KFC’s sexist tweet gets followers hot under the collar

KFC Australia has given a whole new meaning to the brand’s ‘finger-lickin’ good’ slogan after posting a sexually-charged tweet earlier this week. Declaring the post #NSFW, KFC posted an image of a couple sat on a sofa, with the woman leaning into the man’s lap reaching for a [pixelated] object. Now, I’m no detective, but I’m […]

The social cinema experience has landed – with Shield 5

In recent years, marketers have been using Instagram‘s unique format to bring brands to life and better connect with audiences. It all started with sponsored posts in 2013 when Michael Kors launched the trend, which naturally evolved into still and moving carousels for select brands. That’s not to say paid advertising is the only way for companies to make […]

Christmas is done – but Quality Street has one last thing to say

Happy New Year Prime Timers!  It’s that bleak time of year when Christmas decorations have been packed away, gym memberships have been renewed and people are continuously vowing to stay away from the biscuit aisle.  But, it’s not just consumers who are keeping a low profile this month (until payday at least); brands are too […]

PR Review: 2015

Media agencies spend thousands of pounds crafting the perfect message for its clients. But in 2015, cheap controversy helped the likes of Merseyside Police, Protein World and Penguin Books achieve success all on their own. Not necessarily the right kind, but success nonetheless.   If inappropriate and mis-timed slogans and status updates weren’t shocking enough, […]

Back to the Future Day: 21 October 2015

This Wednesday (21st October 2015) is the day that Marty McFly arrives in the future in Back to the Future Part II – no hoax. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the first film, so it’s no surprise the media has dubbed the 21st: Back to the Future (BTTF) Day. Following a shaky […]

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 […]

Can I quote you on that? Part 1: Nas

When you’ve been in PR for a while you quickly develop the skill for putting words in people’s mouths. You no longer think about what you’re doing, you just frantically type press releases to send to your director, agent or client for approval – and, over time, the final result is questionable. This new Prime […]

Guest blog: Facebook’s hidden feature that (most) brands are missing out on

As Prime Time goes through its terrible twos, I need a ‘baby sitter’ every once in a while and I’m pleased to announce that Garth Beyer, Madison-based writer and Public Relations Strategist, has taken over this week. Focused on telling stories, running through trend-making PR strategies and trying new things in life, he puts his trust in […]

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 […]