What Trump’s Visual Style Tells Us About His Presidency

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Trump is famous for his love of social media, relying heavily on Twitter to communicate with his online following. Whatever your politics, Trump makes a fascinating object of study so here at Pulsar we have been tracking his Twitter footprint for the last seven years – giving us access to the metrics behind his media preferences. In the last year Trump has tweeted 3.8K times from his personal account @realDonaldTrump, which he started using in March 2009. These tweets have received over 11.6 billion impressions. In this new blog series, we will highlight the surprising aspects of Trump’s tweets. This week we will be investigating the kinds of images have most commonly been posted by the President in the last...

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Kim Kardashian’s KKW: The Birth of A Backlash

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Kim Kardashian, pop culture’s reigning Queen of social media, has been embroiled in yet another online scandal. This time Kim took to Instagram to tease her 180 million combined social media fans about the launch of her new beauty website. Queue her legions of loyal fashion pack followers speculating on what her ‘beauty’ offering would be, and whether a makeup range will be competition to her little sister Kylie’s.The internet didn’t have to wait long to see how Kim would promote her range. Never shying away from attempts to ‘break the internet’, on the 14th June Kim released an image of herself to promote her new KKW Crème Counter and Highlight Kit. Her skin was noticeably darker than usual. The...

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Are you living in the year 3017? Welcome to the crap life-hack craze making a splash online

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    First we had the Ice Bucket Challenge, then batmanning – now the latest craze in social sharing is sarcastic images of life-hacks we might use in 1,000 years. If this craze has not so far passed you by, panic not, Pulsar are here to explain all. To give this trend its full and original name would be ‘Y’all living in 2017, but this guy already in 3017’. However the catchier ‘living in 3017’ or #3017 is usually used – these two terms alone have raked up almost 200k mentions in the last month. The images or videos showcase ingenious but mundane improvements to every day life, i.e. ‘in the year 3017 we will be doing this so much...

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Can social data show Macron’s journey from a nobody to a very significant somebody?

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Emmanuel Macron’s rise to power has been called ‘meteoric’, ‘surprising’, and even ‘mysterious’. But can social data tell us about this dark horse and his unlikely win?   First things first, can we infer the direction of the election using social media? Well, that’s a tricky one…but we can see that the word Président is far more readily associated with #EnMarche and @EmmanuelMacron than Marine Le Pen or Le Front National, and that (faire) barrage – to block – is in the top five words associated with Le Pen. So, although we can’t say with certainty that social data could have revealed the result before the ballot papers did, things on social definitely weren’t looking good for Le Pen. “When...

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How the GE2017 conversation was commandeered by an intergalactic space lord

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Amidst a night of arguments, tension, exit polls, surprises and hasty minority government maths, a very British tradition provided some welcome comic relief. Those of us that stayed up to watch could rightly assume that they had, in fact, dropped off and were dreaming when they saw Mr Fishfinger swimming in the background as Tim Farron gave his victory speech in Westmorland and Lonsdale.   Irregular election candidates are right up there with the other bastions of British strangeness – along with Morris Dancing, Cheese rolling, and Bog Snorkling. As well as entertaining us, they remind us that we live in a truly democratic country, and that you’re free to make a complete fool of yourself in front of millions...

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‘The Data on Daters’ – How do online daters talk about the apps they use?

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  Brief encounters or meaningful matches? Imagine it’s 2007 and you announce to a room full of your friends that you’re dating someone from the internet. Their reaction would probably be one of shock and concern – are they a real person? Aren’t they a complete weirdo? Is it safe? Why don’t you meet someone from the real world? Now fast forward to 2017 and the scene is entirely different. A few of your friends are more likely to respond with their own tales of using dating apps. In fact, a quarter of people in the UK have at least one dating app installed on their phone. And with it, mentions of ‘dating apps’ are increasingly popular… This shows the...

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“Covfefe” – a harmless typo or a calculated distraction?

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Donald Trump’s administration is rapidly becoming defined by the president’s late-night tweeting. His messages usually spark the internet into action as people race to decipher the true meaning behind his words. Just after midnight on 31 May, the president tweeted: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” And that was it. No context, no explanation. The tweet spread like digital wildfire over the next 24 hours as the internet grappled with its significance and flirted with what it could mean. And of course there were memes. Lots of memes. Meanwhile at Pulsar, we decided to track the conversation to see how it would evolve. There was a huge spike in posts and engagements immediately after Trump tweeted his cryptic message at...

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#WengerOut: the evolution of a hashtag

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  Now that the ink has dried on Arsène Wenger’s new contract, our resident Gooner and researcher Sameer Shah investigates the ultimately futile social media-led campaign to get the manager to leave Arsenal. In a world of political protests, entertainment events and campaigns battling for visibility, a curious trend has recently developed: the entirely unrelated presence of posters or banners containing two words: WENGER OUT. This simple two-word statement about Arsène Wenger, manager of Arsenal Football Club, has become a global phenomenon…   From Anti-Trump protests in London:   #WengerOut banner at a Trump protest 😂😂😂😂😭😭 pic.twitter.com/iNAnGs9goK — MARCUS JOSIAH (@AmDASHY) February 21, 2017   To a Coldplay concert in Singapore: A Wenger Out banner was spotted at a Coldplay...

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Welcome to Miles, our latest Business Development Executive

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Whose idea was it to do these new starter blogs? Pulsar is growing so quickly, the blog can’t keep up! Anyway, the Pulsar team extend a huge welcome to Miles, our newest BDE, working in Inside Sales and hoping to move into being a full 360 BDM as soon as possible. Alongside that Miles will be focusing having a good time, socializing in the local pub and eating everything in the nearest mile. And now, over to you Miles…     Tell us, where have you been up until now? I grew up on the beach in Bournemouth, went to uni in Birmingham and then moved to the city 3 years ago via Mumbai, India. But, that wasn’t a ‘gap...

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How Gaming Marketing Grew Up – Part 2: Shock, Emotion and Creativity

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In Part 1, we explored how, just 20 years ago, gaming was perceived to be targeted to a young audience; vying for attention during the Saturday morning cartoons and laden with shouts of ‘radical’ and ‘awesome’. Then, as home console gaming shifted into the 3D space, graphics became more realistic (well, with some growing pains) and themes became darker. Naturally advertising had to adapt. There was a definitive pivotal point with the stirring PlayStation advert covered in Part 1, but we should also mention the… weird side of PlayStation.   PlayStation brought to you by… an Aphex Twin video director (1999) In 1999, a somewhat bizarre advert centred around an ‘unusual’ Scottish girl aired, in which she talked about the...

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