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Sat-mad Brits are on the road to ruin

Posted on May 31st, 2017 in App PR,b2b creative PR,brand PR,branded content,Car PR,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,PR Stunt,publicity stunt agency,Taylor Herring News,Taylor Herring PR,Technology PR,Uncategorized,Viral Video PR.

Brits are becoming less street-smart as new research reveals we spend over a whole day (29 hours) each year travelling either the long way or the wrong way to our destinations after relaying on electronic guides.

The study, specially commissioned by the new black cab app; mytaxi quizzed 2000 British drivers about their reliance on the gadgets which are now used by three-quarters (76%) of domestic motorists. Worryingly over half of Brits (52%) surveyed admitted they completely ‘switch off’ once the sat nav is leading the way and give little attention to road signs and landmarks.

Further findings reveal that Brits now find it almost impossible to escape the technology even when they aren’t driving – indeed, 83% of those surveyed regularly experience the use of sat navs when travelling as a passenger in a minicab.

The black cab app mytaxi have today release a hidden-camera prank video to highlight over reliance on sat nav devices.

A minicab was rigged with micro-cameras in an experiment to see how far Londoners would be prepared to travel with a sat nav obsessed driver.

In the video tempers of passengers reached boiling point as the driver stubbornly followed the satnav despite their protestations.

Since going live on mytaxi’s social media channels, the video has racked up a massive 500k views

Andy Jones, General Manager, UK, at mytaxi, said: “Sat nav technology is undoubtedly a huge help to many people but it is certainly not flawless and the results can be both frustrating and comical, as evidenced by the number of misadventures seen in the film. We are proud to say that all mytaxi drivers have spent three years studying for the Knowledge memorising over 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks. There really is no substitute to real local knowledge when it comes to navigating through traffic and finding the quickest routes to a destination.”

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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.

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

Thorpe Park offers discounts to encourage young people to vote

Posted on May 18th, 2017 in Taylor Herring News,Taylor Herring PR.

With less than a week until the deadline for Brits to register to vote in the coming general election, Thorpe Park Resort have today announced that, from tomorrow, they are offering discounted tickets on entrance to all 18-24 year olds who register to vote before 11.59pm on Monday 22nd May.

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In a bid to encourage the younger generation to hit the polls on June 8th the theme park will be offering anyone aged 18-24 the chance to purchase entrance tickets for £20 if they can prove they have registered to vote.

In the 2015 general election, over half of all 18-24 year olds didn’t use their vote according to data from Ipsos Mori.

A staggering 57% of young people didn’t vote, in comparison to only the 22% of non-voters aged 65 and over*.

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Most recently, research by the London School of Economics reveals that 36% of people in the 18-24 year old age category didn’t vote in the EU referendum in comparison to only 10% of those registered to vote aged 65 and over**.

Dominic Jones, Divisional Director at Thorpe Park, said: “This is one of the most significant general elections of our generation and we want to encourage more young people to register their chance to vote. We often hear young people are disengaged from politics, but a large number of our guests have shown an interest in politics, world events and social issues. However there are still a large number abstaining from voting in political elections. Young people are just as concerned about the financial future as any other person. Over two thousand 18-24 year olds pass through our gates every week, so we wanted to do something to encourage the younger generation to hit the polling stations on June 8th. For anyone aged 18-24 who has registered to vote before the May 22nd deadline, we will offer entry to Thorpe Park for £20, between the 22nd – 26th May 2017.”

 

Thorpe Park resides in the Runnymede Borough, led by the appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer, RT Hon Philip Hammond.

The Park polled their guests aged 18 – 24 on their thoughts on the election.

When asked who said the statement ‘Stronger and stable’ between Kanye West and Theresa May, the majority of guests guessed it was a Kanye West lyric rather than Theresa May’s plans for the country, showing the lack of knowledge amongst the younger generation.

Best Football PR moments

Posted on June 16th, 2016 in Betting Brands,Sport,Sport PR,stuff we liked,Stunt Of The Day,Taylor Herring PR.

The Euros are here. Millions of people’s heads have turned from all over the globe to France where the tournament is being held. That many eyes on one tournament, in one place, inevitably means that brands are competing for the attention of punters from all over the globe.

But how do people stand out from the crowd? Here’s a look at some of our favourite Football PR moments from over the years:

 

THE SWITCH

Ok, ok – not strictly a PR stunt – but this is the ad that got us all thinking about our favourite football PR and marketing moments. Christiano Ronaldo, arguably the world’s best footballer, stars in a 6 minute epic from Nike. Words can barely do this advert justice, so sit back and enjoy:

HEINEKEN’S LATEST STUNT DISPELS SOME WELL-ESTABLISHED FOOTBALL CLICHES.

What if you had the perfect excuse to watch the UEFA Champions League without your girlfriend?

That’s the setup for Heineken’s latest football stunt.

A week before the UEFA Champions League Final in Milan, the beer brand targeted a handful of blokes out at dinner in São Paulo with their girlfriends.

As the guys open their menus they discover an enticing proposition…

ORANGE SPONSORS YOU

As the Euros crept ever closer brands were starting to activate their campaigns. Whether it’s Paddy Power’s not-so-subtle dig at Scotland’s failure to qualify or Carlsberg’s free ticket pop-ups, there is nowhere to hide. But these are smaller scaled campaigns compared to the one underway by Orange.

The telecoms provider is an official sponsor of Euro 2016 and has partnered with the City of Paris to take over one of its most famous landmarks…

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The ‘Orange Sponsors You’ campaign is looking to put the fans back in the spotlight; highlighting the teams that are best supported during the tournament by lighting the Eiffel Tower in that nation’s colours. Orange will be monitoring social trends throughout each day and, 10 minutes after the final game on each day, the best supported team will adorn the famous monument. Individual fans, too, are being recognised by photographers on the hunt for the best fans throughout the tournament.

The campaign has a great ad running alongside it featuring one of French football’s most famous sons:

With all the wealth in football it’s a great move from Orange to recognise those that truly make football the incredible spectacle it can be. There will be a lot more campaigns from companies looking to capitalise on Euro 2016, but they’ll have to be pretty good to top this effort.

Nicklas Bendtner’s Pants

One of the most (in)famous betting PR stunts was, unsurprisingly, from Paddy Power. Nicklas Bendtner, the man who once claimed he was up there alongside Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo at the top of the men’s game, celebrated in an unusual way when he scored against Portugal for Denmark.

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Sprinting away following his strike he pulled his shorts down, lifted his shirt up to reveal a pair of green ‘Paddy Power’ branded pants. He was fined an exorbitant amount of money for the stunt which, he claimed, was just a demonstration of his lucky pants.

The stunt achieved global coverage and, despite the whopping fine of £80k, was a massive success.

‘In Case of Emergency’ 

The David Moyes reign at the top of Old Trafford was an ill-fated one. Despite the mediocre results and dodgy signing it did give us two entries in our favourite Football related PR stunts.

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The first, from Paddy Power, was to install a glass box outside of Old Trafford containing Sir Alex Ferguson (or a statue that looked a whole lot like him.) The messaging, simple but effective, made this campaign a success as the sign read “In case of emergency break glass.”

How the United fans wish that was still an option.

Moyes’ Grim Reaper

The second of the David Moyes stunts is also from Paddy Power. As his reign was coming to an end sports correspondents all over the country said it was like a spectre was following him around and that he was “on borrowed time” in the job.

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Paddy Power, never ones to miss a trick, hired a chap to dress as a Grim Reaper and sit near the dug out as Moyes was managing the lads on the pitch. The pictures are sensational and despite the chap being escorted from the ground, it was a great moment and a stroke of genius from the team.

David Ginola For President

In January of 2015 Paddy Power offered David Ginola, of Spurs and Newcastle fame (and Villa for a bit), £250,000 to run for the FIFA presidency. At the time Sepp Blatter sat atop the world game, untouchable, but maybe the charisma of the French maestro could sway the voting body to install him.

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They didn’t, of course, as it transpired corruption was rife throughout FIFA and many of the people at the top of the game have since been removed from their position and a massive investigation has begun.

Maybe there’s a chance for David yet?

PRINGLES AND THE GIANT BOOT

A sure fire winner in the PR world is making something massive out of your product. Pringles did just that for the World Cup in Brazil; a giant football boot made out of Pringles tubes. To add a Brazilian twist they even threw in a Brazilian model.

Pringles has today unveiled a giant lucky football boot, created from 1,500 Pringles cans and is asking supporters to go down to Wembley and give it a rub for good luck ahead of England's friendly tomorrow against Peru. Brazilian dancer Samara Reis in the lucky boot.

DAVE’S FOOTY HEROES

At the other end of the spectrum we see some brands making things that are incredibly small for their stunts. That’s what Dave did to promote the launch of ‘England’s Top 19 Footy Heroes’; England players faces made out of Brazil nuts:

Micro-artist Quentin Devine carves portraits of England football players (left to right) Gary Lineker and David Beckham out of Brazil nuts to launch television channel Dave's new programme 'England's Top 19 Footy Heroes', as part of a special World Cup series. The artist worked his way through over 50 nuts, with each nut measuring 1.5 by 2 centimetres and taking on average 96 hours to carve.

ENGLAND’S WORLD CUP SUCCESS FORMULA

A favourite in the office. Paddy Power (a name that’s cropped up once or twice in this list so far) tasked the world’s greatest physicist with working out just how England can win something. The result was a great video and incredible coverage.

Bookmakers Paddy Power teamed up with Professor Stephen Hawking who presented a formula to predict the chances of England winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Stephen Hawking, one of the world's leading physicists, has hit out at 'ballerina' Luis Suarez after analysing England's chances at the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil. The 72-year-old professor, who wrote the best-selling 'A Brief History of Time', has looked at data from every World Cup since 1966 - the only time then hosts England have won the tournament - and concluded the heat and humidity in South America do not augur well for Roy Hodgson's Three Lions.

FAMOUS FACES ON MELONS

Another stunt, another carving. This time we saw the faces of several top footballing stars carved onto watermelons that were displayed in Sao Paulo before the start of the World Cup in Brazil. (It’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar if it wasn’t clear from the pictures…

Watermelons with the carvings of (L to R) Argentina's Lionel Messi, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil's Neymar are seen at San Raphael hotel in Sao Paulo

EMIRATES SAFETY VIDEO

Emirates Airline, a proud sponsor of football throughout the world, staged a pre-game safety drill in the middle of the pitch at Hamburg’s home ground Volkparkstadion in front of 57,000 fans.

Using some of their cabin crew, donned in the now iconic Emirates attire, they staged a pre-flight safety check and were met with quizzical glances from the baying fans.

That’s before the group of women ended the safety check and began showing off their incredible ball skills. Mouths opened, jaws dropped and cheers roared as they demonstrated close control that would many of us to shame. They then lined the balls up on the edge of the box before slamming home past the goalkeeper to riotous applause from the assembled crowd.

Football, again, proving it’s the greatest sport in the world. Oh, and the stunt was pretty good too!

THE DILEMMA

An email arrived in my inbox; “This is friggin awesome” with a YouTube link. Nothing else; no brand, no content, nothing. I clicked. I watched. A tear welled up, it instantly went to everyone in the office.

Heineken, long time creators of great ads, have outdone themselves once again. They looked into my mind and drew up a blueprint of what would appeal to me; bromance? Check. Football? Check. Beer? Sure. All of that, sprinkled with the Champions League music, and we are onto a winner:

There’s not much else to say about this; Heineken have tapped into everything that makes an ad great – it even has a happy ending!

EDEN HAZARD

This one pains me as a Chelsea fan. Semi-finals day. Chelsea are trailing to Swansea with time ticking away. The ball rolls out of play and the Swansea ballboy collapses onto the ball to protect it from Eden Hazard who, understandably, is in a rush to get the game moving again. So he kicks the ball out from under the lad, who then goes down doing his best impression of a professional footballer. Hazard was sent off and brands cashed in:

Specsavers Eden Hazard advert.:

Subbuteo and Eden Hazard...:

There are hundreds more from brands both big and small, and we obviously couldn’t cover them all here. So if you have favourites, or ones you think should have made the run down, then let us know! Now, get out there and watch England vs Wales with the rest of us.

by @mubly