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Just who is behind the No Thanks advertising campaign?

September 1, 2014

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Whatever your views on the Scottish referendum, it has not been a good one for the marketing industry. While the Yes campaign can be criticised for deploying rent-a-mobs at events and having some very dodgy infographics, the No campaign’s efforts have been far worse. The latest “No” film is sexist and patronising – despite presumably trying to chase […]

Will Labour’s Lobbying Act consultation make a difference?

August 13, 2014

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The General Election may be eight months away, but there are just weeks to go until regulations for non-party campaigners during the 2015 General Election come into force. The fear is that ‘part two’ of the Lobbying Act (or Gagging Law) will restrain charities and grassroots organisations’ ability to campaign in the run up to […]

Top 5 Political Songs… Ever

April 17, 2013

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Ding Dong The Witch is Dead may be grabbing the headlines, but will it ever be a top political song? Well, it’s not on my top 5 – below – more suggestions welcome! 1) The Specials – Ghost Town Les Reid from the Coventry Evening Telegraph has written an excellent blog about Thatcher’s legacy in […]

Nudity, numpty and nudge

August 10, 2012

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The final installment of daily Olympic PR highs and lows, including shameless self promotion, going mad and nudge theory

Beer, urine and the Australian legacy

August 7, 2012

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While retailers have just a matter of days to launch behavioural change communications to bring back Olympic business, there’s plenty of Olympics PR still going on… Nation to watch: The Swiss are spending $4.6m on their London 2012 presence and from Holland’s Heineken House to Russia’s Sochi Park, countries are climbing over themselves to boost […]

Re-launch or re-hash?

May 8, 2012

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You’d have thought that political spinners would learn? Gordon Brown did them almost quarterly, Ed Miliband has done a fair few, the Big Society has tried at least six. Billed as re-launches, but in effect just re-hashes of the same content. And today we see the coalition proudly jumping on the re-launch bandwagon. That’s not […]

Big Society to launch… for the sixth time

January 3, 2012

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A challenge which often comes down from Ministers to communications professionals in the public sector is how to get a policy which has already been announced some more public attention. Generally you could pull it off a couple of times. But, undeterred by continuing defections, the Big Society is rumoured to be gearing up for […]

Organisations line up to run from the Big Society

December 19, 2011

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This weekend saw another key supporter of the Big Society defect. Following on from a mauling by the Public Accounts Committee, Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, claimed that Big Society communications had failed and the brand is broken. Speaking to the FT, he said: I think the […]