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Flying car
A Dutch vehicle manufacturer has initiated the commercial sale of the world’s first flying car, the PAL-V Liberty. Available in two varieties, the PAL-V Liberty Sport and the Liberty Pioneer are two-person three-wheelers and are capable of flying at speeds of up to 112mph.

Whilst the Sport is the cheaper of the two with the base model starting at $400,000, the Pioneer is priced at $600,000.

PAL-V states that it takes 10 minutes to switch from driving to flying mode and in the air you may travel for 310 miles on a full tank.

The PAL-V Liberty has two distinct attributes that differentiate it from other flying vehicle concepts. The first is that the lift is created by a wind-powered rotor so that the car has the ability to float in the air, whilst the second unique feature is the three-wheel design and the soft-tilting motion in curves.
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Robots in UK
A Think tank Reform report has revealed that 248,860 public sector jobs could be taken over by AI (artificial intelligence) and automated systems over the next 15 years.

According to Think tank Reform, administrator jobs within the UK’s civil service and public sector may be automated to improve efficiency. The report is based on interviews, data, previous research and Freedom of Information requests, and estimates the changes could save the UK £4bn per year through the reduction of the public sector’s wage bill.

Think tank Reform claims the headcount of the government, police and NHS could be significantly reduced and 24,000 roles in frontline healthcare could be replaced. A Reform representative even stated that “public services could become the next Uber” with the gig economy encouraging further employment of locum doctors and supply teachers.

The report stresses that workforces within public services have been designed to be too hierarchical and “unresponsive to user needs” hence it would be beneficial to replace humans with online processes to complete tasks. One example cited by the report wherein we have already seen this shift is the HMRC which has reduced its admin staff from 96,000 to 60,000 over the last ten years.
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Tech City Stars Event - 15.02.17

Our CEO, Saad Saraf, was part of a Dragon’s Den style panel discussion this week in association with Tech City Stars Reboot Camp. Reboot Camp is a pre-apprenticeship program targeted towards young adults as a means to help them gain skills in Mobile App Development, Interactive Media & Marketing and Pre-Employment Skills.

The event, a variation on the Dragons Den TV show, was an opportunity for the apprentices to pitch their tech business ideas to a panel of potential clients. These included Mediarearch Advertising CEO Saad Saraf, Joana Condeco from Brilliant Basics, James Herbertson from London Nest and a representative from Sphonic.

The young tech stars showcased their presentations on mobile app ideas tackling gaps in the market.

The proposed apps focused on IT solutions and computer repairs, converting teachers notes into word documents, football participation, music composition, task assignments and many other concepts.
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Generation X using Social Media more than Millennials

14 Feb 2017, Posted by Mediareach in Blog


A recent Nielsen report has found that the heavy social media user group isn’t Millennials. Generation X (those aged 35-49) was revealed to spend almost 7 hours per week on social media, whilst Millennials spend just over 6 hours per week. Meanwhile adults aged 50 and over were found to spend an average of 4 hours 9 minutes a week on social.

The findings came as a surprise to the president of Nielsen’s social division, Sean Casey, as he noted that social media is usually associated with a younger audience and in fact, is often seen as being synonymous with millennials.

The report has also highlighted how ubiquitous smartphones have become with 97 per cent of 18 to 34-year olds and 94 per cent of 35 to 49-year olds having access to a smartphone device. Additionally, 77 per cent of those 50 and older were also found to use smartphones.
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What will search look like in 2017 and beyond?

06 Feb 2017, Posted by Mediareach in Blog

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In 2017 we shall see online search evolve from cross-device use to assisted bots and voice search due to the advent of digital assistants such as Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant.

Voice Search
This year has been predicted to be the year of voice search. In fact, a recent Google study revealed over half of U.S. teens and 41% of U.S. adults use voice search on a daily basis. Due to the growth of AI and digital assistants in voice search, user intent will be gauged more effectively as they evolve from voice recognition to voice understanding. Consequently businesses will need to tailor their optimization efforts to accommodate voice search.

Cross-channel Marketing
This year will also see a greater implementation of cross-channel marketing in search. Though this may sound similar to multi-channel marketing, they are in fact different. While multi-channel refers to a brand establishing a presence on more than one platform, cross-channel allows for the integration of brand visibility across several platforms. This may be implemented through targeted ads for users via email or social media based on their searches. The result will be a consistent brand presence across multiple channels so that users may be able move seamlessly between devices and platforms whilst making a purchase.

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6 Secrets to Successful Video Marketing

30 Jan 2017, Posted by Mediareach in Blog

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We have already started to see an increased use of video in marketing. In fact, businesses without a video marketing strategy in place have most likely fallen behind their competitors. A recent Forbes study concluded that 59% of executives would prefer to watch a video rather than read text and that video consumption will account for 69% of all Internet traffic in the upcoming year.

Video marketing is now a space that is easier than ever to break into and contrary to belief, no longer requires an enormous budget. The latter part of 2016 saw a notable rise in live videos and streaming due to a push from services such as Facebook Live and Snapchat, which in turn helped brands and personalities dominate the field.

In order to develop an effective Video Marketing Strategy, it is important to note that the video content should seek to:

  • Inform
  • Persuade
  • Communicate a brand story
  • Build relationships
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