Events

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...

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...

In the fourth of MWWPR’s Advertising Week Europe 2018 podcasts, host John Reynolds is joined by Ruth Zohrer, Head of Connections Planning at Mindshare and Rebecca Blinston-Jones, Deputy Managing Director at MWWPR to discuss the key themes and talking points coming out of this week's event. Listen to hear views on why the agency business model needs to evolve to stay abreast with the needs of clients when it comes to programmatic, and why the blending of creativity and technology is a key theme at this...

In the third of MWWPR’s Advertising Week Europe 2018 podcasts, host John Reynolds is joined by Julia Smith, Director of Communications EMEA at Impact and Rebecca Blinston-Jones, Deputy Managing Director at MWWPR to discuss the key themes and talking points coming out of this week's event. Listen to hear Rebecca's views on diversity at this year's event as well as Julia's thoughts on why the digital industry again has questions to answer on trust and transparency, and the impact of Facebook's latest data scandal. Click here to listen....

In the second of MWWPR’s Advertising Week Europe 2018 podcasts, host John Reynolds is joined by Olly Lewis, Director of Digital Strategy at News UK and Helen Walledge, Head of Airport Sales at Primesight to discuss the key themes and talking points coming out of this week's event. Listen to find out why News UK has 'hit a tipping point when it comes to fighting the duopoly', hear Primesight debate whether OOH gets its fair share of voice at the event, and discover the Ad...

If you’re in tech PR, it’s likely that you’ve been in a CES bubble for the last few months, planning for the world’s largest tech show. Amongst the innovation this year were super-sized TVs, voice assistant updates and a tribe of robots including pole-dancing bots, robodogs and AI. When demonstrating such high-tech, state-of-the-art developments what could possibly go wrong? Sadly, tirelessly rehearsing and prepping the tech before any big reveal can never guarantee that you will avoid a mishap on the...

Advertising Week Europe was lucky enough to be treated to an entertaining interview with the great Chris Eubank on Tuesday, thanks to Primesight and its MD Matt Teeman. So, in addition to a ‘how-to-box’ refresher, what can we take in terms of how to make an impression? “What you don’t embrace ends up slapping you in the face” Wise words, and certainly something the media and advertising industry needs to consider. Be that changing media consumption habits or the dominance of social...

Ah, the magic of the FA Cup. As Sutton United prepared to face Arsenal on Monday night, football fans everywhere were busy putting their money where their mouths were. Would the non-league side do the unthinkable and progress to the sixth round, knocking out Premier League side Arsenal along the way? Unfortunately, they didn’t, but following the lack of a giant killing there was another surprise story that has filled the headline gap. That was of course the eating of a...