Why Captain Morgan’s right to challenge the US Constitution

We all know that most brands are good at PR, but very few are effective at adding value to the wider conversation. They’re frightened to have an opinion for fear of rocking the boat and alienating their customer base. Of course, companies can also push the boundaries too far. Think Paddy Power who just doesn’t […]

Andrew Castle serves double fault after making ‘sexist’ comment

It was only earlier this week I professed my ‘voice crush’ for Andrew Castle. I don’t know why, but Great American Songbook tracks sound so much better on Smooth Radio when he introduces them.  So, I was disappointed to hear he’d been dubbed ‘Creepy Castle’ after making an unnecessarily sexist comment during the Marcus Willis […]

How to avoid an almighty social media fail

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reminded that social media can do good as well as evil. With up to 3m slurs being shared on Twitter each week, according to figures published in Daily Mirror earlier this year, almost anything can fuel trolls’ fire to spread negative and hurtful comments. More recently the Star Wars film […]

Can I quote you on that? Part 3: Jessica Alba

It was only a few months ago that the media was hailing celebrity Jessica Alba as one of the best business brains in Hollywood for championing ethical brand Honest. But, after a string of allegations and negative comments against its sunscreen, it’s no surprise she’s getting burnt. Last week the Sin City actress issued a […]

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 […]

Getting a tattoo? It’ll take an Insta(gram)

2015 is a big year for me. It’s the year I finally stop talking about getting a tattoo and just get inked. Even Santa was sick of me talking about it because a business card for an ink shop was wrapped neatly in my Christmas stocking. Since then I’ve bagged myself a designer and am […]

Black and forth: TV’s ‘flawed’ diversity plans

Just hours after Channel 4 revealed its ‘20% by 2020’ diversity plans, Channel 5‘s Celebrity Big Brother threw out Ex-Coronation Street actor Ken Morley for repeatedly using racist and sexist language. What does this mean? We’ll probably be dancing two steps forward to equality, and one step back, all the way to 2020. Hats off […]

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. […]

How Decoded is on a mission to make everyone feel comfortable with coding

I don’t tend to make a habit of being in Central London before 9am on a Saturday, but I chose to break my own rules as part of my quest on learning how to code. International technology school Decoded has generated a bit of a buzz in recent months. From Brand Republic‘s Editor in Chief […]