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If your brand went gentle into that good...

Most consumers wouldn’t care if 81% of brands vanished, with poor quality and irrelevant content largely to blame. So what are you going to do about yours?

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Is manwashing marketing’s biggest new ...

After Gillette’s toxic masculinity critique beware of marketing claiming to get woke without doing anything, says Smoking Gun’s MD Rick Guttridge

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2018’s Christmas ads prove many brands...

Our MD Rick Guttridge considers what this year’s Christmas ads say about the comms and marketing sectors, and tells washed up ‘creatives’ to make way for professionals with real ideas.

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Even if he’s not guilty this is a huge...

Inspired by recent headlines, Smoking Gun’s MD Rick Guttridge makes it clear that brands cannot forget that the truth will always out— from the ethical to environmental.

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Brand purpose: Marketing bullsh*t or ess...

Following Nike’s ad success with Colin Kaepernick, Smoking Gun’s Rick Guttridge considers the importance of brand purpose for building consumer loyalty.

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Want to build your brand profile? Less i...

Brands should follow the example of iconic TV shows like Game of Thrones; leave people wanting more to guarantee an engaged audience.

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Influencing influencers— why brands ar...

Our big gun, Rick Guttridge, explains how so many companies are looking in the wrong place for influencers, and how big data can be used to ensure you’re collaborating with the best possible voices for your sector.

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GDPR – Comms disaster of the decad...

Opt-in or opt-out, despite the deadline now having passed for businesses to clean up their processes with regard to storing…

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No kidding: April Fools in the fake news...

Picture the scene. It’s 1987, and Cold War tensions are running pretty hot. From nowhere, photos emerge showing two of…

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Rise of the machines: 6 sensationally ef...

Think a chatbot is just for basic customer service? Time for a re-appraisal as we run through the most innovative automatic brand assistants in history.

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January 2019 at Smoking Gun HQ

All the latest news from Smoking Gun PR in January 2019, name-checking Google, PR Moment Awards, and Deloitte; a list that could go on.

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Not working with us: 6 sexist Valentine ...

It’s just two weeks until the most romantic day of the year, but brands still cause offence when creating Valentine’s campaigns. As these examples show.

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Social media masterclass: Turning fans i...

How do you encourage, attract and collaborate with your public social media champions? We talk you through the steps to guarantee superfans come flying in.

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Is manwashing marketing’s biggest new ...

After Gillette’s toxic masculinity critique beware of marketing claiming to get woke without doing anything, says Smoking Gun’s MD Rick Guttridge

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Marketing, PR and media trends you need ...

We may not have a crystal ball, but we’ve got years of experience and forward-thinking staff with up-to-the-minute knowledge in a range of comms sectors. From slow news to Snapchat falling out of favour, you heard these here first.

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