To be a master marketer, you have to be a master of content. But the 2014 forecast study by the CIM reported that only "44% of B2B marketers have a documented content strategy". The numbers suggest that thinking caps aren't on - marketers are pushing out content to tick boxes but floundering when it comes to producing strategic material that helps to achieve real business objectives.
Nuts - the magazine that launched a thousand unrealistic fantasies - is facing closure. While it's a sad day for print media, it's also a sign of the times. Is it possible "lad" culture is no longer relevant? 'The lad' was sold to men as a guy who had a laugh, a guy who could down pints, a guy who just loved boobs (or should I say tits?).
Once candles are lit, and I'm in, the regret starts to encroach. If the water isn't a perfect temperature - and it never is - my body reacts, either by perspiring (which is weird when you're already wet) or by shivering. In an attempt to quickly salvage my bathing experience, I decide to read a magazine.
As the controversy surrounding Kate Winslet's 'unrealistic' Vogue cover rages on, I meet with a world renowned high end retoucher, Pratik Naik (Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, FHM, Cosmopolitan and The Observer) to discuss aesthetics, ethics and the more technical aspects of beautifying subjects on commission.
The medley of today's media is unprecedented. While Britain's biggest publishers find themselves in similarly unparalleled levels of turmoil - shrinking revenue, the threat of state regulation, and a growing tendency to aim their guns at each other - the range of outlets beneath them is fragmenting like light through a prism.
Supposedly, we live in a time where feminism is high and women want to empower other women. However, how is it that women seem to be the ones putting other women down about how they look? When you look at female magazines, they are the ones presenting women as being stick thin as being sexy and beautiful...