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Diving into the new year with glittery tails, shiny scales, and … beards! Meet your calendar “Merbys” of 2018

Posted on January 16th, 2018 in Charity PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Stunt Of The Day.

In the new year, everyone loves to rip the clear film off of their new calendar and open the first page to a photo of a cute dog or a glamour model but, to support the Spirit Horse Mental Health Program, more than 16,000 buyers of “Merbys 2018” calendar were absolutely mesmerised by the shear glory of a bearded mermaid perched on a rock on the morning of January first.

Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club, founded and run by Hasan Hai, have come together to create a calendar filled with tails, scales and glittery bearded glory, and succeeded in raising over $300,000 to support Spirit Horse in providing mental health services, including animal therapy, for those in need.

While creating the calendar, Hai and his fellow “Merby’s” aimed to break down traditional ideas of masculinity and defeat the stigma by showing the vulnerable side of what appear to be traditionally masculine men using glitter, props, and, most importantly, “Merby” tails.


The results were solely positive and calendars were purchased in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Germany leaving many customers expressing absolute enthusiasm when receiving their calendars describing them as “the best surprise in the mail”.

So if the start of your 2018 is feeling dull, you need to invest in a “Merby 2018” calendar to ensure your 2018 is as whimsical as three bearded “Merby’s” strumming a guitar on the beach!

@milknhoneybabyy

Modern world getting you down? Never fear! KFC can take you under their “wing” with new anti-internet tent

Posted on November 21st, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

It’s fair to say that, for the most part, the internet is pretty fantastic. From messaging mates and checking maps – to buying useless tat and reading bizarre Wikipedia articles; it’s hard to imagine life without it! In fact, the internet seems to seep into every aspect of our lives: you can order shopping online, washing machines can connect to the internet – you’re even reading this on the internet right now!

However, everywhere you look nowadays, everyone is connecting to the internet and sometimes it can all get a bit much and claustrophobic for some. Luckily, an unlikely hero has stepped forward to save us from ourselves and take us under their “wing” as KFC have unveiled the “Internet Escape Pod”!

The pod is like a tent, except with a twist – it’s made out of high density foam and features the iconic visage of Col. Sanders with his loving arms outstretched on top. Once the front is closed, no pesky Wi-Fi signal can penetrate inside the escape pod. KFC intended the pod to be used as a way of bringing friends and family closer together during the holiday period. Finally, generation Z can experience life as it was in a bygone era!

So if the modern age is truly getting you down (and you have a spare $10,000 around) it may be a worthwhile investment. After all what other tent has a chicken drumstick as a handle?

– @joesharp1996

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

What’s new on the Menu: Moonpig presents the edible meat-flavoured Father’s Day cards

Posted on June 13th, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,Experiential Marketing,Leisure PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

 

‘World’s Best Dad’ mug? Check.  Cute ‘Happy Father’s Day’ card? Check. Table reservation for [insert your family size] at the nearest pub? Double check. Now we  are officially Father’s Day ready, right?

Dads are always happy to receive any gift, no matter how large or small, from their dearest children. But what if we told you that you can make your Dad’s day a little bit more special with adding some extra flavour to it? On this Father’s Day, Moonpig has decided to combine our Dads’ two favourite things, food and their children’s love, into one, which has resulted in the edible ‘meating’ cards.

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These unique cards come in BBQ and Spicy Hot flavours, and are made out of rice paper. Moonpig has said that the cards are infused with edible scents and ink and promise our Dads won’t know the difference from the real thing! The creators of the cards even thought about the veggie Dads too as the cards are meat extract-free and are absolutely suitable for vegetarians.

The only unfortunate news is that the cards are limited edition and cannot be purchased in stores, so those wanting to get the unique gift for their Pops will need to apply on Moonpig’s official website to win one of them – we might give it a go too!

@mariosquared

Digging for memes: 9GAG sets out to amuse and confuse our future generations with buried treasure.

Posted on May 3rd, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Comedy PR,Consumer PR,Entertainment PR Jobs,Experiential Marketing,Online PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Viral Video PR.

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A favourite past time of schools everywhere: the time capsule. The premise is simple, to bury items and memorabilia that define the times for either our future selves or generations to discover with glee in years to come. Hidden in the earth around the country I am sure there are little treasure troves of Spice Girls cassettes, Pokemon cards and maybe the odd Tamagotchi scurried away by teens to define the 90s. But now is the age of the internet, so how do we define this generation for those yet to come. Well apparently the answer is memes.

You know them, you either love them or hate them. These days there a too many to count from beloved favourites such as the adorable Doge to the more controversial Pepe the frog; memes are everywhere. But  memes are also fleeting in nature and ever changing with each new craze. When was the last time you heard someone singing the now age old classic chocolate rain or posting the original dancing baby from Ally Mc Beal?

So to immortalise some of our favourites 9GAG have created their very own meme time capsule in the form of a 4 metre high stone slab buried in a secret location in the Spanish desert. 623,254 members of 9GAG’s community voted for their favourite memes, which were then carved onto it. The company believes that when future generations find it, they’ll discover humans, “besides being intelligent, were also very funny.”

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In the longest troll to date, spanning possibly untold generations, one can only imagine the look on archaeologist’s faces as they, in years to come, compare the carvings of a Dickbutt to the hieroglyphs found in Ancient Egypt.

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So somewhere several feet underground, there’s a giant rock with SaltBae, Philosoraptor, and the PPAP guy carved on it. Welcome to 2017. Bravo 9GAG, bravo.

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