Medialab July Trends Tracker

What will we think when we look back on July? Will it herald the end of life with COVID-19, or the start of a new period of instability? Government support for the CJRS begins to unwind this month, with many hundreds of thousands still on furlough. The government will lift all lockdown restrictions on 19th […]

Medialab May Trends Tracker

Welcome to Medialab’s May Trends Tracker. Notwithstanding the threat of variant B.1.617.2, it feels good to take a tentative step towards recovery. The vaccine programme is working, the government’s four tests for Step 3 easing of restrictions have been met and, as of Monday, bars, museums, and cinemas can re-open for indoor business. With each […]

Medialab April Trends Tracker

A year ago, we were encouraged to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, and Save Lives, as the country went into its first full lockdown. It is doubtful that any of us thought we would be marking the anniversary of that moment in another lockdown. But here we are and thank goodness it is easing. […]

Medialab COVID Tracker: January

The nation went into Christmas with a glimmer of clarity. Vaccines were being rolled out. A new administration was entering the White House. Brexit was, finally, resolved. However, after a wet and cold January the challenges of 2020 returned with a vengeance. Growing levels of COVID-19 cases, further lockdown, closed schools, and a very tough […]

Medialab Christmas COVID Tracker

Welcome to Medialab’s last coronavirus crisis tracker of the year. And what a year it has been. 2020 leaves us with many challenges: organisationally, for our teams, and in understanding the impact of this extraordinary crisis on our customers and supporters. However, it also leaves us with much to be optimistic about: how far we […]

Medialab October COVID Tracker

A remarkable and poignant set of news and data have emerged since our last edition. Runners raised over £16m as part of the (virtual) Virgin Money London Marathon, as many as 900,000 more children sought free school meals, a record 6,001 net store closures were reported in the first half of  2020, and 3.5 million […]

Medialab COVID Tracker: September

Welcome back to the Medialab COVID-19 tracker. A lot has happened since our last update in July. In that short period you might have signed-off from home-schooling, stay-cationed, eaten-out-to-help-out, supported a loved one though the cluster-shambles of A-level and GCSE results and paid constant attention to your hands, face, and space. Economically speaking, the tough […]

Medialab COVID Tracker | 12.05.20

The scale of upheaval has been huge. Almost 25% of the UK workforce is furloughed (HMRC), and it’s near impossible to even comprehend the scale and future implications this virus will have across all areas of life. We heard from the Government this weekend just gone, about easing of some of the lockdown restrictions, which […]

Medialab COVID Tracker | 23.04.20

If reports from last weekend’s papers are to be believed, we are now approaching the ‘Red, Amber, Green’ zone of the crisis. Still actively adjusting to the needs of Q2, but slightly more able to look ahead to Q3 and Q4. For many marketers, the adjustment in the short-term has been significant. A survey of […]

Medialab COVID Tracker | 08.04.20

The novelty of lockdown and self-isolation is a distant memory. Reality has bitten. The economy is forecast to shrink by 15% in Q2. Aircraft are grounded. Globally, cases have passed one million. On a human level, new behaviours are settling into habits. Communities and communal thinking are flourishing. Parents have home-schooled. Grandparents have Zoomed. We […]