Communications

It’s time we all took stock and realised that summer is over. Whilst the UK may (or may not depending on whether you believe the weather forecast) still see some sun, it’s time to get out the Winter wardrobe. But before we fully commit ourselves to colder times we thought we should take one last look back at what we are calling ‘The Summer of the Second Screen’.   As a channel TV has the greatest reach and penetration of most ‘consumption’...

Research has found the sales, media and marketing (60%) professions are the sector most chained to their desks during the working day. It’s no surprise then that a job in public relations is the eighth most stressful job in the UK, according to CareersCast. So how do we tackle this? As someone who works out every morning before work, people often ask me, “How do you do it?” and maybe more frequently (and appropriately), “Are you mad?!” Maybe I am mad,...

In order to discover which brand was the most successful in driving positive engagement on social media throughout Love Island 2018, we conducted research which tracked brands performance to see which brand mattered most. Introducing this year’s winner: Missguided.   Our Matter More Index ranked 12 brands associated with the show based on how their respective social posts performed in terms of reach, virality, passion, engagement, share-of-voice and sentiment. Official clothing partner Missguided topped the charts with over 36,000 Love Island related...

The PR industry may well be perceived by the majority as an industry which is not shy of seeing staff enjoying life together outside of work. Afterwork drinks and lunching with close knit colleagues may well spring to mind, but it is rare that the full office will come out together for some much needed ‘out-of-office’ time. Now socialising should not be ‘forced’ upon anyone, but if you give the team the autonomy to organise a nice day out, then the...

England are producing some of the best football they have played in years and are demonstrating to everyone that they do have the professionalism and capability to go all the way to the final of the World Cup, even if Tuesday’s match was painfully tense to watch. The country as a whole, brands and players are all capitalising on the success from the past two weeks, so it begs the question: what could actually happen if football did come home? Viewing...

Cannes Lions 2018 is over. The key trends and news of the week were: A return to the festival’s creative roots Less yachts and no Snapchat ferris wheel - ad tech and duopoly players had reigned it in for this year Martin Sorrell is not going quietly - his return to the stage garnered much of the headlines towards the end of the week However, as I reflect on my second trip to Cannes Lions, I find myself trying to explain...

As every PR knows, a great newshook is a brilliant asset to any PR campaign. This doesn’t just apply to PRs though, marketers that deliver timely ads will create even more engaging ads. Last week, the UK (and the world) welcomed a brand new royal baby. Louis Arthur Charles, or by his full name His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge when he’s playing up, came into the world with as much fanfare and excitement as any baby in history has...

Whether we like it or not, influencing plays a part in everyone’s lives. Despite the negative connotations associated with the word (think disingenuous shop salesman who pretends to be your best friend), influencing others should be seen positively. It can help you convince your partner where to go for dinner tonight, or even to persuade the kids to do their homework! However, it is in the context of the workplace in which I wanted to approach this topic, with inspiration coming...

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis is continuing to generate steam as the story develops and more details of the furore arise. This has arguably been the biggest hit the social media giant has had in its 14-year existence, with advertisers like Mozilla and Sonos pulling spend and the rise of a #DeleteFacebook campaign online supported by the likes of Elon Musk and WhatsApp founder Brian Action.   When you look back at past crises that have failed in their initial responses to the...

It can be a daunting prospect, as a student entering the final stages of your degree, not knowing what to do after you graduate. It’s often hard to envisage what the first step on your career ladder will look like, let alone how to get there. That’s certainly how I felt as a third-year undergraduate. So when I was invited to join the University of Leeds’ School of Media and Communications careers day to educate students about the world of PR,...