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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!

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Insomnia keeping ewe up? This 8 hour film takes counting sheep to a whole new level

Posted on September 27th, 2017 in Comedy,Consumer PR,Experiential Marketing,FMCG,Leisure PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

Is this the dullest movie ever? Well I suppose that depends on your views of sheep doing their own thing for 8 hours… in slow motion.

So yes, it is probably at least in the running for the award but the producers of this cinematic experience over at Calm.com are more than happy with this – they even put it on the promotional posters!

The aptly named “Baa Baa Land” which premiered at the Prince Charles Cinema last night is a gloriously bizarre example of Slow Cinema; an artistic sub-genre which is exactly as it sounds! Previous examples have ranged from capturing the ongoing point of view of a train driver to hours of literally nothing but paint drying.

It may be a far cry from the money making blockbusters and action flicks dominating cinema these days and it can certainly be described as niche but it has its own special purpose. With so many working at 90 miles per hour rushing from job to job, Slow Cinema is there to give your brain that well needed rest with some low impact entertainment designed to barely hold your attention. And for those with insomnia – good news! It may even help you drift off from sheer boredom. You can check out the rather endearing trailer below:

So if you find yourself still awake at 4am, grab yourself a copy and do as the age old saying goes and count sheep with Baa Baa Land!

Of course, dear insomniacs, if sheep simply aren’t your thing we’ve got you covered! You can instead listen to the glorious white noise of Easyjet’s engines to send you off to the land of nod with their charity single Jet Sounds – did we mention all proceeds go to The Children’s Sleep Charity? Either way sleep well!

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Are we there yet?! Boeing Dreamliner 17-hour flight path creates outline of itself over USA

Posted on August 9th, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,Experiential Marketing,Leisure PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Tourism PR,Travel PR.

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner embarked on a 4,000-mile winding route that took a whopping 17 hours to complete in order to create the unique flight path shape.

It is an American long-haul, mid-size wide body, twin-engine jet airliner.

The purpose of this stunt? An endurance test for the Boeing’s new Rolls- Royce engine.

The 17 hour, 46 minute flight started August 2nd and ended the following day, taking off and landing at the Boeing Field- King County International Airport, in Seattle.

To start it headed east across Montana and Dakota before it made a sharp turn when it reached the coastal city Marquette in Michigan state. The pilot then headed into the central states of America, carving out a picture of a Dreamliner as he went.

This is not the first time something of this nature has been done by the company. In February 2012, a Boeing 787-8 took an 18-hour flight, travelling more than 10,000 miles from Washington State to Iowa as it traced out 787 and the Boeing logo in the skies above the US.

But this time the Boeing covered 15,766 miles making it the longest commercial flight in the world!

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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!

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The new face of Southern Rail and hero to us all: Eddie the work experience kid!

Posted on July 13th, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Leisure PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Stunt Of The Day,Travel PR.

It’s been a tough past year for Southern Rail, but their delegation of duties to one of their new employees has turned things around for the company on social media. 15 year old Eddie was put in charge of the rail company’s Twitter and brightened the days of commuters across the country with his polite and funny responses to users’ increasingly bizarre and outlandish questions. His charming social media temperament even landed him an interview on BBC Radio 1 with Scott Mills and reams of media coverage, with people totally endeared by his efforts.

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Eddie assisted the public with all manner of questions, from film recommendations, to what he thinks about pineapple on pizza, who will win Love Island and even answering a few train-related enquiries along the way. It was a light-hearted change to the generic enquiries and complaints experienced by any train company’s Twitter account. Southern Rail employees recognised Eddie’s talent for social engagement and even put him back on tweeting duty the following day to keep up his good work. His original tweet introducing himself received almost 2,000 retweets and 6,000 likes and from there, people were hooked on his tweets and he became somewhat of a viral sensation, with thousands of people engaging with the Southern Rail page.
Here’s a selection of our favourite pearls of wisdom from Eddie:

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