Roses are red, PR is blue. This year brands are saving all their love for you

New research shows that Brits are set to spend £1.9bn on spoiling their loved ones this Valentine’s Day – and the ‘purchase party’ kicks off today. It seems as though my invite has been lost in the post, and it’s not the first time. At least now I’ve got the scientific evidence I’ve been waiting […]

Anya Hindmarch’s cereal partnership is far from soggy

If you didn’t fancy a bowl of Kellogg’s finest before reading this blog, you will now. Thanks to fashion designer Anya Hindmarch – the woman behind the ‘I’m Not a Plastic Bag’ campaign – the latest trend is vintage-inspired accessories that pay homage to big brands. From Ariel washing powder clutches and Custard Cream purses […]

Burberry’s perfume campaign hits all the right notes

Just weeks after Z-lister Tara Reid launched her Shark scent – inspired by the ‘made for TV’ movie Sharkando 2 – Burberry has put her in her place by releasing My Burberry. A new fragrance inspired by the fashion brand’s iconic trench coat, the PR project brings together the perfect notes to create a seductive […]

How Sainsbury’s redeemed itself AFTER it mocked slavery

Heard the one about a Sainsbury’s employee promoting the Oscar-winning DVD release of 12 Years… by dressing up a mannequin as a slave? Unfortunately, it’s true. And, thanks to Twitter, everyone can laugh at the Oxford store’s faux pas – which seemingly mocks, condones and glamourises slavery all at the same time (which is no […]

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 […]

What a day for a lovely campaign!

V… Va… Val… Valentine… No. I can’t quite finish that sentence but we both know what this blog post is going to be about don’t we? That’s right. Friday, 14th February. You know the score. That time of the year where companies don’t just sell those holidays, razors or games. It markets love too. Here’s […]

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 […]

Barbie heads to Selfridges for a makeover

Barbie might have turned 54 this year, but she’s still got the looks to turn heads, thanks to department store Selfridges which has invited four designers to give her a makeover to celebrate its new concession in London. Fred Butler, Nasir Mazhar and Sister by Sibling have designed four dolls – each which will become […]

A&F bans black clothing for attention

If there’s one thing that all women agree on, it’s the colour black. It’s universally flattering. So, why has designer brand Abercrombie & Fitch banned it from all its stores? The fashion outlet has announced that it’s no longer selling any black garments and its employees – including those based at its Ohio head office […]