If you work in media relations, you'll know that communication with journalists is absolutely fundamental to your successes. You could have the best campaign idea in the world, but if you ain't outreaching it - it ain't getting covered. Sure, with social media and the rest of it, things can catch like wildfire nowadays. But… Continue reading The 12 Things Journalists Want PRs To Know
Usually, pulling off a 'PR gag' takes a great deal of effort. From the ideation stage right through to the actual execution - there's a lot of effort that goes into generating that publicity. However, it's not always the work that goes into a campaign, but rather the imagination and of course - the creativity behind it. And… Continue reading Creative Campaigns #14 – Ben & Jerrys’ ‘CBD Ice Cream’
Because this week is supposed a week of brilliant comms efforts, flourishing in creativity - I have a second creative comms post today. This one involves a 'blast from the past', as IKEA show you how to design your living room in the style of some of your best-loved TV shows. Already equipped with a dedicated landing… Continue reading Creative Campaigns #13 – IKEA Recreate Our Best-Loved Living Rooms
My 12th spotlight 'creative campaign' of the year may be a controversial one. Because, in all honesty, I didn't originally intend for this blog post to be a creative campaign centred on. Instead, I wanted to discuss current affairs and whether jumping on a contentious political trend was dirty, or clever PR. But, as I… Continue reading Creative Campaigns #12 – Plenish ‘Milk’ The EU Elections
"It’s been over a year since I handed in my dissertation and waved goodbye to my academic life. Three tough-but-brilliant years of studying the practice of public relations all boiled down to producing an epic dissertation. I’d been ready for it since first year, and I wanted to give the project my all." "After completing… Continue reading How Can You Prove The Value Of PR?
What are influencers if not influential? The term 'influencer marketing' was coined to describe the art of promoting products through a person of interest on social media. It started with the 'big names' such as Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian etc. and has since funnelled down into what are known as 'micro-influencers', who are smaller names… Continue reading Has The Influencer Marketing Bubble Burst?
If you haven't been watching or following Game Of Thrones these past few weeks, then where have you been at? According to CNN, the final episode brought in a series record of 19.3 million viewers. Interestingly enough, 19.3 million of those live viewers were also exposed to some very subtle, 'accidental' advertising. Whether they knew about… Continue reading A Game Of Advertising – How An Accident Led To Billions Of Pounds Of Publicity
You've probably heard on social media or in the news about the notorious slip-up of Manchester-based establishment, Hawksmoor. And if you haven't, basically a couple dining at the restaurant ordered a £260 Bordeaux of 'the same vintage' (alright for some, right?) and instead were given a £4,500, 2001 bottle of Chateau Le Pin Pomerol. As somebody… Continue reading A £4,500 Mistake Worth Making?
I don't belong to the LGBT+ community, but if I did I can't say I'd be too happy with M&S's latest addition to their deli range. After oppression that's lasted an eternity, the acceptance of those belonging within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer etc. community has progressed greatly. This is thanks in no small… Continue reading M&S’s ‘LGBT Sandwich’ Is The Epitome Of Cheap Marketing
So the 21st May will mark the last #CommsSchool session (for now!). I think it's safe to say we've all learned a great deal though. To round off the course, our final 'homework' piece was to write a blog post about everything I've learned so far. And just for good measure, I'm going to drop… Continue reading #CommsSchool Homework – What Have I Learned?