In Support of Small Business - Indie Week and more...

The little things really do add up! flyer from Just A Card campaign

 

Working with niche brands, it's always great to see new initiatives that support artisans, designers and smaller businesses.

This year, in response to the commercial behemoth of Black Friday, the Just A Card campaign is running an alternative in the form of Indie Week

 

Running from the 19th through to the 23rd of November, Indie Week is a celebratory week of fun and noise with a particular focus on social media to encourage people to shop independent for Christmas:-

"In a world where people go mad and panic buy like crazy in the superstores on Black Friday, we want to redress the balance for small and independent businesses. We want to remind everyone that shopping small is a must this Christmas!"

 

Everyone passionate about creativity and independents is invited to share their stories on social media during the Indie Week 5-day Instagram Challenge. People are asked to celebrate the contribution independent shops and creatives make, plus post images of their JUST A CARD stickers, encouraging people to support independents. 

 

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DIY product photography

Dafna's skincare

Our work to place products into the media relies on great pictures so carrying on from our blog ‘They say a picture paints a thousand words’ we look at some tips for producing your own product photography.

 

Richard Jackson from Forever Creative Photography & Design explains, from his experience in product placement photography, some of the essentials worth considering. 

 

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They say a picture paints a thousand words

As a product placement PR agency we rely on clients having good images to promote their products. Be it a lifestyle product or a beauty product a great image sells.

 

Your products may be great but does your photography reflect their quality? As many as 67% of consumers consider image quality to be ‘very important’ and when it comes to product placement PR, journalists are looking for eye-catching and engaging images to grab the attention of their readers.

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Product placement PR

Product placement PR example
Product placement of NHP haircare product

 

 Product placement in a nutshell 

 

Many people outside the world of PR may be unfamiliar with the term ‘product placement’ so in a nutshell it is the appearance of a particular product usually including pricing details and your brand/company details in the pages of a media publication, online title, blog and TV etc.

 

In this magazine our client NHP haircare features in a 'Hot List' of new season's products.

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The benefits of branding...

Almost every business has a trading name, from the smallest market trader to the largest multi-national corporation.

However, only a minority of those businesses have what could be classed as a ‘brand’ or a ‘brand name’.

Branding is a word commonly referred to by advertisers and marketing people, but what does it actually mean? and most importantly; how will it benefit your business?

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Christmas in July or even June and August

On the beach - Christmas in July
Christmas in July

For some in Australia Christmas really does come in July!

No one seems to know for sure where the concept of 'Christmas in July' came from, but it's rumoured to have originated with a small group of people celebrating with Christmas-like celebrations in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

It can be hot and humid during December, which is in the middle of summer in Australia, so Christmas is celebrated differently by some compared to the northern hemisphere, where it's the middle of winter.  It's more likely the Australia’s will have a beer on the beach, rather than mulled wine and the food eaten will often also be lighter, with seafood or a barbie a popular choice.

 

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New Year, New Products.....

Looking forward to 2016 - Since Roy started Howling Moon PR he has met some very interesting clients with amazing products. 

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A look back at 2015.....

Trade fairs, Media Coverage, client news & Homes and Interiors PR

There’s been so much happening through 2015 – we’ve started working with some lovely new clients and their fab brands and we’ve achieved lots of exciting and valuable editorial coverage both in print and online.

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