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Just watch your step! AirBnB offer one night stay in an amazing LEGO house!

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 in App PR,brand PR,Children's Brands PR,Consumer PR,Kids PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Retail PR,Stunt Of The Day,Tourism PR,Toy PR,Venue PR.

AirBnB have teamed up with LEGO to offer one lucky family with the chance of spending a night at the recently opened LEGO House in Billund, Denmark – the home of the famous children’s toy. Most importantly, there will be LEGO proof slippers, so you don’t have to wince at the thought of stepping on a stray block.

Almost everything, from the furniture to the decorations, is entirely made from LEGO (even an adorable LEGO cat). Thankfully, the mattress, pillows, and duvet, are the only things NOT made from the little blocks; just make sure to check the bed before you lie down!

The quirky holiday will be hosted by Master Lego Builder (or design manager specialist), Jamie Berard. With his assistance, the winning family will take part in fun LEGO activities like making their own LEGO films, building robotic cars, and designing a meal using LEGO, which is then served by two robot waiters!

To win, all families have to do is describe what they would make is they had an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks – Berard will even try to assist with building it during your stay! Unfortunately, LEGO has yet to announce if they will be releasing an instruction booklet to build the house yourself, here’s hoping!

@Joesharp1996

It’s renting but not as you know it: Sweden lists entire country on Airbnb

Posted on May 24th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,Experiential Marketing,Leisure PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Stunt Of The Day,Tourism PR,Travel PR.

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It looks like the Swedish Tourism board have hit the meatballs on the head once again. We’ve had ‘The Swedish Number’ back in 2016 – a number that allowed absolutely everyone, at any time, in any place to ring it and be randomly connected with a Swede. Swedish residents who signed up received no training, had been given no instructions or guidance but told to give a true account of where they lived. As some would argue, this was a bold, brave move in a world of overly manufactured tourism work. But they’ve now moved on to even bigger things, they’ve united with Airbnb and listed their whole country on the famous accommodation booking website.

From the country that is more known for renditions of ‘Mamma Mia’ and flat pack furniture, the goal of this campaign is to clearly show off some of the lesser known natural beauties and Swedish mantras of free movement as it proudly states how it allows anyone to camp, cycle, run or walk on any part of the land in accordance with the Swedish principle of “Allemansrätten”.

There are a total of nine different listings, which range from breath taking ocean views by the National Park of Skuleskogen to the famous rich greenery of the forests in Varmland. Each contains a whimsical tongue in cheek approach to the typical Airbnb format listing “unlimited beds” and “Open-plan” rooms along with “real Air Conditioning”.

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Although this advertisement is to encourage tourists to explore these areas of natural beauty, it does also list places to stay at the bottom, in the traditional Airbnb format. Whilst we must still pay homage to Sweden for the cinnamon bun, as well as being the provider of all our vital furniture needs, it appears Sweden has a lot more than meets the eye.

If your interest is piqued you can check out the listings for yourself here.

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Super Bowl LI: Top 5 adverts – from politically correct to the most funny

Posted on February 6th, 2017 in brand PR,branded content,Celebrity PR,Comedy PR,Retail PR,Roundup,Sport,Sport PR,Stunt Of The Day,Viral Video PR.

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Many are still excited about the Super Bowl weekend and are talking about how Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history lifting New England from a 25-point hole to the patriots’ fifth NFL championship in the first Super Bowl overtime beating the Atlanta Falcons. Advertisers and big name brands released countless commercials that grabbed people’s attention and here are the top 5 adverts that stood out.

  1. Budweiser

Immigration is a hot topic today and it’s clearly shown in Budweiser’s Super Bowl ad, which is based upon the story that follows Adolphus Busch, an ambitious young immigrant’s journey to America in pursuit of his dream of making the best beer in the world and becoming the co-founder of Budweiser. However, with a strong message like this titled “Born the Hard Way” for 2017 Super Bowl commercial, Budweiser has triggered backlash from some for being “too political”. The commercial however has gone viral on social media and now has over 20,6 million views on YouTube.

  1. Audi

The wage gap, equal pay and feminism are one the most talked about topics today, and that might be one of the reasons why we are seeing a little girl as the protaganist in Audi’s equal pay commercial for Super Bowl 2017, where the little girl is competing in a soapbox car race and gracefully wins the game. The commercial reveals an emotional inner monolog as the girl’s father struggles to discuss gender equality with her and hopes for the situation to change as his daughter grows.

“What do I tell my daughter?” the father says. “Do I tell her that her grandpa’s worth more than her grandma? That her dad is worth more than her mom? Do I tell her that despite her education, her drive, her skills, her intelligence, she will automatically be valued as less than every man she ever meets? Or maybe I’ll be able to tell her something different.”

Published on February 1st 2017, the video already has over 8 million views on YouTube.

  1. Airbnb

Airbnb commercial conveying a political message stood out as one of the most powerful ads for Super Bowl 2017 and had everyone expressing their shared opinions via Twitter with over 24k retweets including the #WeAccept hashtag. The Airbnb ad preaches equality, diversity, and acceptance including multi-ethnic faces on their Super Bowl advert. The video features diverse faces from different ethnic background and words that say “No matter who you are, where you’re from, who you love, who you worship, we all belong. The world is more beautiful the more you accept.”

  1. Kia

In a recent Kia’s campaign for Super Bowl, we see Melissa McCarthy as a warrior sprinting through the dessert, helping whales and saving the environment from natural disasters. This might be one of the funniest Super Bowl commercials so far while promoting the 2017 Niro Crossover, a car that has set a Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption while driving across the America. The company’s message is that no challenge is too big, too small or too difficult. People are loving the idea behind Kia’s campaign and the video has over 164k views in less than a week.

  1. Mr Clean

According to Mr. Clean commercial, every woman desires a man who cleans and is willing to scrub the kitchen down. Here you can see best of Mr. Clean’s moves in the shower and wiping the kitchen floor as he makes it all look so effortless. Football fans love a bit of fun during the Super Bowl half-time and the video has already gone viral with over 8 million views on YouTube.

– @elizas_music

Global brands respond to President Trump’s travel ban: A roundup

Posted on January 31st, 2017 in brand PR,branded content,Celebrity PR,Digital PR,Environmental PR,Roundup,Stunt Of The Day.

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On Friday President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring immigrants and visitors from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the US for 90 days. After a global backlash and urges for Trump to retract the ban, he refused to back down, arguing that the ban will stop “bad dudes” from entering the US.

Global brands have addressed the issue taking different approaches; mostly condemning the president’s order and addressing their employees. Brands are offering support to their employees as well as refugees in general as they refer to the ban as being both immoral and un-American.

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The accommodation giants stood against Trump in a tweet; ‘Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right and we must stand with those who are affected’. Which they are quite literally doing by offering free accommodation to people left stranded by the sudden ban.

Lyft

Logan Green, chief executive at Lyft has pledged to donate $1m to the American Civil Liberties Union and said “Banning people of a particular religion from entering the US is antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values”.

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Starbucks

Global coffee chain Starbucks has promised to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide over the next five years to make clear that the company will not stand by, nor stand silent as the uncertainty around the new administration’s actions grows.

Uber

Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick wrote a letter to all staff, reaching out to employees directly impacted by the ban and offering to compensate them pro bono during the ban.

Google

Google has set up a $4m humanitarian fund to assist organisations offering support to immigrants and has recalled 100 staff to the US who would be affected by the travel ban. Google chief executive Sundar Pchai told staff: “It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues. We’ve always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so.”

 

It is now a case of waiting to see how other large corporations in the USA and those in the wider world will react to the new temporary legislation. But it is comforting to see some faith in humanity coming from such large companies to get the ball rolling.

– @LilahKS

Airbnb offers customers greener experiences with the help of Pantone

Posted on January 26th, 2017 in App PR,brand PR,Consumer PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Tourism PR,Travel PR.

Airbnb have collaborated with Pantone to offer it’s users a chance to experience nature within the comfort of a city home. Between the 27th-30th January, Airbnb users will be able to book an overnight stay and utilise the homestay network’s latest offering: an East London warehouse which has been transformed into a space for wellness and relaxation. The space is covered in flora and fauna that lets customers participate in selected ‘Experiences’. These experiences have been specifically chosen to showcase and promote Airbnb’s latest service, ‘Trips’.pantone-1

Trips, which was launched last November, is the new concept from Airbnb in which they hope to build upon their current success of renting accommodation by offering customers a more evolved service which provides Experiences (specifically chosen activities, chosen specifically for that city), guides, logistical and sightseeing advice, as well as homes to rent.

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The property in East London is the first of it’s kind. Aptly named ‘The Outside in House’, the property is inspired by colour makers, Pantone’s Colour Of The Year for 2017, Greenery. The space features an entrance hall covered in woodland, a botanical greenhouse kitchen-diner and a bedroom lined with plants and a lawn. The house really does bring the outside… well, inside! Have no fear however, guests are still promised a comfortable stay as the downstairs room of the warehouse has been transformed into a green-themed bedroom, complete with an en-suite.

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The ‘Outside In’ experience encourages customers to sample London Experiences available on the Airbnb app. Visitors will be able to participate in Experiences such as a terrarium workshop, the Body Engineered exercise classes  (fitness and yoga sessions), a wallpaper painting masterclass, as well as learning how to make green gin and create their own botanical garden. They will also be able to forage the warehouse walls for vegetables and herbs, drink tea with leaves picked from a hydroponics installation, choose plants to make terrarium vases with and pick leaves to design prints with. One can really get in touch with nature in this space.

James McClure, Airbnb’s general manager of northern Europe said: What’s new for Airbnb at the moment is Trips, with Experiences being a key part of that.

These activities that are crafted by knowledgeable insiders are in 12 cities at the moment and we’ll be growing that to 51 this year.

We’re really excited about how this can help move the belonging that people have in the homes into getting out and experiencing the things that they love in a city they’re not familiar with.”

Laurie Pressman, Vice-President of Pantone, said: “For Pantone, this was about bringing an experience to life, and who better to partner with than Airbnb to be able to immerse somebody and share with them what colour is all about.

We see colour, but you can also smell colour, you can taste colour, and you can feel and live colour – greenery was such a perfect colour to do that with, as people look for more ways to disconnect, to replenish and liberate.”

– @apparentlyimkj