Planning for 2015

As is customary for marketing heads at this time of year, we’re looking ahead and planning for 2015 to get some idea of what we can expect from the coming year. The good news is that there are lots of positives to take us into the new year and here’s our top 15…

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1. Ireland will continue to be the fastest growing economy in the European Union as Irish and foreign-owned companies start to invest again

2. Business and consumer confidence is set to increase even further than it did in 2014 

3. Retail sales are on a firm upward trend – meet your customer in 2015 (albeit a US one!)…

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4. Private consumption growth (year-on-year) turned positive for the first time since 2012 and this will continue into 2015

5. Unemployment (though still too high) is set to fall to 8% in 2015

6. Sustained growth is set to continue next year at around 3.6%

7. We get to celebrate some cool milestones like the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of our cultural icons, Nobel Laureate W.B. Yeats

8. Our current creatives continue to shine on a world stage, from musicians like Hozier (who played the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show earlier this month) to brilliant Irish designers like Don O’Neill, Simone Rocha and Emma Manley

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9. The Web Summit will be bigger and better… already a massive success this year and that’s without decent broadband. Imagine what it will bring in 2015, when hopefully (and we’re optimistic) the RDS will have sorted out its WIFI issues

10. Ireland is set to become a new technology hub for central and Eastern European firms looking to access the US market – that’s according to PwC

11. It’s set to be a good year for food lovers – 2015 marks the anniversary of the world’s first restaurant, which was opened 250 years ago by Mr. Boulanger in France. We suspect there’ll be lots of restaurants celebrating this milestone in their own unique way…

12. Content marketing remains king – more and more brands will become publishers of useful content that customers will actually thank them for. Writing is where it’s at…

13. Travel becomes more ‘local’ than ever and Ireland is perfectly placed to deliver the kinds of authentic experiences tourists are looking for

14. Our food scene is bustling and set to thrive even more next year

15. Ireland is open for business in 2015 – Are you? Now is the time to get your business ready and we are here to help…

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Where We’re At…

Well, it’s all go at The Right Angle. We started small, but in the past two months, we’ve doubled our team and quadrupled our client base. All of which is not too shabby… but it begs the question, where are we in terms of the recession? As is often the case, the PR and marketing business was hit particularly hard in the economic downturn.scissors_cutting_euro_not_450

But once again, as an industry, we’ve proved our worth and those who know a thing or two about business (and consumers) know that cutting PR and marketing spend to the bone is never a good idea. That’s because it very quickly becomes a self fulfilling prophecy: fail to market your business correctly, and more often than not, your business will fail. So what about the road ahead?

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Well, our managing director started her career in Murray Consultants, so to give us an overview of where we’re at, it’s  fitting that we’re referencing research commissioned by MCsquared  (the consumer and brands’ division of Murray’s). Conducted by Amárach Research and carried out among members of the Marketing Institute of Ireland (MII), the report shows investment in brand communications through digital channels is continuing to grow strongly.

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Almost 60% of those surveyed plan to increase their digital marketing budget in 2014 and digital currently accounts for almost one quarter (24%) of marketing spend. And because the role of the marketer is ever-evolving, here’s an interesting piece on new skills marketing professionals would be wise to learn.

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So, the marketing outlook for this year is more positive than at any time over the past six years and that’s certainly been our experience since we launched. And while companies still struggle to find balance between in house resources and what to outsource to agencies, digital and content marketing are set to benefit most in the next two years – but relevance remains king. This video has lots more useful data…