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Spooktacular! Our favourite 10 campaigns from Halloween 2017

Posted on October 31st, 2017 in Charity PR,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,Film PR,Kids PR,Leisure PR,Online PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Retail PR,Roundup,stuff we liked,Stunt Of The Day.

It’s that time of year again; the pumpkins have been carved and fake spider webs draped. Soon a myriad of mini ghosts, ghouls and zombies alike will be on the prowl; hungry for their favourite sweets and chocolate. So to get us in the spirit (pun intended) for this spooky holiday we have rounded up our favourite campaigns, in no particular order, from Halloween 2017.

Crashing the Party with Fanta

Fanta spooked us this year with their terrifying virtual reality experience. The viewer is trapped in a crashing elevator as it descends to the party of the 13th floor, and they’re the guest of honour (or horror)!

Every breath you take, every step you make, Svedka’s watching you


To promote their product, Svedka Vodka has started to curse people on the internet! By clicking on a link to their website, the user becomes cursed by ads that stalk them around the internet. Even more fiendishly, these ads use information it gathers about the person to send scary messages through the ads, like “I heart following you around New York”, or “On your phone, calling for help”? The curse can only be broken by sharing a new link to their website, starting the circle again.

Spot the difference! Will or Cid?

Fans of actor Will Poulter, from The Maze Runner and Detroit, have noticed he has an uncanny resemblance to bully Cid from Toy Story, and this year he treated them to a spookily realistic costume! However, Poulter proved his similarities to Cid are only skin deep this Halloween by using this opportunity to raise awareness for the charity Anit-Bullying Pro.

Bitesized Treats for Horror Fans!

Horror movies are on TV and in cinemas every day around this time of the year, but with so many it’s hard to watch them all. This year, Mars and Fox teamed up to present “Bite Size Horror”! These short two minute films feature unique stories ranging from haunted roads to creepy masked children making them the perfect treat for the “on-the-go” horror fan.

We all Float Down Under!

One of the biggest horror films to be remade this year was Steven King’s IT, and if Pennywise himself wasn’t iconic enough, his bright red balloons certainly able to strike horror into any passerby. To promote the film in Sydney, many people found these exact balloons tied down to the sewer grates.

Topshop Transforms!

 Stranger Things is undoubtedly one of the hottest topics around right now, as a result of the release of its eagerly awaited second series and high-street retailer Topshop formed a collaboration to remember with the renowned Netflix production. To celebrate the release of its Stranger Things themed collection, the Oxford Circus store was given an entire makeover with installations and interactive window displays based on iconic sets of the supernatural series, coinciding perfectly with Halloween. Transforming from a shrine for fashion lovers to one for fans of the series that people just can’t stop talking about it definitely proved a hit attracting queues of people ahead of its 7am opening last Friday!

Tears for ‘King of Fears’

It seems to happen every year, that frantic last minute rush to purchase a stand-out Halloween outfit for an upcoming party so you don’t end up wearing all black teamed with a pair of cat ears for the third year running. Well this year Budweiser provided that answer to such problems with their King of Fears pop-up store in Old Street Station, London. Not only were shoppers in for a fright while browsing this haunted fancy dress shop, complete with illusionists and scare expert but also a treat as they could grab a beer from the bar and receive a free beer with each purchase. We like the sound of that one!

Clowning around at Burger King.

 If you found yourself uninspired for ideas as what to dress up as for Halloween and you also happen to love a Burger King, well this campaign may have been the perfect incentive for you. The “Come as a clown, eat like a King” tagline became the reality for those 500 lucky customers who dressed up as a clown and were one of the first 500 to visit a selected Burger King store from 7pm last Saturday to grab themselves a free Whopper burger.  Result! Even those who weren’t so lucky were encouraged to get involved and upload images of their fancy dress using the hashtag #ScaryClownNight and alongside a video ad to promote it, this campaign was definitely one to watch!

It’s the Sound of the Space.

 At every Halloween party you will find an abundance of scary costumes, themed decorations, snacks and drinks, thanks to that dedicated aisle that graces our supermarkets from September onwards, but what always seems to be a miss is that perfect Halloween soundtrack. Well look no further. NASA has compiled the ultimate spooky playlist for all your Halloween needs, whether that be setting the tone of your party or scaring away those trick or treaters. The playlist is a collection of real life sounds from spacecrafts and satellites through the universe and space has never sounded scarier!

Last but not least, our Scary Donald for Beano.com

We had to give ourselves a cheeky mention in here somewhere! As one of the most controversial public figures to grace our news feeds on a daily basis, it comes as no surprise that a 6 year old styled as Donald Trump parading across Central London proved to be a real head turner for our Halloween campaign for Beano.com! With the US president beating his rivals to be named as the ‘scariest celebrity face’, little horror make up was required to transform this disguise into one fit for Halloween, yet he certainly trumped the witch and Dracula alongside him. This was definitely some last minute inspiration for anybody struggling for fancy dress ideas last week!

– @Joesharp1996

– @catherine_dolan

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

You now can speak an endangered language…Elephant! Voice recognition technology used to raise awareness on World Elephant Day

Posted on August 11th, 2017 in Charity PR,Consumer PR,Environmental PR,Experiential Marketing,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

There have been times in every animal lover’s life when we’ve wished that we could bridge the gap in between the species and commune with our favourite four legged friends – well for elephant lovers your time has come!

‘Hello in Elephant’ is a charity project, intended to raise awareness for endangered elephants and drive donations for associated projects. WhiteGrey Australia has joined forces with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and ElephantVoices to launch the website which translates messages into the Elephant Language.

The website cleverly uses voice recognition technology, as well as text and emoji, to translate messages into the Elephant Language, allowing human words and feelings to be translated into elephant calls.

The campaign is held in conjunction with World Elephant Day on 12th August. Statistics show there are currently 400,000 left and by 2025 it’s predicted only 190,000 will be left.

ElephantVoices a project of Dr Joyce Poole’s, is an extensive four decade study of elephants communication and behaviour – it demonstrates the deeper understanding we now have of the elephant’s language.

Dr Dame Daphne Seldrick of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which protects against ivory poaching as well as implementing orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation programs stated, ‘Elephants are so like us, and they express many of the same behaviours and characteristics as humans do’.

‘The Elephant Language is endangered, so we’ve translated it to help save the species. Through this campaign’s celebration of this magnificent animal, we hope to raise greater awareness of the elephant’s plight and funding for our pioneering elephant rescue and conservation projects’.

So if you fancy learning another language of the pachyderm variety for a good cause, now’s your chance!

@Baby_Lills

Café charges 18% ‘man tax’ to address the gender pay gap

Posted on August 8th, 2017 in brand PR,Charity PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Experiential Marketing,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,Leisure PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

What better way to get people talking about the gender pay gap than to charge men an 18% premium, and then donate it to a women’s charity!

Handsome Her a new café in Melbourne, Australia, which describes itself as a ‘space by women, for women’, has imposed the tax to reflect the gender pay gap according to the 2016 report from Australia’s Workplace Equality Agency. The report found that across all industries, women’s salaries are 17.7% less than men’s.

The café, which opened its doors for the first time Thursday, is hoping to shine a light on the issue.

The café has however been on the receiving end of criticism on social media since their sign went viral, branding the tax as ‘divisive’. One twitter user wrote ‘We now raise “awareness” and debate it with discrimination toward men… but we must be equals to men!’.

But café owner Alex O’Brien, who is also a feminist, says the tax is in fact ‘voluntary’ stating ‘there’s been nothing but positivity from everyone, males and females.’ She added ‘we’ve had men travel across town to visit us and pay “the man tax” and throw some extra in the donation jar – guys, you’re pretty neat’.

So far, Handsome Her has collected a several hundred dollars for Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service. And it’s definitely succeeded in fueling a conversation about the gender pay gap!

[email protected]_Lills