7 in 10 people struggle to limit the time they spend on their smartphones

smartphone usage

Proof that smartphones are so addictive that even the healthiest and most mindful among us struggle to control our screen time, comes from a new survey by Healthy magazine. In a recent survey of Heathy readers, over 75% said they are preoccupied with their phone. 73% struggle to limit the amount of time they spend […]

Holland & Barrett relaunches in-store magazines

Holland & Barrett in-store magazines

This weekend (15th June) sees the relaunch of Holland & Barrett’s in-store magazines, Healthy and Healthy For Men, published by River Group Content. The magazines have both undergone a significant design refresh and the introduction of new content franchises to include thought-leadership and campaigning content, plus inspiring real-life articles. Healthy For Men now sports a […]

River helps launch new Superdrug podcast, The Beauty Of It All

Vick Hope

Together with River, Superdrug has launched its very first podcast. Called The Beauty Of It All and hosted by TV and radio presenter Vick Hope, the eight-episode series takes a deep dive into issues surrounding the beauty industry, with a mix of celebrity guests and influencers discussing everything from vegan beauty to the influence of […]

If the EU Elections had been run on Twitter, what would have happened?

Twitter on smartphone

We used social listening tools to find out how much support each of the major UK political parties were getting on the day of the EU elections. Social networks, like Twitter, have revolutionised the way content marketers, like us, communicate with audiences.. Around 326 million people use Twitter every month, making it one of the […]

The River Group turns 25 today

The River Group

The River Group is today celebrating its 25th year as a business. The River Group, based in London’s Marble Arch, was started in 1994 by CEO Nicola Murphy and her then business partners – and has become the largest independent content agency in the UK. It produces industry-leading campaigns for 23 international brands, including Holland […]

The River Group nominated for three PPA Awards

The River Group’s wealth of talent has once again been recognised at an industry level. The content marketing agency has received three nominations for The PPA Awards 2019, which celebrates the very best talent within the publishing industry. Hot on the heels of her Branded Content Editor Award at the BSME’s in November 2018, Editorial […]

How I Did It: Keith Amess

Keith Amess, Chief Financial Officer at River Group

Our Chief Financial Officer, Keith Amess, talks us through an exciting career, travelling the world and the Wild West of the Dot-com ‘bubble’. In August, I’ll have been with River 17 years and during that time I’ve been asked several times how I came to be in media. I started by training in accountancy in […]

The River Group nominated for British Podcast Award

Healthy For Men Podcast host Tom Rowley and producer Andy Greening

The River Group is among the nominations for the prestigious British Podcast Awards 2019. The Healthy For Men podcast, produced by The River Group for Holland & Barrett, is up for Best Branded Podcast. The categories were announced live on Monday, 3 April ahead of the ceremony, which takes place on Saturday, 18 May in […]

River Group CEO appointed to global media board

Nicki Murphy

River Group CEO Nicola Murphy has been appointed a Global Board Member of the network for global media – FIPP. She will now join the other FIPP board members in a bid to help shape the future of the media. Nicola says she is excited to join such an ‘illustrious’ group of fellow media elites […]

DARE magazine’s Katie Piper photoshoot picked up by the Daily Mail

Katie Piper posing with a phone for a photoshoot

The River Group has earned national press coverage for Superdrug’s DARE magazine with its fantastic feature on Katie Piper. DARE cover star Katie Piper has opened up about her life as a mother and being a reluctant role model in the March/April edition of DARE magazine. Parts of her compelling interview and a selection of […]

How River CEO built a marketing agency with an 80% female workforce

Nicki Murphy

This is how Nicki Murphy, River CEO, bucked the industry trend to build an agency with a female workforce at its core. It was 1994, the Chinese Year of the Dog, the year Kurt Cobain died, The Lion King and Forrest Gump were released in cinemas, and John Major was Prime Minister. But it was […]

How I did it: Dafina Keys


Senior Group Account Director Dafina Keys tells us how a diverse background in publishing and production now helps her to manage campaigns for one of the UK’s biggest health and wellbeing companies. What career did you decide to pursue after leaving university? I had always kept an open mind about the career I wanted, but […]

DARE Fit & Healthy hits the newsstand

Ferne Mccann

DARE’s Editorial Director Jo Hoare tells us what made DARE’s Summer Special an outstanding success and why we’re expecting the same with DARE Fit & Healthy. While the overall newsstand market fell by 5.5% between July and September 2018, the Women’s health and beauty sector remained strong. In fact, other than crafts and needlecraft, it […]