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 […]

If I ruled the company…

If you haven’t already noticed I’m pretty opinionated. But, in my defence, which hard-nosed PR and marketing blogger isn’t?  We’re just a couple of weeks into 2017 and I’ve already caught myself using the phrase, ‘It’s not how I’d run my company’ – an easy statement to make when you’re not in charge of very […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

Top airlines use Christmas holidays to connect with customers

There’s no doubt that 2014 has been the year of the charity campaign. From Macmillan’s reactive tube strike tweets to SOS Children’s Villages’ video, and every hashtag in between, it’s embraced smart PR with open arms. But, before I dish out any awards for creativity, it seems there’s a new challenger in town – the […]