10 Yetis PR News
Good morning all, Sam here. Here's today's good and bad PR just for you.
With Christmas fast approaching, Apple have released an advert for the new iPhone 5 - and what a great advert it is!
Picture the scene... you've got the family around for Christmas, but no matter what you've got planned there is always one who sits on their phone the majority of the time. They may be surfing the net, they may be texting their friends, but you know they're not fully participating in the family Christmas. And then, just as you've finally got everyone into the same room, that one person goes to switch the TV on. This is where the advert takes a turn...
When the TV comes on you assume the teenager is wanting to watch TV, but no - he's created a Christmas video on his iPhone 5. He has infact been paying attention to the family activities, but he's managed to capture it all on his phone and has created the ultimate family gift.
This is a fantastic advert - truly heartwarming and makes me want to try my hand at creating a video on my iPhone 5 (I've never tried though, so I doubt it's going to be anywhere near as good as this one!)
Firstly, check out the Apple advert - 'Misunderstood'... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImlmVqH_5HM
Secondly, check out the iPhone 5 video - 'A Harris Family Holiday'... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEGLhdaFBSE#t=26
With 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' currently in cinemas, the actors and actresses are currently working their magic on red carpets, on the radio and in interviews to help push ratings and increase numbers of those going to see the film.
Martin Freeman (aka Bilbo Baggins) was recently out promoting the new film and being interviewed by a Danish interviewer when what was meant to be a joke ended up going horribly wrong. When asked if he'd prefer to date an elf, a dwarf or a hobbit he replied;
"Elf, definitely. Because look at them; they're beautiful. Men or women. I've got a ladder. It's fine. And I've got drugs. I could just make them - you know. Slip them something in their goblet. Some will get offended by that now. Cause they'll call it rape or whatever. But, um, you know. For me, it's a helping hand. Maybe I should stop talking."
Fans have hit out stating that Martin is trying to justify rape and that rape jokes are neither funny nor appropriate at any time. Others have defended him by stating it's just his sense of humour and he meant nothing by it.
|Samantha posted on 19/12/2013|
How excited are you that Christmas day is only one week away?! Anyway, here's today's good and bad PR - enjoy! Sam
Jim Knight was fired from his job at The Plough Inn pub, Oxfordshire, for wanting to spend Christmas day with his 7 1/2 month old baby, as well as get some Sundays off in order to spend quality time with his family. The Landlord, Steve Potts, has confirmed that Jim was fired for this because it was in breach of an understanding they'd reached when Jim started at the pub.
With this, Jim (@chefjimknight) logged into the Twitter account that he'd created for the pub and told the (then) 2,200 followers what had happened, as well as stating that the Australian sirloins and New Zealand lamb the pub used were in fact purchased from Asda.
Before being deleted by the pub Landlord, Jim's tweets had thousands of retweets & favourites and had reached various parts of the world. He's received endless tweets of support and even potential job opportunities - and has now accepted a job at The Shepherd's Crook.
A Twitter account was swiftly set up for The Shepherd's Crook (@TheShepherdsCro) in order for them to take advantage of this... their bio includes "now employing chef Jim Knight, of international Twitter fame", as well as tweeting Jim "Welcome to The Shepherd's Crook Jim - your misfortune is our very good fortune!! Enjoy Xmas Day with your new baby!!" Yes, not only have they hired Jim, but they've given him Christmas day off - how awesome is that?!
'Fruit-head' dolls come in a number of options - strawberry, apple, tomato and blackcurrant - with each head depicting your chosenfruit. But don't be fooled - they're highly dangerous!
The dolls have been found to contain chemicals that harm unborn babies, potentially causing cancer and deformities, as well as containing a chemical that can cause infertility in men.
These dolls have previously been banned across Europe, yet every now and then, particularly around Christmas time, they resurface. Most recently they resurfaced on a market stall in Medway, Gillingham, presumably because the trader could get them cheap and they do make an attractive toy for children.
Whilst everyone loves a bargain, particularly at Christmas time, this doll is just not worth it!
|Samantha posted on 18/12/2013|
Happy Tuesday- one more week until Christmas Eve people!
What else could be better than to read my top examples of today's Good and Bad
PR as you gear up for the big day, and all the food J
I don't know about you but it seems whenever I start to
think that one day I might be able to buy my own home, a depressing news report
emerges to bluntly tell me that unless my wealthy relatives decide to leave me
their life savings, it is highly unlikely I will be able to save up enough for
a deposit until I'm in my forties. Merry Christmas.
However, one great PR story that has caught my attention
this morning revolves around the idea that one clever engineer has designed a
revolutionary new home, ready for individuals like me to buy, for as little as
£10,500. Does it sound a little too good to be true, it might just be! This
house has been described as the world's first "flat-pack" house, that needs to
be assembled from scratch by its owners.
Dr Mike Page says that his design, the QB2 "cube house", will
take just four hours to put together, and contains everything a "scaled-down
home for two" could ever need.
According to The Express online, the cube house measures three metres by four metres and
contains a large, spiral staircase, kitchen and full-size bathroom and bedroom
over three floors. To top that off, as a result of the size of the home, if you
decided to purchase a cube house, you wouldn't need to find planning permission
at all! SCORE!
So you might be thinking you like the idea but would NEVER
be able to assemble your own house, well take a look at these words of advice
from Dr Page:
someone can put up an Ikea Billy bookcase then they can put this up. "It
goes together like flat-pack furniture, although when a buys it they will get the finished product and won't have to put it
together themselves. It takes around four hours to put the cube together,
however it would obviously take longer when you add in the furniture, it
depends how quickly you work."
more insight into how the houses look in comparison to regular house, take a
look at this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2C3UBkbXsc#t=304
Just three days since Sam Bailey beat him to first place and
took the XFactor crown, Nicholas McDonald seems to have already caused himself trouble
by choosing to publicly vent the anger and disappointment felt at his loss,
rather than keeping a dignified silence.
It has been reported on the Mail Online this morning that the
17 year old Scottish singer has been criticising judges Gary Barlow and Louis
Walsh. Nicholas was firstly annoyed when Gary was the only one of the four
judges not give him a standing ovation during his performance of Robbie
Williams' "Candy" on Saturday night. As if that wasn't disappointing enough,
the next night the singer had to deal with his own mentor, Louis, urging the
British public to vote for Sam Bailey, his best friend Sharon Osourne's act.
Although Nicholas may think this rebellious outburst will
help him in terms of publicity for himself now that the series has finished, he
was hardly ever going to get away with same things the likes of predecessors Frankie Cocozza and James Arthur. It may be
that behaviour like this will damage his popularity with current fans, who
appear to be the very young girls and middle-aged housewives.
|Lauren posted on 17/12/2013|
A café in Nice, France, has come up with a novel idea to make sure its customers are polite and courteous to staff.
Anyone visiting La Petite Syrah is rewarded with a discount if they remember their manners. Staff were getting fed up with "customers being rude when they're busy" so they now charge more to those that forget to be nice.
Grunting 'un café' (a coffee) at staff in the shop in Nice sets customers back EUR 7 (that's £5.80), but if they ask by saying 'un café s'il vous plait' (a coffee, please) they only have to pay EUR 4.25 (£3.60) for the very same drink. If they throw in a 'hello' at the beginning by saying 'bonjour, un café s'il vous plait' then they only have to pay EUR 1.40 (that's £1.18) for their coffee.
The prices are shown on a board in the French café, so all customers know where they stand and what they have to ask for to get money off their drink. The manager, Fabrice Pepino, said "It started as a joke because at lunchtime people would come in very stressed and were sometimes rude to us when they ordered a coffee. I know people say that French service can be rude, but it's also true that customers can be rude when they are busy. It's our way of saying 'keep calm and carry on'."
What a great idea!
You may have seen some of Sainsbury's heart-warming Christmas adverts on the TV this year; you know, the one with the children recording a message for their father who is in the armed forces, only to be interrupted by him walking through the door. Cue loads of happy tears.
However, from one extreme to another, something has come to light which makes the supermarket chain look rather insensitive. After being encourage to 'view the full film online', many people found the longer video on YouTube and sat back to have their hearts melted even more by the Sainsbury's 'Christmas in a Day' feature.
Except, what they saw was pretty brutal. The footage shows a farmer's wife clutching a live clucking goose, telling it "You're alright... it's OK." I think you can see where this is going; it wasn't alright and the goose wasn't OK.
She places the goose beneath a pickaxe handle and her husband lifts its body to break its neck. The wife says "It wasn't as bad as I thought. It was very simple. Andrew pulled off a few heads by pulling too hard." Ah, that must be where that blood came from then.
The film also shows a young boy watching as geese are plucked. The Christmas in a Day feature is a compilation of home movies put together by Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald. It's been viewed 811,000 times on YouTube and one person said "Why on earth put someone killing a goose on a video? You should be ashamed. I'm never going to Sainsbury's again."
Perhaps it's because I'm a vegetarian that this video leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but I'm pretty sure there are plenty of meat-eaters out there who'd rather not see how their dinner is slaughtered and prepared for cooking. Well, any jolly Christmas video that comes with the message 'Warning: Contains scenes that may be unsuitable for younger viewers, including animal slaughter and partial nudity' isn't going to be all that festive. Not cool, Sainsbury's.
|Shannon posted on 12/12/2013|
Happy Wednesday! It's well and truly the Xmas party season :)
WestJet wanted to make Christmas for two groups of people due to fly into Calgary Airport extra special, so installed a virtual Santa at both Toronto and Hamilton International Airports. What virtual Santa did was check the boarding passes of everyone on the two specific flights and then asked them what they wanted for Christmas - this wasn't reserved for just the children, they asked everyone regardless of age.
As soon as both groups boarded their flights, the staff at Calgary Airport jumped into their cars and went shopping to buy all of the gifts that everyone had told Santa they wanted.
Upon arrival, everyone was surprised to find that instead of their luggage going around the baggage carousel, there were presents with their names on - the presents they'd asked virtual Santa for, to be more specific.
WOW! If you're a big softy,this will melt your heart and plaster an enormous smile on your face! Well done WestJet - you made lots of people very happy at Christmas!
You can watch the video here: WestJet Christmas Miracle: real-time giving Bad PR South Africa's deaf federation has confirmed the interpreter used was a 'fake', with three sign language experts agreeing that the man wasn't signing in South African or American sign languages. So what was he signing? And if he's a fake, how did he get so close to President Obama and other political dignitaries?! The South African authorities are currently trying to track down this man - but no one yet knows who he is, where he came from, or even how he got the role. But, believe it or not, back in December the same guy 'interpreted' at the ANC elective conference in Mangaung. It's a good thing he wasn't there with the intention of hurting anybody!
Some members of the deaf community have taken to Twitter to express their outrage at the sign language translator present at the Nelson Mandela memorial because... wait for it... he's not actually signing anything (well, nothing real - he appears to be making it up as he goes along).
South Africa's deaf federation has confirmed the interpreter used was a 'fake', with three sign language experts agreeing that the man wasn't signing in South African or American sign languages.
So what was he signing? And if he's a fake, how did he get so close to President Obama and other political dignitaries?!
The South African authorities are currently trying to track down this man - but no one yet knows who he is, where he came from, or even how he got the role. But, believe it or not, back in December the same guy 'interpreted' at the ANC elective conference in Mangaung.
It's a good thing he wasn't there with the intention of hurting anybody!
|Samantha posted on 11/12/2013|