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May 17, 2015

An apology is an apology, not a disclaimer

I’ve handled some crises in my time – and observed a few from the gallery – but I can’t recall one that has seen such an […]
May 15, 2015

19 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Analysing a year of Kim Kardashian selfies. 17% duckface, 7% in bed, 1% koala. #KardashianBlock blocks all Kardashian related content (so that’s half the Mail Online […]
May 8, 2015

Recipe: Hat au Vin

A truly authentic Hat au Vin is made, obviously, with a broad-brimmed hat, and some of the rim goes into the sauce which, by the time […]
May 6, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Mayweather beat Pacquiao, but the real winner was Periscope, allowing the World to watch for free This website tells you who you should vote for, and […]
May 1, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

There was backlash from Protein World’s advertising campaign, but they stuck by their guns In fact, people are so angry, that they are protesting this Saturday […]
April 29, 2015

Wabi-sabi in Maida Vale

In Mie Prefecture, part of the Kansai region of the Japanese island of Honshu, is a Shinto shrine known as the Ise Grand Shrine: In an […]
April 24, 2015

14 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Yesterday we had our first PR Club event, thank you to everyone who came along! 11 awkward things about email PRs take note… The best time […]
April 24, 2015

The Underdog

There’s a moment in the film Rocky II (the one in which the stage is set for a rematch with his heavyweight opponent Apollo Creed) when […]
April 16, 2015

15 Things You Need To Know About This Week

How Netflix reinvented HR National daily newspaper sales fall by half a million in a year This project in Google’s secret research lab could change the […]
April 15, 2015

The case for costumes for politicians

  I’ve been thinking about heroes and their to-do lists. It seems to me that 21st century life isn’t very well configured for heroes as we […]
May 21, 2014

Dixons and Carphone connect, but do they have a USP socket?

(This post first appeared as an opinion piece for Retail Week) Dixons and Carphone Warehouse merging is like the plot twist in season 5 of a […]
May 21, 2014

We ask: “Just how new is all this so-called cutting edge technology?”

Every day we read about new technology.  But how new is it?  Here are a few things that have been around for a surprisingly long time: […]
May 19, 2014

Then / Now, no. 2,397

Then: Now:
May 19, 2014

“Youtilities”

Invent a neologism time…. A youtility. Isn’t that what Twitter is?  There’s a great deal of debate about whether it can ‘monetise’ its user base. How […]
May 9, 2014

The food chain

There have only been three occasions in our trading history when we have declined work from a potential client. One was for ethical reasons (“You want […]
May 8, 2014

21st Century Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

May 8, 2014

Brief

When PR first became a serious part of the marketing mix, secretaries were using windows to look out of, the only chips were in the canteen […]
May 8, 2014

This cat has been built its own mansion. And the reasons why might surprise you.

Sorry if you feel duped or disappointed.  No cats here. This is just an experiment. I’ve been reading this article on the grammar of ‘clickbait’. It’s […]
May 8, 2014

Parallela hoc ergo propter hoc is the new post hoc ergo propter hoc

I know absolutely nothing about David Moyes, though I assume he was appointed because he is talented.  Why he was sacked is a different matter.  One […]
May 8, 2014

Magical and real

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died.  Some writers and artists are waymarkers in our lives and he was one for me.  There’s a book called The Fragrance […]
May 8, 2014

‘Come to London!’

British Pathé have uploaded their entire catalogue to YouTube.  If you have a decade or so to fritter away, dip in and have a look.  You […]
May 8, 2014

Can I (not) quote you on that?

I did a trawl recently for senior executive quotes from press releases that do nothing more than fill space. I was sent quite a few.  Here’s […]
May 8, 2014

The value of polarity

One of my favourite novels is the History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, written in the 1700s by Samuel Johnson.  The novel (spoilers ahead) charts the […]
May 8, 2014

Emotional utilities

I’ve been working, not before time, on a lecture that I’m giving to MBA students at St Andrews University this afternoon. I’m doing it as a […]
May 8, 2014

We’ve failed

  Like all agencies we are occasionally unsuccessful in new business pitches.  It’s never a good feeling.  We always give it our all.  We always ask […]