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Ikea has something to say about THAT Balenciaga look-a-like bag

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,Fashion PR,Stunt Of The Day.

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The Ikea blue Frakta bag. At university it was the staple of any student slogging washing to and from the laundromat and probably still resides in most of our cupboards awaiting a load too large to be managed by regular carrier bags – mine currently has the important task of looking after our faux Christmas tree until December each year.  It’s practical, handy and arguably iconic in its own special way. But fashionable…?

That was the question on everybody’s lips after designer Balenciaga unveiled a bag which raised more than a few eyebrows at its uncanny resemblance to the infamously cheap and cheerful Ikea Frakta bag. It was an announcement that did not go unnoticed by the Swedish megastore who have now released a very tongue in cheek response as they relish their link to high fashion by outlining exactly how to spot the Ikea original as opposed to its more expensive designer cousin.

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The small print reads:

How to identify an original Ikea Frakta bag
1) Shake it. If it rustles, it’s the real deal.
2) Multifunctional. It can carry hockey gear, bricks, and even water.
3) Throw it in the dirt. A true Frakta is simply rinsed off with a garden hose when dirty.
4) Fold it. Are you able to fold it to the size of a small purse? If the answer is yes, congratulations.
5) Look inside. The original has an authentic Ikea tag.
6) Price tag. Only $0.99.

Johan Holmgren, creative director at Acne (Ikea’s agency partner) said, “I wanted to act fast, so I called Morten Kjaer from Ikea Creative Hub. He loved the idea. The day after the Balenciaga bag was launched, I said, ‘We’ll have the creative work ready within two hours.’ We then went to one of our fashion photographers, Anders Kylberg, and shot the bag in his studio, with that same feeling and lighting as the Balenciaga bag. That same day, we sent the finished work to all markets.”

Holmgren calls Balenciaga’s move “unexpected and brilliant. I liked the flirt. And I thought, why not flirt back? And we did.”

Meanwhile, a rep for Ikea told Today: “We are deeply flattered that the Balenciaga tote bag resembles the Ikea iconic sustainable blue bag for 99 cents. Nothing beats the versatility of a great big blue bag!”

After all, as the saying goes; imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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A WATCHed MODEL NEVER MOVES: New Bus Stop Ad for Samsung Gear S3 Comes to Life

Posted on April 27th, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,FMCG,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Technology PR.

Tech giants Samsung join the long list of companies branching out into the interactive outdoor ad to promote the new Samsung Gear 3 smartwatch.

There have been several bus stop advertising stunts done over the past few years including, ones with USB charging ports for your phone in the US, ones that dispense sunscreen, promoting cancer awareness, in Australia and now Samsung has added their name to the ranks with a rather sexy instalment in Tel Aviv.

The billboard at first glance appears to be the classic ‘hunky male model in a fancy suit’ advertising the latest luxury timepiece. That is however, until the model comes to life via livestream and interacts with the waiting passengers at the bus stop, while showing off some of the features on the new Gear 3. With a combination of reactions from shock to amusement the smouldering model certainly perked up those who discovered his secret with one man even being allowed to swap places with him in a secret hidden studio.

The interactive digital ad is a popular medium for today’s brands to deliver their message to consumers with several companies using this method to shock, inform or just make you laugh, it is certainly engaging and in Samsung’s case clever and charming.

If only all our morning commutes could be brightened up with some fun advertising.

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Apple, Microsoft and Google come together to help chicken nugget lover Carter fulfil his fast food quest

Posted on April 10th, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Digital PR,Publicity Stunts,snackfood PR,Stunt Of The Day.

Twitter has once again proved itself as the best tool for facilitating dialogues between big named companies and single individuals with hefty appetites, and in this case quite literally!

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A teenager in Nevada has accepted the huge fast food chain Wendy’s task, of reaching 18 million retweets to get a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets. The sixteen-year-old Carter Wilkerson confidently replied to the challenge with simply: “consider it done” and posted a screenshot of the exchange for, at first, a laugh but to the boy’s surprise, the simple screenshot turned out to be the spark which spiralled out of control creating a trending support base across the internet.

Carter has even set up his own website and is trending on twitter as #NuggsForCarter with giant companies such as Microsoft encouraging companies like Google and Amazon to join in! And yes, you guessed it; they are all fully supporting his food fight for the precious Nuggs!

Some companies such as United Airlines are even pre-empting the boy’s victory and facilitating a free flight to “any Wendy’s in the world”.  The Mattress Firm Company also got involved and promised to help out with the recovery stages of the age-old food coma by providing Carter with a “food coma sleep pack”. Keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming companies to get involved in their own unique ways.

Carter is currently on 2.2 million re-tweets, so help out a fellow fan of fast food and get re-tweeting and let’s see the true power of the internet!

After all, he only has another 15.8 million to go… C’mon Carter you can do this!

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Yorkshire Tea have recruited some familiar faces to ensure they do their jobs “proper”

Posted on March 13th, 2017 in brand PR,Celebrity PR,Comedy,Comedy PR,Consumer PR,Stunt Of The Day.

Championing home grown celebrities of varying ilk, Yorkshire Tea have teamed up with Lucky Generals to release three short adverts starring TV veteran Michael Parkinson, Olympic triathletes the Brownlee Brothers and the Kaiser Chiefs.

Each appear in a variety of tongue in cheek scenarios demonstrating the brand’s “unwavering passion and uncompromising dedication” to doing things “proper”, which if you can overlook the charmingly Yorkshire grammar without making your eyes twitch; is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face on a Monday afternoon.

The videos centre around the chosen Yorkshire bred celebrities having been employed in various roles within the company.

The rather downbeat rock-band Kaiser Chiefs do not seem too happy with their new role having to endlessly supply live on-hold music at the brand’s headquarters.

However the always endearing Brownlee brothers, clad in lycra, seem to still possess the same comradery witnessed at the World Triathlon Series as they swap various modes of transport as “tea couriers” to make sure they get their package for the company delivered on time.

Finally the man and legend that is Michael Parkinson shows off the recruitment skills he has picked up from a lifetime in broadcasting as he eloquently narrates a job interview of a young man wishing to join him in the ranks at Yorkshire Tea.

Andy Brown, Managing Director at Yorkshire Tea said of the recent appointment : “Michael’s experience is unparalleled and as with everything we do as a company we want to ensure our hiring process is done proper. As soon as we received his application, we knew he’d be a fantastic fit for the role – given our Royal Warrant it’s only right that we add a knight to the ranks.”

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The Poke. News. Optimised.

Posted on July 14th, 2010 in Comedy,Comedy PR,Online PR.

The rather brilliant spoof news website The Poke, launched this week.

Updated daily, it delivers a unique twist on everything from pop to politics. Please follow them on Twitter or Facebook too.

funniest news on the web. daily

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