Can you solve this secret Christmas conundrum?

I receive more apologies than Christmas cards at this time of year. “I’ve just not been able to get organised, Donna,” is the¬†response I get as I put a glittering red envelope in their hand. That’s ok. Seeing the smile on their face as they read my ‘Donner the reindeer’ pun is enough for me. […]

Top airlines use Christmas holidays to connect with customers

There’s no doubt that 2014 has been the year of the charity campaign. From Macmillan’s reactive tube strike tweets to SOS Children’s Villages’ video, and every hashtag in between, it’s embraced smart PR with open arms. But, before I dish out any awards for creativity, it seems there’s a new challenger in town – the […]

Alternative advent calendars give consumers food for thought

I’d like to introduce you to someone – December. That’s right, get the advent calendar out and enjoy your first square of fancy cheap chocolate. This year, more brands are attempting to give consumers food for thought by not only engaging with them in a creative way on the 1st December, but also every day […]

If the cast of Friends joined Prime Time

This is brand new information! Ok, I fooled you. It isn’t really. But, shame on you if you’ve missed the media banging on about the upcoming 20th anniversary of the first episode of Friends. It’s literally been everywhere! And, not wanting to miss out, I’m going to give Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe […]

London council sends bogus Christmas card to residents

With a week before Christmas, everyone’s in full swing planning the perfect day. That’s right, it’s the season of giving. But maybe we’ve all missed the point. Maybe we’re not meant to be giving to one another, maybe we’re meant to be giving to the council! That’s right. Hammersmith and Fulham Council has reminded local […]

Christmas campaign round-up 2013

With Christmas just around the corner, PRs are working at top speed to make the papers with their ‘quick and dirty’ festive stunts. And because Christmas is the season of giving, I’m doing the digging to present you with the industry’s top campaigns this month. I’m actually giving you two gifts because I’ve just noticed […]

Dancing on ice for Children in Need

All brands get to a stage where they have to stop and think of others by running, what we call in the industry, a ‘charidee’ campaign. One of my favourites this week is the Tower of London’s link up with Children in Need. To celebrate the BBC’s corporate charity – that helps more than 2,600 […]

Aflac duck ruffles feathers after riding the subway

Ey up duck! I’ve got to hand it to Aflac for using a duck to promote its insurance business by letting it do its thing in New York, including riding the subway. The Aflac duck has been part of the company’s brand identity since 1999, after an advertising executive walking around Central Park muttering the […]

Blippar’s kids campaign takes off

Augmented Reality advertising tool Blippar has really taken off in its latest campaign. Blippar’s created a unique platform to transform holidaymakers’ passports into a unique game station, packed with fun activities, to keep kids occupied on flights. Although it’s a bit late for the summer, the industry’s busiest period, it’s still a great use of […]