UK Advertising

Restaurant's 'Phat Phuc' Poster Cleared By Advertising Watchdog

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A poster for a Vietnamese restaurant's noodle night has been cleared by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after members of the public sa...

Diversity and Inclusion: Ads That Shape Society

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Style
Hayley Goleniowska

When Natty was about 12 months old, I recall walking past a shop window and seeing a small poster in a shop window with a happy family group advertising snuggly fleeces. The girl in the photo had Down's syndrome. She was about eight years old and gorgeous.

Five Statistics That Show Why Young Female Creatives Drop Out of Adland

Scarlett Montanaro | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Scarlett Montanaro

I don't need to tell you why this is a terrible thing but more women in advertising means more women in the workforce, more women represented fairly in the media and more women going on to become C-Suite, money making superheroes. If they drop out before they've signed their first contract the future looks bleak.

Women in Business Q&A: Carolyn Hadlock, Principal and Executive Creative Director, Young & Laramore

Laura Dunn | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Laura Dunn

As Young & Laramore's longtime executive creative director, Carolyn Hadlock is the driving force behind the agency's creative department. Carolyn has ...

People Think A Child Is Running House Of Fraser's 'Emojinal' Twitter Account

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK

When it comes to viral marketing campaigns, brands are always seeking new and innovative ways to get into your timeline and news feed. But House of...

The Diversity prize is a great one, but are you ready for it?

Zaid Al-Zaidy | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK
Zaid Al-Zaidy

The lack of ethnic Diversity in our creative industries is a little like Global Warming. Some deny it's happening, some say that we're not responsible...

Powerful Video Reminds Advertisers That 'Women Aren't Objects'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A campaign has called on the advertising industry to stop objectifying women to sell products. The video entitled 'We are #WomenNotObjects' was in...

Thanks for the Debate, Davos But It's Time for Action on Gender Diversity

Lucy Jameson | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Lucy Jameson

In-between the parties, private meetings and panel discussions, gender was back on the agenda this year in Davos. It's just unfortunate that the headl...

Winnie Harlow, Model With Vitiligo, Stars In New Sprite Advert

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Style

Winnie Harlow, the supermodel with vitiligo, is the new star of Sprite's television ad - a double series also featuring restaurateur and TV food pers...

Gourmet Burger Kitchen U-Turn After Offensive Adverts Galvanise Veggie Community

Maria Chiorando | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Chiorando

At the centre of the row is a series of ads, launched last week, featuring slogans like: "You'll remember the time you stopped being vegetarian," the implication being its particular brand of macerated cow on a bun will lead a committed veggie back to eating meat.

Women in Business Q&A: Frances Webster, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Walrus

Laura Dunn | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK
Laura Dunn

Walrus Frances is Chief Operating Officer of Walrus, an independent, creative advertising agency she co-founded with her husband, Deacon Webster, in...

An Open Letter To Fitness Brands Advertising To Women

Poorna Bell | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Women are fed up with being sold perfection. We're fed up of being made to run a hamster wheel towards something we're not quite sure we want or will ever attain. We're far more likely to cough up our pennies for something that resonates with us emotionally.

Protein World's 'New Year, New You' TV Advert Is Anything But Body Shaming

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

When I first heard that Protein World had released a new advert, I began sharpening my claws. After all, this is the brand responsible for the infamous 'Are You Beach Body Ready?' billboards. But when I watched the 'New Year, New You' advert, I felt compelled to speak up - surprisingly, even to myself, to defend it.

Nobody Knows What To Think About The Robert Dyas Christmas Advert

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 13.12.2015 | UK Comedy

Robert Dyas has launched a cringeworthy Christmas advert - and nobody knows how to react. In the minute-long film, staff are seen confessing their ...

Sticking Two Fingers Up to Contradictory Media Messages This Christmas

Rachel Moss | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

Am I meant to be dieting to look my best in a Little Black Dress or eating my body weight in mince pies? I do wish the world would hurry up and decide because all these contradictory Christmas messages are giving me a headache.

Pornhub's Christmas Ad Is Surprisingly Touching (No, Not Like That)

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Comedy

Christmas ads are supposed to tug at the heartstrings, but porn websites typically inspire a different kind of tugging. Pornhub is attempting to co...

One Savvy Decision From Pirelli Has Put Gender Equality and its Brand Back in Focus

Lucy Jameson | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Jameson

This is a symbolic moment. This calendar is an institution, but its over-sexualised black and white shots were as much to blame for the objectification of women as a lads' mag or page three. Regardless of how expensively bound the book is, or who designed your coffee table, soft porn is soft porn.

Powerful Advert About Love And Dementia Will Have You Tearing Up In Seconds

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

We've finally found a Christmas advert to rival John Lewis on the tearjerker stakes. The above ad shows the tender moment an elderly couple recall ...

No One Can Cope With This Heartbreaking German Christmas Ad

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK

A Christmas television advert by a German supermarket chain has been described as "more heartbreaking" than the one put out by John Lewis after being ...

Louise Ridley

Meet The Guy Who Spends Nine Months A Year Making The John Lewis Christmas Advert | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK

Christmas is a time of intense relief for the man behind the John Lewis adverts. Ben Priest, 47, has been working on this year's ad, the Ma...

Model Behaviour: Barbie, Body Image and the Importance of Transparency

Neil Douthwaite | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Douthwaite

Decades of experience and leadership is not enough today to engender trust in a brand. People are looking for honesty and transparency from brands. With information and opinion only a click away it is much easier for consumers to feel that the wool is being pulled over their eyes. McDonalds acknowledged this and success has come their way.

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...