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November Round-up

27 days of magic – 3 days broken. Started the month on the Press Gazette podcast talking about the state of media. Quick change before departing…

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October Roundup

What an amazing month, it started brilliantly with Arsenal beating Spurs and Liverpool, and still top of the league. Five flights, saw Nashville twice. Worked…

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September Roundup

Another rollercoaster month, so many highlights, three outstanding keynote talks, helped start 13 new companies with Babson College and Project10K kudos to Jared Yellin for the vision, had an…

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August Roundup

August the slowest month of the year, so they say – not at ReachTV and Ink – we are travel media. We make magic happen whatever the month,…

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July Roundup

Another month passes by. It’s July it’s slow, not much going on. Well that’s not true, it was our best performing month of the year.…

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June Roundup

After an eventful five months it was nice to slow down the pace. The leadership team spent three days in a bunker planning the final…

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MAY ROUND UP Today

Today I told my team, the next 7 months will be the best we have ever seen. The magic is back Ink – we are…

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After eight weeks away

After eight weeks away, I’ve finally landed home in London. I promised myself and my teams that 2022 will be the greatest year for all…

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Another 31 days passed us by

Another 31 days passed us by that’s 90 days gone. I’m not sure if I used them well, I did see the frigging pyramids, haggled…

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Another 28 days has passed us by

Another 28 days has passed us by. What have you achieved in your first 59 days. How many resolutions have you broken already? I’m not…

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As we bounce back into 2022

As we bounce back into 2022 I remain grateful to all those that supported me through the last two years. Every time I had a…

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Equanity

2021 – 365 battles fought, some days just getting out of bed was a battle. Recorded a few good wins and suffered some losses (Rest…

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The man in the arena

I’ve been a bit quiet for six weeks, mainly because I have been lucky enough to spend it in a US state where the world…

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Filling gaps

Yesterday was an interesting day and I felt inspired. It’s getting close to the end of the year and most of us are thinking about…

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Time for faith not fear

Over the last six weeks, I set out to prove there was an alternative view to the one that was being peddled by the world…

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Playing like champions

Amongst the celebrations of Liverpools win of the premier league, I think a really interesting observation has been missed. Frank Lampard’s home-grown young team beat…

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The power of storytelling

When the market comes back – as it will – how can you make sure visitors choose your destination, airline or hotel as their first choice? By…

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What do we need to change?

We didn’t choose these circumstances; we are choosing how we respond to them. It’s my second week working from my new office, the kids are…

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It’s all about TRAVEL

Trust is built on telling the truth, not just telling people what they want to hear  Right now, people are worried by panic driven headlines.…

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An open letter to Bo Sacks

Dear Bo Sacks I love reading your daily emails. Why the hell are they so depressing right now. Why is everyone talking things down. Why…

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A New Global Economy

The Sky has no limits… We very much enjoy working with the “world’s local bank” HSBC, but we love them a whole lot more right…

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Trust the media?

As the 45th president of the United States throws the news media in to its daily tail and head spin, it has been interesting to…

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2018 – the year ahead

2017 was Ink’s best year – so how will we keep surfing that positive wave in 2018? They say that a rising tide raises all…

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Talk the talk and walk the walk

How many companies today actually talk the talk and walk the walk? We hear about organizations giving back, the rise of CSR and the fashion of stimulating staff to…

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Homes away from home

What inflight magazines can do for the property business… Taking a cheeky peek in a foreign estate agent’s window is something we’ve all done on…

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Wanderlust

Germans love to travel so much, they even invented a word for it… (Click here if you would like to read a German version of this…

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In, out, in, out, shake it all about

Nine months on and long overdue, it’s time to address the dreaded “b” word. No, not “blue passports” (although you’re pretty close). I mean of…

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Deceived Value?

Remember the good old days when companies had to turn a profit before Wall Street would touch them?   Sometimes I wonder whether “The Wizard…

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50% extra, for the same price!

We are giving advertisers a journey to remember.  Do you want the most effective advertising for your brand? Read on… At Ink, we love telling…

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50 years of inflight media

I was recently asked to speak at the New York Times travel show event and, whilst writing my presentation, I soon realised that the growing…

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The Power of Positive Media

There is a chilly wind of discontent and unhappiness around so many of the world’s news outlets today; I feel it’s time to split the…

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Flyers are buyers

Have you noticed that some of the world’s biggest brands are visible and investing in travel media? Ever wondered why? Well, the answer is really…

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Print Still Matters – Part 2

This is the concluding post from the talk titled Print Still Matters, at the 2016 New York Times Travel Show. If you haven’t already, read Part 1 to see…

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Print Still Matters – Part 1

Last week, I was invited to speak at the 2016 New York Times Travel Show about whether print still matters. So it won’t surprise you to learn that…

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Do we have your customer on board?

The modern marketer has an embarrassment of choice when it comes to reaching their ideal customer: from traditional media like newsstand magazines, newspapers and direct…

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