The social cinema experience has landed – with Shield 5

In recent years, marketers have been using Instagram‘s unique format to bring brands to life and better connect with audiences. It all started with sponsored posts in 2013 when Michael Kors launched the trend, which naturally evolved into still and moving carousels for select brands. That’s not to say paid advertising is the only way for companies to make […]

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, […]

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 […]

#YourMum sucks at social media, Penguin

As I frantically trawl the internet for a present for my mum this Mother’s Day, I’m presented with the usual options: flowers, chocolates and jewellery. It’s a difficult decision with so much choice on offer. Then there’s the case of whether I want it personalised. Just on case my mum forgets she is, indeed, my […]

Five geeky conversation starters to prove to the office you’re more than just a pretty face

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.“ No truer words were ever spoken than by Ferris Bueller (aka 80s heartthrob Matthew Broderick). Although he was talking about a day off school, it still applies to the jobs we do. While I was trying to […]

Black and forth: TV’s ‘flawed’ diversity plans

Just hours after Channel 4 revealed its ‘20% by 2020′ diversity plans, Channel 5‘s Celebrity Big Brother threw out Ex-Coronation Street actor Ken Morley for repeatedly using racist and sexist language. What does this mean? We’ll probably be dancing two steps forward to equality, and one step back, all the way to 2020. Hats off […]

Alternative advent calendars give consumers food for thought

I’d like to introduce you to someone – December. That’s right, get the advent calendar out and enjoy your first square of fancy cheap chocolate. This year, more brands are attempting to give consumers food for thought by not only engaging with them in a creative way on the 1st December, but also every day […]

The top five charity hashtag trends you love to hate

I’m going to let you into a secret. I wasn’t brave enough to take part in #NoMakeUpSelfie, I was nominated for the #IceBucketChallenge twice and I didn’t dunk myself in cold water and although I’ve laughed at CLIC Sargent’s #JokeAppeal campaign, I’ve not donated. So, there you have it. I’m a bad person. But, while I’ve […]

Macmillan strikes it lucky with tube tweet

Relax. The tube strikes are over…for now. But, in the few days they caused chaos in the capital, they had a great publicist: front page of the Evening Standard, infographics and a hashtag! It’s a hat-trick that PRs like me can only dream of. But, while you were complaining/celebrating/not caring (delete as appropriate) about how […]