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Veuve Clicquot Polo Gold Cup 2012

Veuve Clicquot even managed to arrange for the sun to shine in Sussex for the final of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Gold Cup on the Cowdray estate at the end of July.

Framed by the magnificent Cowdray ruins, guests arrived in chauffer driven BMW’s and entered the VIP area via a ride on a Victorian Carousel before being presented with a glass of Veuve Clicquot’s finest champagne.

We loved making this celebration video of a fabulous day at the Polo.

Thanks Veuve Clicquot!

and the Winner is….Anya Hindmarch at the 2012 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards

Congratulations to Anya Hindmarch who has just won The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2012. The British designer of highly-covetable accessories beat finalists Helena Morrissey of Newton Investment Management and Ruth Rogers, founder and chef, of the hugely successful River Café in London.

‘It is the greatest honour to win the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman award in its 40th year,’ Anya says of the win. ‘It is a very real compliment to be deemed to share some of the qualities of Veuve Clicquot herself who was clearly a brave and pioneering woman but also to even be considered amongst my fellow finalists, Helena Morrissey and Ruthie Rogers who are both brilliant businesswomen and lovely people”

We were proud to be asked to create short films profiling each of the 3 finalists which offer a little insight into the individual qualities that made all 3 potential winners of TheVeuve Clicquot Business Woman Award

We also enjoyed sampling the delights of the fabulous Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 Vintage Champagne at the thoroughly glitzy awards ceremony presented by Laura Kuenssberg at Claridges ballroom.

Hurrah! it is the year of the Olympics, but how will we keep our camera crews moving?

Well we are finally in the year of The Olympics.

I wonder what it is really going to be like working here in London during the “greatest show on earth”? If the worst of the fearmongers are to be believed, you wont be able to use your car as  it’s going to be traffic gridlock, and you certainly won’t be able to afford a taxi.  The tubes will be rammed, there will be total internet failure, and if the “drought” continues we will have stand pipes in the streets.

We will be doing our best to make sure our camera crews keep moving throughout the games.

There’s some useful information on “hot spots” and how to get around them on this TFL site.

Good luck and enjoy the greatest show on Earth! and if you are watching from your sofa, spare a thought for those of us fighting our way through the crowds.

We really are interacting with our TV and it’s thanks to our love of Tablets and Smartphones

The Nielsen Company’s most recent research on mobile connected devices sheds new light on how consumers are using their tablets, eReaders and smartphones – and where they are using them, too.

According to Nielsen’s recent survey of nearly 12,000 connected device owners:

• Seventy percent of tablet owners and 68 percent of smartphone owners said they use their devices while watching television, and 35 percent of eReader owners.

This is a great leap forward in the way we watch our content and how we interact with it. We can watch X-factor whilst tweeting our friends and debating the contestants talent or indeed sanity. We can vote for them online or on our phone. We can dig the dirt on them on the many gossip websites and we can eventually download the winning song in an instant.

What the ipad and its clones, and the myriad smartphones and laptops allow us to do is also to corroborate and challenge the opinion or even fact we are disseminating.

Whilst watching the riling news on the recent death of Gadaffi I found it enlightening to also check him out on other platforms. Read his biog on Wikipedia, learn about the new government and the next possible rulers and of course  see the jokes flying in on twitter and Sickipedia. Personal favourite Example –  @TonyCowards: Can’t think of a Gadaffi  joke so you’ll just have to *in Sirte” joke here…”

Back to the X-factor.. Sorry… For X Factor fans who just can’t seem to get enough of the highs, lows, latest news, gossip and backstage shenanigans are covering the bases so you can join in across all screens.

As well as newly introduced X Factor Superfans, they’re offering  die-hard fans the opportunity to write a blog for the site, allowing viewers to vent their views, comment and express their feelings about the show as it happens. Fans can watch the show live whilst participating in daily polls on your favourite contestants by visiting the show’s  Facebook site.  All those millions of X-factor twitterers out there can also get involved and join the conversation during the show with #Xfactor.

If that wasn’t enough, you can even download the mobile application on your iPhone where you’ll be kept up to date with the latest stories and videos as well as getting a chance to play with our exciting, brand new 21st Century Clap-O-Meter!

What it shows is that viewers find the  “across all screens” experience and engaging.  For content providers it’s a great opportunity to deliver involving content that supports the big format and extends it.   What’s changed is the experience itself. The audience enjoy the sense of community they get from the addition of social media engagement – Being part of the show as it happens is key here. To be able to influence it is the next big step and will take television formats into the same arena as gaming.

This convergence of platforms to provide one big show  is as they say on ITV com –  “The X Factor online: “What you want, when you want it, wherever you are!”

Personally I’ll be watching Strictly!

And for those who just would like to watch live TV on their Iphone or ipad…

Flawless Showreel 2011

Finally a new reel!

The Bribery and Corruption Act 2010 is now Law! You need to know the facts.

Slides from the Bribery and Corruption presentation

From the 1st July 2011 the Bribery and Corruption Act came into force in the UK

From this date Directors of companies in the UK may be legally responsible for any breach of the Bribery Act carried out by their employees in some circumstances even if they were unaware of its occurrence. So how do you ensure that your most senior 200 mangers really understand what does and does not constitute an act of Bribery within the terms of this new legislation?

Amey one of the UK’s leading infrastructure, engineering and services companies, asked us to create an online bespoke video learning module to allow their managers to learn as and when best suited them.

The module combines a clear and engaging video presentation of the key data delivered by Amey’s senior legal counsel adding credibility to the message, followed by a short online quiz to self test the managers understanding of the Act.

The feedback from Amey’s has been excellent…

“it is very clear, easily navigable and a very useful medium for training”

Online learning offers companies the chance for their employees to keep up to date with vital information, when they want to, and in a way that best suits them.

This means deeper learning and better results.

Flawless rebrands Commonwealth TV

Commonwealth countries work together in a spirit of co-operation, partnership and understanding

The Commonwealth Secretariat is increasingly calling on social media and video to get its message out to the world and recently asked us to take a look at their online TV Channel and come up with a fresh look at how the iconic Commonwealth logo might be updated and so work better across TV and online.

We were thrilled to be working on a brand with such clear powerful values to communicate.

Without loosing the core of the existing identity, ideas like democracy, trust, partnership and offering “a helping hand” were brought to life in a series of fresh, stylish, and animated “stings”

Designed to run as stand alone branding, or in front of any Commonwealth TV programme the contemporary look and feel is far closer to the modern outlook of  Commonwealth Secretariat of today.

To Moodle or not to Moodle, Why all Brands should consider open source e-learning

It is abundantly clear that the world of digital learning is undergoing it’s own mini revolution.

Until recently corporate LMS systems have tended to be purpose built or single sourced locked in “closed platform” systems where the content and functionality lives within the walled garden of the supplier. The advent of Open Source learning platforms spearheaded by the hugely popular Moodle community are turning e-learning rules upside down.

Open Source means what it says. The basic platform is open for all to use and at no cost. The clients investment goes on creating interactive content and customising and managing the platform for their own needs, rather than on expensive per head license fees to a single source company. With Open Source the client is never locked in to a single supplier, as they own their content and the platform is license free so at any time can appoint a new support partner.

Moodle is probably the best known example and programmers and developers all over the world are creating learning content to run on Moodle platforms.

Initially developed from the University educational sector a perceived weakness of the Moodle platform has been a lack of suitability for Corporate use. There are now specialist  versions of Moodle applications designed specifically for use within the corporate sector which offer all the flexibility of the Moodle platform, with corporate functionality such as…

A competency structure to which you can link roles and learning resources and courses,
A management hierarchy allowing managers to review and manage their team’s learning,
Individual development plans to manage staff performance and development,
Sophisticated reporting and a dashboard for management reporting

Major brands like Tesco’s, Virgin,  and Nike are moving over to Moodle based learning, having seen the cost saving and flexibility benefit’s of open source.

E-Learning works.

Technology has revolutionised business; now it must revolutionize learning.

People have to learn more than ever before. Especially in large businesses and organisations, live classroom-based training is becoming too costly and cumbersome. The need to transform how organisations learn points to a more modern, efficient, and flexible alternative: E-Learning. The mission of E-Learning is to supply the workforce with an up-to-date and cost-effective program that yields motivated, skilled, and loyal knowledge workers.

Learning online – How companies benefit.

Recently we built an online “knowledge” portal for Amey, one of the UK’s most successful public service providers.

It’s proving to be an incredible success and its a model that can work for many brands and organisations.  It is something we understand and can deliver. It brings real benefits to businesses.

Integrated E-learning portals Amey allow instructors to target specific learning initiatives to individuals and make it simple for them to update lessons and materials across the entire network instantly. This keeps content fresh and consistent and gives learners immediate access to the most current data. Information can be retrieved just before it is required, rather than being learned once in a classroom and subsequently forgotten.

Full reporting means Instructors are able to monitor learners progress and learners have instant access to learning support if they need it.

Technology-based training has proven to have a 50–60% better consistency of learning than traditional classroom learning.

The Benefits of E-Learning..

One of the impacts of the credit crunch has been a fresh look at the potential of e-learning. the benefits of e-learning are

Lower costs

Faster delivery

More effective learning

Lower environmental impact.

Lower cost?

There appears to be little argument that e-learning can be more cost effective to deliver than classroom based training, especially for larger organizations. There are a great many case studies including.

Dow Chemical  the American Multinational cut their average average spending of $95 per learner / per course on classroom training, to only $11 per learner / per course.

Ernst & Young condensed about 2,900 hours of classroom training into 700 hours of web-based learning with a subsequent 52% cut in training costs.

The single largest cost of training in organisations is the cost of staff attending the training courses, rather than the direct delivery costs in terms of trainers, course materials, travel and accommodation. E-learning can deliver benefits by reducing the time it takes to train people because

Learners can go at their own pace, not at the pace of the slowest member of a group

Time in classrooms can be spent on subjects introduced by delegates that are irrelevant to the needs of the individual learner

There is less social interaction time

It takes less time to start and wind up a learning session

There is less travel time to and from a training event

Learners learn what they need to learn, they can skip elements of a program they don’t need.

Is E-learning faster?

British Telecom delivered e-business training to 23,000 employees in three months, at a cost of £5.9m, compared to previous £17.8 million and a five-year time span for classroom training.

But is E-learning effective?

A nine-year survey published by Fletcher and Tobias in ‘Training and Retraining’, commissioned by the American Psychological Society concluded that:

‘Learners learn more using computer-based instruction than they do with conventional ways of teaching, as measured by higher post-treatment test scores.’

Is it environmentally better?

Online learning is an effective way for organisations to reduce their carbon footprint.

On average, the production and provision of distance learning courses consume nearly 90 percent less energy and produce 85 percent fewer CO2 emissions per student than conventional site-based training days.