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 […]

Black and forth: TV’s ‘flawed’ diversity plans

Just hours after Channel 4 revealed its ‘20% by 2020′ diversity plans, Channel 5‘s Celebrity Big Brother threw out Ex-Coronation Street actor Ken Morley for repeatedly using racist and sexist language. What does this mean? We’ll probably be dancing two steps forward to equality, and one step back, all the way to 2020. Hats off […]

Madonna’s like a virgin when it comes to social media

Is the Queen of Pop, Madonna, trying to tell us that she’s ‘like a virgin’ when it comes to social media? Or perhaps her PR manager has taken a ‘holiday’? Whatever the reason, it seems she just can’t help diving into global issues to tell the world something important: buy her 13th studio album, #RebelHeart. […]

lastminute.com is behind the times with copycat campaign

Competitions are PR gold because they drive engagement with your target market. I’ve launched a few of them in my micro career – from the Best British Roast Dinner to the Best Dressed Pub – and it’s safe to say there’s no campaign that won’t allow you to bring out consumers’ competitive streak. But the […]

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 […]

Is London Duck Tours headed for a watery grave?

It’s been a good week for ducks. Or rather, it had been before London Duck Tours’ bus-boat caught on fire in the Thames this afternoon, leaving passengers to jump overboard. Now I’ve seen those bus-boats poodling around the capital and I can’t say I’d jump at the chance to take a ride. While the brand […]

More brands suffer at the hands of social media

First there were hurricanes, and shootings. Then there was horsemeat and a Royal baby. What have these events got in common? They’ve all prompted (foolish) companies to jump on the bandwagon to promote their brands. But, more often than not, the PR and marketing team’s rushed efforts lead to a grovelling apology after a consumer […]

This is NOT a Royal Baby blog: Waiter, is that an iPhone in my soup?

I use my iPhone all the time. It’s the first thing I check when I wake up and the last thing I look at, at night. I tweet, blog, Facebook and Snap Chat – and I’ll do whatever the next big thing is. I don’t get offended by people checking their phone when they’re with […]

Prime Time on the X Factor

You might have heard Prime Time blog get some free PR on the X Factor this evening. Kye Sones (over 28s) sang a cover of Swedish House Mafia’s Save the World track on the ‘club classics’ themed show tonight, which meant much of the UK now knows that ‘we’ll watch it on Prime Time’. Thanks […]