Crayola makes its mark with integrated campaign

It’s not often that this momentous event occurs in our lifetime. No, I’m not talking about eclipses, royal weddings or black Presidents. I’m talking about a new shade of blue. A few years ago US scientists (accidentally) created a new shade of blue – currently called YInMn – by blending chemicals. And, Crayola has jumped […]

KFC comes clean after making up fictitious food blogger

Bloggers have taken the world by storm in the last few years. [Insert personal praise for Prime Time here]. Why? Because, the content they post is C.A.T: credible, authentic and trustworthy. The social influencers that have risen up out of the ranks – having turned their hobbies into businesses – may be slightly compromised thanks […]

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 […]

Sulking on social media could bag you a Snickers’ bargain

What is it about confectionery brands that blend so well with creative agencies? Whether it’s their risk-averse attitude, willingness to focus on features and angles beyond their product or simply having complete confidence in knowing their customers’ needs, I want some. Now. Last year Cadbury’s gorilla advert was voted the nation’s favourite and, more recently, […]

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 […]

John Lewis had a galactic Christmas campaign budget, but it couldn’t prepare for this…

As the world ‘ooh-ed’ and ‘ahh-ed’ at John Lewis’ 2015 Christmas campaign, #ManOnTheMoon, I purposefully looked away.  Avoiding the hype, I like to make my own decisions when it comes to ‘big deal’ media. As a result, I’ve not seen Lord of the Rings; I didn’t finish the Harry Potter series; and I never even […]

Can I quote you on that? Part 3: Jessica Alba

It was only a few months ago that the media was hailing celebrity Jessica Alba as one of the best business brains in Hollywood for championing ethical brand Honest. But, after a string of allegations and negative comments against its sunscreen, it’s no surprise she’s getting burnt. Last week the Sin City actress issued a […]

A Facebook comment triggers Hellmann’s multi-million pound campaign

We know that the only thing brands want from their PR and marketing campaigns is advocacy – someone else positively talking about their product, service or organisation. Earned media, when handled in the right way, is a powerful commodity for brands. And, it’s right to cultivate it. But, not every company will invest millions of […]

#YourMum sucks at social media, Penguin

As I frantically trawl the internet for a present for my mum this Mother’s Day, I’m presented with the usual options: flowers, chocolates and jewellery. It’s a difficult decision with so much choice on offer. Then there’s the case of whether I want it personalised. Just on case my mum forgets she is, indeed, my […]

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 […]