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Put your phones down! Will Ferrell stars in #DeviceFreeDinner: A series of ad spots we can all relate to

Posted on October 20th, 2017 in brand PR,Celebrity PR,Charity PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,Online PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

We are all guilty of looking at our phones when we shouldn’t be. Perhaps glancing at our messages when crossing the road, or endlessly scrolling through our Instagram feeds at the dinner table. Well, in order to stem this uncouth trend, US non-profit organisation Common Sense have teamed up with Will Ferrell in a new ad campaign aiming to take our phones OFF the table. In other words, the campaign intends to highlight the negative impact that using smart phones can have on children.

The ad series presents Will Ferrell as a phone obsessed dad who is absent from the dinner conversation at his family meal while he lingers over snapchat filters and liking Instagram posts. For example, in one instance, Will Ferrell (the dad) is seen to be obsessing over cat filters on snapchat after his three children emotionally declare how much they miss him. The advert plays on funny, and to be honest slightly dark, humour in order to highlight how our phones are increasingly intruding on family life.

Seeing as we have all experienced this at some point (whether being irritated by someone else distracted by their phone, or being that annoying person ourselves…) I think this ad is expertly relatable. So, let’s take this as a lesson to live more in the moment and take our phones OFF the table!

@EstherMason1

Love Island’s Chris bottles his tears for Mental Health Awareness Day

Posted on October 10th, 2017 in brand PR,Charity PR,Consumer PR,Experiential Marketing,Fashion PR,Influencer PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

There were a lot of bemused and confused faces when news broke yesterday that Love Island’s Chris was launching his own range of bottled water infused with his own tears. Standing in nothing but some TOPMAN branded skivvies the minimalistic released images certainly were attention grabbing and only added to the mystery.

Twenty four hours later and the purpose has now become clear armed with a very poignant message at that . This morning Chris along with CALM and TOPMAN announced their combined #DontBottleItUp campaign devised by BMB and W Communications for this year’s World Mental Health Awareness Day. As many people are sadly aware, poor mental health is becoming an ever increasing problem in our society; with men finding it particularly hard to open up about issues they face. According to CALM’s research 84% of UK men say that they bottle up their emotions rather than confiding in others when they are struggling and this, as we have seen time and time again can have fatal consequences.

At the launch event Chris said “Yesterday everyone was shocked that I had literally bottled my emotions in a water bottle infused with my tears and as the L’Eau de Chris name suggested, doing that would have been ludicrous; yet this is what men across the UK are doing every single day. What’s really ludicrous is that suicide is still the single biggest killer of young men in the UK. We live in a culture that encourages men to ‘man up’ and bottle things up. That’s why I’ve become an Ambassador for CALM and why together with TOPMAN we want to show men across the UK that it’s okay to open up instead of bottling it up.”

To raise money for the suicide prevention charity CALM they are auctioning off the limited L’Eau de Chris bottles in conjunction with TOPMAN donating £2 from every pack of TOPMAN boxers sold between now and the 31st October.

Now that will bring a happy tear to any eye.

@gfpvincent91

Dame Judi Dench in the house! Lethal Bizzle teaches national treasure how to rap

Posted on September 14th, 2017 in Arts PR,brand PR,Celebrity PR,Consumer PR,Music PR,Online PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

If someone were to ask you “Who would you most like to collaborate with Lethal Bizzle” I highly doubt that the thespian and national treasure Dame Judi Dench would be the first person to come to mind. However the two sat down for a rap session that we won’t be forgetting any time soon.

If you are scratching your head wondering why this marvellous yet unlikely duo were put together, we have the answers, you may be intrigued to know that their connection stems from the word “Dench” itself. To Judi, Dench is simply her surname and refers to the fact that her family probably originated from Denmark around the early medieval times. However Lethal B coined “dench” as a term back in 2010 to express how good or even brilliant something is, be it a flashy sports car or a beautiful woman. After Judi talked about how she loved how her surname is now emblazoning caps and t-shirts across the grime scene it was only a matter of time before the pair met. And now internet history has been made thanks to the genius’ over at LADbible.

In what might be the most epic video to grace our screens this year Lethal B puts Judi through her paces by teaching her the lyrics to a couple of his famous tracks with one modified especially just for her. After first seeming rather unsure Judi got into the swing of things all while rocking a “Stay Dench” cap rapping like the veteran professional she is “I’m Ju-to-the-di”. POW.

Stay dench Dame Judi, we all love you!

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Cocaine trivia while you tinkle: Netflix installs new guerrilla sticker campaign for Season 3 of “Narcos” in toilets across America

Posted on September 13th, 2017 in App PR,brand PR,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Drama PR,Experiential Marketing,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Television PR.

Club restrooms are usually a sight to behold, and not normally a pleasant one at that. Most run out of toilet paper before midnight, half of the doors always seem to be missing locks and depending on where you go there may or may not be a suspicious dusting of white residue on the surfaces. Well in certain clubs and bars across L.A, Miami, Chicago and New York those sprinklings might not be what you think.

In some brilliant guerrilla marketing for the returning third Season of the critically acclaimed original show Narcos, Netflix have been placing stickers in the bathrooms of establishments across America drawing reference to the major impact made by the Cali Cartel on the cocaine trade during the 1990’s club scene. With the previous two seasons focusing on the notorious Pablo Escobar, the third sees the Cali Cartel take centre stage as the new big bad for the police working on putting a stop to the escalating drug issues.

All three seasons of Narcos are now available to binge on the streaming service. Enjoy!

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A match made in burger heaven: McDonald’s and MacDonald create couture burger box for the new Signature Collection

Posted on August 23rd, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,PR Stunt,Restaurant PR,Stunt Of The Day.

Julien Macdonald OBE has teamed up with an unlikely partner, the fast food giant McDonalds. The former creative director of Givenchy tends to cater exclusively for A-listers, Victoria Beckham, Bella Hadid and Kate Moss to name a few, so this collaboration is if anything, slightly unexpected. The designer has tried his hand at creating a new bejewelled burger box for the fast food chain to launch their new high end Signature Collection. The infamous fashion designer took motivation from baroque embroidery and furniture that he liked and said it was as if he was designing a jewellery box.

The Evening Standard caught up with Macdonald where he explained that he took part in the collaboration for the simple reason that he likes stuff that makes him laugh.

The original one-off box is covered in real crystals, but McDonalds have announced that a thousand replicas will be available at branches all across the UK. Fans and admirers will be able to sign up to attend special events where these boxes will be available. So who knows, next time you are in a McDonalds about tuck into your lunch, you may find your Happy Meal makes you just that bit happier.

@louishoganz