El Gato Negro Supports Charity Cheshire Polo Day

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Yesterday saw the launch of Hospitality Action’s Cheshire Polo Day and we were delighted to be in attendance.

Held at the beautiful Cheshire Polo Club in Little Budworth, near Tarporley, the inaugural event saw some of the North West’s key industry leaders come together to raise valuable funds for the renowned charity.  Founded in 1837, Hospitality Action offers vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK and who find themselves in crisis.

Guests were treated to a Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Champagne and canapé reception on the lawns of the prestigious club before enjoying an incredible three-course meal courtesy of three of the North-West’s award-winning chefs – client Simon Shaw of El Gato Negro, Andrew Nutter of Nutter’s Restaurant and Sean Sutton, Head Chef at The Alderley Restaurant.  All volunteered their time and service in aid of the charity and as you might expect, it was out of this world.

The Henbury Cup – a fast-paced polo match followed, with all enjoying the action.

It was a fantastic day that saw over £14,000 raised for the worthwhile cause and is an event we firmly recommend putting in your 2018 diary.

A New Icon For Blackpool Pleasure Beach

It’s not every day you get to work with an icon but we were pleased to do just that when we unveiled the name of Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new £16.25 million rollercoaster  – Icon – to the press.

Revealed in a dramatic sizzle – a movie-style promotional trailer, adrenaline enthusiasts were treated to a taste of what will be the world’s most exciting rollercoaster, featuring 15 interactions with other rides at the famous amusement park.

Unveiling more than just the name of the rollercoaster, the sizzle provided a first look at the design, with a state-of-the-art computer generated image revealing anthracite columns combined with a high-shine steel track.  A CGI film took viewers on the Icon journey as it powers through, over and around other rides including The Big One.

An incredible show of coverage was enjoyed and saw:

  • Ten national features including: the world’s most visited news website, the MailOnline, the SunOnline, The Sun, Mirror.co.uk, i news, Metro, Metro.co.uk, the EveningStandard, the Daily Record and the Daily Star
  • The news carried on every single ITV North West news bulletin with a combined reach of over 3,960,000 people
  • Over 190 regional articles
  • Exposure in all core trade press

At the time of writing print coverage alone saw a reach of over 18.3m people.  The sizzle, posted on Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Facebook page had been seen by over  408,000 people, driven 3,600 shares and 4,300 engagements.

Speaking on the name unveil, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Managing Director Amanda Thompson OBE, added: “Icon is going to be one of the most talked about, iconic rollercoasters of the future.  The name speaks for itself as it will be one of the most iconic rides on the planet

“This is Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s biggest investment to date and will have a real impact on the town and region as a whole.”

Icon will launch in 2018.

Sports Giants Team Up For Charity

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Rule 5 is delighted to have played a key role in bringing together two sporting heavyweights in a campaign to raise funds for national head injury charity Headway.

The campaign saw leading cycle wear brand Fat Lad At The Back (FLAB) and Super League rugby league side Huddersfield Giants join forces to raise awareness of the worthwhile cause in memory of Giants youth player, Ronan Costello, who sadly passed away last year further to sustaining a terminal brain injury during a match.

In a touching tribute to the young player, seven Giants members of staff, including ex-England player and club ambassador Eorl Crabtree, took upon a sporting challenge of a different kind and embarked on a 120 mile fundraising ride to Newcastle, ahead of major rugby league event Magic Weekend.

They were supported on the journey by FLAB co-founder Richard Bye, who ensured Ronan’s story reached all that passed, with an exclusive charity branded cycle jersey and short worn by all.

Rule 5 was thrilled to support the campaign at every stage, from the brokering of the partnership through to the delivery of an impactful national and regional media campaign. Extensive coverage was enjoyed and included Sky Sports News, BBC One, ITV1, multiple regional radio appearances, and national and regional sports and news titles.

You can support the fundraising campaign, and donate in memory of Ronan Costello to the charity Headway, by visiting www.justgiving.com/magicweekend2017 or texting 70070 with code RLFC50 followed by £**, entering value you wish to donate.

Rule 5 Highly Commended At Prolific North Awards

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We were thrilled to receive a ‘Highly Commended’ at last night’s Prolific North Awards.

The accolade, in the Digital / Social Media Campaign of the Year category, was awarded for our work with British Cycling on the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.  The campaign – Halfway to a Billion, Taking Track Cycling to the World – for the biggest ever UK track cycling event, delivered an astonishing 451 million impressions on social channels.

The campaign was pipped to the post by the Foo Fighters Headlining Glastonbury Announcement, delivered by Modern English.  The award was one of only three ‘Highly Commended’ accolades presented on the evening.

Speaking on the event Rule 5 Managing Partner Rob Brown said: “We’re over the moon to receive a ‘Highly Commended’ for our work on the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, losing out only to Modern English and their campaign for the Foo Fighters; and I bloody love the Foo Fighters.”

Rule 5 Founding Director Jules Wilson added: “It’s fantastic to see the campaign acknowledged for the second time this year.  The Prolific North Awards is one of the most respected events in the North attracting a high calibre of entrants.  To be recognised is incredible.”

The Prolific North Awards celebrate excellence and reward outstanding campaigns and exceptional talent in the creative and media sectors in the North.  This year’s event was the biggest to date and saw over 800 entries.

 

 

Rob Brown opens Amsterdam Conference

Rule 5 Managing Partner Rob Brown was the opening speaker at the second annual ‘PR is Key’ conference in Amsterdam at the end of last month (20 April). The event , hosted and sponsored by PressPage, took place at B. Amsterdam, the innovation hub that hosts over 250 companies, combining startups, corporate innovation and creative businesses. The event brought together expert speakers from the Netherlands and the UK to share their experiences and insights regarding a central theme of real-time PR. Rob kicked off the event with a presentation on the role of visual communications in real-time PR, while also identifying that there are six major developing trends in the sphere of public relations; data, analytics, real world evaluation, ethical practice, strategic counsel and visual communication. On the final point, Rob identified the opportunities surrounding live, visually driven reporting of events – these can dominate social and conventional media. You can download the slides of all presentations of PR is Key 2017 via the event website.

Watch two minutes of the conference highlights.

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.