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Table football and televisions: not your average Christmas tree ornaments

Posted on December 23rd, 2016 in Attraction PR,Charity PR,Stunt Of The Day,Tourism PR.

Liberty Plaza is now hosting a contender for NYC’s most talked-about Christmas tree, which is usually the 9-foot specimen residing beside the Rockefeller Centre.

The ‘Krazy Kristmas Tree’ has been created by Krazy Glue, which has used only it’s own product to decorate their fir with an assortment of unconventional ornaments including a sled, dune buggy and table tennis table.

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The brand took on the challenge of decorating a tree in this way to prove that one drop of their product really can hold up to 2,000 lbs – over 900 kgs!

Whilst this is an impressive spectacle in itself, it has been announced that all of the current decorations will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, a children’s charity.

Merry Christmas all!

– @katiemallion

‘Approaching Platform 2 is the 07:47 service to London WINTERLOO’: South West Trains spread Christmas cheer by changing names for the festive season

Posted on December 19th, 2016 in Consumer PR,creative publicity,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Regional PR,Stunt Of The Day,Travel PR.

Commuters received a surprise this week as they arrived at their stations to find their journey destinations distinctly merrier, thanks to South West Trains.

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Journeyers found themselves en route to more festive destinations than usual, with London Winterloo (London Waterloo) , Eggnogham (Egham) and Raynesdeer Park (Raynes Park) receiving particular kudos from the public.

Other favourites include:

  • Raynesdeer Park (Raynes Park)
  • Twinkleham (Twickenham)
  • Sleighmouth (Weymouth)
  • Wo three Kings (Woking)
  • Yule West (Ewell West)
  • Tinselbury (Tisbury)
  • Bracknoel (Bracknell)
  • Deck the Vauxhall (Vauxhall)
  • Snowymeads (Sunnymeads)
  • Salisberries (Salisbury)
  • Snowhampton Central (Southampton Central)
  • Basingstockings (Basingstoke)
  • New Mald-wine (New Malden)
  • Three Kingston (Kingston)
  • Clapham Jingle Bells (Clapham Junction)

The company unveiled their name changes on Saturday, tweeting “A week today its Christmas Eve! This means one thing.. its time to unveil the #SWTChristmas station names!”

 A nice bit of festive cheer for this time of year, particularly given the recent train-related upheaval caused by the Southern strike – ’tis the season to be jolly indeed!

– @katiemallion

Move over delivery boy: Dominos are one step ahead with delivery REINDEER

Posted on November 28th, 2016 in App PR,brand PR,Food and Drink PR,Online PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Regional PR,stuff we liked,Stunt Of The Day.

Renowned for their innovative, cutting-edge delivery methods, Domino’s Pizza Japan have once again attracted plenty of attention with their latest announcement – that customers will be receiving their pizza by reindeer this holiday season.

The fast-food company has said that they have been working with reindeer breeders in an attempt to train the animals, usually associated with Christmas, to deliver pizza. Additionally, reindeer will be equipped with and tracked using a real-time GPS tracker, so that customers will still be able to locate their pizza with pinpoint accuracy. This is all because of the colder-than-usual winter expected in Japan; supposedly, even if the roads are blocked with snow, the cold-resistant reindeer will ensure that customers still receive their order.

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However, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing; in the video below, it seems that reindeer are harder to train than one may have first thought, and can be seen abandoning their pizza and struggling it keep it balanced on their back.

Fear not, animal lovers, for Domino’s is going to all the necessary lengths to ensure that the welfare of the reindeer are maintained.  This includes factoring in the maximum weight they can bear and the distance they are able to safely travel.

And if all else fails and Domino’s are unable to unleash their fleet of pizza-delivering reindeer on 1st December, there is a contingency plan in place: pizza by snowmobile.

– @katiemallion

Salvation Army join forces with Facebook to expose the secret poverty behind Christmas smiles

Posted on November 25th, 2016 in Charity PR,Online PR,Regional PR,Stunt Of The Day.

As we approach Christmas many families will be posting their grinning faces all over social media beaming out love and happiness accompanied with Christmas trees and festive decorations; but is a sad truth lurking just outside of the picture frame?

The Salvation Army in Canada has managed to harness the power of new technology for an interactive, subtle yet hard hitting expose campaign of the hidden realities of modern poverty in order to encourage donations in the lead up to what is arguably the most expensive time in a families’ calendar. Using Facebook’s new 360 photos these typical greeting card picture perfect families, seemingly ready for Christmas, can be explored further by users to show a different perspective. Just out of the original shot, yuletide festivities melt away into unfiltered impoverished homes with one video clip focussing on a single mother crying over mounting unpayable bills. All the locations used in the campaign are not sets but actually homes of real Canadians trying to get by in an increasingly expensive and technological world. Grey Toronto president Darlene Remlinger has said that as many as one in ten people in Canada are struggling to make ends meet.

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The effectiveness of this campaign stems from its interactivity as it shocks and pulls at the heart and purse strings of its viewers as the stark nature of each picture’s periphery is revealed. The slogan “poverty isn’t always easy to see” fits perfectly with the content, as the millennial audience it is aimed at are already aware of the concepts of how appearances on the internet are not always a true reflection of reality. The timing of this campaign could not be better as families across the world empathise with those seen in the images as they too start their shopping trips; this shareable campaign will provoke many to look at what they have and decide to help those hidden less fortunate. Hopefully their Christmases will be that little bit more joyful this year.

You can watch the video for the campaign below:

– @gfpvincent91

Spain hits the jackpot again with lottery Christmas campaign 2016

Posted on November 16th, 2016 in Consumer PR,Regional PR,stuff we liked,Stunt Of The Day,Television Industry PR,Television PR.

Clocking up 3m views on YouTube already, the Spanish lottery has produced a real tear-jerker in the form of its Christmas advert this year, set to give the British campaigns a run for their money yet again.

Playing on the heartstrings of the world yet again, the 2016 advert tells the story of Carmina, a retired teacher, who mistakes the previous year’s broadcast of the Christmas Lottery (El Gordo, held every year on the 22nd December), for the present and believes she is holding the winning ticket. However, rather than disappoint the jubilant grandmother, the people of Villaviciosa, a town on the Eastern coastline of Spain, gather and celebrate her ‘victory’.

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The Christmas lottery has been embedded in Spanish society since the 19th century, and the live broadcast of the event lasts several hours with students from Madrid’s San Difenso School singing the winning numbers out.

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In recent years, La Lotería’s big-budget campaigns have proved just as important as the event itself , after a very successful 2015 hit which featured Justino, the security guard who worked lonely night shifts in a mannequin factory, and the 2014 sentimental story of Manu, who hadn’t bought a share in the sweepstake at his local bar.

– izzirichards