The question of the week is: Team Cuthbert or Team Colin? And yes, if you've missed the news, that's a genuinely real problem we're faced with. In the 'food fight' of the century, M&S began legal action against Aldi to “protect” their iconic Colin the Caterpillar from its rival chocolate sponge roll, Cuthbert. Apparently there's nothing more… Continue reading The Caterpillars Are In The Ring, But Will Either Win?
We all know the value of influencer marketing: targeted brand exposure, building reputation and positive endorsement to name a few. Only last year I was writing about how Mrs. Hinch sent a loft ladder company's instagram following from 49 to over 30,000 overnight from just a handful of Instagram stories. Her influence is legendary. With… Continue reading How Liable Are Influencers For ‘Hacks’ Gone Wrong?
In the same month that Gordon Beattie stepped down from Beattie Communications following his "we don't hire blacks, gays or catholics" LinkedIn post, Burger King have gone viral for a similar incident. Today, on International Women's Day, the fast food chain have made headlines for the type of controversial marketing stunts they're usually praised for,… Continue reading Burger King, We Can Do Better Than This
It's said often that the PR industry has a PR problem, and I think that extends to the people who work in PR too. Only today I was talking to my colleagues about 'PR-ing' yourself. Hyping yourself up and shouting about your successes is really not easy, especially if you're naturally introverted. But I do… Continue reading The Trials & Tribulations Of ‘PR-Ing’ Yourself
Thanks to age-old stereotypes, some non-industry onlookers still see PR as 'free advertising' (🤢) which then inevitably leads to an expectation that media activity should result in sales. Measuring the ROI of PR is a big can of worms to open, so much so that I wrote my whole dissertation on it. Often, trying to… Continue reading Why We Need To Stop Thinking PR = Sales
Over the weekend, I've had coverage come in from both national papers and regional papers, I get equally excited about both - which led me to thinking, what's more valuable? National coverage, or regional print coverage. Can they really be compared? My colleague Beth recently wrote a great blog on a similar topic. With readerships… Continue reading National Vs. Regional Press Coverage, Who Wins?
Going viral can be seen as superficial, but it's still a big win for most brands. Getting people to talk about is one of the greatest forms of marketing, and I can think of no better recent example of this than Weetabix. Who, yesterday, broke the internet, for declaring beans aren't *just* for toast. Never… Continue reading 2021’s Creative Campaigns #2 – Some Beans With Your Weetabix?
I'm kicking off my creative campaigns series with a good one. We're only 26 days in to 2021, but I've already seem some fantastic PR efforts already (that's the spirit I know and love guys). The one that caught my eye the most this month, though, was the incredible work from Rethink Canada with Heinz.… Continue reading 2021’s Creative Campaigns #1 – It Has To Be Heinz
This blog title has been in my drafts for just short of a year, last week I finally decided to write the content. It stayed in my drafts for another week before I'm finally picking up the courage to press send this lunchtime. I decided I couldn't leave this unsaid any longer. What Is 'PR… Continue reading What’s The Problem With PR Bashing?
Influencers can be problematic at the best of times, but the pandemic has really unearthed a lot of issues. Handfuls of high-profile individuals including Fearne McCann, Zara Holland and Molly-Mae Hague have recently been slammed publicity for breaking lockdown rules, which includes flouting isolation, wearing masks incorrectly and travelling to and from restricted countries. This… Continue reading Working With Covid Rule Breaking Influencers