PR review: 2014

Never let it be said that PR, marketing and social media is easy… unless you’re trying to fail. This year, the industry has dug deep into its pockets of creativity to deliver great value for clients – with varying results. Reactive PR has been key for brands to achieve extra kudos this year – think […]

Macmillan strikes it lucky with tube tweet

Relax. The tube strikes are over…for now. But, in the few days they caused chaos in the capital, they had a great publicist: front page of the Evening Standard, infographics and a hashtag! It’s a hat-trick that PRs like me can only dream of. But, while you were complaining/celebrating/not caring (delete as appropriate) about how […]

Would you Google women’s rights? You will now

The last few posts I’ve written have covered fun and quirky PR campaigns. From One Direction launching its own day to Aflac letting a live mascot ride the New York subway, these brands have generated talkability. But this stunt, by Ogilvy & Mather for UN Women in Dubai, tackles an important global issue in an […]

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 […]

Adverts don’t make nations fat, people do

There was an interesting article from the Independent on Sunday yesterday on celebrities advertising junk foods. Health campaigners plan to make a fresh attack on food and drink companies in an attempt to ban them from using celebrities to advertise their products. The finger isn’t just being wagged at celebrity ambassador veterans David Beckham and […]