Every now and then we give Clarity’s employees the chance to share a little more about their lives, careers and favourite things.

This time it is Callum McCaig, our recently arrived Account Director, in the spotlight. Callum joined from fintech startup Curve, where he led communications and successfully managed its European launch. Previous to this, he worked with a range of VC-backed startups and global tech brands at Metia and Burson-Marsteller.

At Clarity Callum oversees domestic and international client campaigns, helps drive new business and supports the senior management. He has lots of experience in fintech and is an expert in emerging tech like blockchain.

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One of the most frequently told stories in media circles in the last couple of years is the way in which the contagion of fake news has actually benefited serious journalism.

Titles that were once struggling to convince readers to part with money for subscriptions and memberships found themselves in the thick of the battle against fake news, and readers suddenly seemed happy to put their hands in their pockets.

The New York Times reported a 10% growth year on year, and The Guardian is on course to hit one million paid supporters in the next year. There’s even a blockchain based media platform coming called Civil which promotes quality journalism yet is leading on reader funded revenue rather than advertising.

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Clarity’s London MD, Sara Collinge, recently wrote an article for PR Week about an issue that is very close to her heart – the way that brands target women.

As Sara says

“There is no one-size-fits-all and brands are making too many assumptions about what it takes to engage with a female market. As businesses clamour to attract more women they’re jumping on the bandwagon and launching initiatives without enough knowledge and understanding of who exactly they’re trying to reach, and what they care about.”

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If you are planning on launching an ICO at some point in the near future then the last few weeks have probably caused you to re-calibrate your plans. The news that social networks have chosen to ban Crypto and ICO ads is not entirely surprising given the concerns about some of the entities that are being created. Yet it does in many ways impinge on the plans of serious ICO based companies who are now deprived of one of their key marketing tactics. At the time of writing Google is still accepting ICO ads, but the company says that it will introduce new guidelines in June.

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Newsjacking. It’s an incredibly useful strategy for brands looking to raise their profile – particularly within the UK. But many people don’t know much about newsjacking as a tactic – what goes into it, when it’s appropriate (and not so appropriate), why it’s a great tactic, who should comment, and how to go about it successfully.

Given that it’s a reliable tactic for PR and marketing pros alike, it’s worth digging deeper into who, what, when, why, and how newsjacking can be used to amplify brands and position spokespeople as experts within the press.

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The OpenOcean CEO Summit, which features speakers from the company’s clients and across its network, was once again a fascinating and in some ways challenging event. It offered not just a deep dive into the future of tech, but also into the way in which tomorrow’s innovations will be funded and developed too.

One of the most prominent debates focused Artificial Intelligence and how it is likely to be harnessed in the coming decade. Open Ocean lined up a stellar line up of panelists including Mike Hyde, Facebook’s Director of Data Science, Peter Lee CEO of Rapidminer and Alex Housley CEO of Seldon.

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As most of my colleagues at Clarity know, I am a big lover of words. My most oft-used mobile app is Shortyz Crosswords. I occasionally coin my own terms when the existing ones don’t quite do it (favorites include deja tune, which is having a song stuck in your head, and klognichtfreuden, which is the exclamation one cries out upon the sudden realization that he/she is wearing totally the wrong shoes for their outfit). I even joke about officially changing my middle name, so I can legally be Sherry Word Smith.

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Some of the key stories of the last two months from the worlds of marketing, PR, social media and technology

Is Facebook still an important place for brands? – The changes in the way it constructs the news feeds, largely as a response to the criticism it has been receiving from the media in articles like this, has got brands asking questions. Here is a good summary of the issues.

Do we need another social media platform? – yes there is a big buzz about Vero at the moment, but can this new-ish ad free networks really take on the likes of Instagram and Snapchat?

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So what are the key trends in mobile likely to be this year? The place to find out is the Mobile World Congress which was held in Barcelona last week. Now that the largest event that’s focused on all things relating to mobile technology has wrapped up, we’ve taken a look at five of Mobile World Congress’ most exciting (and in some instances most questionable) announcements.

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The Clarity team not only loves books, we love World Book Day too. In fact there was discussion about whether we would all dress up for it. Sadly this got vetoed on account of the way it would probably turn the office into something resembling the set of a Harry Potter film – with way too many Hermiones! In London today the office looks more like The Chronicles of Narnia but that’s another story…

Anyway here are the team’s favourite books. Some people have offered not just their favourite novel but a business book too.

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