GoRaff opens new doors for charities 

Have you heard of GoRaff? No, I hadn’t either until I was alerted that Nev Schulman, presenter of MTV’s Catfish, is auctioning off his chest hair to raise money for charity using the site. Having binged on Catfish episodes for the last few months, I was intrigued to find out how GoRaff – a crowd marketing platform […]

Phone boxes are a dead ringer for Lipton Ice Tea

Have you noticed anything different about your local phone box recently? Of course not. No one gives phone boxes the time of day anymore. So, it’s surprising that Pepsi has used them as part of its latest marketing campaign. Pepsi’s Lipton brand has taken over 5,000 ‘street kiosks’, close to convenience stores, to promote its […]

The Barbour shop spruces up with a lick of paint

Despite the smog, I rocked up to work yesterday morning in my SLB (Summer Liddesdale Barbour) which is something that I bought just before every high street store decided to introduce them. Not that I’m bitter or anything. But now fans are being given the chance to up their game by adding a spark of […]

Taco Bell calls on fans for mystery competition

Does anyone else think brand promotions have become a bit stale? I don’t need another pen, loyalty cards get lost and I delete discount emails without a second thought. But, I wouldn’t turn my back on a free phone. Thanks Taco Bell. To celebrate the restaurant chain’s move into the breakfast market next week, Taco […]

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 […]

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 […]

PR: a step in the right direction

It’s amazing how many ideas you can come up with for brands that you don’t work for and today was no exception. In fact I was most productive during my lunch break, dividing a mini comms plan for new footwear company She’s So Shoes. I was asked to pull together a quick press release to […]

Do you Beliebe in brand PR?

It’s been a difficult week for certain celebrities. They’ve made mistakes that have dented their image and some poor PR will have to pick up the pieces. There’s two famous faces I’ve got in mind: Justin Bieber and Lord Sugar. Beauty and a Beat singer Bieber turned up late to his own concert at the […]

The power of love (as demonstrated by PR campaigns)

After pancake day, PRs have another great opportunity to impress the press with quirky products, services and campaigns that promote love, hearts, flowers and… car insurance. Most Valentine’s Day campaigns are PR fluff and all are wholly unnecessary. But, as long as they’re limited to just 24 hours we can learn to live with it. […]