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Market Research – Promotional Merchandise Websites

July 1, 2010
It’s easy, I promise.

I’m currently three days into a six week work placement for my university degree.  Typically, they’ve got me doing all the really fun stuff like market research, and so I have taken the decision to create a survey and see what my readers think.  For the sake of impartiality, I can’t tell you which company I am working for, but it’s one of the fiv

e mentioned in this survey.

If you are going to do the decent thing and help me with my survey, the sites you need to take a very quick look at are:

Many thanks go out to those of you who do the survey!

A Short Story… Modern Day Martyrdom

May 10, 2010

This is by far and away the strangest thing I’ve ever written.  Bullying, football and terrorism.  Yes, terrorism.  If you’re intrigued, please do have a read by clicking here. Happy reading!

Freud Communications Website Review

May 10, 2010

Freud Communication Screenshot

This is a screenshot of the website of Freud Communications, a PR agency from London.  In order to assess how well the website presents Freud as a business and how well it works as a website in its own right, I chose to extensively review it.  You can find the full review here.

Red, blue or yellow? The 2010 election

May 6, 2010

So the big day has arrived.  Gordon, Cameron and Clegg have all had no sleep, and the country is deciding what shade to colour in our country.

The anticipation and interest in this election is my far the highest that this side of the Atlantic has ever seen.  However, at the end of it all, how much will it really affect us?  Will we notice a change?  Will our lives be bettered (or worsened) by the choice we make today?  No body knows the answer to these questions just yet.  It’s looking at the moment like Cameron has got his shiny face just in front of Brown’s and Clegg’s, but nothing is decided as yet.

Let’s just be thankful that we do live in a democratic nation, meaning that it’s up to us, the Brits.  The wait is nearly over and we will soon know which one of these dashing young gentlemen will be sleeping in number 10 this evening.  Who’s your money on?

Brown, Clegg and Cameron - The Three Musketeers

Oh and don’t forget the underdog…

Nick Griffin - Monster Raving Loony Party, I mean the British National Party

Bye bye Blackberry, hello HTC

March 16, 2010

Blackberry Bold - a very popular model

People have been Blackberry picking.  In this, the age of the iPhone, everyone wants to get their hands on their very own cleverphone.  Sorry, I mean smartphone.  But why the Blackberry?

I, for one, have no idea.  Yes, they are a bit different and yes, they are good in the email department.  But there’s a lot more you can get from other devices without having to sacrifice any more money.

For me, the best bet has to be the wonderful HTC HD2.  I have been wondering about what phone to get when my contract comes to and end, and this one is a surefire contender.  This is a true smartphone.

HTC HD2 - like the iPhone, but not

HTC HD2 - like the iPhone, but not

I’m sure you’ll agree its a wonderful looking piece of equipment.  The HD2 runs on Windows Mobile’s operating system, which is still very much up-and-coming and constantly improving.  But don’t be put off, for there are new ‘apps’, or applications being developed and added every single day.  Not only does it do emails (and it does them very well), but it does a heck of a lot more.  It can be a sat nav, it can be a Twittering device, it can take you to any webpage on the internet, it can be used as a device to watch YouTube videos.  Many see this as a big threat to the iPhone and some see it as an alternative to the iPhone.  However, I think that it is a great phone in its own right and should be recognised as such.  And the best thing of all is that you can even use it if you have fat fingers. (Something you can’t do with those miniscule buttons on most Blackberry phones!)

You can see a full review of this phone here on Tracy and Matt’s technology blog.

Bournemouth: you sexy beach

March 15, 2010

Bournemouth.  It’s known for its beach.  Here’s why.

There’s quite a view.

Hut?

It’s even got ‘Amusements’!  Which are… amusing.

But remember, the birds are attention seekers.  Always trying to get in on a photo…

What more could you want from a beach?

The birds are such attention seekers.

First Class trains – A taste of how the other half live…

March 2, 2010

I know what you’re thinking; “What does a poor, scruffy little student know about first class travel?”  Well, let me justify my choice of topic.

Yesterday, I travelled in the first class carriage of the train back to Bournemouth from seeing my girlfriend in Winchester.  Not because I’m a snob and not because I’m a ‘Surrey boy’ (I’m actually not that posh).  It’s simply because  I always buy my tickets in advance (because I’m cheap) and, this time, the cheapest option was to go first class.  I wasn’t going to complain.

You should see it;  six-inch wide arm rests, enough leg room to rear a small cow and a personal butler who doubles as a full-body masseuse.  Well, the butler part obviously isn’t true, but the rest is genuine.  And it’s glorious.

However, even though I had all this luxury to swathe myself in, I couldn’t help feeling I was a touch out-of-place.  There were four other guests (sorry, passengers) in the carriage with me, all of whom were very middle-class business-type people and all of whom looked at me with the same shock as they would if I were naked when I clambered on board their precious first class carriage.  There just seemed to be a stigma surrounding a first class passenger who didn’t look to be earning a six figure salary.  I like to think I do, but I don’t think you’re supposed to include the pennies…

If you get the chance of first class travel, go for it!  It’s quite an enjoyably schadenfreude-type experience to be able to look for ‘coach A’ as the train arrives at the platform.  Be prepared, however, for some confused and disapproving faces as you take your (extraordinarily comfy) seat.