Sulking on social media could bag you a Snickers’ bargain

What is it about confectionery brands that blend so well with creative agencies? Whether it’s their risk-averse attitude, willingness to focus on features and angles beyond their product or simply having complete confidence in knowing their customers’ needs, I want some. Now. Last year Cadbury’s gorilla advert was voted the nation’s favourite and, more recently, […]

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 […]

How to avoid an almighty social media fail

Over the last few weeks I’ve been reminded that social media can do good as well as evil. With up to 3m slurs being shared on Twitter each week, according to figures published in Daily Mirror earlier this year, almost anything can fuel trolls’ fire to spread negative and hurtful comments. More recently the Star Wars film […]

Chevrolet challenges journos to decode its emoji press release

The way PRs sell-in their press releases is changing . Not because they want to; but because they have to. When I first launched Prime Time I wrote a blog inspired by an Evening Standard comment piece which claimed that journalists just aren’t interested in press releases any more. So, the industry responds by applying the […]

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 […]

A Facebook comment triggers Hellmann’s multi-million pound campaign

We know that the only thing brands want from their PR and marketing campaigns is advocacy – someone else positively talking about their product, service or organisation. Earned media, when handled in the right way, is a powerful commodity for brands. And, it’s right to cultivate it. But, not every company will invest millions of […]

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 […]

The top five charity hashtag trends you love to hate

I’m going to let you into a secret. I wasn’t brave enough to take part in #NoMakeUpSelfie, I was nominated for the #IceBucketChallenge twice and I didn’t dunk myself in cold water and although I’ve laughed at CLIC Sargent’s #JokeAppeal campaign, I’ve not donated. So, there you have it. I’m a bad person. But, while I’ve […]