If you’ve ever taken part in a rebranding project, chances are you’ve come across the values, vision and mission stage. While this sometimes feels like a game of ‘buzzword bingo’, it’s an important step in finding your brand’s purpose – the statement or belief that underpins all elements of PR, marketing and advertising. In fact, […]Read more "The power of purpose"
These words by Don Draper have many guises. Business calls it PR. Politics calls it spin. Silicon Valley calls it disruption. Football may as well call it a Jose Mourinho interview. Advertising calls it… advertising? Changing the conversation in many industries is considered an art form; something businesses and politicians pay for the privilege. ‘It’, quite […]Read more "If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation"
Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I talk about links, a lot. “No shit” says anyone at Tank. There’s no denying the passion of the thousands who use #digitalpr, follow @DigitalPREx, or obsess over Louise Parker’s all-too real TikToks. The reason we are this obsessed is the power links have for a business. A well-optimised site […]Read more "What if link acquisition sat at the centre of everything?"
A recent labour of love at work, I compiled over 500 Premier League footballers’ into a mega list, revealing the most followed squads. The project went live this morning, following an early start to finalise all of the numbers following the end of the transfer window. With design support, we were able to create two outstanding […]Read more "Revealed: The most followed Premier League squads on Instagram"
Continuing my mini-series assessing the quotes of advertising mogul David Ogilvy, read part one here – David Ogilvy’s definition of ‘pure’ advertising is digital PR – I examine his thoughts around the use of celebrity marketing and how the marketing legend might have been wrong… Even since David Ogilvy’s death in the late 90s, marketing has shifted and evolved. To understand how, you only need […]Read more "Celebrity marketing: tired trope or misused asset?"
David Ogilvy – the father of advertising and a master of the creative dark arts was never short of a quote or two: “The consumer isn’t a moron. She is your wife.” The success of his life’s work was defined by his ability to get the customer to buy the product without them really realising why. […]Read more "David Ogilvy’s definition of ‘pure’ advertising is digital PR"
John Lewis has once again taken hold of the social media conversation with the release of its 2015 Christmas advert. Featuring a cover of Oasis’ Half The World Away by Norwegian singer Aurora, the response has generally been positive, although not without criticism or satire. The Guardian’s analysis is particularly amusing… #MoonHitler. Nevertheless, putting aside any […]Read more "Tears and laughter: how brands use emotional marketing"
Perhaps one of the hardest decisions for anyone starting a new business is what to call the flipping thing. It can have a huge impact as, rightly or wrongly, customers infer so much from a name. They might assume it’s too small to meet their needs, too big so they’ll be expensive, or put off […]Read more "The inspiration behind five company names"
Television advertising is a funny one. I’m sure those of you who watch TV during the day will attest to some of the dross that’s aired in the advert breaks. And those of you with young children are now probably shaking your heads in despair as you recall the adverts that hawk toys to your offspring. However […]Read more "Customer testimonials and crowd-sourced marketing from iZettle"
Personality and business have been connected ever since industry began. Henry Ford is recognised for revolutionising the car industry, as well as production line manufacturing in general. John D. Rockefeller was the world’s first billionaire and Walt Disney’s dreams still brings joy to children across the globe, nearly 50 years after his death. The same is true for the […]Read more "What do Virgin, Dyson and Blendtec have in common?"