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Indecisiveness is insidious. To succeed you need a clear PR plan and direct action. Smoking Gun’s MD, Rick Guttridge, explains the risks of doing nothing.

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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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We are what we eat: The best veggie food...

It’s Veggie Month in the UK, and so we’re looking at the best examples of food marketing that encourage people to get the greens in.

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How to… give consumers digital marketi...

A report from Stackla shows a gap between digital marketing content people want, and what brands deliver. Here’s how to get ahead of the digital pack.

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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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PR agency thoughts: Did Earth Day say mo...

From porn sites to big tech and fast fashion, should we welcome climate advocates irrespective of individual records or call companies out for double standards? PR agency food for thought.

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April 2019 at Smoking Gun HQ

All the latest news from Smoking Gun PR in Manchester, including a gluttony of national and international award nominations, a major new client and more.

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March 2019 at Smoking Gun HQ

A night on the red carpet, women in leadership, Goldman Sachs, PRCA digital, in-house fundraising. Here’s what you missed by not working in Smoking Gun’s office.

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After shock: Emotion, empowerment and fu...

Shock advertising fatigue is rife, leaving charity PRs and marketers two choices. Push the limits, or think differently. Here’s how to do the latter.

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8 films about social media (and what to...

Social media impacts on almost every aspect of life, as this list of movies inspired by digital worlds prove— from fake influencers to content censors.

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Social media agency update: Introducing ...

It’s one of the biggest social media shifts in years, as Instagram lets 1billion monthly buy direct from brand posts. Don’t get left behind.

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