adidas x Parley sustainability campaign steps up

While Nike has had its head turned by Nigerian World Cup football kit hysteria this month, rival adidas has quietly ensured it’s not ‘sold out’ to commercialism [entirely] – by launching its sustainable Parley range. Working with Parley, a network organisation of leaders who purposefully come together to tackle ocean destruction, Adidas has co-created a […]

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 […]

The Prince’s Trust gets swept away with video campaign

Today marks the launch of a new campaign at Prince’s Trust HQ. We’re celebrating everything Enterprise, as we look to encourage young adults to set up their own business. Dull, boring and disengaging? Wrong. Working with creative agency Nonsense, and funded by RBS , we’ve created three spoof infomercials bringing to life a series of terrible business […]

Aflac duck ruffles feathers after riding the subway

Ey up duck! I’ve got to hand it to Aflac for using a duck to promote its insurance business by letting it do its thing in New York, including riding the subway. The Aflac duck has been part of the company’s brand identity since 1999, after an advertising executive walking around Central Park muttering the […]

More brands suffer at the hands of social media

First there were hurricanes, and shootings. Then there was horsemeat and a Royal baby. What have these events got in common? They’ve all prompted (foolish) companies to jump on the bandwagon to promote their brands. But, more often than not, the PR and marketing team’s rushed efforts lead to a grovelling apology after a consumer […]

The Drum misses a beat

I was interested to read that marketing magazine The Drum is challenging itself to develop an upcoming issue in front of a live audience. At first I was impressed by the editorial team which laid down its own gauntlet to discuss content and interview key spokespeople (such as Dom Burch, head of social media for […]

Social media – a lot like putting your pants on.

This morning I popped into the Technology for Marketing and Advertising (TFM&A) exhibition to sit in on a few seminars. This morning’s best talk was on ‘social brand management’ led by Scott McKee from Birddog, a digital and brand consultancy, and Gareth Case from Xuber, a specialist commercial insurance company. They addressed the challenge faced […]