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 […]

Twitter allows brands to target users through emoji

My friends all know that I love three things: Bulldogs, Michael Jackson and emoji (order subject to change). I can’t help it – each one makes me smile, lifts my spirits and puts a spring in my step. And, I’m loving that the latter is still riding high with users and brands alike. A trend […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alternative advent calendars give consumers food for thought

I’d like to introduce you to someone – December. That’s right, get the advent calendar out and enjoy your first square of fancy cheap chocolate. This year, more brands are attempting to give consumers food for thought by not only engaging with them in a creative way on the 1st December, but also every day […]

#StayAlive: life-saving technology

When it comes to PR, charities are pushing themselves harder than ever to get noticed – and it’s paying off. From WaterAid’s social media waterfall to Macmillan’s tube strike tweet, charities aren’t just sticking to their marketing strategy, they’re also going after ‘quick wins’, which is putting pressure on press teams to generate more column […]

PR: a step in the right direction

It’s amazing how many ideas you can come up with for brands that you don’t work for and today was no exception. In fact I was most productive during my lunch break, dividing a mini comms plan for new footwear company She’s So Shoes. I was asked to pull together a quick press release to […]

Is Dulux’s campaign a bit dry?

It’s safe to say that PRs are a tough bunch that can promote anything: people, places, things. Essentially, we’ll try and get coverage for any noun – and that now includes colours. Dulux’s campaign, featuring Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts promoting Indigo Night, its shade of year, launched a couple of weeks ago and has […]