Crayola makes its mark with integrated campaign

It’s not often that this momentous event occurs in our lifetime. No, I’m not talking about eclipses, royal weddings or black Presidents. I’m talking about a new shade of blue. A few years ago US scientists (accidentally) created a new shade of blue – currently called YInMn – by blending chemicals. And, Crayola has jumped […]

Did PwC calculate a PR opportunity when it handed out the wrong Oscars envelope?  

As I type this blog, thousands of people are probably Googling PwC, but not for accountancy advice. The professional services giant is more likely to be researched for the award-winning role it played in the Oscars 2017 ‘Best Picture’ blunder. Genuine mistake or risky PR stunt?  Either way, it took the 88th Academy Awards ceremony from […]

Chris Rock gives Girl Scouts a seriously sweet PR moment at The Oscars

After deciding to stick with the gig, Chris Rock delivered an epic opening speech at this year’s ‘White People’s Choice Awards’ (aka The Oscars). He addressed the elephant in the room and led the charge for greater diversity in the film industry. But, people weren’t prepared to hear about another cause close to his heart […]

Unapologetic Adidas stands up for LGBT rights

2016 is the year of diversity. Or is it? The buzzword on everyone’s lips, we’ve already gone through the painful process of watching Oscars President Cheryl Boone Isaacs look nervous as an all-white cast of actors swooped across nomination lists for an awards ceremony taking place during America’s Black History Month. For this to happen […]

Can I quote you on that? Part 2: 1D

The General Election ended weeks ago, but that hasn’t stopped boy band super power One Direction from launching its social action manifesto. The X Factor’s most popular product is supporting Action/2015, encouraging fans to share ideas on how they would improve the world. To support the campaign, the band has issued this statement: “Time and […]

Chevrolet challenges journos to decode its emoji press release

The way PRs sell-in their press releases is changing . Not because they want to; but because they have to. When I first launched Prime Time I wrote a blog inspired by an Evening Standard comment piece which claimed that journalists just aren’t interested in press releases any more. So, the industry responds by applying the […]

Chill out! BGT and Nando’s accused of getting people hot under the collar

Is it me, or are people losing their nerve?  After the Britain’s Got Talent grand final on Sunday, Ofcom and ITV started the working week with almost 200 complaints aimed at judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon for their flesh-led wardrobe.  It was all “Too much cleavage for a family show” and “It’s not appropriate attire pre-Watershed.” Ridiculous! Unless […]

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 […]