10 Yetis PR News
Hello, Hannah here with today's Good and Bad PR.
Ever thought of owning your own bunker? Well now you can, and apparently they're the latest craze in real estate to sweep the USA! The bunkers come kitted out with all sorts of luxuries including; TV's, swimming pools, gyms, basketball courts and some lucky people have a room for their private airplane. They also have the added bonus feature of being buried way down deep in the ground, designed to survive the apocalypse.
The developers, at Rising S Company, have created the 100,000 square foot bunkers so they can house families for years. However, before you run out and purchase one they are quite pricey. A basic 'starter' bunker 10 feet by 20 feet starts at $54,000 while the most expensive bunkers on offer go up to $10 million. Brad Roberson, marketing director for Rising S Company, stated that 'Budget and imagination are the only limits.'
Pretty good PR for the company, I can't imagine the extremes that these bunkers will reach in the future. However, having a secure place for any natural disasters is a good idea, but having one that feels as much like home as possible is a brilliant idea!
Marks & Spencer's annual profits fell to their lowest level in four years today due to the slump of clothing sales. Back in 2008 M&S made more than £1 billion, whereas now pre-tax profits for 2012/13 were £665.2 million. M&S said its sales had been affected by the squeeze on household conditions as well as unseasonable weather.
This comes after a series of bad situation for M&S including: being made to pay damages to Interflora after a trademark infringement and coming under fire over their online tax arrangements.
It's not been a good month for Marks & Spencer, let's just hope they have something up their sleeve to turn the company around.
|Hannah Pritchard posted on 21/05/2013|
Bonjour mes amis! I don't even know if that Franglish is correct, but what I do know is; it's Monday, which means good and bad PR.
I couldn't resist this story for good PR. Helen Mirren visited a ten-year-old dressed as the queen to help fulfil his dying wish to have tea with the queen. Whilst the real Queen was unfortunately unable to attend, Helen Mirren ably filled the royal gap, dressing up in her queenly outfit for her current run in the West End and paying for Oliver Burton and his mother Catherine to watch the show. She then had a tea and cakes with him afterwards, staying in character for the whole time and even bringing in two corgis from the show to add to the authenticity.
A heart warming, yet heartbreaking story at the same time. Good PR to you Helen Mirren.
Kanye West. Some people are big fans. I'm not. It's emerged that he's decided to call his next album Yeezus. A cross between his nickname 'Yeezy' and Jesus. Originally he wanted to call the album I Am God, but changed his mind. Good move, you'd think, but he's apparently saving it for a single instead.
I remember him belittling French house duo Justice vs. Simian at an awards ceremony once after their music video was voted ahead of his and I haven't liked him since. The pair were respectful and he was plain rude, interrupting their acceptance speech and taking over the mic. I'm all about good manners and such a lack of consideration for others infuriated me. Fair enough you probably need a bit of an ego to get ahead in life, but some people take it too far. Kanye is definitely one of them.
|Lloyd posted on 20/05/2013|
So, let me start this off with a confession... My name's Hannah and I am a reality show addict. Yep, I watch pretty much every reality show there is out there, no matter how awful. I just can't help it. I feel like I know the Kardashians better than my friends sometimes.
So, I thought: what better subject to write an insight blog on than how true to life PR reality shows are? Of course, to write this blog post to the best of my ability I really had to do my research. So I set to watching some reality shows. Yep, it was a tedious task but someone has to do it, and that someone was me. (Alright, it wasn't such a task and in most cases it was me watching these episodes for the millionth time over and loving it!)
First off, let's talk about one of the best reality shows ever made in the history of life, the Hills! For all of you who have been living on mars for the past 6 years, I'll give you a quick synopsis. The Hills focussed on a group of friends who were originally from Laguna Beach in California, and moved to LA to chase their dreams of fashion, love and a career. It included your typical reality show highlights; fights, romances, awkward silences and most importantly lots of DRAMA. Now let's fast forward to the PR bit. Heidi Montag started off the show enrolled in FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) School. She swiftly decided that the education route wasn't for her and 'magically' landed herself a job at the public relations firm Bolt House. Her job was actually an event planner for the PR firm. Over all, the work that Bolt House seemed to do was quite true to life. However, within a matter of a few episodes Heidi went from stuffing envelopes to practically running their nightclub events. Where I do agree that you get thrown in the deep end when you come into PR, that amount of responsibility comes with time and hard work; something that we will all have to assume remained off camera for Heidi! Since leaving Bolt House, Heidi has taken the same route as most reality stars do: married a fellow reality star, underwent a series of plastic surgery and starred in more reality shows when the funds from the previous one ran out.
Moving swiftly on to your next dose of PR reality. The show was called Kell on Earth, it featured Kelly Cutrone, the owner of PR agency People's Revolution. Kelly was also briefly in the Hills when one of the cast went to work for People's Revolution. Kelly is renowned for her no nonsense approach to the industry, with her catch phrase being 'if you have to cry, go outside'- one of my personal favourites! Because...
I have to say the whole show is quite true to PR life. Her employees work hard and they get results, and to be perfectly honest that's the PR secret; there is no secret! You just have to work hard, understand what your client is after and have brilliant ideas. During the show, there are the usual dramas of clients refusing to pay, employees leaving due to the pressure and the occasional glamorous party. So well done Kelly, she truly did portray the realities of PR in her show instead of selling dreams.
In the opposite corner comes the Spin Crowd; a reality show produced by Kim Kardashian featuring her long term friends Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck, who co-own PR firm Command PR. Now, whilst the work they did was true to PR life, the attitudes and the general day to day running was definitely not!
The firm put together red carpet events and worked with high-profile celebrities. However, what the show featured the majority of the time was a lot of arguments between colleagues, a lot of crying and the PR professionals being very overly-friendly with their clients. Very little, real work actually seemed to be done- with most time being dedicated to reacting dramatically to every situation. Whilst it is brilliant when you can build up a good relationship with a client, there is a certain level of professionalism than should be kept to avoid dramatic and awkward situations.
So to sum up what have we learned here? Well, basically the revelation that reality shows aren't that real!
But I still love them and will continue my addiction. And leave you with this parting thought...
|Hannah Pritchard posted on 20/05/2013|
Hello All! Emma here with today's Good and Bad PR...
Don't you just hate it when you call an automated phone line, and have to spend (and pay for!) approximately 10 minutes of pressing numbers to get through to the right person? Well, suffer no more, thanks to today's Good PR winner!
IT Manager Nigel Clarke has taken the time to trawl through hundreds of different automated call centre phone numbers, noting exactly what number sequences are needed to get through to the person you're after. Listed on the site www.pleasepress1.com, people can simply go on to find the best shortcut to who they need to speak to at organisations including Sainsbury's, HMRC and Sky.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the site has got some great PR today- and has undoubtedly come to the rescue of many consumers at the end of their tether with automated call centres. What a ruddy bloody good idea, Nigel; well done you.
Not a good day for everyone's favourite (or not, according to this research) high street newsagent, WH Smith, which has been branded 'Britain's Worst Shop.'
According to a Which? Consumer survey, shoppers voted WH Smith in bottom place in the list of the high street's top 100 retailers; with shoppers commenting that the shop is 'messy' and 'expensive'. This comes as a blow for the newsagent after Mary Portas, "Queen of the High Street", called the store a 'dump' and claimed to hate visiting there. Tough words for the chain to take on board; let's just hope it's no reflection of times to come.
Bad times for WH Smith
|Emma Kent posted on 17/05/2013|
The PR machine that is Ryanair is at it again and this time an announcement from the airline has generated a fair bit of positive media coverage.
Ryan Irwin, aged 19, completed an intensive 18-month course at the Oxford Aviation Academy and, within weeks of completing it, received two job offers. He landed the job as a pilot with Ryanair and will become one of the UK's youngest ever commercial pilots once he completes his training in September.
The teenager, who attended Wirral Grammar School, said "It sounds clichéd, but it's what I've wanted to do ever since I can remember, as young as four or five."
It's a nice positive story and I've already seen it on The Sun and Daily Mail. However, it seems it wasn't quite a strong enough story to bury a slightly more negative one. A Ryanair flight to Kefalonia was diverted to an airport 200 miles away because the pilot said it was "too dark" to land. As you can imagine, this story hasn't had the most positive pieces of coverage.
The Italian restaurant chain launched by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been fined £8,000 after a woman who told staff at the restaurant three times that she was allergic to gluten was served wheat pasta; you know, the thing that people allergic to gluten can't have. Oops!
38-year-old Kristy Richardson visited Jamie's Italian in Portsmouth with her husband, Kevin, for a wedding anniversary meal. Having been diagnosed as a coealic suffer when she was 19, Kristy Richardson is unable to digest wheat and told 3 different members of staff that she'd require a gluten-free pasta dish.
However, when staff served her food, it was normal wheat pasta and it made her sick for 5 hours afterwards. Apparently, she'd spoken to the maitre d' and was told that gluten free pasta could be provided. However, a phone call to the restaurant a few hours after her visit when she was suffering from nausea and vomiting confirmed that it was normal pasta she'd eaten.
This was all back in November 2011 and an investigation was launched by environmental health experts. The waitress serving Mrs Richardson was said to have thought her customer had ordered a vegetarian dish, not a gluten-free option. Anyway, the case it wrapped up now and Jamie's Italian has to cough up £8,000. Ouch.
|Shannon posted on 16/05/2013|