December 22, 2015

Dick Whittington: the original start-up Hipster

The global technology industry is in thrall to Silicon Valley. Yet new evidence suggests that it was 15th century London that was the original source of […]
December 21, 2015

Christmas Cards

Is there any writing task as simultaneously agonising, stressful and rewarding than trying to think of the perfect message to write inside a greetings card? The […]
December 16, 2015

How to destroy your social media effort in one sentence

    “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.”
December 16, 2015

New rules for the era of Low-Fi marketing

Here comes 2016:  The age of Low-Fi marketing. Advertising revenues are on the decline. Audiences are more resistant to flagrant propaganda, shouting offers at us wherever […]
December 16, 2015

Dalek Invasion Insurance: A case study

BRIEF AND OBJECTIVES: Earlier this year Virgin Money approached us to develop an eye-catching way of announcing their new life insurance policy (underwritten by Friends Life) […]
December 14, 2015

“Obi quiet”: New Star Wars spoiler removal tool

14 December 2015 More information: Hamish Thompson +44 (0) 7702 684290 “OBI QUIET” Social media tool automatically pre-checks tweets and posts for Star Wars spoilers […]
December 13, 2015

Robert Dyas Christmas ‘ad’

I love the Robert Dyas ad. But it’s not really an ad. It’s a creative idea that is more about PR than the rigmarole of expensive […]
December 11, 2015

The World’s Worst Computer Game?

A British inventor and former tutor is offering kids a life-changing computer game this Christmas. School Exam Simulator, developed by Murray Morrison, creates all of the […]
December 11, 2015

Astounding stories

As 2015 draws to a close, here’s a Quality Street assortment of some of the things that Houston PR made happen this year: 1. We launched […]
December 5, 2015

Clive James

  When I was growing up in Canberra in the 1970s, my parents would have bouts of intense homesickness. Both were born in Wales, £10 Poms, […]
November 14, 2014

Houston PR wins Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Group (BSH) account

October 22, 2014

A brain, a cup of coffee and £25

For ages I have been rambling on about my skepticism about social media agencies. I thought that I might have a go at demonstrating my point, […]
October 18, 2014

“Oh. No. You. Didn’t.”

Most weeks are pretty good, but very, very occasionally I get one where I’m spoilt for choice for a highlight. It has been one of those […]
October 17, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

  Everything Apple announced at its iPad and Mac event New iPad Air 2 has a ‘soft-sim’ – allows customers to change networks from iPad settings BBC […]
October 16, 2014

Authentic political language

We launched a new service today as part of our crusade for clearer communication. Our new micro-site,, is a jargon-removal tool for politicians. I launched […]
October 16, 2014

Hamish Thompson on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme

Houston PR MD Hamish Thompson discusses our new ‘Polifiller’ jargon removal tool with John Humphreys on the Today Programme.
October 16, 2014

Hamish Thompson on today’s Daily Politics show

Houston PR MD Hamish Thompson discusses our new ‘Polifiller’ buzzword removal tool.
October 15, 2014


  Last night Houston PR won the PR Week Award for Marketing Communications: Business for the launch of Growing Underground: London’s First Underground Farm with Zero Carbon Food […]
October 12, 2014

Mixing colours

Yesterday I used three tubes of acrylic paint – red, yellow and blue – plus a tube of white. I’ve spent small fortunes in art supply […]
October 10, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Telegraph to use digital content as backbone of paper. ‘Hairgate’ is the silliest iPhone 6 criticism yet. How to let your employees use social media without […]
October 6, 2014

Baked dust

It’s the first day of Autumn. The day fluctuates each year. It’s not defined by an equinox. It’s marked by the first day that the heating […]
October 6, 2014

Kanye West, Steve Stoute & Ben Horowitz Talk Tech, Culture and Consumerism.

Kanye West, Steve Stoute and Ben Horowitz held court in Cannes, France as a part of the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In a […]
October 5, 2014

Anti-social media agencies

I have a hive in my bonnet about the snake oil that is sold about social media. I can’t shake this feeling that marketing directors are […]
October 4, 2014

Raiders of the Lost Lists

I think I have always loved lists.  Perhaps it’s the way they sometimes neaten the most unlikely things; an order for the disorderly. My interest in […]
October 3, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

We’re hiring! Piers Morgan joins Mail Online as US editor-at-large ‘The New Yorker’ does its first GIF cover Ello… Is it my you’re looking for? Everything […]