Aflac duck ruffles feathers after riding the subway

Ey up duck! I’ve got to hand it to Aflac for using a duck to promote its insurance business by letting it do its thing in New York, including riding the subway. The Aflac duck has been part of the company’s brand identity since 1999, after an advertising executive walking around Central Park muttering the […]

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 […]

It’s been a bad week for tweets

Remember that silly tweet you posted? It was so unlike you. That ‘blame it on the heat of the moment’ tweet? It’s going to get you in trouble. Why? Because it’s been a bad week for tweets and it’s only going to get worse: First, Paris Brown, a 17-year old Youth Police Commissioner for Kent, […]

Beano makes a (street) name for itself in Dundee

Just days after the Dandy’s demise, the UK’s longest running comic publisher, D.C Thomson has found something to smile about. The publishing house has won approval from Dundee City Council to rename one of its streets Bash Street – after the terrible troop of school kids made famous in the Beano – to mark the […]