Paul Hanrahan
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‘In the 12 months to CRistmas, CR gave to thee, loads of resources, national data tools, MARKET RESEARCH, and audience insight that is 4D.’

The festive period is a time to gather and reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to a new year. 2018 may well prove to be a challenging year for many but we will always be here to help. Let us look back at the hot topics in 2017 that might just be useful for the coming year.

Firstly… What does 2018 have in store for us?

Let us start by taking one-step forward. Throughout 2017, we have reminded you of the importance of GooD PRactice. To ensure you keep progress ahead of the May 2018 deadline, check out our GDPR resources. Look and get ready. Don’t be sheepish.

2017 News Swipe

January – Digging deep to answer your questions


February – The GooD PRactice begins

  • In February, we spread the love by providing you with a kick ass content Calendar to prepare you all for what national events were coming up and so you could plan your digital content for 2017. We even found an alternative use to spread the love for Valentine’s Day.
  • February saw the launch our 2017 series of GDPR GooD PRactice support with events in Glasgow and Edinburgh, in partnership with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Both events sold out and clicks through to our website on the topic indicated a clear appetite for the topic within our sector that will likely continue to grow as the deadline looms closer.

March – What a web we weave when we get digital


April – April full of social media


May – A case in point


June – The future is already Here


July – #OneAudience, many opportunities

  • In July, we focussed on D/deaf audiences and performers. Our day-long event brought much insight and debate about the future plans to improve the overall audience experience for D/deaf Audiences. Here’s the review.
  • Digital Tools and platforms are enabling us to do great things. Here’s our video series, presented by Ashley, explaining how you can utilise them to your advantage.

August – The year of young people? Be a sport!


September – Every day is a school day


October – Keep them coming back for more

  • October was the month of loyalty and retention. Our Coming Back for More event brought together Nathan Bombrys (Glasgow Warriors) and Charlotte Gross (Scottish Ballet) to explain what loyalty meant to them and for you. 

November – Remember, remember GooD PRactice In November

In November, we launched our countdown to GDPR with a wealth of useful tools to ensure you are prepared for GDPR taking into consideration every eventuality. Ensure you get all your ducks in a row and you don’t get left feeling sheepish by taking our GooD Practice Tests. We’re here to help. Any questions? Call us on 0141 248 6864 #CRducks.


December – Boxing Day/Month

We have been talking boxes before we have even had Christmas. Box Office Data is something that is key for Stellar Quines to prove their mission credentials and shows no sign of letting up when it comes to GDPR with Ashley’s top five areas you’re holding data beyond the box office.

Luckily there was no boxing but gladly lots of dancing at our Christmas gathering. It was a fab opportunity to catch up and reflect on the year just passed.


Ho, ho, hold on a sec….

To ensure you receive regular updates, tools and resources in 2018, sign up to our newsletter and keep in touch. Oh and finally… Merry CRistmas from Culture Republic.

Main image credit: Happy Hogmanay & Best New Year Wishes by Michel Curi (CC BY 2.0)