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 […]

Jamaica’s bobsleigh team in the (cool) runnings to get to the Games

Jamaica‘s motto is ‘out of many, one people‘ and it’s never rang truer than this week. The lush Caribbean island has qualified for the two-man bobsleigh event at next month’s Sochi Winter Olympics. That’s right – Cool Runnings is becoming a reality (again). But one thing almost stood in Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon’s way […]

Dancing on ice for Children in Need

All brands get to a stage where they have to stop and think of others by running, what we call in the industry, a ‘charidee’ campaign. One of my favourites this week is the Tower of London’s link up with Children in Need. To celebrate the BBC’s corporate charity – that helps more than 2,600 […]

Virgin delivers a classy TV campaign

Well here it is – the first time I’m using the happy / sad faces to refer to a campaign on Prime Time. Drum roll please. The first campaign is from Virgin Media’s TiVo… and… it’s … positive. Goodness knows how much this ITV and Channel 4 advertising stunt cost the company, but I think […]

The power of love (as demonstrated by PR campaigns)

After pancake day, PRs have another great opportunity to impress the press with quirky products, services and campaigns that promote love, hearts, flowers and… car insurance. Most Valentine’s Day campaigns are PR fluff and all are wholly unnecessary. But, as long as they’re limited to just 24 hours we can learn to live with it. […]

PR: Lost in translation

Have you ever spoken so passionately in client meetings that you don’t even understand what your saying? You know the meetings I mean – pitching in that big idea to get closer to your contacts to show them what you can do. Today, I’ve done something similar. I’ve spoken a pidgin English; a combination of […]