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Man bun alert! Mattel gives their Ken Doll a 2017 Diversity Makeover

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 in Consumer PR,FMCG,Kids PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Retail PR,Stunt Of The Day,Toy PR.

We all like a good makeover now and again, whether that means changing the colour or style of our hair, or updating our wardrobes to treat ourselves to a fresh look. Now, Mattel have decided to apply this same concept to Barbie’s Beau, Ken. Since the birth of Ken in 1961, his appearance has hardly shifted from the conventional characteristics of tanned, blonde and muscular. But in 2017, Mattel felt it was necessary to reform the limiting framework of Ken’s image. New and improved Ken now comes in 15 different variations, with three body types, seven skin tones and nine hairstyles. One version of Millennial Ken even has a man bun, while another sports some cornrows. Similarly, Ken’s new garments include skinny jeans, high-top trainers, and vibrant-coloured shirts and vests, in an effort to make him look more like the young men of today’s generation.

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Various celebrities have taken to twitter to comment on Ken’s new makeover; Emily Jashinsky specifically writing, ‘Does man bun Ken doll also come with a Soul Cycle membership, vintage record player, and 50,000 in student loan debt?’

Mattel’s revival of Ken’s appearance follows similar updates that the company made to Barbie last year, and now both characters represent a variety of body shapes and skin tones. Personally, I think this is a very effective way of making children more open to diverse appearances. Additionally, kids can be inspired by a wide range of styles through their favourite dolls, and no longer have to feel like they are confined to following one ‘fashionable’ look. With all these changes, we’re already anticipating the next phase of Ken’s evolution.

– @georgielmw

Pirates arrive on British Coastline

Posted on May 25th, 2017 in Event PR,Experiential Marketing,Film PR,PR Stunt,PR Stunts,publicity stunt agency,Publicity Stunts,Stunt Of The Day,Taylor Herring News,Taylor Herring PR.

Tourists and visitors to Britain’s coastline were left stunned today as they stumbled across a series of pirate sculptures emerging from the sea.

 The pirate statues were spotted on Brighton Beach, at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters in Eastbourne and at HMNB Portsmouth Harbour.

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 The unique art installation has been unveiled by Walt Disney Studios to launch the new film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’, which opens in cinemas today.

 The sculptures were installed under the cover of night and were revealed at low tide the following morning. The two-metre-high statues portray the new characters from the film – the crew of the fearsome Spanish pirate-hunter Captain Salazar (played by Javier Bardem) and his shipmates Magda and Lasaro. 

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 The figurines specially commissioned by Disney, stunned dog-walkers along Eastbourne’s iconic Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. Beachgoers enjoying a spot of sunshine were given a surprise on Brighton beach, whilst Naval officers and fishermen at Portsmouth Harbour looked on curiously as they spotted the sculptures bursting from the sea.

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The figures were created by a dedicated team of sculptors who took six weeks to build the swashbuckling statues. The intricate designs were painted and sculpted by hand, featuring life-like attributes with flowing hair and accurate costumes from the film.

Legendary Hollywood producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, commented: “The UK has always had a special place within the Pirates of the Caribbean history having filmed here many times. Therefore, it is a fitting tribute to have the fearsome crew of our terrifying new villain, Captain Salazar, descend on the shorelines of Great Britain to celebrate the launch of the new film.”

The fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge follows the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow, as he returns to the seas to face his old nemesis Salazar, a pirate captain who has escaped the Devil’s Triangle and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Captain Jack is joined by old and new acquaintances to help him on his latest quest to find the powerful trident of Poseidon.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is released in cinemas nationwide today.

It’s renting but not as you know it: Sweden lists entire country on Airbnb

Posted on May 24th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,Experiential Marketing,Leisure PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Stunt Of The Day,Tourism PR,Travel PR.

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It looks like the Swedish Tourism board have hit the meatballs on the head once again. We’ve had ‘The Swedish Number’ back in 2016 – a number that allowed absolutely everyone, at any time, in any place to ring it and be randomly connected with a Swede. Swedish residents who signed up received no training, had been given no instructions or guidance but told to give a true account of where they lived. As some would argue, this was a bold, brave move in a world of overly manufactured tourism work. But they’ve now moved on to even bigger things, they’ve united with Airbnb and listed their whole country on the famous accommodation booking website.

From the country that is more known for renditions of ‘Mamma Mia’ and flat pack furniture, the goal of this campaign is to clearly show off some of the lesser known natural beauties and Swedish mantras of free movement as it proudly states how it allows anyone to camp, cycle, run or walk on any part of the land in accordance with the Swedish principle of “Allemansrätten”.

There are a total of nine different listings, which range from breath taking ocean views by the National Park of Skuleskogen to the famous rich greenery of the forests in Varmland. Each contains a whimsical tongue in cheek approach to the typical Airbnb format listing “unlimited beds” and “Open-plan” rooms along with “real Air Conditioning”.

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Although this advertisement is to encourage tourists to explore these areas of natural beauty, it does also list places to stay at the bottom, in the traditional Airbnb format. Whilst we must still pay homage to Sweden for the cinnamon bun, as well as being the provider of all our vital furniture needs, it appears Sweden has a lot more than meets the eye.

If your interest is piqued you can check out the listings for yourself here.

-@ellebethanbell

Greggs unveils couture inspired ‘Salad Dresses’

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 in Event PR,Experiential Marketing,Fashion PR,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,PR Stunt,publicity stunt agency,Publicity Stunts,Restaurant PR,Taylor Herring News,Taylor Herring PR,Uncategorized.

Food on-the-go retailer Greggs has put a new spin on the term ‘salad dressing’, as it unveils two couture-inspired dresses made entirely out of fresh salad ingredients.

The ‘Salad Dresses’, designed by celebrity costume creator Kate Tabor, were commissioned to celebrate the Greggs summer salad range following new research released by the brand which reveals a massive 61% of Brits say they are much more health conscious than five years ago.

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This is supported by the fact that Greggs’ range of lower calorie menu options now accounts for more than 10% of sales as it announces total sales were up 7.5% in first 19 weeks of 2017.

The salad dresses took a team of four designers around 200 hours to create, with the couture-inspired creations being built from a list of ingredients including lettuce, tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, jalapeños, onions, chillies and limes.

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The freshly prepared salad dresses were created from a total of 5,000 salad leaves, 100 limes, 80 peppers, 150 chillies and 50 bulbs of garlic.

Designer Kate, who has created extraordinary costumes for Katy Perry’s music videos and stars including the Chemical Brothers and Birdy, began the design process by sketching an array of different styles, before an experimentation stage, testing out different ingredients to identify those which allowed the most visually stunning designs, while being able to create a design that could actually be worn by the models.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Scarlett Howard models one of two dresses made entirely from salad ingredients, which have been created to launch the new Greggs summer salad menu, in London's Regent Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday May 22, 2017. The couture inspired salad dresses, which took around 200 hours to create, have been crafted by costume designer Kate Tabor, who has previously made outfits for pop star Katy Perry and the Chemical Brothers. Picture credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

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Scarlett Howard models one of two dresses made entirely from salad ingredients, which have been created to launch the new Greggs summer salad menu, in London’s Regent Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday May 22, 2017. The couture inspired salad dresses, which took around 200 hours to create, have been crafted by costume designer Kate Tabor, who has previously made outfits for pop star Katy Perry and the Chemical Brothers. Picture credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

The survey of 2,000 British adults also found over two thirds of Brits (68%) now rigorously read nutritional information before purchasing on-the-go items, and over half (54%) reporting that they regularly try to make healthy food choices – reflecting the continuing trend for focussing on healthy eating in the UK.

Kate Tabor, designer, said: “I’ve created costumes for Katy Perry and the Chemical Brothers to Birdy and Katy B, but I’ve never designed anything quite like this. Each dress is made up of over 20 individual ingredients from the Greggs salad range, with hundreds more of each making up the designs. This has definitely been my biggest challenge yet.”

A spokesperson for Greggs added: “More and more people are looking for a healthier option for their on-the-go food. We wanted to celebrate our new salads with something fun and a little different that everyone could enjoy – and we can all appreciate a bit of ‘salad dressing’!”

The production process involved a layered approach, building up from the base of the dress in a puzzle style, piecing the dress together one section at a time – plus coating the fresh leaves and sewing garlic cloves together with string.

The tailormade designs also hit the streets of London today (Monday 22nd May 2017), surprising passers-by in the capital’s fashion hot-spots including Carnaby Street and Regent Street.

Further research findings revealed us to be a nation of seasonal eaters, as 47% feel that salad and fresh vegetables taste better during the summer, and 1 in 10 of us eating a salad based lunch or dinner at least 10 times throughout the sunny season. 

 Greggs’ new salad range includes: 

  • Coconut, Lime and Chilli Chicken Salad
  • Mexican Chicken, Smoky Rice and Bean Salad
  • Falafel, Harissa, Roast Vegetable and Grains Salad
  • Honey Roast Ham, Free Range Egg and Potato Salad
  • Chargrill Chicken, Roast Vegetable & Grains Salad and
  • Cheese, Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad

All are under 400 calories and meet green and amber on the Food Standards Agency traffic light system for fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar. To further encourage informed food choices, this year Greggs have been the first UK food-on-the-go brand to introduce traffic light labelling on its website and app.

 Greggs’ new summer salad range is now available in 1,800 shops nationwide.

 Images: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm15EJt3

Apple, Microsoft and Google come together to help chicken nugget lover Carter fulfil his fast food quest

Posted on April 10th, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Digital PR,Publicity Stunts,snackfood PR,Stunt Of The Day.

Twitter has once again proved itself as the best tool for facilitating dialogues between big named companies and single individuals with hefty appetites, and in this case quite literally!

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A teenager in Nevada has accepted the huge fast food chain Wendy’s task, of reaching 18 million retweets to get a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets. The sixteen-year-old Carter Wilkerson confidently replied to the challenge with simply: “consider it done” and posted a screenshot of the exchange for, at first, a laugh but to the boy’s surprise, the simple screenshot turned out to be the spark which spiralled out of control creating a trending support base across the internet.

Carter has even set up his own website and is trending on twitter as #NuggsForCarter with giant companies such as Microsoft encouraging companies like Google and Amazon to join in! And yes, you guessed it; they are all fully supporting his food fight for the precious Nuggs!

Some companies such as United Airlines are even pre-empting the boy’s victory and facilitating a free flight to “any Wendy’s in the world”.  The Mattress Firm Company also got involved and promised to help out with the recovery stages of the age-old food coma by providing Carter with a “food coma sleep pack”. Keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming companies to get involved in their own unique ways.

Carter is currently on 2.2 million re-tweets, so help out a fellow fan of fast food and get re-tweeting and let’s see the true power of the internet!

After all, he only has another 15.8 million to go… C’mon Carter you can do this!

-@JaneyLbarker