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Lessons from SXSW 2017 – Part One – An Overview


As SXSW 2017 draws to a close in Austin, the level of insight, innovation and inspiration a person can gain from a single event has only now started to sink in. In addition to enjoying the beautiful city of Texas with all its great food, drink and weather – SXSW brings together the world’s most…

By Robert Lowe 2 days ago
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TechBenefits takes first place


We are extremely proud to announce that readers of The Drum, the UK’s leading marketing title,  have voted our recent identity for TechBenefits the world’s most creative design work. TechBenefits currently heads the magazine’s creative leaderboard beating work from Design Bridge, DigitasLBi and JDO. Late last year, we worked with TechBenefits, the techies with the…

By Evangelline Grove 2 weeks ago
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Mr B & Friends @ SXSW 2017


Mr B & Friends are thrilled to be attending SXSW in Austin Texas for the first time this week. SXSW is the world’s largest interactive conference focusing on emerging technology, a focus that has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies. The conference includes a huge variety…

By Robert Lowe 2 weeks ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Louise Gandolfi


We all experience several ‘firsts’ in life: Your first steps. First hangover. First Five Jobs. Our Digital Marketing Manager, Louise, holds the talking stick today and tells us of her lessons learned before she became a digital marketing guru, including how she landed her first brief stint in being a Dog Whisperer. Yes we’re being…

By Kelly Chan 2 months ago
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Techies with the human touch!


2017 is off to a flying start in Mr B Towers with the launch of the newly rebranded TechBenefits website. We have been developing a refreshed identity and responsive ecommerce site for employee benefits provider TechBenefits, offering the latest tech through salary sacrifice. TechBenefits (www.techbenefits.co.uk) works by employers, allowing their employees to browse an online shop…

By Evangelline Grove 2 months ago
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Top 5 Digital Marketing Predictions For 2017 


The end of 2016 is fast approaching, and wow, a lot has happened in 2016. As we are all about the Where Next, this post is not a run down of the world’s events in 2016, but all about what to expect in of digital marketing in 2017! 2016 saw the rise in Artificial Intelligence…

By Louise Gandolfi 3 months ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Jen Neville


It’s that time of the week again! Time to have a sit down around the fire, hot chocolate in hand, and listen to our friends’ first five jobs! This week, Jen practices the art of peacocking in the sport shop, takes us through her Co-op antics and leads us on her adventure to the Senior…

By Kelly Chan 4 months ago
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Mannequin Challenge


We love a challenge at Mr B & Friends. Come through the door, and watch us how we’ve never been seen before; crafting the art of being still.  

By developers 4 months ago
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Where Next for Student Accommodation?


We are absolutely delighted with our recent brand transformation programme for student accommodation provider Victoria Hall Management Ltd. Rebranded as Host, we have worked with the organisation to develop a new brand positioning, name, identity, trademark, brand guidelines and transactional website which features student accommodation across the UK. Victoria Hall’s 20th anniversary was the perfect…

By Amy Osborne 4 months ago
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Mr B & Friends delivers a breath of fresh air for Eastbourne


A brief that entails a trip to the seaside, how fantastic, we thought as we dusted our bucket and spade off. It’s not every day we get the opportunity to create a new place and destination brand strategy and identity for a much-loved UK Seaside town. Our objective from the client was to put Eastbourne…

By Amy Osborne 4 months ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Amy Osborne


In this week’s series of ‘Where Next: First Five Jobs’ Amy takes us through some of her exciting (and mainly coffee-filled) experiences before she joined the Planning and Marketing team here at Mr B & Friends. Amy, take it away… 1. Seedbeater Would a 16 year old be allowed to work 12-hour days a day…

By Kelly Chan 4 months ago
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Social

Making Friends and Influencing Online #OiConf


With the likes of Jeremy Waite from IBM, Simon Baker from ITN, Steve Bartlett, CEO of Social Chain and Ben Phillips from MediaCom, I had high hopes for the Online Influence Conference 2016. The focus for the conference this year was on social media and mobile innovation; as Digital Marketing Manager for Mr B &…

By Louise Gandolfi 5 months ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Simon Smart


Welcome to the fourth week of ‘Where Next: First Five Jobs’ where we find out a little more about where our friends came from pre-Mr B. Today, Simon Smart (AKA ‘The SS’) tells us of his journey from Butlins’ Magnum P.I. to the Operations Manager we know today. Buckle up your seatbelts… it’s a good…

By Kelly Chan 5 months ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Liam Smith


This week, our Senior Strategic Planner, Liam Smith, takes center stage to tell us of his journey to Mr B & Friends. Liam will take us through his first five jobs and outline some of the most important lessons learnt from these experiences. Take it away, Liam… 1. Labourer This was my first job whilst…

By Kelly Chan 5 months ago
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Where next for revitalising brands. To simplify or amplify?


Recently we’ve seen a number of high-profile rebrands, some drawing on the heritage of the business, and others really elaborating with new innovative brand assets. What drives this? Why choose heritage over a fresh start? Let’s explore why the creatives, strategists and businesses make a clear, decision to do this. To be clear I’m not…

By Steve Richardson 5 months ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Nicola Jarvie


At Mr B & Friends we’re all about looking forward and discovering Where Next, but we also thought it would be great to see where our team started out and the journey that set them on the way to their current role at Mr B & Friends. Our ‘Where Next: First Five Jobs’ will be a…

By Kelly Chan 5 months ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Sarah Dennis


A common cliché we all heard growing up was to “remember where you came from”. Take That sang a song about it back in the 90s. Mufasa’s ghost wisely told Simba this at the end of the Lion King (spoiler alert). It is for this reason that we are introducing the ‘Where Next: First Five…

By Kelly Chan 6 months ago
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Blood, sweat and cookies!


After a gruelling and intense three weeks of competition, I (along with everyone else!) am relieved to announce that the GFAW Challenge is over! Get Fit In Bath head honchos Dave Bowler and Tash Lewis set us the rather formidable task of completing 250 cals on the watt bike, 150 squats, 150 lunges, 150 press-ups,…

By Alice Hampshire 6 months ago
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The sky’s the limit for UKCloud with new brand by Mr B & Friends


Brand, creative and digital agency Mr B & Friends has revealed the new brand identity for UKCloud just as the cloud services company tops the Tech Track 100 league table. UKCloud www.ukcloud.com  (formerly known as Skyscape Cloud Services) crowned the leaderboard of this year’s Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain’s…

By Sarah Dennis 6 months ago
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GFAW gets fierce!


Twenty members of the Get Fit At Work team are taking on a challenge to truly test their mettle. Having regularly taken part in twice weekly fitness sessions since January, the increasingly fit participants have been set a tough task to show just how far they’ve come. Teams of two will compete to win gold, silver…

By Sarah Dennis 7 months ago
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Planning for the future


This summer we’ve welcomed two new faces to our team in the form of Adam Partridge and Liam Smith, who will work alongside each other in our supercharged Strategy and Planning team, helping to answer where next for even more clients. With 15 years experience working for some of the most respected branding and design…

By Sarah Dennis 7 months ago
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Mr B’s crew get their sea legs


On Friday 19th August eight members of the Mr B’s team took to the water for a yacht trip to Cowes. The excursion on an elegant 45ft yacht was organised to reward those who went over and above in their roles throughout the last financial year. Voted for by a combination of the senior management…

By Sarah Dennis 7 months ago
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The rise and rise of voice search


We all know that voice search has been around for a few years now. Following a sluggish start for people using these voice-activated apps, with 85% of IOS users saying they did not use Siri in 2013, they’re now much more commonplace. But with the release of Google Assistant and Google Home later this year…

By Louise Gandolfi 7 months ago
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Going for gold!


The IOD’s Director of the Year National Award is fast approaching and this year it includes Simon Barbato, founder of Mr B & Friends, one of the fastest growing marketing agencies in the UK. Earlier this year Simon won the IOD’s Regional Director of the Year for The South West. The IOD’s national award recognises the…

By Sarah Dennis 8 months ago
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A halo but no angel…


In our marketing literate society we are all familiar with the concept of people as brands, but what makes one person good brand material and the next a non runner? What, for example, makes Muhammad Ali a memorable brand and another world title-holder, Chris Eubank, a bizarrely dressed laughing stock?  And just what is it…

By Peter Gandolfi 8 months ago
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Pokémon Go – Gotta share it all!


Over the past few days, the internet has been ablaze with all things Pokémon Go, an augmented reality smartphone game that allows players to search the real world to find and capture Pokemon. It launched big and became the top-selling app on both iPhone’s app store and Google Play just days after its release in the US, Australia and…

By Robert Lowe 8 months ago
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Culture, spirit, energy: life at Mr B & Friends


It’s fair to say that for the best part of the twentieth century the UK’s advertising industry belonged solely to London. The arrival of a high flying New York agencies after the second world war inspired fierce competition with their UK counterparts, resulting in what many have described as the golden age of British advertising….

By Jamie Kenyon 9 months ago
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From Bedroom to Boardroom – Mr B & Friends founder wins IoD Director of The Year


Simon Barbato, founder and CEO of Bath-based brand, digital, marketing and creative agency Mr B & Friends, has been named Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year. Simon launched the agency in his bedroom 10 years ago and today it is one of the fastest-growing in the region. The company now employs 39…

By Jamie Kenyon 9 months ago
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Under par brand management


Are we all a bit blasé about sexism? The suffragettes at the beginning of the twentieth century struck the fatal blow and feminists finished the job in the seventies, didn’t they? Now all we need to worry about is whether Kim Kardashian’s revealing selfies are an example of girl power or letting the side down. Perhaps…

By Peter Gandolfi 9 months ago
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Happy birthday to us


Today is a very important day in the history of Mr B & Friends, exactly 10 years since the agency was founded. We’ve come a long way over the past decade, from a humble bedroom start up to one of the UK’s leading independent agencies, and would like to take a moment to thank everyone…

By Jamie Kenyon 10 months ago
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Thread talks…


The chaps over at Fiasco treated us to another great evening of speakers at the latest Thread event. Previously Animade inspired and entertained us with their brilliant animations and sound approach, with John McFaul taking us along his journey from the start before that. This time Paul Bailey of Brand in Process and James Greenfield from Koto shared their experience of working in the complex field…

By Pete Sturgeon 10 months ago
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It’s a ‘Mr B’ thing…


Like most companies, we have regular social events where we all go out and get a little merry together. We are, after all, fairly partial to the odd tipple every now and again… But aside from the usual drinking shenanigans, we also have GFAW – Get Fit At Work. As a creative agency, we all…

By Alice Hampshire 10 months ago
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Greenergy Annual Report gets shortlisted


Some great news from HQ this afternoon – our 2015 Annual Report for Greenergy has been shortlisted in the report and accounts category for the Print, Design & Marketing Awards 2016. The ceremony will be taking place on the 30th of June aboard the Silver Sturgeon on the Thames, and looks to shine the spotlight…

By Jamie Kenyon 10 months ago
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Refreshing Fourpure’s core range


Fourpure Brewing Company, a London based craft beer producer was launched in 2013 and enjoys successful listings at M&S stores nationwide as well as countless bars and restaurants. But, as they gained share in one of the fastest growing categories in the UK drinks market, Fourpure tasked us to increase shelf standout and underline the…

By Jamie Kenyon 10 months ago
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Simon shortlisted for IOD award


Our CEO Simon Barbato has been shortlisted for this year’s Institute of Directors regional Director of the Year Award. The ceremony will take place on the 9th of June at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium, and looks to celebrate and bring together outstanding business people from across the South West Simon, who started Mr B &…

By Jamie Kenyon 10 months ago
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Render Conference 2016


Render Conf (formally known as jQuery UK) is an annual front end web developer conference in Oxford, with talks ranging from front end testing to how you can use javascript to create a pattern for a wooly jumper. I was lucky enough to be sent along to the first day of the conference by Mr…

By Stuart Nelson 10 months ago
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Future Creative Directors wanted!


Are you an ambitious young creative in your penultimate or final year of university? If so, it’s time to get real and start thinking about your first career step. Mr B & Friends is on the lookout for the stars of the future. We want some of the best young designers to join us for…

By Jamie Kenyon 11 months ago
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Memoirs of a Hack


5pm, Wednesday the 4th of May. Mr B & Friends HQ is brimming with excitement, anticipation and a measure of trepidation. The crew await close of play like greyhounds in the docks, like a colony of ravenous penguins close to feeding time at London Zoo. Weeks in the pipeline, it was the eve of the…

By Jamie Kenyon 11 months ago
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Two brands score on the back of Leicester victory


I love innovative marketing and I love football, so you can imagine my excitement this week when both happened at once following Leicester’s remarkable role reversal from underdog to top dog! The team’s latent league topping potential and their exceptional win has certainly thrown up some spirited marketing effort by some of the UK’s top…

By Peter Gandolfi 11 months ago
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Immersive engagement, it’s all about you…


Brands are constantly searching for new things to say that will cut through the noise and make them standout. But it’s not just about what they’re saying; they also have to consider their physical appearance as another aspect of a consistent, multi-faceted brand experience. As the use of mobile, smart technology and the internet of…

By Kate Nicol 11 months ago
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Mr B & Friends ranked in the Top 10 UK Elite Agencies


We’re delighted to reveal the results of The Drum’s 2016 Design Census (run in partnership with the RAR).  In a stunning year, we have performed brilliantly against our peers achieving 2nd place for UK agency performance in our category, and amongst the top 15 independents for client satisfaction. The combination of which  resulted in Mr B & Friends being…

By Jamie Kenyon 11 months ago
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Will football teams give club badges the boot?


Across the UK, schools, golf clubs, town councils and especially football clubs have a coat of arms as their identity, it’s all as British as a cream tea. However, it seems that this particular form of logo or corporate identity might just turn out to be a ticking bomb for thousands of them. In the…

By Simon Barbato 11 months ago
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The art of storytelling: from soap to substance…


Since the early 1900’s when advertising centered on the sale of a product or a commodity we have been consuming brand stories. Brands such as ‘Fairy’ have been recognisable since the late 1800’s known predominantly for soap. In 1950 Proctor & Gamble revolutionsed the market by launching the first liquid product and Fairy Liquid was…

By Kate Nicol 12 months ago
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Where next for banking?


In the world of marketing it has become a cliche to say that a brand or even a whole market must “evolve or die.” However, the cliche is perhaps becoming reality for the UK’s major banks as they find themselves facing a cohort of innovative web-based challengers. With their copybook well and truly blotted by…

By Peter Gandolfi 12 months ago
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Awwwards gives us a nod


March saw the launch of our new Mr B website. A year in the making, we’d been aware for some time that our website needed a facelift. We wanted our new website to represent us as an agency and what we pride ourselves upon; exponents of ‘where next’ thinking, known for beautiful creative, craftsmanship and…

By Kate Nicol 12 months ago
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Mr B & Friends discover hot spring of inspiration


Whilst installing a new downstairs toilet at Mr B & Friends HQ last week, plumbers discovered a naturally occurring hot spring underneath the office. Located only a stone’s throw from the city of Bath’s historic Roman Baths, it should come as no surprise. However, alongside the clouds of piping hot steam, surprise definitely still lingers…

By Harriet Whitehorne 12 months ago
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Climbing the ladder


It’s always nice being the bearer of good news, and as such we’d like to say a massive congratulations to Nicola Jarvie who has recently been appointed to the role of Account Director. Nicola has been with Mr B & Friends since August last year, in which time she has established herself as an integral…

By Jamie Kenyon 12 months ago
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Where next for your business?


If you’re not being challenged by your agency, are you in danger of standing still? Whether you’re an established brand in a mature market, or a disruptive start-up breaking new ground in a fledgling space, thinking and planning where next for your business will always be front of mind. If you’re a consumer brand owner, or market…

By Simon Barbato 1 year ago
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New faces at Mr B & Friends


This week we say a warm hello to our two newest recruits, Nathan and George…. Nathan Crosby joins our creative team as a Designer. Nathan comes to us having cut his teeth in Bristol creative agency 375, with experience that covers brand creation, digital campaign design and motion work, working with sustainability brands that include…

By Jamie Kenyon 1 year ago
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A creative culture isn’t grown in a dish. It’s growing in Bath.


We all know it – profitability, accurate time management, teamwork, strategy, planning and process all help to make a creative agency tick along, but the age-old problem is always… how do you keep a creative team fresh, enthusiastic, brave in its thinking, in short, up for it? Mr B & Friends CD Kate Gorringe and…

By Steve Richardson 1 year ago
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Hack’leberry Finn


The more musically inclined among you may have noticed that the 6 Music festival took place in Bristol a few weeks ago. To coincide with it, a 3 hour hack night was hosted at @bristol with a theme of, I’ll give you 1 guess, music. So myself and Stuart, another developer here who happens to…

By Clifford Williams 1 year ago
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Mr B Talks: Hat-trick Studio


Last Wednesday a group of us finished work and left Mr B towers to head for the Arnolfini in Bristol. We managed to get hold of tickets for a talk that was being given by two of the top dogs at Hat-trick design studio. Eager to hear the processes and ideas behind Creative Review’s number…

By Sara Foley 1 year ago
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Don’t let the sports field become a mine field


Recently the German sportswear giant, Adidas, announced they were leaving four years early from their sponsorship deal with the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation).  The decision appears to have been prompted by the current scandal and a recent report by the World Anti-doping Agency claiming “corruption was embedded” in the IAAF.  This isn’t the…

By Peter Gandolfi 1 year ago
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How mobile will change travel


We have clocked up a more than a few miles in the travel industry here at Mr B & Friends, working with leading travel brands like Trek America, Exodus and Explore Worldwide, and therefore we realise, probably more than most, how rapidly the industry can change, not just for our own clients but for all…

By Simon Barbato 1 year ago
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Network surfing


Striking a deal with a prospective client or employee over a round of golf has been commonplace in the business world for a long time. Its handicap system and leisurely nature allows people of all abilities to compete against each other without too much exertion or awkwardness – fertile ground for doing business. However in…

By Jamie Kenyon 1 year ago
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We’re award winners! Siniat Bulldog wins Campaign of the Year


Last night Mr B & Friends’ Bulldog campaign for Siniat saw off some stiff competition at the 2015 Business Leader Awards to claim Marketing Campaign of the Year. The integrated digital and point of sale campaign launched in February this year and focussed on Siniat’s range of “Bulldog” value metal frames. Targeting builders through merchants…

By Simon Barbato 1 year ago
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Rugby World Cup 2015: A New Age of Sports Sponsorship


Sponsorship of major sporting events has always been a hugely attractive prospect to large multinational brands. The commercial rewards can be great, and ever since the advent of professional sport brands have been shelling out fortunes just to have their name alongside some of our favourite teams and competitions. However, for too long brands have been…

By Jamie Kenyon 1 year ago
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Mobile Apps in 2015: New Technologies, New Opportunities


Creating applications which run on mobile devices (or “Apps”) has been an expensive operation, and for good reason. To create a quality App has always required the skills of specialist developers who are well versed in writing code which is “native” to a particular platform or device. Like any specialist such programmers have always been…

By David Smith 2 years ago
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The Graduate


Unlike Dustin Hoffman, Jamie knows just what he wants to do with his life…. Meet Jamie, he’s fresh out of university and has joined us for a six-month internship on the coalface. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Jamie wasted no time in stepping up to the role of Digital Producer. Nobody would guess that a short while…

By Simon Barbato 2 years ago
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Here Come The Girls!


We’re thrilled to announce that there have been some exciting changes going on at Mr B & Friends recently. Our uber-talented creative team has been developing and we’re excited to reveal our strong new line-up. Throwing out the tired perception of advertising being the domain of Old Spice wearing Don Draper wannabes, we’ve appointed some…

By Steve Richardson 2 years ago
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Festival Season But Not As We Know It


It’s official, festival season is here and it’s time to start compiling your survival checklist. Wellies are essential, as is a good anorak and a packet or two of paracetamol… but will you need to take your wallet with you this year? Over the last few years Barclay’s have been trialling their wearable payment wristband…

By Harriet Whitehorne 2 years ago
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Selling Politics Like Soap Powder


It’s well documented just how much of a game changer The Tories’ 1978 ‘Labour Isn’t Working’ poster was, inspiring a golden age of political advertising in which competing parties would spend fortunes securing the most sought after high street spots for their billboard creations. However, this format of campaign advertising is very much in the…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago
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Are You Mobile Friendly? If You’re Not, Time Is Running Out…


Google are regularly updating their search algorithm. Most of the time, these changes are small and don’t effect the way your website ranks. However, occasionally Google will roll out a major update, such as Panda or Penguin, that can affect the search performance of your website in a huge way. Last week Google announced that…

By Robert Lowe 2 years ago
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Mr B & Friends Appoints Digital Chief


Brand, creative and digital agency, Mr B & Friends, has appointed Rob Lowe to the newly created post of Director of Digital. Lowe joins from Harte Hanks, where he was previously Head of Digital, leading teams across the UK, Europe and US working with clients including Samsung, InBev and Vodafone.  His appointment follows an 18-month…

By Simon Barbato 2 years ago
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New Campaign Launch For Siniat


We have recently launched a new product range into the builder’s merchant market for European firm Siniat. The brief was to pitch Siniat’s new product, an innovative range of metal partition frames called Bulldog, in competition to more traditional timber products. The key task was to communicate Bulldog’s superiority over traditional timber to an audience…

By Simon Barbato 2 years ago