UK Advertising

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...

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.