It’s one year since the first UK lockdown, when businesses of all shapes and sizes were forced into remote working overnight. While Battenhall has been practising remote and flexible working since we started in 2013, and now operates a total flexible working model, the recent widescale shift got me reflecting on what aspects of PR agency life have changed so much in the past 12 months.
Fresh off the back of a record year, which saw Battenhall named consultancy of the year by The Drum, CIPR and PRWeek, and the agency’s client work sweep the board at the UK Social Media Awards, 2021 has got off to a flyer with the announcement of international expansion plans.
One of the biggest boom sectors globally in recent years is esports (electronic sports), which is predicted to become a billion-dollar industry in 2019. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, when you consider the video games industry is the richest entertainment form in the world, worth more than $116bn in 2018 according to a Reuters report.
This week the annual Consumer Electronics Show takes place in Vegas, and its showcase gadgets have dominated the news agenda as we ease into 2019. CES is seen as the barometer for technology trends in the year ahead, so here at Battenhall we've taken a look at what's hot from the main event.
If, like us, you’re never off Instagram, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the ‘Kiki Challenge’ recently – it’s the latest viral video craze to take social media by storm. The concept is simple: participants are filmed dancing to Drake’s latest single In My Feelings, with some going so far as to bust a move alongside moving cars (of course, Battenhall doesn’t condone such a reckless disregard for road safety).
Set your calendar alerts people - it’s finally here! The massively popular iOS (and now Android!) quiz show game HQ Trivia is now available in the UK. For those in the dark, HQ Trivia has really taken off across the pond, hooking in over 15,000 participants per game. Twice a day during the week and once a day on the weekend, a live game show takes place on your phone with the chance to win a share of a cash prize by correctly answering a set of trivia questions. Brits in the know have been tuning in at unsociable hours for a chance to compete in the North American version of the game, but the new UK version promises to air at 3 pm and 9 pm GMT.