10 years ago the Star Wars prequel trilogy limped to a close and the film franchise was as good as dead. Now, it’s all change. The history of the films’ success is widely known. Ahead of the release of Star Wars in 1977, George Lucas had already rejected a higher director’s salary in favour of […]Read more "The Force of Star Wars Marketing"
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"
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"
In the first of a new series, I’ll be sharing the insight from a number of marketing experts. The aim is to develop a productive and enjoyable number of posts to inspire current and future marketers, not to mention their employers or clients. And for fans of Marvel, DC or any other comic book publisher, […]Read more "Q&A: Nik Hewitt, Digital Marketing Strategist at Tank PR"
It’s now common place for news and media organisations to create multiple accounts for the different elements of their business. For instance you can follow Sky Sports across numerous accounts, depending on your interest. The obvious ones like Football, F1 and Cricket are all there, but so are the sports with smaller followings such as Sailing and Hockey, as well […]Read more "Design creativity on Twitter: The Guardian"
ITV’s Leaders’ Debate was a fascinating two-hour event. It was a chance for political leaders to take on their opponents in an open forum as well as talk directly to the public on a number of key issues; the economy, the NHS, immigration and education. It is also the only time we will see David Cameron and […]Read more "A look at social media reaction to the #leadersdebate"
Readers will no doubt be aware of the recent video showing showed Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney being ‘knocked out’ by former-teammate and Stoke City defender Phil Bardsley in a kitchen boxing match And, yes that does all sound utterly ridiculous. Filmed on a iPhone by an unidentified friend, the video shows the two sparring before Bardsley lands the […]Read more "Boxing clever? Wayne Rooney and reputation management"
The drama-filled 90-minutes I endured as Derby County edged out Sheffield Wednesday 3-2, took them to the top of the Championship. As a fan it was draining to watch, but long-term its an excellent result so it allows us to move on and focus on the next game. Away from the pitch, however, it was marketing […]Read more "Has sponsorship in football gone too far?"
Welcome to edition two of Chronicle, featuring Den Of Geek, Krispy Kreme, (oh dear!) Darren Clarke and Colin Bloomfield. Film – The relationship between PR and movie journalists One of my favourite places to visit on the web is Den Of Geek, a leading site for news, reviews and updates on film, TV, games and comics. […]Read more "Chronicle II: Den Of Geek, Krispy Kreme and more"
F1 drivers have always been something of an enigma, be they James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost or Michael Schumacher. Ayrton Senna was different. There’s no doubt his early death has added to his legacy, but even then it’s difficult to ignore his philosophical approach to life and racing before that terrible tragedy at Imola in […]Read more "Quotable: Ayrton Senna"