Even Ryanair needs to do something about customer service

Well, well, well. MarketingWeek reported that Ryanair, the (in)famous low cost airline often criticised for appalling customer service, is recruiting a Marketing Director. The job advert specifies that the post holder will be in charge of promoting the company’s safety, customer service and low fare messages. Yes, that’s right: customer service. Maybe O’Leary is reading … Continue reading Even Ryanair needs to do something about customer service

Who wants 4G?

This afternoon, I am delivering a talk at the Oxfordshire branch of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. More details here. In this talk, we put technology to the side and focus, instead, on the social and psychological needs of mobile phone users. This is the slide set for the session. As usual, I would … Continue reading Who wants 4G?

Social Media users praise brands in private and criticise in public

Jan Kietzmann and I have been investigating how social media users talk about their consumption experiences online, a phenomenon called “electronic Word of Mouth”, or eWoM. While there is considerable research regarding why and, to an extent, how consumers engage in eWoM, our research is novel in that it: Investigates how different aspects of the … Continue reading Social Media users praise brands in private and criticise in public

New book: The Surveillance Industrial Complex

Recently, I received in the post a copy of the book ‘The Surveillance Industrial Complex – A political economy of surveillance’, edited by Kirstie Ball and Laureen Snider. In this book, long term collaborators, Kirstie Ball and Lauren Snider examine the nature of today’s surveillance structures. They note that not only is surveillance conducted at … Continue reading New book: The Surveillance Industrial Complex

The downside of choice

Earlier today I was at an information session, meeting people interested in post-graduate education at the institution where I am employed, Oxford Brookes University. I was doing my best to show the potential candidates all the options that they had access to. We talked about the different modes of study (i.e., full time vs. part … Continue reading The downside of choice

So this is how Facebook sees me

You know what they say: on Facebook, you are not the customer; you are the product. Facebook collects our identity and activity (updates, likes and shares) information. This information is processed by Facebook’s algorithms, and churns out targets for advertisers to promote their products to. Naturally, Facebook keeps their algorithms secret. Though, much has been … Continue reading So this is how Facebook sees me

#FollowFriday: @thefirstwebsite

#followfriday (or #ff) is a tradition started by Micah Baldwin (according to Mashable), whereby you name Twitter user your followers should know about. In addition to naming interesting users on Twitter, I provide a bit of background information on them in here. Enjoy!   To celebrate 20 years of making the software required to run a … Continue reading #FollowFriday: @thefirstwebsite