Best Social at the 2017 PRmoment Awards

Rule 5 took the Social Media Campaign of the Year Award at the 2017 PRmoment Awards earlier this month.  The winning campaign was ‘Half Way to a Billion – Taking Track Cycling to the World’.  It documented the social media campaign for the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships in London. It was the biggest track cycling event in the modern era. In terms of spectators, competitors and number of races it would be on a larger scale than the track cycling at London 2012 Olympic Games.  Rule 5 delivered a social and digital campaign reaching a global audience with 451 million impressions on social channels.

In the last six years the PRmoment Awards have become a fixed date in the UK PR calendar with over 850 entries and over 1,000 guests.  The entries are subject to independent expert judging by senior in-house and agency communications professionals.

Founding Director Jules Wilson said: “The agency is in its fifth year and we have won awards for our work in every year that we’ve been in operation. We are thrilled to be able to maintain our success with the 2017 PRmoment Awards and to continue to be recognised for our social media work.”

Rob Brown Talks Google Ads to the BBC

Rule 5 Managing Partner Rob Brown, was interviewed by BBC Breakfast Business Reporter Ben Thompson, this morning (Tuesday 21.03.2017).  The interview followed the revelation at the weekend, that Google was allowing adverts on its YouTube platform to run alongside extremist content, such as videos promoting terrorism and antisemitism.

Hundreds of advertisers have pulled ad spending from the online video platform.  Rob believes that this will mark a tipping point for online advertising. The revelations and the subsequent outrage from advertisers will result in a “fundamental change in the way internet advertising is going to be bought and sold in the future” said Rob. Online platforms “are going to have to employ more people and write new algorithms” he added.

Jules Wilson Recognised In Top 100 Inspiring Women List

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The agency’s co-founder Jules Wilson has been recognised in a list of Greater Manchester’s most inspirational women.

The Top 100 Inspiring Women list was compiled by Greater Manchester Business Week and celebrates those that have made their mark on the county.

The list of female trailblazers includes entrepreneurs, sportswomen, lawyers, fashion icons, artists and politicians, with many of the names suggested by the region’s leaders.

Shelina Begum, business editor of Greater Manchester Business Week, said: “We wanted to highlight, celebrate and create a discussion around the achievements of women in the region.

“As business editor I feel inspired by the women on our list, many who I have written about, and I wanted other women to feel inspired too.

“Manchester and the surrounding regions has some great role models and it’s important that we highlight the work that these women are doing, many who are making an impact in the region.”

Rule 5 Launches ‘V’

logo-screen-grabThe agency launched a brand new video content business, ‘V’, at Prolific North Live in Manchester last week.

‘V’  offers bespoke and responsive short form video and will also specialise in the promotion of content through social channels, including Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube with a mix of organic and paid promotion. ‘V’ will produce editorial content aimed at broadcast and online news outlets and will initially draw on Rule 5’s media relations capability to ensure digital content reaches its target audience.

‘V’ exhibited last week at Prolific North Live, an industry-leading expo focused on digital innovation and cutting-edge marketing.  ‘V’ has been launched in response to an ever-changing media landscape and brands’ desires to tell their stories in different formats across a growing range of media.

Rule 5 founders Rob Brown and Julie Wilson have launched ‘V’ in response to the demand for rich content from clients of their award-winning specialist communications agency. The agency has previously created digital content for clients including British Cycling, Brother and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Rob said: “We’re combining the production and distribution of video content.  Rule 5 has been producing and sharing video content for several years using freelance producers, editors and camera operators, many of whom also work for broadcasters and TV production companies located in Salford’s creative and media hub.”

‘V’ is online at www.v-content.com and on Twitter at @V_Content.

Four Nominations In The PRmoment Awards

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The agency has been shortlisted four times in this year’s PRmoment Awards.

Rule 5 is nominated in four categories including Boutique Agency of the Year, Social Media Campaign of the Year, Best Use of Content, and Health, Beauty, Retail and Fashion Campaign of the Year.

Shortlisted entries include campaigns for The 2016 Track Cycling World Championships (x2) and premium cycle wear brand, Fat Lad At The Back.

The PRmoment Awards recognise the very best communications and PR professionals across the UK and are judged by eminent industry representatives.  This year’s awards saw over 850 entries.

Results will be announced at an awards dinner at the Hilton Manchester on March 16.

Rule 5 Wins First Class Contract With Park Leisure

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Luxury holiday park company Park Leisure has appointed Rule 5 as its retained PR and communications partner.

A privately owned business, Park Leisure operates 10 holiday parks across the UK in stunning country and coastal locations including: Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Herefordshire, North Wales and Cornwall.  Each provides five star, first class holiday homes to suit every personality and budget.

The brief sees the agency tasked with further raising the profile of Park Leisure in national and consumer media alongside a regional site-specific communications programme.  PR, events and social media are all functions of the role.

Speaking on the appointment, Head of Marketing at Park Leisure Warren Davey said: “Until recently the group has largely operated as a series of 10 parks.  Our focus now, as we prepare for the next phase of growth, is to develop the Park Leisure master brand and be recognised for being unique.

“The PR and content strategy presented by Rule 5 showed a clear understanding of the opportunity and the approach to achieving it.  They’re a valuable extension to the team.”

Rule 5 founding director Julie Wilson added: ”The Park Leisure offer is second to none – not just in terms of the quality of the holiday homes but the individual services and personal touches provided; it’s a luxury leisure lifestyle.

“With ‘staycations’ set to rise in popularity, there’s no better time to promote the benefits of UK holiday home ownership.   It’s a fantastic win for the agency and further cements what has been a great start to the new year.”

For further information visit www.parkleisure.co.uk

Rule 5 is the New Ingredient for Pesto Restaurants

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Independent Italian restaurant group Pesto Restaurants has appointed the agency to deliver its PR and marketing communications strategy.

The retained brief will see the team provide support for all eight restaurants, located in the North West and Midlands.  The agency will also be responsible for the marketing of all future developments including Pesto at Davenport Arms, the business’ latest £600,000 development due to launch in Marton, East Cheshire, next month.

Activity is already underway with the team working to further raise the profile of Pesto Restaurants, developing Group and regional specific programmes.  Social media, CRM, events and communications activity are key components of the brief.

Speaking on the appointment, co-owner of Pesto Restaurants Sara Edwards said: “This is the first time we have looked to employ an agency and it was important for us to find a partner that fully understood our business as well as the sector.

“Rule 5 has a very good reputation in the industry.  Their professionalism and knowledge of the sector was evident from the off and we’re confident they will contribute significantly to the future success of Pesto Restaurants.  We are excited to start the new year with a new opening and a new partnership.”

Rule 5 Founding Director Julie Wilson added:  “Pesto Restaurants is an incredibly interesting business.  The scope of work and openness of the founders to explore new strategic approaches as they look to the next phase of expansion makes this a particularly exciting brief; it’s great to be on board.”

For further information on Pesto Restaurants visit http://pestorestaurants.co.uk/find-a-restaurant/