Is it ever acceptable for a dictionary to be a dick on social media? 

Manning your organisation’s social media control decks is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand you’re in the privileged position to be the sole voice of the company. Whether you spend all day responding to customer service queries or exercise your poetic licence to raise awareness, there’s no limits to how digital […]

Chevrolet challenges journos to decode its emoji press release

The way PRs sell-in their press releases is changing . Not because they want to; but because they have to. When I first launched Prime Time I wrote a blog inspired by an Evening Standard comment piece which claimed that journalists just aren’t interested in press releases any more. So, the industry responds by applying the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Royal Mail fails as brands attempt to cash in on World Cup buzz

Call me naive (although I’d prefer it if you called me Donna*), but I didn’t even realise until this week that postal officers could refuse to deliver mail that they deemed offensive. But they can, and they did, when they were handed the latest issue of marketing magazine The Drum. The front cover included the […]

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 […]

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 […]