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 […]

Usher confesses his love for Cheerios in new campaign

There’s no denying that breakfast is big business. We’ve just seen fashion designer Anya Hindmarch give Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger a grrreat makeover and Shoreditch is awaiting the launch of its first Cereal Killer Café next month. So, it’s no surprise that celebrities are chewing their right arms off to be associated with the most […]

What a day for a lovely campaign!

V… Va… Val… Valentine… No. I can’t quite finish that sentence but we both know what this blog post is going to be about don’t we? That’s right. Friday, 14th February. You know the score. That time of the year where companies don’t just sell those holidays, razors or games. It markets love too. Here’s […]

Our survey says… more please!

Welcome Prime Timers – to the first blog of the new year. If you’re struggling with the thought of the five-day working week, then this blog probably won’t help. I’m going to get underneath the skin of a recent survey and debate the PR-Journalist-Consumer relationship. That’s right folks, we’re exploring a three-way relationship. The Energy […]

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 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 […]

Alton Towers attracts younger crowd with CBeebies Land

CBeebies, the dedicated TV channel for under fives which is home to shows such as In the Night Garden and Charlie and Lola, may be losing viewers but that’s not enough to discourage Alton Towers from launching CBeebies Land. Merlin Entertainment is planning on rebranding part of the park to bring the struggling CBeebies brand […]

Jelly Babies advert bombs before royal baby arrives

“When’s Kate due?” my friend in Sydney keeps asking me. It must be soon judging by the number of campaigns that are already launching in readiness for the new Prince or Princess of Cambridge’s arrival. First there was Roberts Bakery, and the UK’s most expensive loaf of bread priced at £30 loaf of pop, and […]

The Fat Duck owner waddles away from Little Chef

The rise of celebrity chefs – such as Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver – have dominated our cookbooks, TV shows and magazines for years. But now, one angel named Heston has fallen from grace as roadside restaurant chain Little Chef has given him the boot. Brand ambassador Heston Blumenthal has been dropped […]