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The challenge of building AccountingWEB into a global digital publishing brand

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Whilst preparing my slides for the Specialist Media Conference last month, I reflected on the differing fortunes of the three AccountingWEB country brands that we created over ten years ago, which started from the same premise, but now look, feel and behave very differently.

Whilst preparing my slides for the Specialist Media Conference last month (where I presented a case study on Accoun

How should government best support entrepreneurial small business

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Some thoughts following my involvement in three recent government minister visits to Bristol

I’ve participated in three government minister visits to Bristol recently.  Last month it was a breakfast seminar run by Business West for a few local businesses to meet Alan Lewis the Conserv

Networking lessons from 15 years at Sift

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Over the years, many of Sift’s clients and business relationships have come from my personal networking. This post summarises my networking approach.

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Online publishing is community publishing

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Ben Heald argues that publishers will have to properly involve the community in all decisions; otherwise, they’ll risk losing its patronage!

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An elected mayor for Bristol?

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Jaya Chakrabarti has been encouraging me to come out with my support for the campaign for an elected major for Bristol for a while, so here goes . . .

Like many regional cities, Bristol has come a long way since the 80s when I was a student here.  It’s not just all the development around the harbour and Queen’s Square though, but generally t

Taking the pulse of the UK publishing industry at Media Briefing’s Paywall Strategies conference

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My thoughts after a fascinating day last Thursday at Media Briefing's conference on paywall strategies.

Last Thursday, I attended the first conference from Rory Brown and Neil Thackray’s new business Media Briefing on paywall strate

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What place CSR in the new age of corporate austerity

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This month we learned that the forestry project in northern Malawi for local Bristol charity Temwa that was planted with the funds from Sift Media’s Software Satisfaction Awards in 2010 and 2009 has contributed to the planting of 16,720 trees in the Nkhata Bay North region.

This month we learned that the forestry project in northern Malawi for local Bristol charity Temwa that was planted with the funds from

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  • Digital marketing for accountants

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    Last month I gave a talk on digital marketing at the CharterGroup annual conference, which I thought I’d reprise for a blog post.

    Last month I gave a talk on digital marketing at the CharterGroup annual conference, which I thought I’d reprise for a blog post.

    HR Zone is 10 years old

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    HR Zone turns 10 this month and I thought I’d look back over its first decade to tease out some learnings from running a business community over an extended period.

    HR Zone turns 10 this month and I thought I’d look back over its first decade to tease out some learnings from running a business community ove

    The route to Open Source – case study of a $1m failed development project!

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    Open source software has worked well for Sift now since late 2007. Getting there wasn’t easy though. Along the way, we had separate failed .NET and Java development projects. This case study focuses on the key learnings from the first of these adventures.

    There are some stories you can only tell after the event – to protect the living, so to speak.  This case study is part 1 of Sift’s route to open source.

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