I have been remiss over the past two years on updates. I confess that events in my personal life were significantly more important than business as I lost Gill, my partner of 8 years, to cancer in 2018. Much of the time has passed in a blur, and it is now time to take hold again and for me to "happen to life" as oppose "life happen to me".

Expect a more active Updates Page during 2020!

Colours Matter

Tuesday 12th May 2020
Mark Elkins

Stroop Test : For more on the Stroop Effect - [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroop_effect]] How many times have you been involved in projects, or tasks, where the status is given as being Red, Amber or Green (RAG) ? Sometime referred to as the Traffic Light system it is a convention which most companies have adopted that simply conveys the degree of risk of success, or failure, of a project. Even if you haven't been involved in a RAG meeting before you could guess that the RED status would be bad, AMBER status may have some issues that need to be addressed, and GREEN is good. It's the association we make with those colours. They are used in everyday life. If in a foreign country you…

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Common Sense and the MBA

Wednesday 5th February 2020

We were a militant lot, as MBA students in the mid 1990's. I recall complaints about lecturers, about the facilities, even car parking (the GTi's needed looking after). The Professor, head of faculty, regularly had to perform, and use his 6ft 4ins rugby No.8 type physique to the full, to placate us. We all felt righteous in our indignation at some elements of the course. We were the customer. We had written personal cheques, on registration, to pay for our tuition. Many of us had sacrificed our full time jobs in pursuit of knowledge. We had expectations. But it was the Professor who had the last laugh. On the day we graduated we congregated in the main lecture hall, just those who…

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Why I shop at Aldi and Lidl

Monday 13th January 2020

Where I live I have options. All the major retailers are within a 3 mile drive. Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Morrison, Sainsburys, AND the discounters - Aldi, Lidl and Iceland. Oh such choice! Plus I have 3 Tesco Locals and a small Co-Op within half a mile. -My cup runneth over 😊 Yet I choose to shop at Lidl and Aldi. Why? Price. Two examples. Cat food at Aldi is £1 cheaper than the typical offering at Morrison's. A plastic bag is 20p cheaper. Kantar Woodpanel has revealed two-thirds of UK consumers visited one of the German discounters in the run up towards Christmas. In fact all discounters reported an increase in sales - with Aldi and Lidl ending the year with 12.8%…

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Predictions for 2020

Monday 6th January 2020

Predictions for 2020 • Aston Martin will not approach me with a job/project complete with company car. ☹ • I will not receive a call offering me a £1000 a day project ☹ • I will not become an international film star overnight ☹ • I will continue to pay Income Tax ☹ • I will not win the EuroMillions ☹ BUT I will meet new and interesting people. Increase and share knowledge of different market sectors. Experience success and failure. Have deadlines to hit and challenges to overcome. That makes me 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 Hope your make a path towards your dreams in 2020, dreams don't necessarily come to you!

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McDonalds Case Study

Friday 20th October 2017

So this was my Friday night. A film. a home made burger (with a Stag Chilli Sauce and cheese) and a glass of Red Wine. Something entertaining and simple to watch, Well that was my expectation anyway. But as I watched the film there were things I started to see that intrigued and I could relate to: The importance of vision, tenacity of differing disciplines to the commercialization and the importance of keeping it simple. I'm sure you'll find even more. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v

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An 8000% increase in website hits!!

Monday 3rd July 2017

The Project: Promotion Open Air Opera (popular Opera) at the Rose Garden, High Wycombe. Intensive campaign, Started 3 weeks pre-Event (to ensure weather good) The Brief : New venue, raise the profile/awareness. Drive consumers to website to buy event tickets The Activity: Poster Campaign (Retail/Coffee Shops), Email (120 Local Businesses), Twitter page, Facebook Events postings, Local Radio interviews (and Drivetime "plugs"), Local Press Interview. The Performers: Known in the business, professionals, one West End performer, the other Cruise ships and Stadium performer. Stats: • Website visits (pre Activity) 20 pcm. Visitors (unique/UK Only) 400+ in each of the two weeks running up to the event. Pages visited av 2.46 per page. Galleries, Purchase Tickets, Opera landing page and about Rose Garden key pages (after landing…

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I'm sharpening my Pencils!

Sunday 14th May 2017

Still providing Market Intelligence and Strategic Marketing Services but on my new project am actually executing the personalized Go To Market Strategy I so often just "hand over" to clients for execution. Yep, writing content for collateral's (including Biographies and snippets on operatic music), social media and promotion. Arranging PR events (Press/Radio). Supplier liaison (Printers and Web designer), Pricing, Offer Branding, Consumer and Corporate recruitment - its "the full monty" encompassing the variety of marketing roles I have done in the past. It also means I am sharpening up those skillsets (and pencils) that have not been used for sometime. That's good news - it gives me currency for when I return to providing Strategy and Intelligence, for clients I can…

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New View Wins Promotion Contract

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

New View has been awarded the contract to promote an outdoor Opera taking place on June 23rd (7PM) and June 25th (3PM) in the Hughenden Valley, just outside High Wycombe. The event, "Popera" (Popular Opera) features internationally acclaimed Crossover Tenor Laurence Robinson, and the on-stage violinist from the Lord of the Dance 2015 Tour, Colette Hazen. They will be performing a selection of much loved and popular pieces from Operas and Musicals, as well as some "modern" classics. Laurence is a classically trained operatic tenor who has shared the stage with the great Luciano Pavarotti and Lesley Garrett. He often provides the pre-match entertainment at International Sporting occasions, having performed at both Murrayfield and the Millennium Stadium Colette was the on-stage violinist…

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In the News : Government's DOS framework needs to filter out 'ridiculous' tenders

Thursday 9th March 2017

According to one supplier. Having identified a tender specifying a requirement only one company could fulfill I would have thought saved suppliers time, not wasted it!!! http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/news/3005899/governments-dos-framework-needs-to-filter-out-ridiculous-tenders-supplier

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In the News : Government increases G-Cloud tax by 50 per cent

Wednesday 15th February 2017

New View Market Services quoted in Channel Reseller News article on G Cloud 9 changes....... CTRL C and CTRL V the link below into your browser to see the full article http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/news/3004597/government-increases-g-cloud-tax-by-50-per-cent

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