We are here for you throughout the 3rd Lockdown for the UK

With Coronavirus having now triggered a Level 5 alert, and a national lockdown being in place in all four nations of the UK we want to reiterate what the situation is at O'Brien Media to reassure you that we are here for you and your business. In brief We are here for you throughout this global pandemic, and the UK's 3rd lockdown, and will work with you to ensure that your business can continue...
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Conor Mckenna, Director of Bristol based Vocavio Technologies looks back on 2020

We here at O’Brien Media have asked our customers how they have found 2020 to be. Through the various lockdowns and guidelines, Conor Mckenna shares how they and Vocavio Technologies have coped throughout these testing and unprecedented times. They also share how we here at O’Brien Media have helped them throughout the year. In a year where many took stock of how they engaged customers, it...
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Swindon to move into Tier 4 as of 00:01 31st December 2020

This is a developing topic and will be updated regularly. Swindon, along with many other areas, enter Tier 4 restrictions as of 00:01 on the 31st December 2020. This means that non-essential retail must now close, there will be further restrictions on movement - with a "Stay at Home" rule in place unless there is a "reasonable excuse". We have summarised some of the key points from the advice...
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Ian Henshall of Coffee Plant provides his perspective of 2020

We here at O’Brien Media have asked our customers how they have found 2020 to be. Through the various lockdowns and guidelines, Ian Henshall shares how they and Coffee Plant have coped throughout these testing and unprecedented times, with views from Ian's Accountable Democracy UK blog. They also share how we here at O’Brien Media have helped them throughout the year. Coffee Plant's shop has...
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When your marketing plans get derailed, here’s what to do

If there’s anything the uncertainty of 2020 has taught us, though, it’s how difficult it is to plan. You’ve likely never experienced anything as challenging as the current climate. Markets are unstable, competitors are unpredictable, and consumer habits are changing — some temporarily, others permanently. This festive season, for example, retailers are challenged with making sure...
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Cybercrime: Keep your money safe when shopping online

As part of National Consumer Week and International Fraud Awareness Week, we want to remind our customers and readers of some of the issues of shopping online and what can be done to limit the risks. Many people might be looking to get themselves prepared ahead of the festive period by shopping for gifts online. As people are again furloughed and usual socialising is curtailed for now, some may...
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Win the customer experience game today and post-Covid

We're nearing the end of a challenging year — and heading into the festive season — people are slowly beginning to shop again. But they’re doing so carefully and consciously, buying close to home and embracing e-commerce more than ever. Brands need to be ready to adopt a variety of in-store and online measures to cater to today’s shopper. So what can brands do to deliver meaningful...
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Second Lockdown: What are the new rules from 5th November 2020?

New lockdown rules were introduced in England from just after midnight last night (Thursday 5th November 20202). Pubs, restaurants, gyms, and non-essential shops will close for four weeks. These new measures are intended to reduce the growth rate of COVID-19, protect the NHS and ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work. It’s up to all of us to play our part to avoid...
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We’re here to help you & your business through lockdown

With the first day of this new national lockdown (5th November 2020) upon us, I wanted to let you know that, as during the previous lockdown, we will be here to help you and your business, club, or other organisation through these difficult times. If you haven’t already updated your website to provide information to your customers, members, or visitors then we can help you do this – either as...
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Coronavirus: It’s up to all of us to keep each other safe

It’s up to all of us to know what we must do to keep ourselves and others safe in the weeks and months ahead. The medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms or live in the same household as somebody who does. The main symptoms of coronavirus are: High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your...
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