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 […]

Can you solve this secret Christmas conundrum?

I receive more apologies than Christmas cards at this time of year. “I’ve just not been able to get organised, Donna,” is the response I get as I put a glittering red envelope in their hand. That’s ok. Seeing the smile on their face as they read my ‘Donner the reindeer’ pun is enough for me. […]

Guest blog: Facebook’s hidden feature that (most) brands are missing out on

As Prime Time goes through its terrible twos, I need a ‘baby sitter’ every once in a while and I’m pleased to announce that Garth Beyer, Madison-based writer and Public Relations Strategist, has taken over this week. Focused on telling stories, running through trend-making PR strategies and trying new things in life, he puts his trust in […]

Want blogging tips? Don’t go to Google

Punch into Google ‘blogging tips’ and it throws back oodles of articles. So, where’s a budding blogger meant to start? By talking to one. There’s some great ideas out there, courtesy of PR Daily and The Wall. But, the truth is that half of these articles won’t make sense without practical examples. And, that comes […]

Guardians of the Galaxy rewind time by breathing new life into cassettes

Don’t be fooled. Actors don’t make good movies great. Nor do directors, producers or special effects teams. It’s all in the music. Don’t believe me? This interesting BBC4 documentary series proves it. And, one film that’s made the most of its soundtrack is this year’s Marvel sensation: Guardians of the Galaxy. Featuring 10cc’s I’m Not […]

Burberry’s perfume campaign hits all the right notes

Just weeks after Z-lister Tara Reid launched her Shark scent – inspired by the ‘made for TV’ movie Sharkando 2 – Burberry has put her in her place by releasing My Burberry. A new fragrance inspired by the fashion brand’s iconic trench coat, the PR project brings together the perfect notes to create a seductive […]

7 year old tells off Lego boss for making toys for boys

I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist but I do have strong opinions. Even tonight my Mum told me to calm down and not get so fired up by other people’s choices. It was only over the weekend that I was discussing with a PR friend that Kinder Surprise‘s move to package its chocolate in blue […]

Our survey says… more please!

Welcome Prime Timers – to the first blog of the new year. If you’re struggling with the thought of the five-day working week, then this blog probably won’t help. I’m going to get underneath the skin of a recent survey and debate the PR-Journalist-Consumer relationship. That’s right folks, we’re exploring a three-way relationship. The Energy […]

lastminute.com is behind the times with copycat campaign

Competitions are PR gold because they drive engagement with your target market. I’ve launched a few of them in my micro career – from the Best British Roast Dinner to the Best Dressed Pub – and it’s safe to say there’s no campaign that won’t allow you to bring out consumers’ competitive streak. But the […]

Alton Towers attracts younger crowd with CBeebies Land

CBeebies, the dedicated TV channel for under fives which is home to shows such as In the Night Garden and Charlie and Lola, may be losing viewers but that’s not enough to discourage Alton Towers from launching CBeebies Land. Merlin Entertainment is planning on rebranding part of the park to bring the struggling CBeebies brand […]