Monday, 18 May 2015

Periscope – the latest social media craze to hit PR?

Having worked in communications for over 30 years, I know the how essential it is to adapt to changing trends to stay ahead of the competition. Within the past 10 years, the biggest trend any of us has experienced is social media.

It has revolutionised the way brands communicate and how we work.

The latest social media site we’re hearing about is Periscope. We’re told it’s the greatest platform since Twitter (well Twitter did pay over $86 million for it).

Can it be the next big thing in PR?

Periscope allows anyone to broadcast live from anywhere through their smartphone. Viewers can influence the broadcaster by sending messages. They can express their love for the stream by tapping their screen to send hearts – just like favoriting on Twitter or liking on Facebook.

This will give businesses a big advantage when it comes to widening their audience and talking to customers. Here’s how we’ve seen a few brands embrace Periscope so far:

  •  Subscription music site Spotify posted a behind-the-scenes video with Irish folk singer Conor O'Brien from the band, Villagers. The live stream pulled in 382 viewers and racked  up 1,534 hearts


  •    Pepsi-owned Mountain Dew used Periscope to create a short video, "Stop by to say what's up." It showed a girl spelling out the word "Swag" on a chalkboard with a table full of branded T-shirts and hats in front of it


  •        Energy drink brand Red Bull tried out app during Miami Music Week and live streamed events at its Red Bull Guest House in March this year


  •       DKNY gave its social media followers a look into its fashion closet. Many fashion brands use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to give people  a peek into their world, so expect to see Periscope grow in this sector


Periscope is also perfect for live streaming product launches. Food companies could use it to demonstrate recipes and the best way to use their products. It can also give customers a behind-the-scenes look into their favourite brands and see how the products they love come to life.

The possibilities are endless.

As Periscope is linked directly to Twitter, you can stream directly through your Twitter feed. This is going to be a major plus for businesses. It removes the hard work involved in building a following, which, as many companies know, is no easy task.

Even though Periscope has only been on the scene a couple of months, many of the world’s leading brands will be asking themselves how they can maximise this exciting communication tool. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

General Election 2015: A brighter, more secure future

As the General Election 2015 is almost upon us, it is finally time to ask yourself the all important question: who are you voting for?

For me, I will put my cross next to the Conservative Party.

What has swung it for me is the Conservatives dedication to strengthening our economy. The past five years we have seen a fantastic transformation. Now Britain is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. National finances are back under control, the deficit has been halved and more people than ever are in work.

Their policies have been set out to grow the economy further as a whole, generate even more jobs and higher wages for everybody.

The Conservative Party’s commitment to making the UK one of the top five places in the world to do business is admirable. They have not lost sight of supporting smaller businesses like redheadPR, as they plan to back small firms with a major business rates review and give businesses the most competitive taxes of any economy.

As a mother-of-two, the emphasis that the Conservatives are placing on youth employment is incredibly reassuring. They’ve already delivered a magnificent 2.2 million new apprenticeships and will be supporting 3 million more, taken the numbers of youth unemployment to remarkable lows, and since they have been in government, 1,000 jobs have been created every single day.

A few weeks ago, I was present as the Conservative Party launched their manifesto at the site of our client, UTC Swindon. The university technical college movement in the UK is highly important to the Conservatives; it is another sign of their vision to build for the future and the education of our young people.


If like me, you remember the struggles of 2008 and the recession, you will vote the Conservative Party in for a second term, allowing them to continue the fantastic work they have started. 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Sara Tye wins Wiltshire Business Person of the Month

Early this month I was delighted to find out that I had won the Wiltshire Business Person of the Month.

The award, sponsored by Marriott Hotels, Swindon Advertiser and Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, recognises my continuing contribution to the county’s thriving business community. 

I have worked with many leading local and nationally recognised companies. Clients of redheadPR include innovative businesses in a diversity of market sectors. These include education, gardening, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, food and drink, travel, property and business services.

I have worked tirelessly over many years to develop and grow redheadPR. Far more than just a public relations expert, I provide consultancy in branding, marketing, event management, film and photography. redheadPR’s ethos is to integrate itself within every client’s business and share its enthusiasm and commitment to its goals.

I have also recently become managing director at Gingernut Creative, the Birmingham-based creative agency that inspires people through research, strategy, design, branding, digital and video.

I am so proud to be recognised for the work I do in and around Swindon. It is an up-and-coming town and it’s always evolving. Being based in the heart of Swindon is a real pleasure – the exciting businesses we work with here keep us really busy and on our toes.

As a communications expert with over 30 years’ experience, I have been voted Green PR of London by the Evening Standard and was a finalist in the first Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Awards in 1999. I’ve helped develop businesses, individuals and organisations through networking, publicity, online strategies and proven business development techniques.

I spent three years managing the personal PR internationally for The Body Shop’s eminent founder, the late Dame Anita Roddick. I took the company online, making the retailer one of the world’s first to establish a global internet presence.

The Make Your Mark for a Tenner campaign, which I helped develop, was commended as one of the CIPR’s best sustainable PR programmes. I’ve also been responsible for the Impact on Society section of The European Foundation of Quality Management Model and Award, which Yellow Pages won in 1999.


For more information on about me and redheadPR, visit www.redheadpr.co.uk, follow on Twitter and connect on LinkedIn.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Looking forward to GIMA Day Conference

This Wednesday, 15 April, we’ll be at the Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) AGM and Day Conference.

Having recently joined GIMA, we’re really looking forward to the event. It’s an opportunity to network and keep abreast of developments in the garden suppliers industry.

GIMA is a fantastic fit for redheadPR. We’ve managed campaigns for major brands including Tesselaar International, crocus.co.uk, Stewart Garden, John Woods Nurseries and the Garden Media Guild to name but a few. Personally, I’ve worked (and played) in horticulture for more than 30 years.

We’ve represented clients at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Show many times. We’ve worked with Pippa Greenwood on the Stewart Garden Schools programme, which encourages children across the UK to grow fruit and vegetables. We’re now into our third year of running this campaign and over 200 schools have taken part so far.

Our extensive experience in the gardening sector and close relationships with key journalists put us in a very strong position in the industry.

We can’t wait to meet other GIMA members and discuss the importance of PR in the garden industry.

As a keen gardener myself, I’m excited to see what’s in store for the industry. Business leaders and opinion formers will take to the stage at Haskins Garden Centre in West Sussex. These people will offer unique insights into the direction of the sector.

So, if you’re at the GIMA Day Conference on Wednesday 15 April, swing by the redheadPR stand and say hello!

I am the new managing director at Gingernut Creative

The opportunity to help turn Gingernut Creative around was one I couldn’t refuse.

Gingernut Creative has a diverse client list, with a particularly strong presence in the healthcare sector. Its clients include Pfizer, the NHS and local authorities.

This Birmingham-based creative agency helps organisations inspire diverse audiences through expertise in research, strategy, design, branding, digital and video. Its desire to make a positive difference through communications spoke strongly to me as I take corporate social responsibility very seriously.

So, I’m incredibly proud to announce that I’m the new managing director of Gingernut Creative. With my 30+ years of communications experience, I felt it was a role I simply couldn’t pass on.

It’ll be a great honour to lead the great people at Gingernut Creative and redheadPR into an amazing future. But, if this industry has taught me anything, it’ll be challenging, too!

I’m really looking forward to combining the expertise of Gingernut Creative and the strengths of redheadPR, which include PR, corporate social responsibility and online marketing for the benefit of both businesses’ clients.

Many years down the line, with these two businesses flourishing, I hope to realise my dream and leave an amazing legacy behind.