Today marks the start of the 31-year strong McDonalds Monopoly promotion. An in-play 'game' that involves the collection of monopoly tiles in order to win a range of prizes. From a PR perspective, the fact this game is still running over thirty years later with very few adjustments to it is extremely impressive and really is worth… Continue reading How McDonalds Monopolised the in-play Fast Food Industry (literally)
Both Wagamamas and TGI Fridays have come under fire recently for not paying their staff the minimum wage and of course, it hit the news. It was recognised in the press that: Wagamama has repaid an average of £50 to 2,630 employees. TGI Friday's had to repay £25 each to 2,300 staff. Plus, this isn't the first… Continue reading Why Bad Employee Relations are Bad for your PR
New Look announced late this week that they'll be closing over 60 stores in the U.K. which will see the loss of a potential 980 jobs. A organisation which was once one of the national leaders in the high-street fashion industry is set to close a number of its stores in a desperate 'rescue plan'… Continue reading Is This the End of the Road for New Look?
I'm forever going over the importance of social media, and today I have yet another example of how not to use it. Brewdog, the self-proclaimed 'hardcore' beer brand was picked up in the news today regarding their latest product: the Pink IPA. A product which, if you actually read about it has a pretty interesting concept behind.… Continue reading A Good Idea and a Poor Execution
Coca Cola is making some pretty big changes to its brand this year, including the redesign of their traditional Diet Coke packaging and the introduction of an array of new 'weird and wonderful' flavours to partner this: Ginger Lime Fiesty Cherry Zesty Blood Orange Twisted Mango One I thing we can all agree on is… Continue reading Switch it up or Leave it Alone?
Sadly, a store which was once one of the biggest players in the worldwide toy industry, has announced they are going in to administration this week - Toys R Us. The company announced that after failing to find a buyer and meet a £15m tax bill, the store will now enter an 'orderly wind down'… Continue reading What Happens When you can’t Adjust to Changing Times?
As far as in-app update mistakes go, Snapchat topped the tables this week with their completely resigned interface that came with no prior warning or option to update. I think it's safe to say, having the app myself and following social media comments, that there's not a person who favours this update to its previous… Continue reading Snapchat and the $1.3 billion Mistake
As Gillheany rightly says, "reputations are hard to win and easily lost" and it would unfortunately seen that Oxfam has learned this lesson the hard way. In a week of scandals and controversy, Oxfam have fell further and further down the hole of little redemption and, to be frank, are struggling to pull themselves back… Continue reading Is There any Hope Left for Oxfam?