Hails & Fails – December 8th 2023

Manchester hosted Chanel’s annual fashion show ‘Metiers d’Art’ this week, with A-listers such as Man U legend David Beckham and his wife Victoria, Harry Styles, Kylie Jenner and Barbie herself – Margot Robbie – all descending on the Northern Quarter of the city centre.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, these incredible PR campaigns also got us super-excited for Christmas…

Ikea literally rolled out festive spirit, easyJet gave Santa a helping hand and Brazen Boutique made festive fame for Manchester’s new restaurant Six by Nico. The BBC had a nightmare before Christmas though, getting headlines for all the wrong reasons…


Tis the season… for meatballs?

IKEA launched a turkey-sized meatball – taking its signature meatballs and turning them into a festive PR move no one saw coming!

The giant meatball weighs 4.5kg and comes ready to cook with lingonberry jam and creamy sauce. And for any vegans or veggies, there’s also a veggie ball Christmas tree.


Tis the season… for meatballs?

Dear Santa, from anywhere

71% of kids flying this Christmas worry that Santa won’t be able to find them, so easyJet has created its own ‘Letters to Santa’ postal service serving airports across the country.

Distinctive orange letter boxes opened to the public on December 4th in London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol and Manchester airport with the aim of making sure Santa gets a child’s letter no matter where they’re spending the holiday.

And with over 200,000 families set to fly with the airline this Christmas, this simple yet genius idea is one of our favourites this festive period!

Dear Santa, from anywhere

All I want for Christmas is coverage!

Our very own Brazen Boutique launched restaurant Six by Nico’s second home in Manchester, successfully getting the new Deansgate dinner hotspot on everyone’s lips.

Welcoming 350+ guests across six events over two days, the team secured 100+ pieces of social media coverage across IG and TikTok… in just 48 hours.

Light work for the Brazen Boutique team!

All I want for Christmas is coverage!


Presenter gives viewers the finger

BBC News presenter Maryam Moshiri gave a middle finger to the camera live on air in a jaw-dropping moment that, non-surprisingly, went viral.

The long-serving newsreader was seemingly unaware that she was live when she flashed her middle finger at the start of a bulletin.

Moshiri has since apologised on Twitter explaining that it was a private joke between her and her team.

That’s one way to get headlines….

Presenter gives viewers the finger

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