What can Shazam’s charity collab teach us about marketing partnerships?

The Zoella’s, Sprinkle of Glitter’s and Thatcher Joe’s may be top the influencer scale this year. But, with technology moving at a rapid pace, how long is it until we place our interests, opinions and trust in Artificial Intelligence (AI) instead?  Siri, Alexa and Google Home are all brilliant at telling us the time, weather […]

Chuck E. Cheese needs some digital crackers to give its autism initiative some bite

Occasionally you can count on a mouse to the right thing. And, America’s Chuck E. Cheese‘s restaurant chain dedicating the first Sunday of the month to sensory play, for children with autism, is both morally and reputationally good.  Launching in time for World Autism Awareness Day last month, the organisation took a customer’s request to […]

Did PwC calculate a PR opportunity when it handed out the wrong Oscars envelope?  

As I type this blog, thousands of people are probably Googling PwC, but not for accountancy advice. The professional services giant is more likely to be researched for the award-winning role it played in the Oscars 2017 ‘Best Picture’ blunder. Genuine mistake or risky PR stunt?  Either way, it took the 88th Academy Awards ceremony from […]

If I ruled the company…

If you haven’t already noticed I’m pretty opinionated. But, in my defence, which hard-nosed PR and marketing blogger isn’t?  We’re just a couple of weeks into 2017 and I’ve already caught myself using the phrase, ‘It’s not how I’d run my company’ – an easy statement to make when you’re not in charge of very […]

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, […]

MTV opens up a new series of Cribs with Snapchat

It’s been 36 years since The Buggles declared that video killed the radio star. Yet since MTV launched in 1981, it’s been pivotal in bringing popular music to the masses – giving iconic artists such as Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams and Prince a rock and roll platform to sing from.  But, there’s a long-running joke […]

PR Review: 2015

Media agencies spend thousands of pounds crafting the perfect message for its clients. But in 2015, cheap controversy helped the likes of Merseyside Police, Protein World and Penguin Books achieve success all on their own. Not necessarily the right kind, but success nonetheless.   If inappropriate and mis-timed slogans and status updates weren’t shocking enough, […]