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The Caterpillars Are In The Ring, But Will Either Win?

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?

Opinion

How Liable Are Influencers For ‘Hacks’ Gone Wrong?

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?

Opinion

Burger King, We Can Do Better Than This

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

Opinion

The Trials & Tribulations Of ‘PR-Ing’ Yourself

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

Opinion

Why We Need To Stop Thinking PR = Sales

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

Opinion

What’s The Problem With PR Bashing?

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?

Opinion

Working With Covid Rule Breaking Influencers

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

Opinion

Can Creative CVs Do More Harm Than Good?

Creative CVs, we've all seen them. Especially since the pandemic started, I've noticed more and more posts on LinkedIn and Twitter of people attaching their CVs to denim jackets, creating games to show them off, and who can forget the time that somebody's application was allegedly sent via owl to Social Chain? Like a domino… Continue reading Can Creative CVs Do More Harm Than Good?

My China Diary

Dear Cadbury’s, Please Read The Room

I'm as much of a fan of Cadbury's as any person, but for me, there's one PR campaign they continue to run every year that irks me. I have written about the infamous Creme Egg hunt before, in one of its first years of action, because it was quickly met with controversy after avid enthusiasts… Continue reading Dear Cadbury’s, Please Read The Room

Campaigns

2020’s Creative Campaigns #17 – Free Meal Deals Up For Grabs

Much like the Greggs sausage roll, the Nando's peri peri chicken and the McDonalds Big Mac, the Tesco meal deal is iconic. Therefore, a chance to win one will never fall on deaf ears. Tesco could have done a classic 'like, share and follow' for their recent social media competition, it would have worked. But… Continue reading 2020’s Creative Campaigns #17 – Free Meal Deals Up For Grabs