How to avoid an almighty social media fail

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reminded that social media can do good as well as evil. With up to 3m slurs being shared on Twitter each week, according to figures published in Daily Mirror earlier this year, almost anything can fuel trolls’ fire to spread negative and hurtful comments. More recently the Star Wars film […]

Can I quote you on that? Part 3: Jessica Alba

It was only a few months ago that the media was hailing celebrity Jessica Alba as one of the best business brains in Hollywood for championing ethical brand Honest. But, after a string of allegations and negative comments against its sunscreen, it’s no surprise she’s getting burnt. Last week the Sin City actress issued a […]

Celebrities, music and fashion: Is Kellogg’s a cereal offender? 

Strictly presenter Tess Daly has turned her hand to fashion and created a one-off dress… made of cereal.  In partnership with Special K, Tess designed the dress with with help from Petra Storrs – the woman behind some of Lady Gaga‘s most memorable looks – in a bid to shift the brand from a diet cereal to […]

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 […]

Why United was right to throw a passenger off a plane

We all get a little over excited when we’re on holiday. And, thanks to social media, we’re able to spill this excitement onto our friends’ news feeds by checking in on Facebook at the airport or hashtagging #ComeFlyWithMe on Twitter from the time we leave the house to the moment we land at our destination. But, there’s an unwritten […]

A Facebook comment triggers Hellmann’s multi-million pound campaign

We know that the only thing brands want from their PR and marketing campaigns is advocacy – someone else positively talking about their product, service or organisation. Earned media, when handled in the right way, is a powerful commodity for brands. And, it’s right to cultivate it. But, not every company will invest millions of […]

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 […]

Black and forth: TV’s ‘flawed’ diversity plans

Just hours after Channel 4 revealed its ‘20% by 2020’ diversity plans, Channel 5‘s Celebrity Big Brother threw out Ex-Coronation Street actor Ken Morley for repeatedly using racist and sexist language. What does this mean? We’ll probably be dancing two steps forward to equality, and one step back, all the way to 2020. Hats off […]

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 […]