ground. Tough times indeed for Fleet Street's former big beasts...
Dominic Graham de Montrose discusses digital platforms including Twitter's dropping share price and our reliance on search engines such as Google.
"The impact of last week's disappointing results on Twitter's share price may or may not turn out to represent systemic problems in its business model, but it prompted a thought experiment - what would happen if, god forbid, it went under?
Whether you’re attracting a customer or a potential partner on a date, you have to make a good first impression. In dating, you practice your best jokes, dress nicely and smile. In business, you create a super sexy lead magnet.
A lead magnet is how you can create an unforgettable first impression on your potential customer, i.e. that glistening smile of attraction that makes someone approach you at a bar.
With the right lead magnet, you are endowed to attract as many ideal customers as you can handle. You tell them, “I’m willing to give you this super sexy lead magnet in exchange for your name and email address.”
John Buffoni MD of the Ryedale Group reflects on combining the history of a family firm with forward looking innovation.
Tony Mash, former CEO of the British Coatings Federation and currently Chairman of the Stationers' Industry Committee part of the remit of which is the Innovation Excellence Awards, writes: