Chill out! BGT and Nando’s accused of getting people hot under the collar

Is it me, or are people losing their nerve?  After the Britain’s Got Talent grand final on Sunday, Ofcom and ITV started the working week with almost 200 complaints aimed at judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon for their flesh-led wardrobe.  It was all “Too much cleavage for a family show” and “It’s not appropriate attire pre-Watershed.” Ridiculous! Unless […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aflac duck ruffles feathers after riding the subway

Ey up duck! I’ve got to hand it to Aflac for using a duck to promote its insurance business by letting it do its thing in New York, including riding the subway. The Aflac duck has been part of the company’s brand identity since 1999, after an advertising executive walking around Central Park muttering the […]

More brands suffer at the hands of social media

First there were hurricanes, and shootings. Then there was horsemeat and a Royal baby. What have these events got in common? They’ve all prompted (foolish) companies to jump on the bandwagon to promote their brands. But, more often than not, the PR and marketing team’s rushed efforts lead to a grovelling apology after a consumer […]

Sometimes social media silence is best

Following the tragic Newtown shootings in Connecticut last week, which has left America mourning, brands have continued to make light of the situation with insensitive gestures. This isn’t uncommon. Recently I blogged on GAP and American Apparel’s misfortunes during the New York hurricanes. Amidst the disaster, both retailers thought sales were the answer and encouraged […]

Hurricanes are no joke

Whilst New York is suffering from death and destruction caused by mega storm Hurricane Sandy, which has killed tens of people, retailer Gap has been encouraging Americans to stay safe inside and shop online. A PR nightmare. At the first hint of trouble, Obama cancelled his campaign trail dates and diverted to Washington to deal […]