20th February | Pippa Chester back

Should we call time on April Fools’ Day?

It’s the time when some PRs rub their hands together in glee – a chance to show off a sense of humour and ideally bag some free press. This usually involves making a fake announcement about an all singing and dancing product or service and desperately hoping that someone, somewhere, finds it funny (and likes your social post of course). It’s not just brands and media jumping on the bandwagon either – government officials and even the US armed forces have been known to dip their toe in the water. The annual bacchanal of PR and marketing pranks that depicts this pseudo-holiday somehow makes an appearance each year, despite the fact that we spend the other 364 days denouncing the bearers of false information. April Fools’ press releases are usually just innocent fun, of course – take Honda’s emoji registration plates or Pimm’s branding Big Ben. Even I cracked a smile. But with fake news named 2017’s word of the year and considered one of the greatest threats to modern democracy, is it now time we pulled the plug on this trend – at least for the time being? Research shows that 70% of consumers don’t trust advertising* and more than a third believe social media is no longer a force for good** – most recently fuelled by the links between Twitter and Facebook and alleged Russian manipulation of a free election and referendum. So why purposefully litter the internet with hoaxes and lies, when you spend every other day of the year trying to win people’s trust? I, for one, believe it’s time to take a step back from this day encapsulated by lies and manipulation, and instead exert our energy into championing causes that matter. Because without trust, what have you got?   * Trinity Mirror and Ipsos Connect **Edelman’s Trust Barometer, 2018

18th November | Trends and Insights Team
R&T Trends & Insights: What’s new with consumers?

Are you ready to dive into the latest consumer behaviour trends? With the world around us continuing to evolve at pace, it’s more important than ever to keep up with what consumers are thinking, feeling and doing right now – and take a step back to consider the effect this… Read more

18th November | Trends and Insights Team
R&T Trends & Insights: What’s new in PR…

Get set to read up on the latest (and tastiest) goings on in the fast-evolving world of PR and social media. November has been a juicy month, so we recommend you grab yourself a snack and a cuppa (or suitable drink of choice depending on the time you’re reading this,… Read more

5th October | Scarlette Matthews
What’s in a friend?

  How many hours does it really take to make a friend?   Read more

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