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 […]

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 […]

If you can’t do the time, don’t do social

Social media has made me more confident. No, scratch that. It’s made me bolshy – but in a good way. Why? Because it’s empowered me to position myself as an expert in PR, marketing and digital by virtually networking with professionals around the clock, and around the globe. Just as Twitter has significantly evolved since launching […]

Anya Hindmarch’s cereal partnership is far from soggy

If you didn’t fancy a bowl of Kellogg’s finest before reading this blog, you will now. Thanks to fashion designer Anya Hindmarch – the woman behind the ‘I’m Not a Plastic Bag’ campaign – the latest trend is vintage-inspired accessories that pay homage to big brands. From Ariel washing powder clutches and Custard Cream purses […]

Would you prefer a tattoo of your boss or £25k?

Crowd-sourcing was coined in 2006 by Wired Magazine. It was used to describe a job, which was usually fulfilled by an employee, that was outsourced to a group of people. Since then it’s been used by brands in a range of weird and wonderful ways. From ‘dead dog‘ jingles to BrewDog’s Twitter beer, it generates […]

Clear your diaries for 1D Day!

October is here. As soon as we know it, it’ll be Halloween, Bonfire Night, 1D Day and Christmas. Yes you read correctly. Global super-band One Direction announced yesterday that the 23rd November will be officially known as 1D Day, as Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne look to ‘give back’ […]

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 […]

HMV calls for help as Twilight ends

I can’t read about failed music retailer HMV without feeling sorry for the brand and picturing Poppy Rose Cleere – the woman who gave the world live updates as the big bods culled staff in a mass firing. So, when I saw this well-received PR stunt my instant reaction was: ‘it’s great that they’re still […]

Do you Beliebe in brand PR?

It’s been a difficult week for certain celebrities. They’ve made mistakes that have dented their image and some poor PR will have to pick up the pieces. There’s two famous faces I’ve got in mind: Justin Bieber and Lord Sugar. Beauty and a Beat singer Bieber turned up late to his own concert at the […]