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
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
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 Creative Campaigns #17 – Free Meal Deals Up For Grabs
Burger King is a brand that's gone viral in the UK for a few reasons recently (some good, some bad). First, was just before Halloween when they launched a campaign that was branded out of touch by many communications professionals, for tormenting real businesses that have closed down. Pandemic or no pandemic, ultimately the failure… Continue reading Why It Pays To Change Tack
If you work in social media, you've seen it. The Facebook post that held the potential to decimate the PureGym brand with a single, distasteful sentence. Yesterday, social media kicked up a storm following a themed workout that could only be described as the worst thing I've ever seen. "Slavery is hard, and so is… Continue reading PureWrong: Why A Universal Social Strategy Is Important
A little over two weeks ago, social media fell silent for the day. Something quite unlike I've ever seen before, my feed was filled with black squares and the hashtag #BlackOutTuesday. Why? To show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement after the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. I'll spare the… Continue reading Solidarity On Social Media: What Did It Achieve?
There are many mediums of marketing to now explore. Some will work for your brand, some won't. One modern option that still appears to be very prevalent in 2020, is influencer marketing. However, also in 2020 is the Covid19 pandemic that has quite literally flipped life as we know it on its head. Unfortunately, when… Continue reading Is There Any Point In Influencer Marketing Right Now?
The National Trust has been on point with their communication strategy recently, especially seeing as they were one of the most affected organisations of the Coronavirus pandemic. Working in rural PR has really opened my eyes to how challenging, yet rewarding, promoting such an organisation can be. Even more so when you can't actually welcome… Continue reading Creative Campaigns #11 – National Trust Launches #BlossomWatch
I've said it from the start and I'll say it again, the businesses most likely to survive this, are the ones that can adapt quickly and who're creative enough to accommodate the current climate. Many, many businesses and organisations have been forced to close their doors in the interests of public safety amid the Coronavirus… Continue reading Creative Campaigns #9 – Chester Zoo Goes Virtual
"Sue, you're shouting at Tea." A contender for quote of the year, says the Huffington Post, as well-known British tea company, Yorkshire Tea, silences social media trolls. If you haven't heard of the now-dubbed #YorkshireTeaGate, then I seriously recommend you take to Twitter as it's all people seem to be talking about today. The debacle… Continue reading Yorkshire Tea: Spilling The ‘Tea’ On Social Media Etiquette