Five ways to grow support with user-generated content

Every charity needs good content to help it stand out from the crowd. It gives you creative licence to persuade people to donate, buy or connect. But, digital marketing teams no longer need to scramble for news to push out. Not if they have a decent advocacy plan in place which encourages supporters to do […]

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 […]

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KitKat demands customers take a YouTube break with complex campaign

Ask anyone who knows me from my college days and they’ll say that I was synonymous with KitKat Chunky bars.  When the limited edition Orange flavour came out no one saw me for a month because I spent all my time giving the canteen vending machine a nudge hoping at least two would drop out. […]

Three reasons why *those* Protein World adverts ruffled my feathers

Earlier this week I cheerfully skipped onto the tube. Not because I was on my way home from work, but because I’d read that Protein World‘s contract with Transport for London had come to an end. In essence, no more sexist ‘Are you beach ready?’ adverts to ruin my commute. Hallelujah! With research claiming that more than 60% of […]

Want blogging tips? Don’t go to Google

Punch into Google ‘blogging tips’ and it throws back oodles of articles. So, where’s a budding blogger meant to start? By talking to one. There’s some great ideas out there, courtesy of PR Daily and The Wall. But, the truth is that half of these articles won’t make sense without practical examples. And, that comes […]

Guardians of the Galaxy rewind time by breathing new life into cassettes

Don’t be fooled. Actors don’t make good movies great. Nor do directors, producers or special effects teams. It’s all in the music. Don’t believe me? This interesting BBC4 documentary series proves it. And, one film that’s made the most of its soundtrack is this year’s Marvel sensation: Guardians of the Galaxy. Featuring 10cc’s I’m Not […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ibis bunnies storm the hotel

It’s been a busy few days for me in the PR world, but when I saw this campaign I literally dropped my phone, picked it up and started writing this blog. Warning: This PR campaign by Ibis Hotels almost tips the cute scale. Ibis’ new campaign to promote its range of hotels – now featuring […]