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 […]

Sodo runs full steam ahead with its latest campaign

I know takeaway pizza doesn’t deliver the same authentic taste of Italy that I was lucky enough to enjoy last year, but it doesn’t stop me sometimes devouring a slice (or six – #NoJudgement).  But, am I the only one who experiences guilty feelings when ordering? I scrutinise the calories, opt for low-fat cheese and […]

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 […]

CLIC Sargent’s fundraising campaign is a joke

I’ll keep my intro short and sweet. Non-profit PR is a lot like this summer – hot. From Macmillan’s social media quick-win to Grassroots’ #StayAlive app, charities are proving that there’s lots of opportunities to raise awareness. But, when I first read about CLIC Sargent’s campaign, I thought it was having a laugh… and I […]

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 […]

Magnum (P.I) fans hunt for Holland dress

I can’t remember the last time I had a Magnum. Lent aside, it’s a premium product for premium people. I’m more of a Cornetto girl. But, to celebrate Magnum’s 25th birthday, Unilever – the company behind the Ambu-lunch PR stunt – has teamed up with fashion designer Henry Holland to create a limited edition ice-cream […]

Coca-Cola: Call me anything, just not ‘gay’

Coca-Cola or Coca-Cock up? It’s hard to tell when this global brand keeps making marketing mistakes. After asking fans to share a personalised coke, Coca-Cola’s sub brand – Vitamin Water – fell foul of calling one unlucky US customer a ‘retard’. And now, according to BBC Trending, the South African coke microsite has banned people […]

Olympic crowds lift the athletes (and Nike treads softly)

Live from London 2012: I’m blogging from the weightlifting arena in the ExCeL tonight. I’ve been to many of the events held here in the past week, including judo and table tennis, but weightlifting has a particularly great atmosphere. If there’s any sporting discipline that depends on audience participation – it’s this. After all, 220kg […]

Volunteering at the Olympics has a silver lining

I walked into the ExCeL this afternoon thinking it would be the same as any other shift – keep the journalists happy and catch some world-class judo action. And it was, more or less, until Team GB judoka Gemma Gibbons scooped silver in the under 78kg judo tournament – our first Olympic medal in the […]