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October 20, 2017 — Published by: Drew Benvie
It was award ceremony week this week at Battenhall, with both the PR Week Awards and the UK Social Media Awards falling on the same night. We were fortunate enough to have been shortlisted for a 'best agency' award at both, with PR Week putting us through as finalists for Best Specialist Consultancy, and the UK Social Media Awards naming us as finalists for Best Large Agency.
July 24, 2015 — Published by: Drew Benvie
News came out this morning that the 2015 PR Week Awards finalists have been announced, and we're over the moon to be shortlisted for two awards! We're finalists for Specialist Consultancy of the Year and also for Small Consultancy of the Year.
There are many specialisms in PR, and we can see we're up against the top brands from healthcare, technology, food & drink and startups. Our specialism is social media, so we'll be flying the flag for the internet on October 20th when the winners are announced! And we're a very young agency, so up against some pretty big and established brands in the Small Consultancy category too. Here's wishing the best of luck to the other finalists in both categories Dynamo, John Doe, Man Bites Dog, Manifest, Harvard, Virgo Health and William Murray!
We're thrilled to break the news that we were awarded Best Small Agency last night at the UK Social Media Awards. It's awards season right now, and last week we were finalists in the PR Week Awards too, for best new agency, and last month we were chosen as a PRCA 'Agency of the Future'. We only entered into two awards this year, having just turned one year old as an agency, so we're over the moon to get these accolades, and it's onwards and upwards into 2015.
A big thank you must go out to all of the clients who helped make our first year in business such a success, to our awesome team for truly delivering and disrupting. Here's to a storming end to the year.
September 23, 2014 — Published by: Drew Benvie
Battenhall is just one year old still, but this week has been a busy one and we've had some amazing news to share which the team here have all worked incredibly hard on and which together form a bit of a milestone for us as a consultancy.
One big report
We unveiled our second annual FTSE 100 social media report yesterday. The findings proved interesting to us, we thought, but to the press also, as we managed to secure the cover of the Telegraph's business section and a live slot on Sky News to talk about our findings. This was in addition to big showings in City AM, Management Today, PR Week, Marketing more. TechCrunch called us yesterday too and asked us to do some social media data crunching work at the same time as our report coming out, and our findings got covered in this Twitter story here.
One main event
To coincide with the launch of Social Media Week, and to link up with our report launch, we held our annual social media trends briefing yesterday morning in the Soho Hotel. It was standing room only for talks from Battenhall's Sam Mason, Steph Bennett and Charlie Sharpe. Some reviews from bloggers in the room including eModeration, Sarah Willis, and Ged Carroll are already up online, and we trended in the UK on Twitter with the volume of mentions coming through online.
Next month is the start of award season, and we've just begun entering ourselves for a couple of the biggies. We found out this morning that Battenhall is a finalist for the Social Media Awards as best small agency, which we're absolutely thrilled about. We find out if we win on 23rd October, just two weeks after the PR Week Awards, where we're up for best new agency. So come November we'll either be pumped, pooped or put out, but which ever way these awards turn out, we're excited to even be shortlisted.
In case you'd like to catch up on our Social Media Week event as it happened, here is our Storify of it. Thanks for reading.
July 21, 2014 — Published by: Drew Benvie
This afternoon we received the news that our first award entry, for the PR Week Awards this October, has seen us shortlisted for New Consultancy of the Year. We're all a bit like THIS. And this. Oh, and this.
We're quite young still, only just having turned one year old as an agency, and we can see we're up against some stiff opposition. Aduro, Capella, Incisive Health and The CommsCo are all epic agencies and we wish them the best of British! We're flattered to even be in such great company on the shortlist.
Now for three months of nail-biting and nerve-jangling for all at Battenhall HQ.
May 30, 2014 — Published by: Drew Benvie
This week I was asked to deliver PR Week's Hit or Miss. The topic was the Heinz brand-jacking, where a Twitter veteran of five years and 37,000 tweets started imitating the baked beans company online and subsequently got his account suspended following a tough response from Twitter and the brand police.
What happened could so easily have been put to Heinz's advantage, as I explained in PR Week. But instead I fear Heinz missed a golden opportunity to show that they get how social works and that they know how to engage an audience.
The full piece on PR Week is here.
This week Battenhall's Drew Benvie appeared on PR Week TV on the topic of hacking risks for brands.
The piece looked at online security for brands, which is in need of more serious measures in order to minimise exposure to cyber crime and hacking. A lack of awareness and failure to plan for an often-predictable situation is one of the main problems; the recent hacking of the HMV Twitter account by a disgruntled employee stands as a perfect example of this.
Bail bonding is likely the most misunderstood profession in our legal system. Lawyers, clerks, even magistrates within the criminal justice system who are exposed to bail bonds on a daily basis can often on give the most basic explanation of the process. Compound this with the fact that most citizens who find themselves in the position of needing a bail bondsman (or at least thinking they do) will often be in a confused state due to the stress of having a loved on incarcerated. Needless to say bail bondsman tend to enjoy more than a competitive edge when it comes to negotiating the terms of their service, if any negotiating is done at all. you can find more Meriden services - Connecticut Bail Bonds Group, do visit here.
So how does an individual without any knowledge about what is really involved with this mysterious profession make sure they are not paying more than what is reasonable?
Let me start by clearly stating that the intent of this article is to explain only enough about bail bonding itself to give the reader enough knowledge to get the best price. I do not intend to outline the entire bail bonding process because, in reality, it is not necessary to understand the details to get the best price. In addition we are talking about LARGE bail bonds. No bail bondsman is going to be interested in getting into a heated negotiation over a $1,000 bail bond. You either pay the fee or your bailee will likely just stay incarcerated.
There is one mandatory subject that must be covered so that you limit your negotiations to bail bonding companies that are in a position to actually help you and that is the difference in Surety and Property bail bondsman. That will be covered shortly, first lets look at the typical bail bond.
The generally accepted price for a bail bond is 10% of the bond amount, so for example a bondsman will charge you $100 to post a $1,000 bail bond. It's common practice in this industry to tell clients that this price is completely non negotiable because the percentage rate is set by law and cannot be altered. This is only partially true. This is where the importance and understanding the two types of bail bonding companies comes into play and it has everything to do with collateral.
Surety bail bondsman- Surety bail bondsman make up the bulk of the bail bondman in the world. These are individuals who's companies have no real collateral of their own to back up the bail bond they are writing. Instead of using real property the bail bondsman partners with an insurance company who actually provides the collateral for the bail bond. Because an insurance company is involved Surety bail bondsman are really a type of insurance agent and as such must have a property and casualty insurance license. Because these types of bail bonds are really a type of insurance the "premium" or rate (the 10%) IS set in stone and cannot be altered by the bondsman. This is the rate that the insurance company filed with the Comissioner of Insurance and therefore must be adhered to.
This is why when shopping around for a better price the first question that should be asked is "are you a Surety or Property bail bondsman?".
Property bail bondsman- In contrast a property bail bonding company has pledged real estate as the collateral for the bonds they write and therefore are not obligated to follow any pricing at all. The only limiting factor on price with a property bail bondsman is profit vs risk. And risk is everything.
Drew pointed out that there are tools available to act fast and handle a security breach in the first instance: “You need to figure out how to respond. There are people at Twitter who are there to look after your brand. Also the companies need to figure out the right technology and there are companies that manage the password permissions for accounts. It’s much easier to deal with things, if or when you get hacked.”
As a classic case of crisis, a hacking must be acknowledged and talked openly about by the brand and measures must be taken to fix what has happened.