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 […]

A dirt cheap PR stunt to promote a town of millionaires

When Kylie sang about being lucky (lucky, lucky, lucky), she must’ve been talking about Romford – because it’s no secret that the town has generated 51 millionaires since the National Lottery began in 1994. With such a golden reputation, communications agency Threepipe was invited to capitalise on this to ensure everyone knows about Romford’s good […]

Christmas is done – but Quality Street has one last thing to say

Happy New Year Prime Timers!  It’s that bleak time of year when Christmas decorations have been packed away, gym memberships have been renewed and people are continuously vowing to stay away from the biscuit aisle.  But, it’s not just consumers who are keeping a low profile this month (until payday at least); brands are too […]

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, […]

Can you solve this secret Christmas conundrum?

I receive more apologies than Christmas cards at this time of year. “I’ve just not been able to get organised, Donna,” is the response I get as I put a glittering red envelope in their hand. That’s ok. Seeing the smile on their face as they read my ‘Donner the reindeer’ pun is enough for me. […]

Brands aim to empower people this World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, which gives people an opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV, takes place on Tuesday 1st December (which also happens to be Giving Tuesday too). With 100,000 people in the UK living with HIV, and 34 million globally, it’s a significant campaign brought to life with a simple red ribbon. At […]

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 […]

Why we’re not ‘dog’ tired of the emoji trend just yet

What can I say? I aspire to run my own business, buy a house and have a bulldog (or two). I just find them adorable. And with the return of Eastenders’ Lady Di this week, I was like a kid at Christmas watching my favourite soap.   So, to read that the Dogs Trust has […]

Three reasons why *those* Protein World adverts ruffled my feathers

Earlier this week I cheerfully skipped onto the tube. Not because I was on my way home from work, but because I’d read that Protein World‘s contract with Transport for London had come to an end. In essence, no more sexist ‘Are you beach ready?’ adverts to ruin my commute. Hallelujah! With research claiming that more than 60% of […]