Smartphones are integral to our daily lives. Actions are increasingly effortless – after all, Apple set a new bar for contactless payments through Touch ID. In May, the number of Apple Pay transactions increased by 300% YoY and there’s no doubt this is growing with new banks jumping onboard.
Here are some of our latest obsessions, successes and joys.
It’s been a busy month for us here at Stand HQ, but boy do we have some great coverage to show for it. Have a glance at our August best bits here:
Shares in major UK supermarkets dipped in August. This had many asking how much the share price drops were down to price cuts at Whole Foods, following Amazon’s recent acquisition of the grocer.
By jumping on the story early, we secured a comment opportunity for Duncan Brewer, Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Retail & Consumer practise, which resulted in coverage in The Daily Telegraph. The article included nine paragraphs of quotes from Duncan, meaning a large share of voice for our client.
Ah Autumn. The time for snuggling up indoors with some good telly and a cuppa. Right? Nope, not for Team Stand. We’ll be welcoming the start of Autumn with nothing less than a 25km trek in the Peak District as part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Adventure challenge.
On seeing the Bell Pottinger and Oakbay Capital story unravel, I imagine the temptation of most PR agencies is to argue that’s not how other PR agencies work, and to ask that we are not judged by the behaviour of one of the world’s largest agencies.
Of course that’s what I thought too, but actually I felt more strongly about the poor excuse for leadership and management who claimed they were completely unaware this had happened on their watch.
Despite being the holiday season July has seen some amazing #CrackingClientCoverage. Here’s our round-up of the past month’s best bits:
This month we secured Anchor’s Chief Executive, Jane Ashcroft CBE, interviews with broadcast big hitters, BBC News and Channel 4 News. Jane served as a spokesperson for the social care sector following the CQC report on the standards of adult social care. Our research into public misconceptions of social care costs also bagged us coverage with BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours, Mail Online and the Independent.
Not stopping there – we also collected another industry award for our brilliant campaign SU4SD. After winning a CIPR Excellence Award in June, we couldn’t have been more thrilled to win in the same category (Best Use of Media Relations) at the PRCA Dare Awards.
Read more “Our #CrackingClientCoverage for July!”
How and why did you get involved in PR?
My path into PR began with me setting up my own social media business, through that and being in the right place at the right time I was lucky enough to secure some work experience at Stand Agency. From that point one thing led to another and 9 months later I am now an Apprentice Account Executive!
Who would’ve thought it? Stand Agency and Anchor Trust have done it again – we’ve won another award for our brilliant campaign Standing Up 4 Sitting Down!
After winning this year’s CIPR Excellence Award for Best Use of Media Relations, we have now gone on to win the PRCA Dare Award for Best Use of Media Relations (one of the most prestigious categories in the sector, might I add!). At Stand, we’re really proud of our track record of communicating issues that are at the heart of our society, and this award is testament to that.
Meet the newest member of the Stand Agency team!
How and why did you get involved in PR?
After graduating from my master’s, I worked as an external relations intern at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It first exposed me to PR-related work as I was involved in developing campaigns or conducting media outreach. I immediately felt this was something for me and wanted to explore that further but from a perspective not limited to one organisation or issue. This naturally led me to a PR agency.
Why did you join Stand Agency?
Though I decided to take a step away from the charity sector, I still wanted to work in a company that is focused on influencing society and bringing about positive change. Stand seemed like a perfect fit: it stood out as an agency passionate about working on important and meaningful campaigns. So I applied for their Graduate Scheme… and the rest is history.
Every month we compile a few of our favourite #CrackingClientCoverage and social success stories – here are our picks for June.
Social mobility has been in the news this month with the report from the Social Mobility Commission. One of our clients, City Year UK, addresses the issue of social mobility head-on through their programme of placing volunteers in schools in deprived areas. On the back of this report, we secured two thought leadership pieces for Sophie Livingstone, the Chief Executive of City Year in The Independent and The Times Educational Supplement.
Last Saturday wasn’t a regular Saturday evening. I spent the evening with two of my biggest female role-models – Sheryl Sandberg and Malala Yousafzai. I don’t think either of them need any introduction. The talk, organised by Intelligence Squared, was on the topic of ‘facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy’ – all hugely relevant topics for these uncertain political times we live in.
Sheryl’s talk offered a really useful ‘life toolkit’ so I wanted to share some of the key points that I took away: Read more “Facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy”