Are brands failing to represent women in ad campaigns?

In the same week that new research revealed that London women feel excluded from the capital’s advertising, the likes of Reebok, Jordan Brand and Calvin Klein have launched empowering campaigns. But, do they hit the spot? City Hall and University College London recently surveyed 2,000 women and found that just 26% of adverts in London […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]