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 […]

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, […]

Back to the Future Day: 21 October 2015

This Wednesday (21st October 2015) is the day that Marty McFly arrives in the future in Back to the Future Part II – no hoax. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the first film, so it’s no surprise the media has dubbed the 21st: Back to the Future (BTTF) Day. Following a shaky […]

Can I quote you on that? Part 1: Nas

When you’ve been in PR for a while you quickly develop the skill for putting words in people’s mouths. You no longer think about what you’re doing, you just frantically type press releases to send to your director, agent or client for approval – and, over time, the final result is questionable. This new Prime […]

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 […]

Women use Twitter to laugh off the Turkish Government’s comments

The Turkish Government sparked a social media trend this week when the deputy Prime Minister, Bülent Arinç, claimed that women should be seen and not heard (laughing). Speaking of the country’s social decline, Arinç said: “A man should be moral but women should be moral as well, they should know what is decent and what […]

Vittel vamps up water bottles to remind you to keep drinking

Midweek question: should PRs and marketers attempt to create a campaign when an app already exists? I woke up at about 3am this morning and killed some time checking Twitter (yes, I’m one of those people who reaches for their phone) and saw that Ogilvy – the agency behind the UN’s predictive Google search campaign […]

Phone boxes are a dead ringer for Lipton Ice Tea

Have you noticed anything different about your local phone box recently? Of course not. No one gives phone boxes the time of day anymore. So, it’s surprising that Pepsi has used them as part of its latest marketing campaign. Pepsi’s Lipton brand has taken over 5,000 ‘street kiosks’, close to convenience stores, to promote its […]