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Catholic nuns open restaurant to promote new show ‘Bad Habits, Holy Orders’

Posted on October 17th, 2017 in Taylor Herring News,Uncategorized.

Channel 5 is opening the doors to convent life by launching ‘NUNdos’- a brand new, soulful soup pop-up in Shoreditch, London.

The activation is the world’s first nun-powered eatery promising ‘food for the soul’ where diners will be invited to break bread and reflect on modern life over a hot lunch cooked and served by the Daughters of Divine Charity from Swaffham and Chesterfield convents.

The NUNdos’ pop-up will raise awareness of ground breaking new series Bad Habits, Holy Orders which airs on Channel 5 on Thursday 19th October at 10pm.

The series follows five selfie-obsessed young women as they swap hedonism for a life of humility, by living in a working convent in East Anglia for four weeks under the guidance of the sisters. The series was made by Crackit Productions and ordered by Commissioning Editor – Factual, Guy Davies.

Visitors to ‘NUNdos’ will find themselves transported to a spiritual haven where they will be encouraged to relax, slow down and take stock of their lives over a bowl of hearty chicken or wholesome lentil soup.

To help wash away any unsavoury thoughts of Instagramming their food, diners will be encouraged to drop their phones in the amnesty collection bin and adheres NUNdos’ easy to follow restaurant rules (thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s food etc).

Customers have the opportunity to order ‘Mother Superior’s Chicken Broth’ or ‘Wholesome Lentil Soup’, and will be encouraged to take part in life affirming exercises and soul-searching activities. As guests discourse with fellow diners or settle in to chat with the sisters about daily life, millennial malaise will be under the spotlight.

For dessert, the nuns will serve a takeaway treat as a reminder to diners to nourish the soul beyond the walls of NUNdos.

Rich Turner, Senior Director, Comms, Viacom International Media Networks UK said: “Bad Habits, Holy Orders tackles the issue of millennials finding purpose and direction in a fast-paced, image-conscious, social media-obsessed world, with inspiring results. What better way to bring the show’s themes to life than teaming up with the Daughters of Divine Charity to bring a little spiritual sparkle to the streets of Shoreditch. Channel 5 has undergone a content evolution and this activation underlines our determination to get under the skin of our programming, opening up new conversations, broadening our audience and ultimately building reputation.”

Channel 5’s comms team worked with award-winning creative agency Taylor Herring to create NUNdos. Claire Wigington, Senior PR Manager, Channel 5 is overseeing the comms campaign for Bad Habits, Holy Orders.

The marketing campaign, overseen by Chris Aylott, Senior Director, Marketing, Channel 5 and Ross Cleal, Senior Brand Marketing Manager, Channel 5, featured partnerships designed to be more immersive than traditional media formats to drive conversation.

Partnering with Spotify to create The Hedoniser, the campaign encouraged users to determine the level of naughtiness of their music tastes, as well as offering them a bespoke playlist based on their preferences. The trailer for the show was shown while the results loaded and users had the opportunity to share their “naughty score” across Facebook and Twitter.

The marketing campaign also saw a partnership with Metro during launch week to take over the Commuter Confessions Box within the paper, encouraging readers to share their most private confessions with the nation, supported with press advertising promoting the show.

A partnership with Mail Online saw the creation of a social media film, asking people from across the country a series of questions to see where they ranked on the moral barometer from Saintly to Sinner. This activity ran across their website, social media channels and was supported with digital display and a homepage takeover on the day of launch.

 

 Bad Habits, Holy Orders airs on Channel 5 on Thursday 19th October at 10pm

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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Sat-mad Brits are on the road to ruin

Posted on May 31st, 2017 in App PR,b2b creative PR,brand PR,branded content,Car PR,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,PR Stunt,publicity stunt agency,Taylor Herring News,Taylor Herring PR,Technology PR,Uncategorized,Viral Video PR.

Brits are becoming less street-smart as new research reveals we spend over a whole day (29 hours) each year travelling either the long way or the wrong way to our destinations after relaying on electronic guides.

The study, specially commissioned by the new black cab app; mytaxi quizzed 2000 British drivers about their reliance on the gadgets which are now used by three-quarters (76%) of domestic motorists. Worryingly over half of Brits (52%) surveyed admitted they completely ‘switch off’ once the sat nav is leading the way and give little attention to road signs and landmarks.

Further findings reveal that Brits now find it almost impossible to escape the technology even when they aren’t driving – indeed, 83% of those surveyed regularly experience the use of sat navs when travelling as a passenger in a minicab.

The black cab app mytaxi have today release a hidden-camera prank video to highlight over reliance on sat nav devices.

A minicab was rigged with micro-cameras in an experiment to see how far Londoners would be prepared to travel with a sat nav obsessed driver.

In the video tempers of passengers reached boiling point as the driver stubbornly followed the satnav despite their protestations.

Since going live on mytaxi’s social media channels, the video has racked up a massive 500k views

Andy Jones, General Manager, UK, at mytaxi, said: “Sat nav technology is undoubtedly a huge help to many people but it is certainly not flawless and the results can be both frustrating and comical, as evidenced by the number of misadventures seen in the film. We are proud to say that all mytaxi drivers have spent three years studying for the Knowledge memorising over 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks. There really is no substitute to real local knowledge when it comes to navigating through traffic and finding the quickest routes to a destination.”

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Greggs unveils couture inspired ‘Salad Dresses’

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 in Event PR,Experiential Marketing,Fashion PR,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,PR Stunt,publicity stunt agency,Publicity Stunts,Restaurant PR,Taylor Herring News,Taylor Herring PR,Uncategorized.

Food on-the-go retailer Greggs has put a new spin on the term ‘salad dressing’, as it unveils two couture-inspired dresses made entirely out of fresh salad ingredients.

The ‘Salad Dresses’, designed by celebrity costume creator Kate Tabor, were commissioned to celebrate the Greggs summer salad range following new research released by the brand which reveals a massive 61% of Brits say they are much more health conscious than five years ago.

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This is supported by the fact that Greggs’ range of lower calorie menu options now accounts for more than 10% of sales as it announces total sales were up 7.5% in first 19 weeks of 2017.

The salad dresses took a team of four designers around 200 hours to create, with the couture-inspired creations being built from a list of ingredients including lettuce, tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, jalapeños, onions, chillies and limes.

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The freshly prepared salad dresses were created from a total of 5,000 salad leaves, 100 limes, 80 peppers, 150 chillies and 50 bulbs of garlic.

Designer Kate, who has created extraordinary costumes for Katy Perry’s music videos and stars including the Chemical Brothers and Birdy, began the design process by sketching an array of different styles, before an experimentation stage, testing out different ingredients to identify those which allowed the most visually stunning designs, while being able to create a design that could actually be worn by the models.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Scarlett Howard models one of two dresses made entirely from salad ingredients, which have been created to launch the new Greggs summer salad menu, in London's Regent Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday May 22, 2017. The couture inspired salad dresses, which took around 200 hours to create, have been crafted by costume designer Kate Tabor, who has previously made outfits for pop star Katy Perry and the Chemical Brothers. Picture credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

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Scarlett Howard models one of two dresses made entirely from salad ingredients, which have been created to launch the new Greggs summer salad menu, in London’s Regent Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday May 22, 2017. The couture inspired salad dresses, which took around 200 hours to create, have been crafted by costume designer Kate Tabor, who has previously made outfits for pop star Katy Perry and the Chemical Brothers. Picture credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

The survey of 2,000 British adults also found over two thirds of Brits (68%) now rigorously read nutritional information before purchasing on-the-go items, and over half (54%) reporting that they regularly try to make healthy food choices – reflecting the continuing trend for focussing on healthy eating in the UK.

Kate Tabor, designer, said: “I’ve created costumes for Katy Perry and the Chemical Brothers to Birdy and Katy B, but I’ve never designed anything quite like this. Each dress is made up of over 20 individual ingredients from the Greggs salad range, with hundreds more of each making up the designs. This has definitely been my biggest challenge yet.”

A spokesperson for Greggs added: “More and more people are looking for a healthier option for their on-the-go food. We wanted to celebrate our new salads with something fun and a little different that everyone could enjoy – and we can all appreciate a bit of ‘salad dressing’!”

The production process involved a layered approach, building up from the base of the dress in a puzzle style, piecing the dress together one section at a time – plus coating the fresh leaves and sewing garlic cloves together with string.

The tailormade designs also hit the streets of London today (Monday 22nd May 2017), surprising passers-by in the capital’s fashion hot-spots including Carnaby Street and Regent Street.

Further research findings revealed us to be a nation of seasonal eaters, as 47% feel that salad and fresh vegetables taste better during the summer, and 1 in 10 of us eating a salad based lunch or dinner at least 10 times throughout the sunny season. 

 Greggs’ new salad range includes: 

  • Coconut, Lime and Chilli Chicken Salad
  • Mexican Chicken, Smoky Rice and Bean Salad
  • Falafel, Harissa, Roast Vegetable and Grains Salad
  • Honey Roast Ham, Free Range Egg and Potato Salad
  • Chargrill Chicken, Roast Vegetable & Grains Salad and
  • Cheese, Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad

All are under 400 calories and meet green and amber on the Food Standards Agency traffic light system for fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar. To further encourage informed food choices, this year Greggs have been the first UK food-on-the-go brand to introduce traffic light labelling on its website and app.

 Greggs’ new summer salad range is now available in 1,800 shops nationwide.

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London’s choking: The little grey plaque that names and shames streets high in NO2 pollution

Posted on May 15th, 2017 in Leisure PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Uncategorized.

The house where Wolfgang Mozart wrote his first symphony or the flat of a visiting Vincent Van Gogh: to the average passer by these little nuggets of history might go overlooked but for the installation of the now iconic blue plaques by English Heritage. Each instalment proudly displays each areas hidden gems from times gone by but now little grey plaques have been popping up around London to bestow upon areas a much more sinister and unwanted accolade.

Air pollution; it has been an issue in the Capital since Victorian times with the infamous Pea Soup fog known to engulf the city in a thick grey shroud. But with modern technology the danger now lurks unseen, even as the levels of Nitrogen within the air creep higher, beyond the legal limits and are now more frequently the cause of a myriad of health issues for its residents.

To try to raise awareness of this invisible threat to tens of thousands of Londoners, Joe Dennett and Rob Donaldson came up with the idea to recreate a grey replica of the little blue plaque, carrying the phrase “London’s choking”, to name and shame the streets and houses in areas where air pollution directly threatens public health.

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The pair said of their scheme, “We wanted to try and create awareness and anger about it at grass roots and to come up with something that would identify the air pollution. The English Heritage blue plaques highlight the invisible past of a building and this is trying to highlight the invisible danger of the pollution in the areas where the grey plaques are being put up.”

So to those streets we say that it is time to clean up your act or face the shame of the little grey plaque.

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