Stephan co-founded YouGov in 2000. One of the pioneers of internet research, Stephan has been the driving force behind YouGov’s innovation-led strategy. Immediately prior to co-founding YouGov, he was a political campaign manager. Stephan is a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and chair of the Data Strategy Board for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Wednesday 05 March 2014
THE LATEST figures from the YouGov/Cebr consumer confidence index show that the economic recovery is finally starting to move from a headline to a concrete reality for greater numbers of ordinary people.
Wednesday 26 February 2014
FACEBOOK chief exec Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona this week, declared that the mobile web is essential to Facebook’s future, and to connecting billions of people living in the developing world.
Wednesday 19 February 2014
NOT LONG ago, the British retail banking sector was dominated by just a few big brands.
Wednesday 12 February 2014
USING the huge amount of data we at YouGov have been collecting for years, we can create detailed profiles of various groups in society.
Wednesday 05 February 2014
FACEBOOK turns 10 years old this week, and much of the conversation around its decadal anniversary has centred on whether its extraordinary rise will continue, or if the social networking behemoth is already on the wane.
Wednesday 29 January 2014
AFTER the longest recession on record, Britain is back. Last year the economy grew by 1.9 per cent, its fastest pace since 2007, and the IMF projects growth of 2.4 per cent this year – making us Europe’s fastest-growing major economy.
Wednesday 22 January 2014
THIS year, Ryanair is changing. At least that’s what the budget airline’s boss, Michael O’Leary, claims in a new TV advert, which is part of multi-pronged marketing effort to convince consumers that it is turning over a new leaf.
Wednesday 15 January 2014
THE MOTOR industry is making a roaring transatlantic comeback, enjoying some of its strongest sales in years in both Britain and America.
Wednesday 08 January 2014
ON AN official trade mission to China last October, George Osborne declared that he was staggered by the progress and can-do attitude of the Chinese, and warned that Britain needs to “up our game” if we’re to compete.
Monday 06 January 2014
WE ARE in a state of unusually high political uncertainty. By this stage in the electoral cycle, one usually has a sense of who the next winner is likely to be. But this time we have a high level of unpredictability.
Wednesday 18 December 2013
OUR RECENT online focus group of people from the so-called “squeezed middle” revealed that they are not feeling the benefits of the economic recovery and also have virtually no faith in politicians (from any political party) to help improve their
Wednesday 11 December 2013
THE CHANCELLOR’S Autumn Statement, made last Thursday, was hailed in many quarters as a good day for George Osborne and for the government.
Thursday 05 December 2013
TWO months ago we saw the start of the biggest marketing campaign for the National Lottery since its launch in 1994, coinciding with arguably the biggest change to the game – a doubling of the ticket price.
Wednesday 27 November 2013
LAST year Chinese tourists heading to France outnumbered those visiting Britain by more than five-to-one.
Wednesday 20 November 2013
EASYJET was the one of the big stories in business yesterday, with the budget airline reporting higher profits than arch rival Ryanair for the first time in its history.
Wednesday 13 November 2013
COCA-COLA’S Share a Coke campaign, for which the company replaced its label with 150 of Britain’s most popular first names, was the marketing champion of the summer.
Wednesday 06 November 2013
MARKS & Spencer’s ninth consecutive quarter of falling sales is set to put further pressure on CEO Marc Bolland, who has argued that recent improvements to the fashion business have been “well-received” by customers, but that high-street spend
Wednesday 30 October 2013
THE BATTLE of the burgers got saucier this week when McDonald’s announced it was severing its 40-year relationship with Heinz after the ketchup-maker hired a former head of Burger King as its new CEO.
Wednesday 23 October 2013
ONE MONTH ago, Ryanair shocked the airline industry by revealing it was going to start being nicer to customers.
Wednesday 16 October 2013
LAST week Marks & Spencer’s general merchandise arm was dealt a blow when a number of respected analysts warned that it is continuing to lose market share in women’s fashion, leading to a fall in its share price.
Wednesday 09 October 2013
THIS week, banks including RBS, NatWest and Halifax will begin taking applications for 95 per cent mortgages under phase two of the government’s controversial Help to Buy scheme.
Wednesday 02 October 2013
ALDI has been on the rise this week. The discount grocer said its pre-tax profits had more than doubled in 2012, and during the year it attracted 1m additional shoppers.
Wednesday 25 September 2013
RYANAIR, the discount airline that people love to hate, has promised to transform its “macho and abrupt culture” and turn over a new leaf as a more friendly and customer-focused business.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
THIS WEEK, new rules took effect that will allow the UK’s 46m current account holders to switch banks in seven days.
Wednesday 11 September 2013
WITH the splitting of Lloyds Banking Group and the launch of the TSB this week, the next few months will be an important time for the two banks.