UK Advertising

Aldi Christmas Advert Takes Down John Lewis 'The Man On The Moon'

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK

Budget store Aldi has responded to John Lewis' Christmas advert/major cultural event with a spoof version. The Aldi ad opens with an elderly man s...

I'm Offended By the Church of England's Cinema Advert PR Stunt

Paul Blanchard | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Paul Blanchard

It wouldn't be Christmas without ads for everything including food, furniture, perfume, toys, Coca-Cola, John Lewis and, of course, the Church of England. Even though we forget between Christmases, the Church of England has a long history of festive ad campaigns and this year's ad is a classic PR stunt.

Airline's Ill-Timed #FlowThroughIstanbul Campaign Suffers Awkward Takeover

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK

An ill-timed social media hashtag intended to promote tourism in Istanbul has been taken over by Twitter users who quickly made the obvious connection...

Church Warns Of 'Chilling' Effect On Free Speech After Lord's Prayer Advert Rejected

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK

The Church of England (CoE) has warned of a “chilling” effect on free speech and threatened legal action after UK cinemas refused to show an adver...

Behind The Christmas Glitter Here Is The Tragic Reality Of That John Lewis Advert

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK

John Lewis' Christmas advert told the story of an old man on the Moon, casting his eye down at the world below and connecting unexpectedly with a youn...

The Future Of Advertising Will Be Gender Fluid

Philip Ellis | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Philip Ellis

Traditional gender roles will play a less prominent role in the lives of consumers over the next ten years, according to predictions made in a recent study. Food and beverage market research firm Canadean's findings suggest that the millennial market is nowhere near as concerned as previous generations with fixed notions of gender or sexuality.

On The Moon.

Caragh Little | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK
Caragh Little

It's inevitable. It's become an annual event, arriving as Remembrance ends: the Christmas adverts are suddenly dominant on TV schedules. The debate ...

'Boys Like Dolls Too': Barbie Ad Praised For Challenging Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Parents

A Barbie advert has been praised for challenging gender stereotypes of children's toys. In the 30 second clip a little boy declares, "Moschino Barb...

Retailers Jostle for Space in the Christmas Advertising Market

Vic Davies | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Vic Davies

It used to be that Christmas had arrived in advertising terms when the Coca Cola 'holidays are coming' truck chugged on to our TV screens. Not anymore...

Sainsbury's Christmas Ad 'Beats John Lewis Hands Down'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK

The verdict is in: Sainsbury's Christmas advert has taken on the goliath that is John Lewis and won - if initial reaction is anything to go by. It ...

Sainsbury's Christmas Advert Has Just Resurrected One Of Your Childhood Favourites

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK

Sainsbury's has brought back one of Britain's best-loved children's book characters in its Christmas advert, a festive extravaganza starring Mog the F...

The Commodification of Loneliness

Patrick Lonergan | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Lonergan

John Lewis has said that the purpose of the ad is to raise awareness of the elderly and the importance of being together at Christmas through "thoughtful gift giving". But, in an age of intense commercialism, does the ad have mixed messages?

'Disgusting' Bloomingdale's Advert Accused Of Promoting 'Date Rape'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

"Spike your best friend's eggnog." That's the line that Bloomingdale's decided to go with in a new catalogue advert which has created something of ...

John Lewis - Is Huge Spend on Festive Advertising a Waste of Money?

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

The Christmas commercials have landed, and with them the moral outrage and corporate cynicism of the masses, not ironically in the lazy, easy-activism format of internet meme.

Christmas Commercials: Please, Someone Give Us a Break

Paul Marshall | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

For my sins (I've atoned for them now) I used to be in advertising. One of the very first ads my brother and I ever created (the responsibility M'Lu...

Students Mock John Lewis's £7m Ad With A Budget Version That's Actually Better

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A group of art students has made a £700 parody of John Lewis' Christmas advert to mock the retailer's £7m budget, and remind us all Christmas isn't ...

No One Should Have No One

Samantha Nicklin | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK
Samantha Nicklin

Loneliness is a feeling rather than a specific situation so is an intensely personal problem. Many older people live alone and don't feel lonely at all, whilst others are surrounded by family and friends and feel desperately lonely.

The John Lewis Christmas Advert Has Just Landed....

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK

John Lewis has released its hotly anticipated Christmas advert, firing the unofficial starting pistol for the festive shopping season. Man On The ...

The PayPal Christmas Advert Has Not Gone Down Well With Parents

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Parents

PayPal's Christmas advert has been criticised by parents, who have said it's ruining Christmas for kids by implying Santa is not real. The Advertis...

Even Nicola Sturgeon Is Trolling Scottish Labour After This Massive Campaign Cock-Up

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics

The Scottish Labour Party has been forced to take down its latest campaign video after it misspelled the word 'generation'. The party has been merc...

Vintage Tube Posters Offer A Fascinating Glimpse Into The Last 100 Years Of London Transport

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK

Taking the Tube is an everyday thing for most Londoners, with many people taking the advertisements and posters covering stations and trains for grant...

Airbnb's Snarky Poster Campaign About Paying Tax Has Backfired Spectacularly

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Tech

San Francisco's population are about to vote on a piece of legislation that would dramatically undermine Airbnb's ability to operate in the city. K...

Police Forces Around The World Are Reporting Strange 'Back To The Future' Events

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Entertainment

'Back To The Future' Day is upon us and film-themed parodies appear to be everywhere. In Scotland, Ayreshire police issued a mock crime report deta...

Why Doing Things Differently Can Be Fruitful in Fundraising

Peter Ryan | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Peter Ryan

To those charities looking to reach new audiences and find ways to raise crucial funds I have one recommendation - "Do things differently, you never know how successful it may be!"

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...