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# media-and-marketing - Yesterday’s News

Plans for a rooftop cinema in Stephen's Green Shopping Centre are dead in the water... for now

Marketing firm Outset said it has been ‘frustrated’ by the planning process.

# media-and-marketing - Tuesday 22 May, 2018

From Business ETC Plans for a rooftop cinema in Stephen's Green Shopping Centre are dead in the water... for now Building And Property

Plans for a rooftop cinema in Stephen's Green Shopping Centre are dead in the water... for now

Marketing firm Outset said it has been ‘frustrated’ by the planning process.

# media-and-marketing - Sunday 20 May, 2018

From Business ETC Why Irish publishers are lobbying to scale back the EU's next big online privacy push Media And Marketing

Why Irish publishers are lobbying to scale back the EU's next big online privacy push

Changes to the ePrivacy directive will come hot on the heels of GDPR.

# media-and-marketing - Thursday 17 May, 2018

From Business ETC Losses at Irish-founded media firm Storyful have reached over €15m Media And Marketing

Losses at Irish-founded media firm Storyful have reached over €15m

The News Corp-owned company continues to lose money but is hiring more staff.

# media-and-marketing - Tuesday 15 May, 2018

MORE THAN A decade ago, former political press officer Jack Murray founded media contacts service MediaHQ.

The software, which allows PRs to send press releases and find newsroom contact details, is used by a number of companies and state-backed bodies including Bus Éireann, Chambers Ireland and the Office of Public Works.

In 2016, Murray set up a PR agency called All Good Tales, which specialises in ‘brand storytelling’. It counts Kingspan, the Dublin Institute of Technology and TV3 as clients.

As part of our weekly question-and-answer series, we spoke to Murray about being an early riser, quitting social media apps and why he only invests in ‘tangible’ things.

Here’s what he had to say:

Jack Murray Jack Murray Source: Marc O'Sullivan

On average, what time do you start work in the morning and what time do you clock off?

I believe that everybody’s working week operates on the laws of diminishing marginal returns.

I tend to start very early at the start of the week, somewhere between 6.30am and 6.45am, sometimes earlier on Monday or Tuesday. The latest I would start is 8.30am.

Ever since my kids came along, I finish at 5.30pm to spend some time with my family. Sometimes I’ll get back to it before I go to bed, but generally if I need to make more time in the day I’ll just get up earlier.

What’s the worst job/task you’ve ever had to do?

Picking cherry tomatoes in a polytunnel on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. I used to get up at 5.40am, have a cup of tea and a banana for my breakfast and then walk three miles to this polytunnel.

I nearly went out of my head until my sister bought me a radio. I remember Simon Mayo on the BBC. He was my best friend for about seven hours I spent on my own.

In what place are you happiest?

I was away recently in Co Clare with my wife and two daughters. Anywhere the four of us are happy, I’m happy.

What’s the toughest work-related decision you’ve ever had to make?

I started MediaHQ back in 2006 when I bought the Irish Media Contacts Directory. I had to get bank financing to buy it.

My current dog, Max – at 12 years of age, he’s old and gray like me – I used to bring him up for a walk in the park at night-time to try to figure out if I should take on this bank debt.

I decided to take the loan and buy the business and have never regretted it for a second.

What’s your favourite job interview question to ask and why?

I like to ask, “How did you get on with the Leaving Cert?” I’ve hired people who were 10, 12 years out from the Leaving Cert and they’ve looked at me askance when I ask them this.

Like everybody else Irish, I’m still traumatised by it. I’m curious about how the 18-year-old you tackled the biggest intellectual pressure.

File Photo Leaving Cert Exams Begin This Wednesday. Source: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

What do you find most irritating in other people?

Apathy. The world of work and business to me is about doing great work. It’s not about being popular, it’s not about the best price – it’s about if you can do something of really, really good quality.

You have to care deeply about the work you do to do great work. People who are apathetic, who aren’t tuned it, who couldn’t care less about what they’re at are a real turn off for me.

I’m also put off people whose default setting is no. People who are dismissive. I think it’s very easy to be dismissive of things; it’s much harder to be original and creative and come up with new things.

What has been your biggest mistake to date and what did you learn from it?

Like a lot of Irish people, I made some serious financial mistakes in the downturn. I would have been involved in a couple of investments that went horribly wrong and I lost a lot of money.

It was very sobering for me. I learned the lesson of investing in things that are tangible, that you have control over and investing in your own business, where you know the product. It’s given me a scepticism of any fund-based investments.

How politically committed are you?

I’m very politically committed and would describe myself as a political nerd. My first “proper job” was as a press officer for a political movement that no longer exists, the Progressive Democrats.

I spent the formative years of my career working for politicians who were in government.  It gave me a very keen sense of politics and a political antenna.

I feel everybody who votes has a say, and we should all use that responsibly to create the best outcomes that we can.

MARY HARNEY PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS'S GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2002 Jack Murray with Progressive Democrats' Mary Harney (2002) Source: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

Would you encourage your children to work in your industry?

My wife is a journalist, so between the two of us, we often get approached by people who want a career in the media. I’m always excited when young people come to me and say they want that.

For my kids, if they want to get involved in a career in journalism or the media, I’d be all for it. The most important thing for your children – or anybody – is to do something that you love.

I remember studying journalism. The first day I sat in DIT doing my post-graduate diploma, I arrived and thought, “I’m in the right place.”

What’s the one piece of advice you would give to someone starting out in your industry?

There’s a huge element of craft in the media business. It’s no different to being an electrician or a carpenter in some ways.

Whether it’s crafting a news story, writing a feature, being able to pitch a story to a journalist, being able to write a great press release, I would say get into a place where you can learn your craft.

Get a good mentor and get your hands on enough good opportunities so you can hone your skills every day you go into work. People grow by getting their hands on good work they can make better.

I meet people at the other end of that scale who have been damaged by work. A lot of the problems are because they just never got to build their craft early enough in their careers.

It’s a like a car that hasn’t been driven enough: they don’t have enough miles on the clock.

What bad work (or business) habit have you had to kick?

In the last 10 weeks I’ve deleted all the social media apps off my phone. I am going through a process of ‘un-distracting’ myself.

I didn’t delete my accounts, so I do check them on my laptop. I found that I check Facebook very rarely, LinkedIn occasionally – and I check Twitter daily, but I’m not checking it all of the time.

I think our peace of mind is one of the most valuable commodities that we all have. One of the lessons I learned in the recession was that the thing I had between my ears that had taken me years to gather was the most valuable thing I had.

I had to protect, care and mind it.

Who is Ireland’s most underrated business person?

Entekra founder Gerry McCaughey. He was my first client when I went into public relations. The one thing he taught me from when I started out was his motto: persistence beats resistance.

He built a timber frame manufacturing company from scratch and sold it to Kingspan for €100 million, 18 months before the crash.

Last week, he announced that he’s starting a company in California and is now going to take on the American housing market with an idea that was honed in Co Monaghan.

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# media-and-marketing - Sunday 13 May, 2018

From Business ETC What Ulster Rugby and Google can teach firms about answering tough questions Media And Marketing

What Ulster Rugby and Google can teach firms about answering tough questions

Ducking for cover in the midst of a media storm isn’t a communications strategy – it’s a stop-gap.

# media-and-marketing - Thursday 10 May, 2018

From Business ETC Sales slip at the firm behind Irish Farmers Journal as its readers face 'considerable uncertainty' Media And Marketing

Sales slip at the firm behind Irish Farmers Journal as its readers face 'considerable uncertainty'

The trust that owns the weekly newspaper is also battling with ‘major changes’ in media.

# media-and-marketing - Monday 7 May, 2018

From Business ETC A Dublin music tech startup has scooped €1.5m in funding from a Californian investor Startups And Tech

A Dublin music tech startup has scooped €1.5m in funding from a Californian investor

Xhail has created a system that composes songs at the click of a button.

# media-and-marketing - Saturday 5 May, 2018

From Business ETC How to make staff feel more valued by fixing the way you communicate Media And Marketing

How to make staff feel more valued by fixing the way you communicate

Some businesses think news filters through the workforce organically – it doesn’t.

Inside the battle over unpaid wages at the collapsed Irish YouTube channel Facts

Former staff have taken the business to the Workplace Relations Commission over outstanding pay.

# media-and-marketing - Thursday 3 May, 2018

Inside the battle over unpaid wages at the collapsed Irish YouTube channel Facts

Former staff have taken the business to the Workplace Relations Commission over outstanding pay.

# media-and-marketing - Sunday 29 April, 2018

From Business ETC What Airbnb can teach businesses about the power of strong storytelling Insights And Opinion

What Airbnb can teach businesses about the power of strong storytelling

The home-sharing service puts yarns at the heart of its marketing campaigns.

# media-and-marketing - Saturday 28 April, 2018

From Business ETC Inside the battle over unpaid wages at the collapsed Irish YouTube channel Facts Work

Inside the battle over unpaid wages at the collapsed Irish YouTube channel Facts

Former staff have taken the business to the Workplace Relations Commission over outstanding pay.

# media-and-marketing - Thursday 19 April, 2018

How Lidl spun its Tallaght store's destruction into social media gold

The supermarket chain faced a PR onslaught as looters hit the outlet during Storm Emma.

# media-and-marketing - Sunday 15 April, 2018

From Business ETC How Lidl spun its Tallaght store's destruction into social media gold Insights And Opinion

How Lidl spun its Tallaght store's destruction into social media gold

The supermarket chain faced a PR onslaught as looters hit the outlet during Storm Emma.

# media-and-marketing - Thursday 12 April, 2018

From Business ETC The midlands' long-awaited tourism brand has finally been revealed Tourism And Transport

The midlands' long-awaited tourism brand has finally been revealed

Parts of the region will be marketed overseas as ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’.

# media-and-marketing - Wednesday 11 April, 2018

From Business ETC INM claims its alleged data breach happened 'under the instruction' of its ex-chairman Media And Marketing

INM claims its alleged data breach happened 'under the instruction' of its ex-chairman

A letter from the publisher was sent to those believed to have been affected by the email trawl.

# media-and-marketing - Monday 9 April, 2018

From Business ETC Billion-euro Dublin company Keywords is buying up firms that make music for video games Media And Marketing

Billion-euro Dublin company Keywords is buying up firms that make music for video games

The business also released full-year results which showed a €50 million bump in revenue.

# media-and-marketing - Tuesday 3 April, 2018

From Business ETC What we know so far about the data breach claims rocking Ireland's biggest publisher Media And Marketing

What we know so far about the data breach claims rocking Ireland's biggest publisher

Some of INM’s top journalists, its ex-chairman, and billionaire Denis O’Brien are caught up in the scandal.

# media-and-marketing - Sunday 1 April, 2018

From Business ETC Shuttering the government's communications unit will hurt taxpayers the most Policy And Economy

Shuttering the government's communications unit will hurt taxpayers the most

Irish citizens are the real casualty in the sorry saga of the Strategic Communications Unit.

# media-and-marketing - Sunday 25 March, 2018

From Business ETC How to use awards to cheer-up staff and win new business Media And Marketing

How to use awards to cheer-up staff and win new business

Prizes are a brilliant, low-cost way to promote your company.

After millions in investment, Irish TV's assets were snapped up for less than €200k

The Irish Post acquired parts of the Mayo-based station last year.

# media-and-marketing - Friday 23 March, 2018

From Business ETC Ireland's biggest film studio has been sold to a private equity investor Building And Property

Ireland's biggest film studio has been sold to a private equity investor

A firm led by Troy Studios chairman Joe Devine has snapped up the long-established Ardmore Studios.

# media-and-marketing - Thursday 22 March, 2018

After millions in investment, Irish TV's assets were snapped up for less than €200k

The Irish Post acquired parts of the Mayo-based station last year.

From Business ETC After millions in investment, Irish TV's assets were snapped up for less than €200k Media And Marketing

After millions in investment, Irish TV's assets were snapped up for less than €200k

The Irish Post acquired parts of the Mayo-based station last year.

# media-and-marketing - Sunday 18 March, 2018

The man behind box office hit The General wants to build a massive film studio in Meath

The 11,300 sq m development is being lined up for a business park in Ashbourne.

# media-and-marketing - Saturday 17 March, 2018

From Business ETC What tough new data protection rules mean for business emails Insights And Opinion

What tough new data protection rules mean for business emails

Firms will soon have to rejig how they communicate with customers.

# media-and-marketing - Thursday 15 March, 2018

The man behind box office hit The General wants to build a massive film studio in Meath

The 11,300 sq m development is being lined up for a business park in Ashbourne.

From Business ETC After more than three decades in business, Filmbase is going into liquidation Media And Marketing

After more than three decades in business, Filmbase is going into liquidation

The organisation said debts have accumulated to a point where it is ‘unrealistic’ to continue.

# media-and-marketing - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

From Business ETC The man behind box office hit The General wants to build a massive film studio in Meath Building And Property

The man behind box office hit The General wants to build a massive film studio in Meath

The 11,300 sq m development is being lined up for a business park in Ashbourne.

# media-and-marketing - Thursday 8 March, 2018

'Not a viable business': Popular Irish YouTube channel Facts will be axed after losing €400k

The brand was set up by then 17-year-old Shane Corry in 2013.

# media-and-marketing - Wednesday 7 March, 2018

From Business ETC 'Not a viable business': Popular Irish YouTube channel Facts will be axed after losing €400k Startups And Tech

'Not a viable business': Popular Irish YouTube channel Facts will be axed after losing €400k

The brand was set up by then 17-year-old Shane Corry in 2013.

# media-and-marketing - Tuesday 6 March, 2018

From Business ETC Lidl fell foul of advertising rules for failing to reveal Facebook competition winners Retail And Services

Lidl fell foul of advertising rules for failing to reveal Facebook competition winners

The ASAI also partially upheld complaints about Sky Ireland.

# media-and-marketing - Saturday 3 March, 2018

From Business ETC The Irish have a powerful ability to sniff out claptrap - that's why puff pieces don't work Media And Marketing

The Irish have a powerful ability to sniff out claptrap - that's why puff pieces don't work

There’s a lesson in the scandal surrounding the Project 2040 communications strategy.

# media-and-marketing - Saturday 24 February, 2018

'It will be world class': Omniplex has bought the long-vacant Longford shopping centre

The cinema group is hoping to breathe life into the complex.

# media-and-marketing - Thursday 22 February, 2018

'It will be world class': Omniplex has bought the long-vacant Longford shopping centre

The cinema group is hoping to breathe life into the complex.

# media-and-marketing - Wednesday 21 February, 2018

From Business ETC 'I took over a business that two people spent 10 years building. It was emotional' Media And Marketing

'I took over a business that two people spent 10 years building. It was emotional'

As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile Dublin firm Cogs & Marvel.

# media-and-marketing - Sunday 18 February, 2018

From Business ETC People don't trust businesses like they used to - here's how to win them back Media And Marketing

People don't trust businesses like they used to - here's how to win them back

Maintaining public confidence is harder than ever in the age of hyper-transparency.

# media-and-marketing - Saturday 17 February, 2018

From Business ETC 'It will be world class': Omniplex has bought the long-vacant Longford shopping centre Building And Property

'It will be world class': Omniplex has bought the long-vacant Longford shopping centre

The cinema group is hoping to breathe life into the complex.

# media-and-marketing - Thursday 15 February, 2018

Four years after its News Corp takeover, Storyful is going through a painful adolescence

The Irish company’s latest products are designed to protect CEOs from online storms.

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