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Research : Household cost-cutting hits two-year high

Research : Household cost-cutting hits two-year high

by Will Corry on August 18, 2017

Buying cheaper grocery brands is most popular way to save money

The number of Britons changing their spending habits to cut down on household expenses has hit its highest level for two years, according to Nielsen’s latest Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions.

Over half of Britons (53%) admitted to taking cost-cutting measures in the second quarter of this year, the highest level since 56% did so in Q2 2015. This is in stark contrast to last year when household cost-cutting activity hit its lowest level on record (40%), two months after the Brexit vote.

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Kevin Hart’s streaming service is no laughing matter

Kevin Hart’s streaming service is no laughing matter

by Will Corry on August 18, 2017

“I’m not here to talk about how I’m the highest-grossing comedian of all time...” began Kevin Hart, standing on stage in the back garden of a lavish Beverly Hills mansion before an audience of hundreds.

“Or how I’m a best-selling author, or how I have my own line of Nike sneakers”, he continued. Instead, the world’s highest-paid funny man was there to talk about his latest business venture: Laugh Out Loud.

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Laughter Spot : “The one about the beautiful younger sister”

by Will Corry on August 17, 2017

"My wonderful girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. There was only one little thing bothering me. It was her beautiful younger sister.

My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight miniskirts, and generally was bra less. One day"little" sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived, and she whispered to me that she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome.

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NewVoiceMedia appoints President and Chief Operating Officer

NewVoiceMedia appoints President and Chief Operating Officer

by Will Corry on August 16, 2017

Latest : NewVoiceMedia, a leading global provider of cloud contact centre and inside sales technology that enables businesses to have more successful conversations, has appointed Dennis Fois as President and Chief Operating Officer to strengthen its executive team.

Dennis’s responsibilities include global leadership of NewVoiceMedia’s marketing, product marketing and customer success functions. He brings more than 25 years of experience in international leadership strategy, sales, marketing and business development in the technology and financial services markets, including as CEO of customer engagement software provider Rant & Rave, where he launched the brand and doubled the firm’s revenues and profits.

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“State of SMS Executive Summary” – Text messaging research 2017

by Will Corry on August 16, 2017

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White Paper : SMEs and start-ups need to mobilise their marketing if they are to compete with more established brands …Textlocal

White Paper : SMEs and start-ups need to mobilise their marketing if they are to compete with more established brands …Textlocal

by Will Corry on August 16, 2017

A new white paper titled ‘The State of SMS’ suggests SMEs and start-ups need to mobilise their marketing if they are to compete with more established brands in the marketplace.

The report, commissioned by Textlocal one of the UK’s leading SMS platforms, predicts a sharp rise in mobile usage as Britain boasts nearly 80m active mobile phones in circulation for the first time, with only 50% of SMEs surveyed currently using SMS as part of their marketing strategies.

A full version of the report can be found by contacting Scarlett@thesourcepartnership.com

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Live chat software operated by humans: The safer option … Gemma Baker, Click4Assistance

Live chat software operated by humans: The safer option … Gemma Baker, Click4Assistance

by Will Corry on August 15, 2017

What are your opinions of chatbots?

2017 hasn’t been a very good year for Facebook and their progress with chatbots. The end of February saw reports on the bots hitting a 70% failure rate, as they were lacking understanding of the interaction, resulting in a human representative having to step in. This caused the social media giant to scale back its AI ambitions.

The end of July also saw Facebook experience adverse results and having to shut down their experiment. The social media giant’s AI researchers were attempting to teach the chatbots how to negotiate, however the bots identified as Bob and Alice deviated from the scripted conversation and continued communicating in their own manner meant to imitate human speech.

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Women for Women : “The delicious warmth of Nadiya Hussain’s family cooking”

by Will Corry on August 15, 2017

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Blunders : “What would you expect from this odious pantomime dame?”

by Will Corry on August 15, 2017

Alex Salmond has been accused of ‘sexism’ after telling a joke about having sex with Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May.

The former First Minister’s Edinburgh Festival gag also mentioned Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson and First Lady Melania Trump [more…]

EU Customs Plan : London shares tick higher – David Davis sets out his plans

by Will Corry on August 15, 2017

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