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Pret rises up to meet Covid Reality with innovative YourPret Barista Drinks Subscription

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The near ubiquitous Coffee Shop is facing big challenges of late, as much of the population has shifted to Home-Working and has largely migrated out of city centre offices near which most coffee shops are located. The old paradigm of popping out for a barista-prepared coffee 2 or 3 times a day is significantly changed for most office workers. Let alone the fact that many people nowadays try to limit their exposure as much as they can - which means far fewer personal journeys to shops.

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TTG Launches Extended TTG+ and TTG+ Premium Memberships on Affino's Enhanced SaaS Service

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Last week, TTG Media launched two impressive projects simultaneously - its new TTG+ Membership and TTG+ Premium Membership Programmes, and its Digitised Archive of Print Editions dating back to 1953 - which forms part of the higher level Premium Membership offering.

 

It’s been a good couple of years since TTG introduced an Engagement Wall / Content Metering on their site - which has meant that users needed to Register to gain access rights to view an extended range of content. ...


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Yesterday saw a significant reduction in the maximum certificate lifetime - down from 27 months (825 days) to just 13 months - less than half what it used to be.

 

Certificate lifespan has shrunk significantly in the last decade, where before 2011 certificates could last as long as 8-10 years. In 2011 the Certification Authority Browser Forum brought that limit down to 5 years. Then in 2015 it was reduced to 3 years, and down to 2 years n 2018.

 

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Apple's forthcoming Privacy and Security Centric iOS 14 Update has Media and Ad owners, and their Ad Platform suppliers worried

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We’ve known about Apple’s incoming iOS and general operating ecosystem changes for a while now - and have reported the key points in our fairly recent Privacy Details and Tracking Permissions article. Apple is very much doing the right thing for customers and customer protections here in fully properly incorporating ’Explicit Consent’, and privacy first principles into every part of its operation.

 

For far too long unscrupulous Advertisers, Trackers and Platforms...


Home Working is now largely accepted as the Evolved and Optimal Way to Work for many Professions

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There has been something of a concerted campaign around the UK to get people back to work - rather meaning to try to get people back into working in their traditional town and city-centre offices - something that nowadays looks very much like an antiquated construct. Some years ago working from home had something of a stigma attached to it - and home-workers were often viewed as somewhat slackers and certainly not the most productive of highest echelon professionals. And even with the enormous ...


YouTube Surreptitiously Brings New Video Content Email Notifications to an End

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Some of you may have been somewhat mystified like I was last Thursday (August 13th) when I suddenly stopped receiving my YouTube New Content Alerts notifications for the various Channels I am subscribed to. I don’t recall having seen any official messaging from YouTube / Google as to the fact that this was happening / about to happen - and I had to do some quite substantial digging to find the relevant 3rd party news stories about this policy change. Before I realised what had happened I ...


TTG's #SAVETRAVEL Campaign uses Affino Forms to Great Effect

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TTG Media is once more exercising its travel industry leadership credentials by spearheading the #SAVETRAVEL Campaign - which is petitioning the UK Government to take a more structured approach to supporting and saving jobs in the Travel Industry.

 

Other areas of the Tourism and Hospitality Sector have benefited from considerable Support from Government Agencies - restaurants in particular in this most recent month. By contrast the Government is often unwittingly exacerbating the ...


Farmers Guardian Launches FG Rewards Loyalty Scheme using Affino's New Customer Loyalty Service

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We’re very excited to announce the launch of AgriBriefing’s Farmers Guardian new loyalty scheme on Affino’s enhanced loyalty services.

 

Underlying the new scheme is the revival and update to Affino’s display-side Conversion Event Badges which have been re-engineered as a cornerstone Farmers Guardian’s FG Rewards Loyalty Scheme just recently launched.

 

Activities and Rewards

 

The loyalty scheme utilises eight core Affino elements which now ...


Why Affino's Full Service Fidelity is key to the Future Success of Your Business

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You will no doubt have read about Google’s intentions to end support of 3rd party cookies in the near future, following in the footsteps of Apple and Firefox.

 

What this means to almost all websites and web-based-businesses is that their services will be severely curtailed - as most rely heavily on stitching together multiple applications and plugins through the use of JavaScript and 3rd party cookies.

 

We probably have not been vocal enough about this as billions of ...


Charity Digital and Consortium Launch Commendable and Timely Heritage Digital Initiative for UK Heritage Organisations

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With help from National Lottery funding, Heritage Digital is a 4-way consortium comprised of Charity Digital, The Heritage Alliance, Media Trust and Naomi Korn Associates. They’ve come together to help leverage their digital knowledge and expertise for the heritage sector. The Heritage sector has been much impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, and this is just the right time to come together to help the sector get back on its feet.

 

Charity Digital specialises in training up ...

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