UK Advertising

Good Boobs Vs Bad Boobs: It's Obvious Which Is Which

Louise Ridley | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Ridley

It's very hard to get breasts into advertising, even if those breasts are being checked for signs of cancer.

Hanibal Costume Suggested People With Schizophrenia Are Murderers

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK

A website selling a Halloween outfit called 'adult skitzo costume' has been rapped by the advertising watchdog for implying that people with mental il...

In The Market For A Breast Pump?

Mark Young | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Mark Young

Despite the highs and inevitable lows of being a business developer for the last 20 years, I've not only managed to create a great team since 2000 but we've also changed the way our clients think about how to open doors from cold.

Why the Tide Is Turning for Sexist Ads

BritChick Paris | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Brands and the media have been smugly reaping in the benefits of women's vulnerabilities. They believed they had all the control but the democratisation of information on the web has restored the power to the consumer.

If You're on the Wrong Path, Find Another One

Suzanne Hoare | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Hoare

When considering my 16 year old self, I see a naïve, but ambitious, girl who wants to make her parents proud. At 18, she knows she is good at Law - her exam results say so - and she can't think of anything she would rather do at university. So, that's the path she chooses.

Facebook's 1995 Ad That Never Was

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Tech

Imagine if Facebook was made in 1995? Now imagine that instead of Facebook it was called 'The Facebook'. We want the 1995 version of Facebook. It c...

David Ginola Heads £2.3M Crowdfunding Campaign To Oust Sepp Blatter

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Sport

Paddy Power has launched a £2.3 million crowdfunding campaign to oust Sepp Blatter as the president of world football body Fifa. The bookmaker is...

Are Movies Dead?

Daniel Johnson | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Johnson

We have a flourishing independent film scene. Micro-budget projects being built from the ground up, mostly through crowdfunding. And we have the huge superhero movies, but the in-betweens, the films that people really care about, have vanished.

New Years Resolution: Take a Break!

Vicky Bullen | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Bullen

In our efforts to work efficiently, produce more for less, meet the ever increasing demands of our world, serve our clients and our colleagues well and just fit it all in (I am exhausted writing it!) we were in danger of forgetting some fundamentals.

Is This The Most Sexist Job Advert Ever Seen?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An Australian magazine, owned by Rupert Murdoch, has apologised after its obscenely sexist advert for interns sparked outrage on Twitter and Instagram...

Everyone's Talking About Alex's Willy. Have You Seen It?

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK

You might not expect a charity to make a video about a child's penis going viral. But here it is. The animated film shows a little boy, Sam, taking...

Hussain: A Tale of Honour and Sacrifice

Ali Gokal | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Ali Gokal

We live in an era of 24/7 advertising. If you dared to count the number of times a product or brand is thrust at you this week - or even today alone - the tally would be staggeringly high. Being constantly bombared with c

Urban Outfitters, Your Controversial Pictures Aren't Cool, They're 'Irresponsible'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

With a depression t-shirt and a blood-stained 'Kent State shooting' hoodie as previous mistakes, you'd think Urban Outfitters would learn to steer cle...

Louise Ridley

You Probably Didn't Realise The Most-Shared Adverts Of 2014 Were Actually Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK

Here's a puzzle: is the sing-along version of 'Let It Go' from Disney's Frozen an advert? What about the World Cup theme song by Shakira, 'La La La'? ...

Sony Lodges Patent Request for Interactive TV Ads

Wayne Beynon | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

Through the use of motion capture and voice recognition technology, Sony hope to make advertising on television interactive and 'playable.' One such example in their patent proposal is a suggested advert for McDonalds, in which the user is prompted to say the word 'McDonalds' before the ad will disappear and viewing can resume.

Sainsbury's Ad Becomes Surprising Hit With Schools

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

Many teachers around the country are using the Sainsbury's Christmas Truce advert as a learning resource for WW1 commemorations.

This Year In Eight Amazing Online Moments

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK

Ellen DeGeneres's Oscar selfie, Greenpeace's Lego protest video and images of the Tower of London poppies installation lead in The C Word list 201...

Can We Find the True Meaning of Christmas in a Penguin?

David Hall | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK
David Hall

Much as I relish the creativity of many of their efforts, I feel that this trend tells a worrying story both about the faltering attempts of business to redefine its place in the world and about our own need to grasp at almost anything to create meaning in our lives. In my book, we could do with rather more powerful stories at Christmas time. Any ideas?

This Sandwich Chain Has Made An Entire Advert 'Apologising' To Pepsi..

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK

United States fast food restaurant Arby's made a commercial deal to feature Pepsi in its adverts twice a year... but apparently 'forgot' to make one o...

So It Turns Out Black Friday Is Actually Bullsh*t...

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK

Cards Against Humanity set out to prove that Black Friday is 'bullshit' last week - by selling actual boxes of cow faeces. The makers of the phenom...

We're Not American, So We Should Stop Calling It Black Friday!

Edward Adoo | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

It happens once a year, towards the end of November and has reared it's ugly head again. Black Friday depicts society in a vulnerable and selfish state. Yet we are all victims of it's success by flocking to the sales, hoping to pick up a bargain and will do anything to scoop the best deal by acquiring a state of the art plasma TV, fridge or pair of headphones.

Banned Health Lottery Advert Tried To Convince People To Spend £320

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK

A Health Lottery TV advert has been banned after a watchdog said it could cause "financial, social or emotional harm" by encouraging viewers to sign u...

Using One Million War Dead To Hock Groceries? Merry Sainsbury's Christmas Everyone

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Shaughan Dolan

The World War One Centenary is a time to reflect one of the biggest wastes of human lives in the 20th Century. Why it happened, the lives it destroyed and how future wars can be averted are important lessons for our age. The ceramic poppies at the tower of London - 888,246 of them, each representing an extinguished human life - formed the centre of many moving tributes across the country.

The Penguin That Stole Christmas

Jon Bird | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Jon Bird

Forget the Grinch stealing Christmas. This year, it is a cute little penguin called Monty that not only steals the show, but also the hearts and minds of the UK populace (and softies everywhere). British department store John Lewis has done it again, with a £1 million commercial (US$ 1.5m) that tells the story of a boy and his penguin pal, on the search for a flippered mate.

Does Your Company Make You Happy?

Vicky Bullen | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Bullen

There has been a lot written about happiness in the workplace recently - what it does for efficiencies, productivity, staff retention and loyalty. So I am not being entirely altruistic. I think if I succeed in creating a happy company I will probably deliver against the 'harder' objectives I get set every year far more easily.