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Jelly Babies advert bombs before royal baby arrives

11 Jul

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“When’s Kate due?” my friend in Sydney keeps asking me. It must be soon judging by the number of campaigns that are already launching in readiness for the new Prince or Princess of Cambridge’s arrival.

First there was Roberts Bakery, and the UK’s most expensive loaf of bread priced at £30 loaf of pop, and now Bassetts Jelly Babies have taken out an advert in today’s Metro newspaper.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? It’s a very weak ad and looks rushed, especially when there’s so many puns the team could’ve played on – baby-to-baby. It leaves me questioning if marketing even got their PR team involved to help develop an idea that gives the brand a better ROI than just an eighth of a page. I mean, it’s not even obvious what these babies are doing. Are they saluting or meant to be the Queen’s soldiers or neither?

You should know by now that I’m not shy to throw in my 2p worth. Here it is:

If I was in that brainstorm I would’ve suggested waiting until the baby was born (risky I know because it’ll be a saturated market but this idea is so worth it) and creating a one-off series of life size jelly babies, weighing exactly the same as the new arrival – perhaps throw in a few defining features too. Keep one and arrange a photo-call with Wills and Kate look-a-likes, before sending the rest to the Royal Family to enjoy. One could also be given away in a national competition.

Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

What’s your big PR idea to celebrate the new royal baby?

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The IOC is wrestling to drop this Olympic sport

15 Feb

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It’s been six months since the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games but the international sporting event is still generating plenty of coverage this week:

Leading the pack is South African Paralympic gold medallist and double amputee Oscar Pistorius who’s recently denied murder after his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was found dead at his home.

Secondly, ‘poster girl for London 2012’ Jessica Ennis has topped a poll, alongside the Queen, as one of the country’s most inspirational women.

Lastly, the International Olympic Commission (IOC) is facing criticism after it announced it wanted to drop wrestling as an Olympic sport – an event that dates back to the ancient Greek games and has been part of the modern programme since 1896.

There’s still a chance it could stay – if the IOC officially ratifies it at a meeting in September – but at the moment it’s competing against six other sports, such as baseball and squash, for one spot in the 2020 programme.

Of all the recent news the latter bothers me most. Why? Because those that have been with Prime Time from the beginning will remember that when I was a GamesMaker I helped to oversee the wrestling at the ExCeL centre.

The Olympic Games has such a unique history that it’s a privilege for countries to host this amazing centre stage to showcase talented athletes. (You only have to watch a snippet of Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony to see how much effort we put in.) With this in mind, I appreciate that to keep the Olympics current, occasionally it has to redevelop itself. And I’m all eyes and eyes for modernisation, but when elements of the event’s history and heritage are at stake then that’s a different matter.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a closet member of FILA – the wrestling federation. Until last August I’d never even seen a Greco-Roman match, but the fact that the IOC has deemed it a good enough sport, to recognise and reward athletes for demonstrating their skills and strength, for more than a century must worth something.

If it’s about ticket sales, the IOC should be supporting FILA with advice to raise the sport’s profile. After all, more athletes and more fans would benefit both parties. But, instead the committee bull-dozed ahead without talking to anyone. So, not only does the IOC look rash but also now appears defensive by saying:

“We knew even before the decision was taken whatever sport would not be included in the core programme would lead to criticism from the supporters of that sport.”

The backlash against the IOC has spread quickly and I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels surprised. ESPN’s Jim Caple highlights a range of other sports that could’ve been given the chopper which would’ve caused less controversy. (Trampolining anyone?)

Wrestling is an ancient sport. I mean that in the historical sense, not old.
It’ll be interesting to see what the outcome is as the wrestlers, and their fans, fight to feature in Rio and beyond.

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What have you been talking about in 2012?

11 Dec

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As the year comes to an end, search engines and social media platforms are evaluating what people were most interested in during 2012 – the year where global sporting events and celebrity status carried even more weight than normal.

Most of the results across the board are similar but there are some curve balls. Here’s a useful round-up of all the top reviews in one place:

Most tweeted
The annual Twitter review reveals that the London 2012 Olympics was the most tweeted about topic, generating 150m tweets during the Games. This peaked during the Spice Girls‘ performance at the closing ceremony. But, according to Google, despite the daily online scramble for tickets, it was only the second most searched for term – beaten by Euro 2012. What’s more, celebrations such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee don’t even feature.

Most re-tweeted
Barack Obama summed up his mammoth victory quite simply by tweeting ‘four more years‘, accompanied by an image of him and Michelle which went viral within two minutes of sending to become the most re-tweeted update, generating more than 810,000 re-tweets.

Most searched for
According to Google, Euro 2012, Whitney Houston and Andy Murray were among the most searched for terms, celebrities and Olympians.

Most talked about
Facebook revealed today that (surprise, surprise) the Olympics were talked about most on timelines with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee topping the chart. But other discussions included mummy porn phenomenon Fifty Shades and X Factor graduates One Directon.

Alongside these results, users were most likely to check in at Alton Towers (is it your biggest disappointment too?) and listen to number one ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ by Gotye.

So, there you have it – 2012 in a social media nutshell. But, what do we have to look forward to next year?

PRs were licking their lips at the thought of campaigns fitting into ‘2013 – the year of no sport / the royal void’. But, then the national press had a dream come true – a royal baby.

All chances of coverage have now been significantly reduced due to column inches re-written for stories on suicide inquiries, baby names, public schools and the general structure of the monarchy.

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