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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

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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The power of the meme: Brands capitalise on new twitter trend with hidden text scavenger hunts

Posted on March 7th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Entertainment Brands,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,Online PR,Roundup,Stunt Of The Day.

As with most trending memes it is not long before brands catch on to a new way to appeal to their younger demographic and likewise as with most things on the internet, it all started with a photograph of a dog.

The “Zoom in on the nose” meme originated with people sharing photos of another classic meme subject: the “doge” or more commonly known as the Shiba Inu. Upon closer inspection of the image, informed with the initial clue of where to look, the viewer is lead on a text based scavenger hunt as each new sentence found includes new directions to another part of the picture. Each final sentence is unique, however they all share a similar wholesome message; usually in the form of a compliment which accompanied with the original photograph of an adorable pooch is guaranteed to brighten your day.

With such a simple concept it is unsurprising that many brands have jumped on this bandwagon. The method is left largely unchanged with end results ranging from tongue in cheek comments on time-wasting, cheeky requests for more subscribers to genuine facts that you may have previously ignored or quickly forgotten in more conventional marketing. And of course it would not be the internet without at least one reference to Rick Astley and his infamous infuriatingly catchy song. You know the one I mean.

Without giving away any spoilers, here are our top examples of how brands have whole-heartedly embraced this new creative craze.

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Whodunnit? #SherlockLive takes Twitter by storm

Posted on January 11th, 2017 in Consumer PR,Digital PR,Entertainment Brands,Online PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Television PR.

Well, last night was surely a treat for fans of the popular BBC One crime drama Sherlock. The fourth series of the programme aired on 1st January and has since been gripping fans of the show. To celebrate the new series, writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss tweeted live to fans in the character of Sherlock on the official @BBCOne Twitter page last night (10th January).

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Fans were given the opportunity to solve a new mystery online and in real-time through the use of Twitter, users had to crack the murder case of Daniel Collard with a series of clues provided through Tweets. Case files, police interviews and suspects lists were given to users to aid them in solving the case. A series of polls were also created to increase the interactive aspect.

Jo Pearce, the creative digital director at BBC Wales mentions it was an idea already in the works. “It’s an idea we’ve had for some time – I’ve just been waiting for the right opportunity to try it out.”

This was a genius way of encouraging fan interaction and giving fans something exciting to look forward to, as opposed to just watching the show. It further introduces new fans to the TV show who may have not known of its existence prior – as Twitter is such a huge social media platform, trends attract new audiences. The BBC and the writers of Sherlock created something well thought through; they were able to spot their target audience and created a stunt which coincides with their interests. It was a huge win for all involved.

– @JohnnyBarnes_

 

A lovely Christmas surprise from one John Lewis to another

Posted on November 17th, 2016 in Consumer PR,Online PR,Online PR Jobs,stuff we liked,Stunt Of The Day.

If you have been to one of the John Lewis stores over the past few years and have decided to tweet something to them you, like many others, may have discovered that you had not tweeted the store at all but a kind-natured American man who shares the same name as the UK retail chain. He describes himself on his twitter bio as a “Computer science educator, father of four, social liberal, atheist, and not a retail store.”

Never one to lose his wit John Lewis (not the retail store) doesn’t leave an obviously misplaced tweet alone but instead has been providing humorous answers and rebuttals to compliments and complaints alike. Building a following of 21.3K followers himself, John Lewis (not a retail store), has become a celebrity in his own right.

Just in time for Christmas John Lewis (the retail store) has decided to give something back to John Lewis (not a retail store) as a thank you for helping to manage some of their wayward customers. By gifting him a beautiful and very poignant cushion made by their partner Herbert Parkinson in Lancashire embroidered with the text “Merry Christmas @JohnLewis “not a retail store””.

The real John Lewis on top of that has received an array of Christmas goodies including crackers, ornaments and wrapping paper perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit. As well some of the hotly awaiting plush versions of Buster, Sid and Olivia the stars of this year’s John Lewis’ (retail store) Christmas advert which has already amassed more than 17 million views on Youtube. The tweets posted by John Lewis (not a retail store) showing off his new presents have already been shared with over 10,000 people making this PR outreach both successful and extremely heart-warming.

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– @jfpvincent91