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A very happy Monday to you all, some more of our Good and Bad PR Awards to get stuck into today.
Today I'm going to have to give this to the European Ryder Cup team for winning the famous trophy for the third time in a row in yesterday's showdown with the United States at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Not only did the Europeans thrash the Americans in the 40th outing of the Cup, but they did it in a way that only ever promoted camaraderie, sportsmanship and a strong team ethic, where every single member of the team was important, from Rory McIlroy to the club cleaners.
Unlike the hostile scenes of Valhalla in 2008, the support at Gleneagles set the tone for a competitive, but ultimately good-natured tournament where Europe showed America exactly how to bond as a team and accept the decisions of the Captain. Are you listening Mr Mickelson?
Images Courtesy of the Daily Mail
Today's Bad PR Award is being given to royal grocer Fortnum and Mason for their king-sized error (see what I did there?) in falsely claiming that much of it's produce was being sourced from the Royal Windsor Estate despite Buckingham Palace retracting their produce from the retailer in August.
The Piccadilly retailer has been forced to issue a grovelling apology to the Queen and it's Customers for what they are playing down as a labelling faux pas, but this will probably do very little to ease the heat on them in the short term.
Perhaps HRH will receive some great discount on litre spirit bottles in time for Christmas!
One was NOT amused...
Images Courtesy of the Daily Mail
|Nick Sadler posted on 29/09/2014|
Happy Friday PR fans! Leanne is swanning off on her honeymoon to Los Angeles (jealous, much?) so I'm standing in to take over her Good and Bad PR! Enjoy, Scott!
Sometimes you read a story and it just really touches your heart. Today, exactly that happened.
A Washington neighbourhood has started their Christmas celebrations early. Now, normally this would really irritate me. I love Christmas, but early Christmas celebrations are a real bugbear. However, this Washington neighbourhood has done so in honour of a gentleman who has been diagnosed with cancer, and has been given just a few weeks to live.
Frank Henderson was diagnosed with cancer, and only given a fortnight to live. His family planned a host of activities to celebrate his final weeks with him, including Christmas in September. The local community have really got on board and made it a Christmas to remember for Frank, through decorating their houses for Christmas this early, and really getting in the Christmas spirit.
It's a real touching sentiment from the local community, and one that I'm sure will be his last few weeks memorable.
Image Courtesy of Daily Mail
Rememer Magaluf girl? Yeah, well I think we've got a new version.
Circulating around social media has been a video of a snapchat story of a British student who filmed every girl he 'snogged' on a night out. He accumulated 30 girls and 1 boy during the night.
Now, it's really bad news for British universities and the partying culture, whilst only fuelling the fire of sexual abuse at British Universities.
James Heseltine is the 'lads' name, shame on him.
|scott posted on 26/09/2014|
Happy Thursday PR fans! Scott here to bring you today's edition of Good and Bad PR - enjoy!
Today's Good PR award is shared by two awesome dads.
The first award goes to Paul Brett who spent £50 on a 130-foot disused water slide from a local leisure centre. Paul has put the water slide in his garden for his kids to enjoy! What an awesome Dad, and I know one water-slide-loving Yeti will be massively jealous!
The second recipient of the Good PR award is a Danish father who revealed to his son's that he had won £1.6million on the lottery. He filmed a meeting with his two children in which he revealed his winnings by handing the boys big wads of cash and an ipad each. He slowly teases them, revealing more money each time, until he reveals the true amount of his money.
Am I the only one that wishes I had these two awesome dads? (As well as my already awesome Dad - just in case he is reading...)
The recipient of today's Bad PR award is Climax Promotions (no, me neither).
The Cardiff promotion company have come under intense scrutiny this week after it was revealed that they distributed wall charts to freshers that allowed them to record their sexual conquests, as well as each time they were sick on a night out.
Climax, who were also involved in controversy last year after publishing a tshirt that read 'I raped her and she cried,' will surely lose many customers after this. After all, who would want to be involved with them?
It's also made even worse by the increasing debate in the UK surrounding sexual abuse at universities.
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|scott posted on 25/09/2014|
Afternoon PR fans! Below is what I think makes today's good and bad PR cut. Enjoy - Sam
The Lion King hit the stage in 1997 and has recently been crowned 'The biggest box office earner EVER'!!!!
Since hitting the stage, the show has made over £3.8 billion in ticket sales ALONE, taking more than £30 million in the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End every single year!
If you've never been, I strongly urge you to go.
I was recently surprised with a weekend away in London and tickets to go to the Lyceum Theatre to see the Lion King. It has gone down in history as one of my favourite nights of all time. Just looking at the theatre is an experience within itself, but when you enter and see the gift shop, prepare to just throw all of your money at the cashier. We'd heard great reviews, but asked the dude in the shop what it was like - he said,
and I quote, "The first 5 minutes are well worth the cost of your tickets alone - and it just continues to get better." Boy, was he right! The costumes, the stage, the singing... I can't possibly see how any West End show can ever beat the experience of going to the Lion King.
I don't want to give too much away, but those on the floor have an Elephant walk amongst them, the people playing the drums are up in the boxes and the masks are completely out of this world - you spend the first half an hour wondering if they're fixed and it's a trick of the light, but they really do move to cause dramatic effect. You laugh, you cry, you walk out feeling like nothing will ever compare to what you've just witnessed. It really is unreal.
There's been so much hype around the iPhone 6 Plus, but after finding out that they unexpectedly bend, I'm glad I didn't rush out to get myself out.
Yep, you read that right... they bend! A mobile phone bends. Oh my days. I suppose it's better than breaking, but they are not supposed to do that... end of.
Some users have reported that after having their mobile phone in their pocket for a period of time, they've discovered the screen to be bent. Twitter users are dubbing this 'bendgate' and taking the time to "thank" Apple CEO Tim Cook for the unintended feature.
It's been noted that the thinner design and use of aluminium on the phone can cause the phone to misshape if pressure is applied, however this shouldn't be the case. This issue should've been detected and resolved before the phone made it to the market and went on to sell over 10 million handsets within the first 3 days of launching.
I don't know about you, but if I do come to purchase an iPhone 6 Plus, I definitely don't want it to bend and distort.
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|Samantha posted on 24/09/2014|
Hello PR fans, it's Scott here to bring you today's instalment of Good and Bad PR, including the start of summer and Downton Abbey.
It's the first day of Autumn, and Google have marked the day with a fantastic 'Google Doodle.'
We all know that the search engine creates some brilliant 'Doodle's' to celebrate various days or occasions. The latest one celebrates the first day of Autumn, and demonstrates the leaves on the trees turning red/orange and falling off.
While it is nothing special from Google, in fact just a regular stunt from them, it has gained them widespread coverage today. Countless websites and papers have mentioned the Google Doodle in their coverage of the first day of Autumn, including the Daily Mirror, The Independent and Metro.
Coming from a Television Production background, I know that it's someone's job to ensure that a programme fits in with it's setting. It would seem that the hit period drama, Downton Abbey, need to fire their staff in charge of it.
The show has come under fire this week after they promoted the Amazon Kindle in televised adverts. Dressed in their 1920's costumes, the show's stars were seen using their Amazon Kindle.
Now, the problem with this is that it totally destroys the show's illusion of a period drama. Not only would characters in the 1920s not have the technology of the 21st century, but it also destroys the perception of reality. It show's the characters as actors on set, something you do not want to see as a viewer.
It's not the first time that Downton Abbey have had an historical blunder, following including a water bottle in the background of a promotional poster, and wearing clothes from the wrong era.
|scott posted on 23/09/2014|