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Following the release of Apple’s iPhone iOS 14.5, and its new privacy feature, App Tracking Transparency, all developers must now ask permission before tracking users across apps and services.   Until now, Facebook and other apps have been able to mine data from iPhones if users had not changed their settings to prevent it, which very few people did.   This new feature requires users to give explicit permission to an app to share their location data and activities with advertisers. Without this permission, it will be harder for companies like Facebook and other app developers to track users’ activity, and that restriction in data will likely impact their advertising effectiveness. "We think that some number of

Beautiful, diverse and ready to show up in your next ad campaign, Generated.Photos holds a collection of more than two million human faces, free for download. Oh, and none of them are real. These faces have been generated by artificial intelligence. The site allows you to narrow your search of the massive database by “head pose”, “eye colour”, “hair length”, “emotion”, “sex” and “age”, to name a few. Generated.Photos says its faces could be useful for clients needing to jazz up promotional materials and promises clients they can “increase diversity” and “reduce bias” by including “many different ethnic backgrounds in your projects.” Generative adversarial

Big data can feel scary. Data collection is seen as a giant absorbent sponge, soaking up any and all information from consumers. At least, that’s the sentiment shared by 70% of Australians.   Yet without the power of data, life would not be the same. Take Spotify.  The popular audio streaming and media service provider celebrates its data and uses it to tell stories about its subscribers. Spotify not only relies on data to make its user experience better, but it is also the source of its marketing campaigns that users find hilarious and relatable.   Spotify Wrapped   With more than 345 million users, Spotify annually causes a social media frenzy with its ‘Wrapped’ feature, a window into the listening habits of its users. Spotify provides subscribers with a detailed summary of their music history over the year, top artists, favourite genres,

One of the things I do a lot of is training and coaching people who want to improve their use of LinkedIn. The professional social media network has about 700 million registered users, and can be a fantastic place to learn, build genuine relationships, and extend your network. But it’s also a misunderstood platform, and many people aren’t sure what they should be using it for, what they should post, or how to write for the platform. (If this sounds like you, feel free to get in touch with me). The more I have used LinkedIn, the more I realise it’s essentially a

For business, Media Intelligence can be an invaluable tool, especially when used the right way. Unlike the common perception, Media Intelligence is more than just a regurgitation of every time you or your brand is mentioned. In fact, there are five very important ways following your news can improve your business and client outcomes. 

COVID-19 has created an atmosphere of uncertainty in almost every industry. Overnight, the world was forced to go virtual and with very limited opportunity for in-person interactivity and communication.  We are currently still operating in a time of crisis, but businesses need to consider what happens not just today, but tomorrow and beyond. Those that do not take action to adjust their communications strategies risk losing their audience’s trust.  A positive shift for engagement  Fortunately, the digital era has normalised online communication to the point that many of us now prefer it.   The pandemic forced a necessary shift to more online engagement, and in turn we see more opportunities to engage virtually with

Often the media is referred to as the harshest of critics. Over recent weeks we’ve seen the powerful pull of the media and its influence over public perception regarding royalty, celebrities and even our politicians.   Having a free media means journalists have a fundamental right to publish content freely without censorship, control or restrictions.  Concerns for this freedom have grown within the last decade as the number of defamation cases against media outlets has risen at an increasingly alarming rate. The international media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, has downgraded Australia’s global ranking for press freedom from 12th best in the world in 2002 to 26th.  Their 2020 World Press Freedom Index highlighted the challenge journalists face. “In 2019, Australian journalists became more aware than ever

There’s an African proverb that when elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers — and that’s been abundantly clear for Australian media in the past few weeks.   Facebook vs News Corp In the blue corner is Facebook, market capitalisation of USD $741 billion, with as many daily users as the entire populations of all of North America, Europe and Latin America combined.   In the red corner is News Corp, a mere $10 billion in market capitalisation, but in charge of a sprawling international TV, news, digital and magazine empire that in Australia extends from Sky News to The Australian to the Fremantle-Cockburn Gazette.   Alongside are Australia’s other big news houses: Nine, which owns

Every New Year, many of us make resolutions. We stretch to see a better version of ourselves and try and coax it into being.  I believe brands are similar.  Brands can sometimes get distracted from their true purpose. Often, it's because the people who manage them are time poor, and other times the market has changed, leaving businesses feeling like they’ve lost their way.  So, it’s good to stop, take stock and ask the question, “is our brand the best version of itself?”  Back to Brand Strategy Basics To answer that question, businesses need to ask themselves: What is our purpose? What is our vision? What is

Facebook has made the unprecedented move of banning Australian news publishers (and users) from sharing or viewing any news articles on the platform. It’s a response to the Federal Government’s bargaining code which has passed through the House of Representatives, and which will require social media companies to pay news organisations if their content appears on the platform. For many Australian users, this means their main source of daily news - their Facebook newsfeed - will look very different, with only content appearing from friends and family, and non-news organisations. It’s a bold, even aggressive action, on Facebook’s part. If you look at

Google is threatening to shut down its search engine in Australia over a proposed media law. Google said last month that it may stop delivering search results in Australia after the government introduced a new media bill that requires digital platforms to pay publishers to link their content in news feeds or search results. Essentially, Australia wants internet giants like Facebook and Google, to pay to display and link to news generated by Australian journalists. If Google does exit from Australia, it would deny more than 25 million people access to the world's most popular search engine, which handles almost 95% of the country's daily

Have you ever watched a classical music concert and wondered why the orchestra needs a conductor? Surely the musicians can play without the person at the front? The truth is, the conductor holds everything together. The conductor is the only person who can hear the whole orchestra play. For example, the musician on the left can’t hear what’s being played on the right, so how will the musicians know when to come in and how loud to play? The creative It’s the same in the design studio. It is extremely ineffective for designers' to be constantly jumping from creative processes to analytical or

In between her very busy schedule, heading our organisation and its teams, Cannings Purple’s Managing Director, Annette Ellis takes a break to tell us who she is when she's not working. In our ‘Purple Conversations’ series, you’ll find out about the Cannings Purple team – what led them to their careers; what they do in their spare time and even what their favourite apps are. Meet Annette With more than 25 years experience in corporate communications, reputation management, crisis communications, change management and stakeholder relations, Annette is an accomplished corporate editor, speechwriter and a highly regarded coach in executive presentation skills. Annette gained her

Safer Internet Day is designed to encourage people to start the conversation around protecting ourselves, our families and our colleagues on the web, and this year's message is 'together for a better internet'. Protect your internet 'home' In my house, every day is safer internet day, but I can understand why this dry topic might not be everyone’s first priority. Presumably though, you would say you do everything you can to protect your home (and thus your family): door and window locks, alarms, garden fences, teaching your kids to close the front door, shutting your garage etc. Using the internet safely is just

This year, digital marketing will continue to evolve, and given the rapid onset of new technologies and trends, skilled marketers must prepare for what’s ahead. Spotlight on privacy Data privacy isn’t exactly a new trend. Now exposed as fundamental to all too many scandals, privacy and consent has become one of the major issues of the 21st century. This year, we can expect more regulations on the use of private information, and as a result, it may become more challenging to get audience data. Transparency is key, so make sure you are communicating with your audience regarding how their data will be used. Queen of

It's a story that would make a thrilling Hollywood blockbuster - the underdogs who beat the corporate giants at their own game and got super rich in the process. However, this is not a movie, but a real-life drama unfolding right now. In recent days, mainly-amateur stock traders have come together online to drive up the share price of a struggling (but much-loved) video retailer, GameStop. An army of rookie investors on Reddit’s “wallstreetbets” online chatroom joined forces to target short sellers, resulting in more than two million subscribers loading into GameStop’s shares. On Thursday 28 January, the mall retailer was the single most traded name in

Welcome to 2021 and the growing era of ‘ME’. The era where people are celebrated over companies. For decades, businesses have focused on company brands, but in recent times personal branding seems to have taken over.   What is personal branding and why is it important? A brand is not just a logo, a font or a colour scheme. It is something its audience defines. Good branding guides the audience to see what values the brand expresses. So, what about your personal brand? When building a personal brand, think about it like a company’s brand. However, instead of showcasing and marketing a company, you are marketing

As we eagerly leave 2020 behind and cautiously step into 2021, Senior Consultant, Sarah-Jane Dabarera, reflects on the themes in community relations for the year ahead. Culture and heritage   2020 has set the scene for an increased focus on culture and heritage in 2021. The Black Lives Matter movement, Australian deaths in custody and the destruction of sacred sites at Juukan Gorge have resulted in increased focus and scrutiny on genuine engagement with Traditional Owners. The recently released amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act, issued by the WA Government, will require renewed effort in making agreements and strengthening relationships with Traditional Owners. Black

There's a lot of noise on social channels right now from people who are switching from WhatsApp to other messaging services. The move seems to be driven by the (wrong) assertion that changes in WhatsApp’s user policies mean the app will begin pushing personalised information about you to its parent company, Facebook. Now, I’m not a huge supporter of Facebook’s grip on our personal data (or indeed what it has done with that data in the past), but the changes it is making do not mean your personal information will be any more compromised than it already is on WhatsApp -

As we embark on 2021, the world finds itself at a major turning point – politically, economically, technologically and socially. What’s next? It’s never easy to predict, and especially so this year! For businesses and communication experts, the best way forward is to reflect and learn from the year that was – the lockdown; the economic and social impacts; the devastating bushfires; the disruption of everyday life. The events of 2020 transformed how we communicate. We asked some of Perth’s best communication experts to look back on 2020 and give us their predictions for 2021. A purpose-driven focus With lots of social justice issues

Your business will always have detractors and promoters. Detractors will find any excuse to bring you down and take attention away from serving your community, clients or customers. Promoters are people who will publicly back your organisation. A troll will always be a detractor and there are several ways to deal with them, but first, let’s define a troll – and no, we’re not talking about the thing that lives under a bridge. What is an online troll? Trolling is creating conflict on the internet by starting disputes or upsetting people by posting inflammatory or off-topic messages in an online community. In essence,

In between helping clients achieve their digital goals, Cannings Purple's Head of Digital, Glenn Langridge takes a break to tell us who he is when he's not working. In our 'Purple Conversations' series, you'll find out about the Cannings Purple team - what led them to their careers; what they do in their spare time and even what they’re currently watching on Netflix. Meet Head of Digital, Glenn Langridge Glenn is involved with all aspects of digital strategy and campaigning, helping clients achieve their goals through smart use of social media, digital tools, and the latest platforms. Prior to joining Cannings Purple he ran

It’s no secret that good business is built on relationships. The better a business can manage its relationships with its clients, its suppliers, its stakeholders and its referrers, the more successful it will be. Building and maintaining these key relationships can feel daunting for those unfamiliar with it – but this is where a good customer relationship management system, or CRM, can make all the difference. What is CRM? Most of us are used to hearing about CRM in the context of increasing profitability and sales. However, it also enables businesses to focus on all types of relationships, not just transactional ones,