10 Yetis PR News
Hello All! Emma here with today's installment of Good and Bad PR for you lovely lot. Have a great weekend!
It's rare that Apple's gadget crown is toppled by a form of rival Good PR- but we have to take our hates off to Microsoft today, which has made a corker of an advert and received some really good press as a result.
The thirty second Microsoft ad features the Apple iPad next to the Windows 8 Tablet, comparing the two's performance using Apple's iconic Siri voice. The ad is extremely tongue-in-cheek, essentially showing off what the Windows 8 Tablet can do that the Apple iPad can't- and ends by playing on Apple's iconic "let's just play chopsticks" add.
A great ad by Microsoft well and truly taking the mickey out of Apple, and one that has landed them some great press attention. Watch below- enjoy!
McDonald's haven't done a lot to improve their unhealthy reputation with today's portion of Bad PR (pun intended)- having announced the serving of the new 'mega potato' dish in Japan.
The dish is essentially a large portion of chips- nothing more- but packs 1,140 calories in the single serving. The serving is double the size of a normal fries serving at the restaurant and contains around half the daily recommended calorie allowance, and has forced the chain to receive some harsh criticism from those doubting their 'healthy eating' campaigns.
On the flipside- the chain have received some nice attention for donating a year of free food to the Ohio kidnap victim hero, who put down his Big Mac to rescue the three kidnapped women. They also donated $10,000 to the National Center for missing and Exploited Children. So turned things around really- well done them!
The 'Mega Potato' from McDonalds
|Emma Kent posted on 24/05/2013|
A first edition signed copy of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling has been sold for £150,000 at auction. That's right, not £150 but £150k!!!
It's a unique copy containing handwritten notes by the author, with a 43 page commentary and a total of 22 original illustrations.
A telephone bidder won at the auction and bagged the book, which was originally published in 1997 and made JK Rowling millions.
Also sold at the auction at Sotheby's (Central London) was a copy of Roald Dahl's 'Matilda', with new Quentin Blake illustrations, which went for the second highest amount - £30,000. In total, the 'First Edition, Second Thoughts' auction raised £439,000 all for charity.
Nothing screams bad PR quite like a huge scale vehicle recall. Today, it's Nissan in the bad PR spotlight, after the vehicle manufacturer was forced to recall more than 800,000 cars. Already this year, Nissan recalled half a million vehicles due to problems linked to faulty airbags, but this time it's the steering wheels causing havoc.
841,000 Nissan vehicles worldwide are set to be recalled after it was found that a bolt used in the steering wheel was not screwed in properly. Apparently, there is no danger of sudden failure, but I doubt that'll reassure Nissan drivers who are probably now worrying about the possibility of their steering wheels falling off in their hands.
The recall will affect 133,869 models of the Nissan Micra here in the UK, built between 2002 and 2006 in Sunderland. The issue will be fixed by tightening the bolts or replacing the steering wheel entirely and the repair would take 15 minutes.
Although no accidents have so far been reported, Nissan has said that drivers will notice if the steering wheel is getting loose. Well, that's alright then.
|Shannon posted on 23/05/2013|
It looks like Justin Bieber is finally getting it right!
The 19-year-old singer recently donated a year-long supply of food to a school in Las Vegas. He used his time in Sin City, where he picked up a trophy at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, to visit the Whitney Elementary school. Justin Bieber spent some time with the 600 children unpacking the almost £100,000 worth of food supply he brought to the school with his mum.
His good deed appeared after receiving a hard time in the press for not showing up on time during his concerts, fighting with photographers and even being caught with drugs on his tour bus. Oh well Justin, we'll let you off with this one. You've done good kiddo!
Sergio Garcia, a professional golfer from Spain, has been under the spotlight for making a racist comment about his rival Tiger Woods during the European Tour Player of the Year awards yesterday.
The Spaniard was questioned by the Golf Channel's Steve Sands. When asked if he would have the American (Tiger Woods) around for dinner during the US open, Sergio Garcia answered "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken."
Garcia left on Tuesday night without giving any further explanation but later released a statement through the European Tour Player, declaring: "I apologise for any offence that may have been caused by my comment on stage during The European Tour Players' Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner."
Even though the two players never had a 'true connection', Sergio Garcia undoubtedly crossed a line!
|Lise posted on 22/05/2013|
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|