PR

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...

The media would agree that for the technology super powers, an audience with Congress is a rite of passage. You haven’t quite ‘made it’ until you’ve been invited to sit opposite US Government for public scrutiny.   Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance in Congress was nearly 20 years to the date after Bill Gates received his grilling on whether Microsoft was creating a monopoly. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has also appeared at both House and Senate for antitrust, human rights and tax issues....

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...

As we grow our digital team here at MWWPR, a recent experience reminded me just how important it is for companies to invest in social and digital strategy. Twitter is a platform most use. Whether it’s a personal tweet declaring a new-found love for peanut butter, or how successful your morning run was, there’s something quite satisfying receiving the odd like or retweet by followers. In a matter of seconds, a tweet is typed and shared for the whole of the...

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....