15-12-2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Royal Mail

Author: Imogen Woods

It’s official – Thursday, 14th December was the busiest day of the year for Royal Mail according to the BBC, with 10 million letters and parcels to sort through across the country. And I can say that I am partially responsible for the added workload.

07-12-2017

Building Brand Connections through Packaging

Author: Elinor Martin

Christmas is just around the corner and with that comes the excitement and anticipation of what presents will be waiting under the Christmas tree on Monday 25th December. But when you’ve torn off the wrapping paper, what will the packaging underneath be like, and what does that packaging say about the brand?

22-11-2017

Product placements – why context is key

Author: Louise Watson

This year I’ve again been sticking to my yearly tradition of watching The X Factor in the run-up to Christmas. If you’ve been following it too, chances are you will have noticed the glaringly obvious product placements. If however you haven’t been staying in every Saturday and Sunday night to watch it, let me explain – the lines the contestants deliver about a whole variety of brands, from airlines to mobile phone networks and even printers, are so blatant and frequent that they lack any subtlety whatsoever! Every time a brand is namedropped on the programme, I cringe at how unnatural and uncomfortable the contestants look using the product name in their everyday conversations.

09-11-2017

To #ad, or not to #ad…

Author: Tom Platt

Those of you following the news recently may have seen the story about reality TV star Marnie Simpson reportedly breaking the advertisement rules on Snapchat. The 25-year-old social media influencer has fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) rules against hidden advertising on social media.

17-10-2017

Taking the p*ss: customer service fails in a digital age

Author: Dan Porter

When Andrew Wilkinson, 39, of south-west London, boarded a flight from Heathrow to Cape Town back in July, he probably didn’t expect that in a few short weeks his name would be appearing in all the British tabloids, American news outlets such as the New York Post and USA Today and other media from Turkey to South Africa and from Hong Kong to New Zealand.

28-09-2017

B2B video will never be as engaging as B2C – right?

Author: Alexa Mills

There’s no doubt that video is one of the most powerful ways to engage an audience. However, despite a general awareness of this in the B2B space, I often hear comments such as, ‘The products/services we sell aren’t exciting enough for video’ or ‘Our products are part of a wider technology so you couldn’t see them on camera’ or ‘There’s just nothing sexy about what we sell’.

20-09-2017

The Evolution of lead generation; LinkedIn and Social Selling

Author: Jonathon Barnes

Someone has just cold called the office. They didn’t get to talk to who they wanted or know who that was and their various questions show a lack of research. The call failed. Is there another way to engage with business professionals?

05-09-2017

Read a Book Day

Author: Ellie Martin

Improved memory and concentration, reduced stress and a developed vocabulary are all said to be benefits of reading regularly. When was the last time you read a book?

23-08-2017

AI in publishing. Job killer? Or world of possibility?

Author: Dan Porter

Those of us who write for all, or some, of our living may have been watching the rapid advancement of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in publishing with some trepidation. Is it coming for my job next?

04-08-2017

Bringing the best out of social

Author: Tom Platt

If there’s one thing that’s clear from the rise of the ‘digital age’, it’s that social media has become an enormous force in the marketing world (though you probably already knew that!). There is more pressure than ever on brands to find the next best thing to catch the eye – social media being key in this regard. So with this in mind, how can companies be sure they’re making the most of their communications strategy?

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