UK Advertising

Christina Hendricks Hair Dye Advert Banned For Being Misleading

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Style

An advert for hair dye featuring Mad Men star Christina Hendricks has been banned for misleadingly exaggerating the product's ability to transform her...

Why Diversity Really Does Matter

Karen Blackett | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Karen Blackett

Thankfully, we have progressed since the days depicted in Mad Men. Black and ethnic minority families are portrayed in a number of fast-moving consumer goods and retailer adverts on our screens and in magazines, but there are still sectors where there is a noticeable absence.

VW Scandal Has Cost Company Its Most Important Asset - Its Honest Reputation

Vic Davies | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Vic Davies

There is a savage irony for the advertising industry in the crash of the VW brand. Of all car manufacturer brands VW was the one with the greatest advertising legacy, dating back to the now iconic ads produced by the DDB advertising agency, under the leadership of the legendary Bill Bernbach.

H&M Mercilessly Tease Us With First Peek Of Gigi And Kendall In Balmain X Collection

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Style

H&M have set our hearts aflutter by teasing us with the first ad for their latest designer collaboration: the Balmain x H&M collection. Unsurprisin...

Why McDonald's Just Can't Win Over the Millennial Market

Claudia Canavan | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Canavan

Those times are a heady memory for big business. For a generation hell bent on drinking craft beer, home grinding their ethically sourced Ethiopian coffee beans and defining ourselves according to diet (Paleo/ gluten-free/vegan/whatever) corporations are scorned in favour of start-ups with stories.

The Greatest TV Ads Of All Time Will Fill You With Nostalgic Joy

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

It's 60 years today since the first ever advert on British TV was shown. On 22 September, 1955, a toothpaste brand called Gibbs S.R. made history o...

Advert Banned For 'Tasteless Joke' About Child Slaves

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK

Britain's advertising watchdog has banned an "offensive" online gambling advert for likening an embattled Premier League manager to a child slave in t...

Don't Tell Me to Smile

Marie Maurer | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marie Maurer

The face we show the world in photographs is deeply conditioned: look happy, or risk revealing something real. Yet search 'beautiful woman' on Google and the results are posed, unnatural. Fashion famously takes itself so seriously that were a smile to slip onto a catwalk it would be punishable with an intravenous drip of non-diet Coke.

Pay and Display: Beauty Packaging That Packs a Punch

Sarah McGiven | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

Here's a selection of gorgeous beauty products which are killing the packaging game right now and which I know I would never be able to throw out without an intervention.

This Dog Singing 'I Will Survive' Will Make You Want To Adopt All The Pets In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK

Animal charity The Blue Cross has released a new advert featuring an unwanted pet dog singing singing 'I Will Survive' as he is liberated from his abu...

This 'Transphobic' BrewDog Beer Advert Sparks Petition Calling For Removal

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK

Over 7,000 people have signed a petition calling on British craft beer company, BrewDog, to remove an advert which has been labelled as transphobic. ...

This Beauty Salon's Advert Is Ridiculously Morbid

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Comedy

Sometimes businesses aimed at older generations are faced with the morbid reality that eventually their customer base will no longer be able to use th...

What If Surrey Were Like Syria? Unsuspecting Residents Hit With School Closures, Empty Stores And Roadblocks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

A Surrey primary school is closed, its fences covered in barbed wire to stop anyone getting in. A store has virtually no goods and charges hugely-infl...

Amazon's Incredible New Android App Store Makes In-App Purchases FREE

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Tech

Amazon has launched 'Amazon Underground', a free app store for Android phones which removes in-app purchases for thousands of apps. Some of the mos...

Celebrity Advertising, Annoying or Useful?

Amanda Elias | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK
Amanda Elias

As a business owner I have tried many different kinds of advertising, from papers, to radio, to magazines (including Vogue) etc and you know what works best? Celebrity advertising.

Dad Creates Parody Of McDonald's Advert That Gives 'Wrong Message' To Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

When Lee Miles saw McDonald's latest advert, he didn't think it was sending a healthy message to children. So the father-of-two created his own ver...

The New John Lewis Advert Captures The Chaos Of Children

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Parents

This advert will bring a knowing smile to the faces of many parents. John Lewis Insurance have cast their own tiny dancer to enthusiastically pran...

Harnessing the Power of Podcasting

Roifield Brown | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Tech
Roifield Brown

Finding a podcast is a world away from discovering more traditional content, such as a radio show. Discovering a podcast is like finding someone who speaks to you, the individual, personally; it is that immediacy and that intimacy that makes it such a potent experience.

The Need For Outcomes in an Industry Obsessed With Outputs

Martin Nieri | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Tech
Martin Nieri

I'm a big advocate of 'test and learn'. And it's of utmost importance that the marketing industry stops dragging its feet. But when we think about approaching a marketing campaign, I feel we're too often setting ourselves up for a fall.

Back-To-School Campaign Aims To Change The Face Of Beauty

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Parents

A back-to-school advertising campaign for a children's shoe company has featured a four-year-old girl with Down's syndrome in a bid to challenge what ...

11 Of The Most Shocking Sexist Advertising Fails

The Huffington Post UK | Emily Kelly | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

This week, BIC South Africa made jaws around the world drop with an ad for National Women's Day with the slogan 'Look like a girl, Act like a lady, T...

Designer Brands Charging for Advertising NOT Quality - Look at the Label

Heidy Rehman | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

With fast fashion brands, most customers assume their cheap clothes are a direct reflection of low-cost manufacturing. This is correct in some respects. As highlighted in the table, around 40% of a garment's price is allocated to its production.

Hey Coke, Fancy Saving the World?

Sophie Deal | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK
Sophie Deal

Coke released its first global ad in 1971. I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke featured a group of stoned-looking teenagers singing a song of peace and togetherness on a hilltop. It was one of the most successful ads in history. Buy The World A Hope aims to recreate that same feeling of unity and altruism, but this time for a real cause. Saving the planet.

Calvin Klein Ad Shows Same-Sex Couples For The First Time

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Style

From a topless 17-year-old Kate Moss straddling Marky Mark, to that Justin Bieber ad, Calvin Klein is no stranger to provocative campaigns. That's ...

Beyond the Definition of Content

Richard Armstrong | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Richard Armstrong

Recently I spotted an article on the definition of content marketing - instantly intrigued that some noble soul had embarked on defining the "content ...