Enjoying the World Cup Bandwagon

Much like April Fool’s Day, the quadrennial football feast that is the World Cup is a golden opportunity for PRs to create stories and campaigns (that for many have just the slightest relevance) around this global sporting occasion.

However, what’s been more noticeable this year (certainly for me anyway), is the amount of smaller, more interesting attempts to create a bit of standout amongst the usual suspects bombarding the news desks during June. While we can’t ignore some of the inspired and quirky executions by the big boys – quantum physicists, giant football boots, octopuses and even our own activity for Ladbrokes with Rachel Riley – players medals should also be awarded to some of these unusual activations: (especially too as they obviously aren’t official FIFA sponsors):

Devon man creates giant wall chart: Not content with a DPS wall chart pull out from his daily newspaper, a clearly talented and football mad sign writer from Honiton in Devon decided it would be good for England’s chances and his business if he made a giant version – on the side of his house! Not only did his handy paintwork last longer than England, it also attracted attention from The Metro and his local BBC TV news!

US Pub creates ‘favela’ themed beer garden:  Literally, as the title says, a pub in Milwaukee courted a bit of controversy with their creation of a colourful, favela inspired beer garden to drive custom during the tournament. While it may not have got the kind of attention they were hoping – Twitter was abuzz with criticism for the stunt – it certainly raised their profile in the local community!

Beer stadium: While beer and football go hand in hand, this miniature creation by a gifted group of warehouse workers (with a lot of time on their hands) could be classed as a work of art. It’s amazing how something as simple as stacking crates of beer in a slightly angled way can create so much excitement on social media!

Pink Pub: Last but not least is the effort of makeup company Benefit, who appeared to have taken a bit of a ‘Carlsberg’ approach to the world cup - with a pop-up pub designed for girls that is complete with garish pink interior, beauty treatments while you watch along with wine tastings and stand- up comedy! Though clearly not a small stunt, the team behind this have to be praised for simply convincing Vice Magazine to come down and cover it and posting a fairly good review!

More importantly, as correctly predicted by Rachel Riley, Chile are still on course to go all the way this year…

Matt Stokoe, Associate Director, Clarion

The Media Has An Insatiable Appetite for Food Stories

Sugar, salt, obesity, junk food, diets.  Food has a major impact on the nation’s health, so it’s not surprising these stories are high on the media agenda.  But journalists  counterbalance ‘hard’ news with the light, and their hunger for creative and fun food stories is irrepressible.  Here are some of the latest and old favourite themes making the news recently…


Innovative ways to get products to consumers are making the news, and tapping into the growing consumer desire for involvement, customisation, personalisation and instant gratification.  From the launch of the UK’s first automated village shop to the New York bakery that dispenses cupcakes, these innovative vending machines have captured the media’s eye.


Consumer knowledge – or lack of it! – when it comes to food is an ever popular subject.  Recently a survey by Meat Trades Journal highlighted a lack of consumer knowledge  around ordering meat and created a quiz to make the story more ‘meaty’.  Clarion’s recent study for Potato council revealed that 20% of us think root vegetables grow on trees, a story which captured media attention.


Consumers have become accustomed to services that preempt and fulfill their needs. Innovations that enhance our food experience appeal to our geeky nature. Clarion commissioned the design of the world’s first Heated Knife to solve the age-old problem of spreading butter from the fridge. And recently, the fork that adds flavour to your food was grabbing column inches.


Biggest, tallest, most expensive, cheapest, rarest… Add a great photo to a headline-grabbing superlative and.. 

by Philippa Wynn-Green, Board Director