|   paul@paulmccrudden.com   |   September 2009  

#sixweeks has now finished for me, but it doesn't of course stop anyone else from trying out a similar thing! There's a summary presentation about it all on Slideshare >



Using the data collection website Daytum I recorded time (in minutes) and cost (in £ GBP) of all my interactions as a consumer. This included the odd five minutes for lunch every few days at my favourite salad stall on Goodge Street, to spending 45 minutes in Preston train station waiting for a connection. Yep, that's 45 minutes of my life I'll never get back.

The data's not perfect of course (eg. it's not automated based on GPS), and I rounded up/down as appropriate so that I didn't completely lose my sanity. But it provides a fascinating insight into how I live my life as a consumer, and which brands steal my attention.

What's more, with only a limited time of existence on this planet, it shows me whether I'm spending my time and money wisely as a consumer. And having invoiced the companies that claim my attention, I'll soon find out how much they respect the time I spend with their brand.

Notes on the data :

  • recorded from June 15 - July 31, 2009
  • includes time and money spent with a brand
  • I split it into 3 sections for recording time: breakfast, lunch, evening/weekend/holiday, and 3 sections for costs: breakfast/lunch, evening, other
  • includes TV, computer & Wii time
  • only includes time and money transactions in the six week period - eg. I spent time at a Killers concert (recorded) but had already bought the ticket before this six weeks started (not recorded)
  • sometimes I was interacting with multiple brands/things at the same time, eg. being on the TfL tube and reading Metro newspaper - in which case I've recorded both sets of data
  • does not break down specific computer interaction, or TV shows
  • includes time spent with my partner and friends, but does not take into account their time or money spent

5 companies paid me: Pret A Manger, Pizza Express, EAT, Little Chef, Squat+Gobble

1 company, Cranberry, made a free offer to all their customers

3 CEOs/MDs wrote letters in reply

There were over 40,000 unique visitors to this site during the six week response period, totalling 70,000 page views

1 company, Royal Mail, passed my invoice to their payroll department thinking I worked for them

2 companies interacted with me on Twitter, but did not provide a response: Giraffe, Virgin Trains

Pret A Manger's £62 was probably their most effective bit of PR spend this year: Daily Telegraph, Campaign, Wired, Metro, BBC Radio 5 Live