Andrew Castle serves double fault after making ‘sexist’ comment

It was only earlier this week I professed my ‘voice crush’ for Andrew Castle. I don’t know why, but Great American Songbook tracks sound so much better on Smooth Radio when he introduces them.  So, I was disappointed to hear he’d been dubbed ‘Creepy Castle’ after making an unnecessarily sexist comment during the Marcus Willis […]

KFC’s sexist tweet gets followers hot under the collar

KFC Australia has given a whole new meaning to the brand’s ‘finger-lickin’ good’ slogan after posting a sexually-charged tweet earlier this week. Declaring the post #NSFW, KFC posted an image of a couple sat on a sofa, with the woman leaning into the man’s lap reaching for a [pixelated] object. Now, I’m no detective, but I’m […]

How to avoid an almighty social media fail

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reminded that social media can do good as well as evil. With up to 3m slurs being shared on Twitter each week, according to figures published in Daily Mirror earlier this year, almost anything can fuel trolls’ fire to spread negative and hurtful comments. More recently the Star Wars film […]

Madonna’s like a virgin when it comes to social media

Is the Queen of Pop, Madonna, trying to tell us that she’s ‘like a virgin’ when it comes to social media? Or perhaps her PR manager has taken a ‘holiday’? Whatever the reason, it seems she just can’t help diving into global issues to tell the world something important: buy her 13th studio album, #RebelHeart. […]

PR review: 2014

Never let it be said that PR, marketing and social media is easy… unless you’re trying to fail. This year, the industry has dug deep into its pockets of creativity to deliver great value for clients – with varying results. Reactive PR has been key for brands to achieve extra kudos this year – think […]

Secret Cinema drove at 88mph… and stalled

Thousands of angry Back to the Future fans took to social media to express their frustration at the late cancellation of Secret Cinema‘s launch event this evening – and who can blame them? It’s a serious PR fail which was always going to end badly. Yes, the organisers have said sorry and used social media […]

A perfect World Cup tweet gone wrong

I’ve decided that when Taylor Swift first sang the words ‘I knew you were trouble when you walked in’ she was talking about one of two things: 1D’s Harry Styles or the perils of social media. Social media is a bear trap for brands and the latest honey to lure them in is the World […]

More brands suffer at the hands of social media

First there were hurricanes, and shootings. Then there was horsemeat and a Royal baby. What have these events got in common? They’ve all prompted (foolish) companies to jump on the bandwagon to promote their brands. But, more often than not, the PR and marketing team’s rushed efforts lead to a grovelling apology after a consumer […]

BA needs to make a Big Apology?

Today there have been four official judgements made on discrimination over religious beliefs in the workplace. Of those four, just one went in favour of Christianity. And it’s not causing the Twitter storm I’d expected. I’m even more surprised that Tweeters are taking this opportunity to condemn Eweida, Chaplin, Ladele and McFarlane and every other […]