Here are some of our latest obsessions, successes and joys.

31
Oct
Katie Elliott

Armed Forces charity SSAFA appoints Stand Agency

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We’re thrilled to announce that Armed Forces charity, SSAFA, the UK’s oldest tri-service military charity, has appointed Stand Agency to deliver integrated campaign activity over the next 12 months, including their iconic Armed Forces Week.

SSAFA provides lifelong support for all members of the serving community, veterans and their families when in need. Stand Agency will be working with SSAFA to drive awareness and support for the charity.

Upcoming collaboration will support SSAFA’s aim of increasing the visibility of the Forces family, whilst ensuring that the unique challenges they face are better understood by the general public.

Laura Oliphant, MD of Stand Agency said:

“We’re really pleased to partner with SSAFA to support the delivery of their campaign activity. We want to focus on ensuring all members of the Armed Forces are as visible outside of service as they are in. With this support in local communities in place, we want any Forces family in need to feel empowered to ask for help.”

Justine Baynes, Director of Marketing and Communications at SSAFA said:

“At SSAFA, we provide personalised lifelong support to those in need through our network of 5,800 volunteers. The Armed Forces community faces a unique and diverse set of challenges, which aren’t always obvious to wider society. Stand Agency understood the issues we are seeking to highlight, and ultimately overcome. Their ideas will help to shape public opinion towards Armed Forces and veterans.”

24
Aug
Amelia Putt

#literallyperfect: AI influencers, to aspire or not to aspire?

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US Vogue is featuring AI influencers in its September issue, which has provided the perfect excuse to talk about one of the stranger trends to come out of Instagram, and my latest obsession, Lil Miquela – the AI influencer that has garnered 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

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04
Oct
Katie Elliott

Blisters? Check! Achy limbs? Check! A combined 490,000 steps? Check!

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And yet Stand lived to tell the tale! (Never underestimate the endurance and enthusiasm of Stand-ees).

Whilst the nation enjoyed a lazy Saturday morning lie in, Stand were up alive and kicking, aboard the 6.30am train from St Pancras – Bamford, Derbyshire. Why you may ask? To embark on the first-ever DofE Adventure Fundraising weekend, trekking a limb aching 25km in the Peak District!

At Stand, we’re all about practicing what we preach and this weekend saw the team donning their hiking boots and dusting off the sleeping bags in support of one of our clients, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

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06
Sep
Laura Oliphant

Who sets the moral compass? Leadership lessons from the Bell Pottinger case

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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.

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08
Mar
Becky Merchant

The brands jumping on International Women’s Day 2017

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Like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Father’s Day, International Women’s Day has become an annual calendar event that brands love to get behind.

Is this ok? It’s debatable. But there’s no denying it’s the world – and industry – we live in.

It’s to be accepted as long as, sitting alongside each company’s pretty Instagram post and PR stunt, are meaningful measures to facilitate gender equality.

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24
Nov
Faith McKellow

Christmas in Ad-Land

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Christmas, like charity, begins at home. Well, it does for me and countless millions who anticipate the moment the Christmas TV ads go on air. Once they’ve premiered, it’s non-stop tinsel and turkey all the way to January.

These festive offerings are pored over by TV critics and social commentators alike, keen to offer meaningful interpretations on the narratives. The ads have a profound impact on the national mood and set the tone for the festive season in a way that can’t be underestimated.

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07
Sep
Becky Merchant

Bursting the bubble – RIP Fabric

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Something’s up, I’m usually never wrong. It’s difficult for me to admit but I’m recently realising that I might be out of touch. It was waking up to the news of Fabric’s closure that triggered this depressing realisation. ‘Surely they can’t close it’ I went to bed saying last night. Lo and behold, overnight the decision was made to revoke the licence of London’s most legendary club and close it for good.  Read more “Bursting the bubble – RIP Fabric”