What can Shazam’s charity collab teach us about marketing partnerships?

The Zoella’s, Sprinkle of Glitter’s and Thatcher Joe’s may be top the influencer scale this year. But, with technology moving at a rapid pace, how long is it until we place our interests, opinions and trust in Artificial Intelligence (AI) instead?  Siri, Alexa and Google Home are all brilliant at telling us the time, weather […]

Chuck E. Cheese needs some digital crackers to give its autism initiative some bite

Occasionally you can count on a mouse to the right thing. And, America’s Chuck E. Cheese‘s restaurant chain dedicating the first Sunday of the month to sensory play, for children with autism, is both morally and reputationally good.  Launching in time for World Autism Awareness Day last month, the organisation took a customer’s request to […]

Crayola makes its mark with integrated campaign

It’s not often that this momentous event occurs in our lifetime. No, I’m not talking about eclipses, royal weddings or black Presidents. I’m talking about a new shade of blue. A few years ago US scientists (accidentally) created a new shade of blue – currently called YInMn – by blending chemicals. And, Crayola has jumped […]

KFC comes clean after making up fictitious food blogger

Bloggers have taken the world by storm in the last few years. [Insert personal praise for Prime Time here]. Why? Because, the content they post is C.A.T: credible, authentic and trustworthy. The social influencers that have risen up out of the ranks – having turned their hobbies into businesses – may be slightly compromised thanks […]

Is it ever acceptable for a dictionary to be a dick on social media? 

Manning your organisation’s social media control decks is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand you’re in the privileged position to be the sole voice of the company. Whether you spend all day responding to customer service queries or exercise your poetic licence to raise awareness, there’s no limits to how digital […]

Why Captain Morgan’s right to challenge the US Constitution

We all know that most brands are good at PR, but very few are effective at adding value to the wider conversation. They’re frightened to have an opinion for fear of rocking the boat and alienating their customer base. Of course, companies can also push the boundaries too far. Think Paddy Power who just doesn’t […]

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 […]

Twitter allows brands to target users through emoji

My friends all know that I love three things: Bulldogs, Michael Jackson and emoji (order subject to change). I can’t help it – each one makes me smile, lifts my spirits and puts a spring in my step. And, I’m loving that the latter is still riding high with users and brands alike. A trend […]