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The Blagger's Blog 28th August

David Haye and Frankie Boyle (right) presents the Best Comedy Actress Award at the British Comedy Awards 2009 at London Television Studios.

Quote of the week

“Naturally, what Labour fears is not Tory entryism, but the horror of infiltration by the sort of people Labour is supposed to represent.” Frankie Boyle, writing on the Labour leadership race for The Guardian newspaper.

Weekly High

Vuelio, Europe’s leading supplier of software that transforms the way organisations managed their stakeholder engagement- with clients including BBC and Google, has this week ranked our very own Smoking Gun PR blog in the five top PR blogs in the UK. Thanks very much Verion, we’re really rather chuffed at the news. Here’s what they had to say:

New entry – hurrah! It’s fun and quirky and logs the latest in public relations, digital marketing and social media marketing in way that makes readers want to scroll for more. The blog has an archive dating back to January 2010.


Weekly Low

If somebody offers you an olive branch, do you a) Turn it down politely b) Throw it back in their face publicly, or c) Accept graciously? Burger King offered McDonald’s a truce to support world peace. The PR stunt was designed to promote 21st September, which a non-profit wants to turn into World Peace Day. Nasty McDonalds decided not to take them up on the offer, instead saying that the two companies could ‘do something more meaningful’. Err, yeah, probably, but that doesn’t stop this being a massive wasted opportunity. Think, next time, Ronald.

Stories To Keep An Eye On

Amazon has been trialling home delivery takeaway orders in the U.S.

The Sun has released its first online traffic figures since going behind a paywall. The website attracted nearly 800,00 in June this year.

Just in case you missed it

We have just unveiled the August edition of our monthly newsletter, John Watson’s Case Notes. This time our MD Rick Guttridge tells the PR industry to shape up (and maybe grow a beard), we look at how sex toy marketing went mainstream, Emma Lowe looks back on how we made a splash for Red Bull Harbour Reach wakeboarding competition, we advise brands on dealing with online criticism and trolling, and run through our in-house news.

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