What Nike’s co-founder taught me about developing high-performing teams

I’m a few years late to the party, but this week I finished Phil Knight’s memoir Shoe Dog. It’s the telling of a story where the ending is the world’s worst-kept secret. Because everyone knows where Nike, co-founded by Knight, ends up. On the track, field and commuter trails of millions across the globe. But I’ve never known […]

Five ways to grow support with user-generated content

Every charity needs good content to help it stand out from the crowd. It gives you creative licence to persuade people to donate, buy or connect. But, digital marketing teams no longer need to scramble for news to push out. Not if they have a decent advocacy plan in place which encourages supporters to do […]

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 […]

Sodo runs full steam ahead with its latest campaign

I know takeaway pizza doesn’t deliver the same authentic taste of Italy that I was lucky enough to enjoy last year, but it doesn’t stop me sometimes devouring a slice (or six – #NoJudgement).  But, am I the only one who experiences guilty feelings when ordering? I scrutinise the calories, opt for low-fat cheese and […]

Why are London’s Talking Statues staying quiet online?

I’ve met a few celebrities in my time, and therefore had the obligatory ‘be cool’ moment before quickly losing it. (Meeting Labrinth on stage at Proud Camden springs to mind, with my cousins having no choice but to make the universal sign for ‘crazy’ behind my back to make amends.) But, I’ve never had the […]

Weight Watchers’ café is fuelled by social media

It’s not a case of bloggers’ block that’s kept me away for so long; it’s a lack of intriguing campaigns. But, just as I was about to give up hope… Weight Watchers opened the door to a very interesting concept. The weight-loss company has launched its first ‘Feel Good’ café in London, and social media […]

Volvic goes back to its roots with Tough Mudder deal

I have a confession to make. Seven months ago I completed the incredible Tough Mudder challenge, and sometimes I wear my victory t-shirt to the gym to subtly show other people on the treadmill how brilliant I am. By the way, it feels good. If you don’t know what Tough Mudder is, I’ll pop it […]

lastminute.com is behind the times with copycat campaign

Competitions are PR gold because they drive engagement with your target market. I’ve launched a few of them in my micro career – from the Best British Roast Dinner to the Best Dressed Pub – and it’s safe to say there’s no campaign that won’t allow you to bring out consumers’ competitive streak. But the […]

Blippar’s kids campaign takes off

Augmented Reality advertising tool Blippar has really taken off in its latest campaign. Blippar’s created a unique platform to transform holidaymakers’ passports into a unique game station, packed with fun activities, to keep kids occupied on flights. Although it’s a bit late for the summer, the industry’s busiest period, it’s still a great use of […]