Madonna’s like a virgin when it comes to social media

Is the Queen of Pop, Madonna, trying to tell us that she’s ‘like a virgin’ when it comes to social media? Or perhaps her PR manager has taken a ‘holiday’? Whatever the reason, it seems she just can’t help diving into global issues to tell the world something important: buy her 13th studio album, #RebelHeart. […]

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 […]

The Academy tweets the perfect tribute to Robin Williams

When I woke up this morning I had a #WhileYouWereSleeping hashtag moment after reading that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. As the world’s media look for people who ‘knew him well’ for sofa interviews, finalise their obituaries and monitor celebrity tributes, there’s just one thing I’m interested in today: The Academy. Eight hours ago […]

Coca-Cola: Call me anything, just not ‘gay’

Coca-Cola or Coca-Cock up? It’s hard to tell when this global brand keeps making marketing mistakes. After asking fans to share a personalised coke, Coca-Cola’s sub brand – Vitamin Water – fell foul of calling one unlucky US customer a ‘retard’. And now, according to BBC Trending, the South African coke microsite has banned people […]

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 […]

Would you Google women’s rights? You will now

The last few posts I’ve written have covered fun and quirky PR campaigns. From One Direction launching its own day to Aflac letting a live mascot ride the New York subway, these brands have generated talkability. But this stunt, by Ogilvy & Mather for UN Women in Dubai, tackles an important global issue in an […]

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’ […]

Coca-Cola loses its fizz after insulting customer

Have you heard the one about Coca-Cola calling one of its customers a ‘retard‘ via its latest promotion? Ok, maybe you haven’t because it happened in Canada. But here’s what happened: Blake Loates bought home a bottle of Coca-Cola’s Vitamin Water earlier this week and she was in for a shock when she unscrewed the […]