British Birds of Prey Centre opens in National Botanic Garden of Wales

British Birds of Prey Centre opens in National Botanic Garden of Wales

The British Birds of Prey Centre opened its doors for the first time on Friday 1st June. The new Centre features 20 native brds of prey and offers visitors incredible, close-up encounters with hawks, falcons, kestrels, kites, buzzards and even eagles. The centre’s director Emma Hill told the Garden: “This will be one of the very few places in the whole of the UK you can see a golden eagle flying.” Already a hit with people of all ages, the Centre has two flying displays every day and a daily owl show too. The Botanic Garden’s director Huw Francis welcomed the news of the British Bird of Prey Centre opening, saying that, with this latest addition to the menu of attractions, the Garden offer is getting close to being irresistible: “With rising visitor numbers, great reviews and a growing reputation, the Garden really is going from strength to strength. This June 1st opening is another huge milestone for us and we cannot wait to introduce our visitors to the fantastic world of birds of...
The battle for top spot: Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook

The battle for top spot: Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook

It’s been a rocky start to 2018 for some of the social media giants! When Instagram began testing adverts, they had just reached 150 million daily users. This month, Facebook has announced they are rolling out the function in the US, Brazil and Mexico. Eytan Oren, CEO of full-service agency Block Party, said his agency tracked 100 brands for two weeks in March and found that 79 of them were using Instagram Stories, while just seven were using Facebook’s version, but a look at those same 100 brands today revealed that seven had posted Facebook Stories in the past 24 hours alone. A year ago, the stories function in the Facebook app wasn’t well-known, or well-used. But now, the function is being used more and more, and the hope is that the ads will be targeted to get people interested in new products and services. Instagram are also releasing new features; the ability to add an image post to your story was added last week, allowing users to easily share content. However, Snapchat is faring less well than the other “big two” after a disastrous re-design earlier in the year. The new offering from Snapchat is the introduction of un-skippable ads and it may not be their best move. Snapchat attempt to appease unhappy advertisers To appease brands that were not happy with short average view times on their ads—less than 2 seconds on average, according to top Snapchat advertisers, the platform has introduced forced-view 6-second adverts. As well as the possibility of angering users, the adverts don’t link to longer videos or e-commerce sites as they did previously....
Revealed: The world’s most valuable brands

Revealed: The world’s most valuable brands

Amazon bumps Microsoft from third place while Google and Amazon keep their positions at the top. According to the latest BrandZ report of the world’s top 100 brands, those using technology to make people’s lives easier are winning in 2018. Technology and tech-related companies accounted for a staggering 92% of the overall ranking. Tech giants Google and Apple lead the way, with both breaking the $300bn brand value threshold for the first time. Google took first place with a brand value of $302bn, following their 23% rise while Apple is just behind with a value of $301bn after their 28% rise. However, close behind them is Amazon on one of the fastest growths the report has ever seen. After increasing their value by 49% to $208bn this year, they bump Microsoft (which grew 40% to $201bn) into fourth place.                   Peter Walshe, global strategy director for BrandZ, ““Brands are increasingly concentrating on being able to meet consumer needs in interesting ways that gives them a superior advantage over their competitors – particularly when it comes to making people’s lives better and easier with technology.” But some of the fastest-rising brands this year have come from China. Tencent, for example grew by 65% to $179bn, securing a place in the top five for the first time. In context, the speed at which brands need to grow to reach the top 20 has doubled to 40% over the last year. Over the past 12 years, China’s overall brand value has grown by a huge 1,444%. In comparison, the UK has grown by just...
Our round-up of Rajar Q1 2018

Our round-up of Rajar Q1 2018

Our round-up of Rajar Q1 2018 The first Rajar results of 2018 have been released, and it is a mixed news for stations across North & South Wales experiencing ups and downs. The crucial take-away from this quarter’s figures is that commercial radio has recorded its highest ever reach; 90% of the UK population now tune in to radio every week. Smooth Radio South Wales suffered the biggest drop in listeners with a decline of -20.34%. Capital North West and Wales wasn’t far behind with a decline of -17.09%. Although Heart South Wales suffered a drop in reach, down –4.09% from 416,000 to 399,000 listeners, it still maintains the top spot for listeners across Wales. Stations to see an increase in listener numbers included 102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire whose reach increased 10%, from 38,000 to 42,000 and 106.3 Bridge FM who saw an increase of 12% from 33,000 to 37,000. Across the board, generally average listening hours per person saw little change. This was an exception for Smooth Radio South Wales who saw a staggering decrease in their average listening hours by over half, falling from 10.1 hours per listener to just 4.2 hours. UK Wide Great news for commercial radio which saw the Heart network overtake the BBC in terms of weekly reach for the first time ever, the first commercial station to overtake the BBC. The expansion of DAB coverage has allowed digital-only stations such as BBC 6 and Kisstory to achieve record-breaking audiences in the first quarter of 2018. The crucial take-away from this quarter’s figures is that commercial radio has recorded its highest ever reach; 90%...
Rajar Q4 2017.  Who are the winners and losers?

Rajar Q4 2017. Who are the winners and losers?

The last quarter of 2017 Rajar results are out, illustrating a North V South success story in Wales. North Wales has had a great performance with Heart North Wales up in reach and listening hours, Smooth North West and Wales has seen it’s reach increase by 13%. Heart South Wales is down in reach and listening hours, although still holds the top spot with a 416,000 reach compared to Capital the next with a reach of 171,000. Unfortunately Smooth South Wales didn’t have a good book, losing 38% of it’s audience and 33% of it’s hours! Dragon Radio Wales has had it’s sixth successful Rajar results with a steady increase in reach up 50% this quarter and 80% up from the last quarter of 2016, with 27,000 listeners. The independent station forerunner this quarter is Swansea Sound. On average its listeners now tune in for 10.7 hours per week, which has helped grow its hours by a whopping 50%. UK Wide Nationally, the Capital network is the second highest reaching network popular with a young and engaged audience. Overall, heart has had a good quarter in total listening hours, with Heart South West increasing it’s weekly audience figure to 391,000, up 6% Digital radio share of listening is up by 1.1% to 49.9%. Commercially, digital share has risen to 51.6% compared to BBC’s 48.3%. This could be down to on-line and app listening as 26% of adults listen to radio via a mobile phone or tablet at least once a month. In summary, Commercial radio continues to fulfil advertisers requirements for consistent performance and ROI. 90% of the population...