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Cannes Lions 2018: The Campaigns for Change

Cannes Lions 2018: The Campaigns for Change

Posted on Jun 18, 2018 by Courtney Bateson

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the world’s biggest event for the creative, marketing, entertainment, design and tech industries. Held every year in the South of France, the five-day festival includes talks, workshops, networking events, classes and also incorporates the awarding of the ‘Lions Awards’. The Lions are the most prestigious and established awards in the creative and marketing communications industries – a trophy is the ultimate achievement and puts winners among the world’s elite.

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Oculus Go: Our First Jump Into Virtual Reality

Oculus Go: Our First Jump Into Virtual Reality

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 by Natalie Matthews

You jump into another dimension where it is possible to be another person, from another place, with a different personality, voice, opinion and being; where you are able to reach someone else from across the world in a simple press of a button; where nothing around you is what you could really see. Right next to you, two people speak to one another in a conjoined space and time. Although the two interactions are both happening in the real world, one is facilitated by technology and the other is not. Virtual reality, the new trend sweeping the scene, seems to blur these lines by merging the physical world and the digital world.

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Marketing Strategies For Nonprofits: Creating Return For Donors On A Budget

Marketing Strategies For Nonprofits: Creating Return For Donors On A Budget

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 by Natalie Matthews

Unlike for-profit corporations, nonprofit organizations have much smaller budgets for marketing and advertising than some may anticipate. Unfortunately, many people tend to view these expenses as counter to the reasons they originally gave to a certain cause. As companies are forced to become more transparent in the age of clear and precise communication as well as more personal producer-consumer relationships, people are wanting to see their money go directly towards the receivers of work done by organizations which they decide to give to. Nowadays, these donations are seen more as an investment than just a gift. Although it is understandable that donors give to see results, nonprofits struggle with a lack of ability to grow their reach because of their hesitancy to fund campaigns which have the potential to do so.

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Apps On The Rise: Keeping Up in The 21st Century

Apps On The Rise: Keeping Up in The 21st Century

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Natalie Matthews

With the rise of the iPhone, our society has quickly shifted in many respects. The ways we interact, the ways we find information, the ways we work and the ways we occupy our time have all been impacted by not only the advancement of mobile technology but the introduction of apps into our everyday routines. Now entire businesses revolve around the model of customer interaction via phone applications. Mobile traffic has given the opportunity for hundreds of thousands of companies to reach their audiences with more ease and efficiency, making transactions, and communication in general much more streamlined. By 2020, the predicted number of apps to exist will be 5 million (Perez, 2017), and the possibilities don’t stop there.

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F8: A Look Into The Future of Facebook

F8: A Look Into The Future of Facebook

Posted on May 08, 2018 by Natalie Matthews

F8 is Facebook’s annual conference for developers and entrepreneurs that build around and for the site. This year the 2-day event took place on May 1 & 2 in San Jose, California with over 50 sessions and interactive demonstrations for attendees to learn about what’s coming up for Facebook in the future.  Day 1 opened with a keynote speech from none other than the creator and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Naturally, he focused most largely on the company’s newest privacy feature, “clear history”, which will allow users to “clear your browsing history on Facebook — what you’ve clicked on, websites you’ve visited, and so on.” Although he did caution that this may degrade the Facebook experience for those that choose to wipe their data, the site will have to relearn their preferences and become familiar with each profile once this feature has been used.

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Taking A Stand As A Brand: The Corporate Role In The Social World

Taking A Stand As A Brand: The Corporate Role In The Social World

Posted on May 02, 2018 by Natalie Matthews

Feeling like the corporate world is becoming the political world? Every action we take and every move we make may be judged as a reflection of our beliefs and values. Day to day, we are contemplating the balance between our desire for better practices and policies for the good of society and our habits of mass consumerism. Is there a way to achieve a complementary system where companies serve as soapboxes for social change and buyers are not forced into a structure of commerce based on ethics?

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