Five geeky conversation starters to prove to the office you’re more than just a pretty face

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.“ No truer words were ever spoken than by Ferris Bueller (aka 80s heartthrob Matthew Broderick). Although he was talking about a day off school, it still applies to the jobs we do. While I was trying to […]

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 […]

A perfect World Cup tweet gone wrong

I’ve decided that when Taylor Swift first sang the words ‘I knew you were trouble when you walked in’ she was talking about one of two things: 1D’s Harry Styles or the perils of social media. Social media is a bear trap for brands and the latest honey to lure them in is the World […]

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 […]

London council sends bogus Christmas card to residents

With a week before Christmas, everyone’s in full swing planning the perfect day. That’s right, it’s the season of giving. But maybe we’ve all missed the point. Maybe we’re not meant to be giving to one another, maybe we’re meant to be giving to the council! That’s right. Hammersmith and Fulham Council has reminded local […]

Costco begs for forgiveness after being caught out on Twitter

I’m normally an advocate for social media silence, but national retailer Costco was quick to repent for its sins with a statement – after the brand was caught out last week. To put it into context, a Californian pastor noticed that a stack of Bibles were labelled as fiction in one of its stores. Now, […]

Is London Duck Tours headed for a watery grave?

It’s been a good week for ducks. Or rather, it had been before London Duck Tours’ bus-boat caught on fire in the Thames this afternoon, leaving passengers to jump overboard. Now I’ve seen those bus-boats poodling around the capital and I can’t say I’d jump at the chance to take a ride. While the brand […]

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 […]

X-rated car advert gets tongues wagging

It’s a brand’s worst nightmare – an advert appears in print complete with a big mistake. No, not an incorrect spelling or wrong call to action. Either of those could easily be resolved with the help of a PR agency. Car hire firm Enterprise has had to deal with something much worse: an advert in […]

BA needs to make a Big Apology?

Today there have been four official judgements made on discrimination over religious beliefs in the workplace. Of those four, just one went in favour of Christianity. And it’s not causing the Twitter storm I’d expected. I’m even more surprised that Tweeters are taking this opportunity to condemn Eweida, Chaplin, Ladele and McFarlane and every other […]