Why Captain Morgan’s right to challenge the US Constitution

We all know that most brands are good at PR, but very few are effective at adding value to the wider conversation. They’re frightened to have an opinion for fear of rocking the boat and alienating their customer base. Of course, companies can also push the boundaries too far. Think Paddy Power who just doesn’t […]

Sulking on social media could bag you a Snickers’ bargain

What is it about confectionery brands that blend so well with creative agencies? Whether it’s their risk-averse attitude, willingness to focus on features and angles beyond their product or simply having complete confidence in knowing their customers’ needs, I want some. Now. Last year Cadbury’s gorilla advert was voted the nation’s favourite and, more recently, […]

MTV opens up a new series of Cribs with Snapchat

It’s been 36 years since The Buggles declared that video killed the radio star. Yet since MTV launched in 1981, it’s been pivotal in bringing popular music to the masses – giving iconic artists such as Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams and Prince a rock and roll platform to sing from.  But, there’s a long-running joke […]

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, […]

Gü’s #GetSingle campaign has a technical melt down

Holidays, days out and dinners are fantastic experiences… unless it’s just for one person. In fact, the only thing I can get away with solo, without fear of being judged, are taxis. Even then, it’s good to have a quick chat with the driver. It’s not that I’m afraid of being surrounded by couples, I […]

The billboard bonanza edition

With digital gaining new ground every day, it’s easy to be consumed by the likes of Instagram campaigns and charity apps.  But, sometimes it pays to go back to basics – and billboards never disappoint. Last week Carlsberg got people talking (and drinking) by announcing it was giving away free beer through an advert on […]

Animal charities grow in campaign confidence

I’m not really an animal person. I had a hamster and a rabbit when I was growing up. Sally the hamster lasted a few years and Snowy the rabbit lasted a few days. Don’t ask! But, with more than 16,000 endangered species threatened with extinction, wildlife charities are having to think outside the box to […]

Getting a tattoo? It’ll take an Insta(gram)

2015 is a big year for me. It’s the year I finally stop talking about getting a tattoo and just get inked. Even Santa was sick of me talking about it because a business card for an ink shop was wrapped neatly in my Christmas stocking. Since then I’ve bagged myself a designer and am […]

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 […]