PR Review: 2015

Media agencies spend thousands of pounds crafting the perfect message for its clients. But in 2015, cheap controversy helped the likes of Merseyside Police, Protein World and Penguin Books achieve success all on their own. Not necessarily the right kind, but success nonetheless.   If inappropriate and mis-timed slogans and status updates weren’t shocking enough, […]

John Lewis had a galactic Christmas campaign budget, but it couldn’t prepare for this…

As the world ‘ooh-ed’ and ‘ahh-ed’ at John Lewis’ 2015 Christmas campaign, #ManOnTheMoon, I purposefully looked away.  Avoiding the hype, I like to make my own decisions when it comes to ‘big deal’ media. As a result, I’ve not seen Lord of the Rings; I didn’t finish the Harry Potter series; and I never even […]

Back to the Future Day: 21 October 2015

This Wednesday (21st October 2015) is the day that Marty McFly arrives in the future in Back to the Future Part II – no hoax. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the first film, so it’s no surprise the media has dubbed the 21st: Back to the Future (BTTF) Day. Following a shaky […]

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KitKat demands customers take a YouTube break with complex campaign

Ask anyone who knows me from my college days and they’ll say that I was synonymous with KitKat Chunky bars.  When the limited edition Orange flavour came out no one saw me for a month because I spent all my time giving the canteen vending machine a nudge hoping at least two would drop out. […]

The billboard bonanza edition

With digital gaining new ground every day, it’s easy to be consumed by the likes of Instagram campaigns and charity apps.  But, sometimes it pays to go back to basics – and billboards never disappoint. Last week Carlsberg got people talking (and drinking) by announcing it was giving away free beer through an advert on […]

A Facebook comment triggers Hellmann’s multi-million pound campaign

We know that the only thing brands want from their PR and marketing campaigns is advocacy – someone else positively talking about their product, service or organisation. Earned media, when handled in the right way, is a powerful commodity for brands. And, it’s right to cultivate it. But, not every company will invest millions of […]

Animal charities grow in campaign confidence

I’m not really an animal person. I had a hamster and a rabbit when I was growing up. Sally the hamster lasted a few years and Snowy the rabbit lasted a few days. Don’t ask! But, with more than 16,000 endangered species threatened with extinction, wildlife charities are having to think outside the box to […]

Burberry’s perfume campaign hits all the right notes

Just weeks after Z-lister Tara Reid launched her Shark scent – inspired by the ‘made for TV’ movie Sharkando 2 – Burberry has put her in her place by releasing My Burberry. A new fragrance inspired by the fashion brand’s iconic trench coat, the PR project brings together the perfect notes to create a seductive […]