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Teen racers beware: New app punishes bad driving by switching your Hip Hop to 80’s Glam Rock

Posted on August 18th, 2017 in brand PR,Car PR,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Experiential Marketing,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

Passing your driving test is something every teen looks forward to. It brings with it a type of freedom that most would never have experienced, which often causes the newly qualified driver to be a little reckless and naturally parents worry about their precious little thing (the car), along with obviously their child.

Toyota are attempting to put parent’s minds at ease with their new drive-safely app.  The app, created by Saatchi and Saatchi London, blocks all forms of social media when teens are driving but there is a sneaky extra that is causing this idea to get a lot of love. Upon entering the car, the child’s and parent’s Spotify accounts synchronise. The app then utilizes Google Maps API technology to detect when the young driver is speeding, driving recklessly or touching their phone. If the young driver is being cautious and careful, as most parents would hope, then their music will play through the cars speakers. If the driver then feels a sudden urge to check their phone, send a snap of them at the wheel or press a little too hard on the accelerator, their music will cut out and be replaced by the favourite tunes of their parents.

Saatchi and Saatchi are tapping into every teens need to protect their self-image. If the driver is showing off to their friends, and suddenly Stormzy is replaced by Sting, it is undoubtedly going to cause the little race driver to ease off and take care in order to cut out their parents anthems. This app is a fun one, but the motivation behind it is anything but. It’s a constant battle for parents to insure that their child is being safe, and Saatchi and Saatchi along with Toyota are hoping the threat of embarrassment may cause them to look after themselves, and most importantly their parent’s precious motor.

It’s a wonderful and creative way to promote driving safely to young people. For parents note: it is available for all cars although it is currently only featured on Androids.

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Would you trust in the fate of the vending machine? ‘Get what you get’ is the new decider for your next tattoo.

Posted on August 17th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Experiential Marketing,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

Have you ever dreamt of fearlessly inking your skin with an extravagant design and then almost in the same second abandoned the idea due to indecisiveness? Or maybe you are already displaying some eye catching art and are unsure of what to add next?

Que the ‘get what you get’ program. If you had over to Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, Texas, and part with $100, the tattoo vending machine will release one of many tattoo designs at random and you can have the piece inked onto you.

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The process is as follows: Artists at the shop sketch tattoo designs, place it in a capsule, and then put it into the vending machine for a brave client to draw at random. However if your $100 dollars hasn’t yielded something you feel completely overjoyed about transferring onto your skin for life, for a further $20 you can play again!

The tattoos are ‘all classic, all cool’. So don’t expect to be lumbered with an emoji or an obscure fairy.

Although there is no certainty in what design you will end up with employees have hailed it as a decent discounted deal. ‘All of these tattoos I would price out between $160 and $180 … maybe $250’, shop employee Boogie told the Dallas Observer.

A label on the tattoo machine reads, ‘you don’t have to be smart to get a good tattoo’. So regardless of your IQ, if you trust in the fate of the vending machine, you too can have a good tattoo!

– @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!

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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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-@emclarks_n

This is no Peter Rabbit: Illustrated storybook shows horrific experiences of inner-city children

Posted on July 5th, 2017 in Charity PR,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Stunt Of The Day,Uncategorized.

Daily difficulties in the lives of the inner-city youth are unimaginable for many of us who live in an alternate, privileged world. But VML in Kansas City had the challenge of communicating these horrors in an attempt to arouse empathy and increase awareness as part of a Youth Ambassador’s campaign.

The agency chose to communicate the dangers of inner-city violence through the form of an illustrated children’s storybook. The book is titled, “Welcome to My Neighbourhood”, and features images that touch upon real life issues such as drug abuse, violence and hunger. Though at first sight, the book appears to look like any other child-friendly story, the dark tales printed in its pages are ones that no child should ever have to hear, let alone be a part of.

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The three stories are completely true, and are written as they were told by the children who experienced each situation. The book was then sent to policymakers, funders and media outlets, as the agency asked them to donate time, money and power to put an end to these kinds of stories.



According to VML, the campaign received more than 50 million impressions from 30 different media outlets, and attracted large companies such as Cerner, UnitedHealthcare and Children’s Mercy Hospital to fund Youth Ambassadors.

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