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NW Business Insider and dog advertising


NW Business Insider had a wonderful piece on the dog advertising concept in their current feature on guerrilla marketing.

I originally came up with this concept after selling in the story of a certain dog called Dante in to the South Manchester Reporter. The story of the curry loving pooch spread to the Metro, Manchester Evening News and even The Guardian.

It seemed obvious that there was original and possibly effective advertising mileage to be had and so I teamed up with Mick Greer and Phil Howells, well- seasoned advertising pros.

The lucky recipient was a family lawyers called Greens & Co.

It is some fun but also when there is so much competition to grab our attention it is a little different and attention grabbing.

A quick note: Has no-one done it before? I don’t know. Churchill said an original idea is just a good one everyone has forgotten.


Using Images for SEO and online search marketing by delivering it through PR should be a key consideration for public relations professionals and their tactics.

Read more about coming 12th out of over 37 million entries for advertising on Bing and around 100th on Google for over 14 million entries for “advertising” here.

A home for surveys

Surveys, surveys, surveys.  Where would PRs be without surveys?

I am sure many journalists get irritated by surveys unless they really show something highly insightful or entertaining.

One Manchester Evening News journalist started a piece a few months ago with: “According to another pointless survey……..”

I like NW Business Insider’s approach: a monthly half page round-up of surveys complete with thumbs up or down according to what they show.  Put all surveys in one place away from proper news, then you can choose whether to indulge or not.

I do not know whether Insider was making fun or being tongue in cheek or serious but it works for me and them.

Manchester PR agencies: Wharton says it how he sees it

Simon Wharton of online search marketing agency PushON is not one to shy away from offering strident, and often perceptive, statements on online marketing.

In this issue of NW Business Insider Simon makes no exception with his view on the common lack of understanding of the Internet amongst many PR and marketing agencies:

“Traditional PR and marketing needs a kick up the backside – a lot of it is hugely dated. PR and marketing agencies don’t understand the Internet.”

“A lot of Manchester PR agencies are absolute rubbish – saying you’re a full-service agency is just words.”

Sharon Nash of Simpson Burgess Nash and Mike Ryan of Idaho, who I pitched to get featured, are less controversial in their comments but no less interesting can be seen in the November issue.