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Prohibition PR client launches search for the UK’s best amateur football writer

Our client Bets of Mates, the world’s first Social Betwork has launched the ‘BoM Armchair Analyst’ – a competition to find the best amateur football writer in the UK asking football fans:

Do you ever find yourself sitting down to watch the match, and then spending the next hour getting annoyed at the pointless remarks made throughout by some obscure ex-player? Reckon you could do better? Well then we want to hear from you.

To enter, simply email your own match report to the team, or click here to submit your 400-600 word article online, making sure you tell them which club you support. The competition runs from today until the 10th May and will be perfect for any budding Match of the Day critics.

For full more details and all the more boring bits we’ve missed out, click here.

With thanks for the image from mgjosefsen.

The best PR people in Yorkshire fight for the title of Quiz team of the year

Last night I was a busy bee again hosting my one big charity event of the year – it almost kills me. No doubt if you follow me on Twitter, you will have seen me banging on about the charity pub quiz I organise for the regional committee of the CIPR. I bore myself with the amount of ticket pushing I do but as it’s all for a good cause so I try and make sure I do it just the once a year.

The event was in its third year, and if I am honest, seems to be creating a bit of a cult following – for which I am very grateful. Most of the regions’ best PR agencies took time out of the busy schedules to meet up at the Alea Casino and get together to have some fun. I chose the casino as it means we can collectively take over the entire top floor and have the bar all to ourselves as I know how thirsty some in our industry are.

We had well over a hundred people again this year and the proceedings went on until late with several different quiz rounds from pot luck, general knowledge through to music in films. It was an extremely close run thing this year with the longest game of lucky numbers (a legally different game to bingo you understand) I have ever played packed in between rounds. Unbelievably, last year’s champions QUIZ TEAM AGUILLERA brought their trophy with them and boldly told me they were going to win again. Even more unbelievably they actually did it. So well done to their team on a great result. I wonder if they will be bringing both trophies next year? In the first year, the table I was on actually won but sadly this year it wasn’t to be but we we didn’t do too badly as we came joint sixth with a quiz name that I am not repeating.

I just wanted to write this post just to say a huge and special thank you to everyone that came along and bought tickets to last night’s event. I know how busy everyone is and I know we all have homes and busy social lives to enjoy. So to see friends and former colleagues from across the region from the likes of Grayling, Hatch Communications, Raw Creative, the University of Leeds, Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post, Finn, Clear Silver, Network Marketing, IseePR, Brand8, Turnkey, Approach, Campus and my lot from Prohibition PR and Lucre was truly brilliant and that is one of the reasons I love doing it.

It’s a fun event and it’s great to get everyone from the PR industry in one room together rather to have fun. We have a great industry in this region and I believe we should have more social events which get us together. With that in mind last night we managed to raise well over £1,000 for the cancer charities that looked after Nigel Scott in his final days  – so that means I am very happy today.

And in case you are wondering, last nights leader board looked like this:

Ibis Hotels artistic robot PR stunt

Here is a clever little PR stunt by Ibis hotels. The hotel chain has developed a robot that creates an artistic imagery from how you sleep and from the video – it’s actually rather stunning. From the question, “What does your sleep look like?” it creates a picture of your movement during sleep. The video clip below has been watched more than 33,000 times already and the story has received international coverage all over the place. Hotels all across its Europe network are getting involved in the experiment with 40 lucky people being selected from the Facebook page through an integrated app to have their own piece of art created. It has been reported that the robot works using special mattresses which measure heat, pressure and sound. The robot receives the information and plots it onto a canvas creating your own bespoke design. The campaign looks like it has been created to get likes and generate conversation. I really like the idea of the campaign as it’s properly integrated but I had been involved in the development of the application I would have made it a bit easier (and clearer) to like the Ibis page as it’s not clear when you are in the app, which may explain why 2.3K people have liked the app rather than the page. It becomes quite confusing and the scroll function makes it a tad difficult to navigate too but these are semantics as the idea is a brilliant and sound one. The very concept of seeing your dreams in reality is genius and I would love to see mine but I think it would be far better to see my wife’s as my six month old son is keeping her awake at night at the moment. If we were running this campaign, I would now get a number of famous faces to test it out and get their dreams visualised. The work could then be auctioned off for the relevant charities the celebrities (or artists) are patrons of. I would also see what art critics thought of the work itself and have it analysed by a psychologist to see if it really did tell you anything about the person   This has been cross posted on Dead Prohibition

Leeds PR agencies battle it out to find the best in CIPR Yorkshire pub quiz

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year, but we are very excited here at Prohibition to be involved in organising the annual CIPR Pub Quiz, in the memory of an old dear friend, journalist Nigel Scott.

As many of you may know, Nigel, the former business editor at the Yorkshire Evening Post, sadly died of cancer in 2009, and for the last two years our MD, Chris Norton, has organised the quiz event which invites PR consultancies, freelancers and in-house PR teams from across the region to remember Nigel and to raise money for the charities that helped him in his final days.

The previous events have been a great success with more than 200 people attending last year and a fund of £2,000 being raised for the chosen charities – Prince of Wales Hospice, Pontefract and Macmillan Cancer Support. Nigel’s close family attended the previous event and we all look forward to inviting them back again this year too.

After last year’s success, the CIPR has decided to hold the event at Alea Casino at Clarence Dock again and are inviting people from the Leeds PR and Media world to have fun and battle it out for the ultimate title and raise some money for a couple of great causes in the meantime.

The event will be on Thursday 4th October and proceedings will kick off early evening. Tickets are priced at £20 per person, which helps towards the cost of the food – supplied by the award winning James Martin restaurant – and the rest of the proceeds will go to the chosen charities. You have the option to book a table for ten for your group, or a spot just for yourself.

Unfortunately as a team we have never won the quiz, but the Prohibition PR team is already swatting up for success at this year’s event. It would be great to see some new faces this year so why not book yourself a place now:

See you there.

Audio-Technica Top 20 Summer Anthems

After much deliberation our client Audio-Technica has announced their top 20 summer tracks following their Sounds of the Summer campaign. They received such a large amount of varied entries they decided the only way to determine the ultimate top summer tracks was to let the public vote on it.

I even vaguely remember seeing a rather tongue in cheek song tweeted by our MD Chris Norton, Umbrella by Rihanna. Is that why the sun has disappeared behind a cloud? Most probably. Anyway, the decision has been made and the public are invited to cast their vote in the Audio-Technica Facebook Poll. There’s even a playlist of the top 20 on the Audio-Technica YouTube channel for your listening pleasure. I must admit I’m a massive fan on ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz and often find myself gravitating to the live version when browsing on YouTube (see below), true talent. Everything is enhanced with a gnome.

The winner of the alternative Christmas track competition is Zebedee Budworth

If you have been following us closely you will remember that we have been running an online/social media competition for our client Audio-Technica – well we now have the winner. Here it is in all it’s glory – the winner is Zebedee Budworth with Astropets. We received more than 1,500 votes on the final shortlist and this won with 650 votes. Here is his official description of his entry:

Hello I’m Zebedee and I’m a musician based in London!
I wrote this song on the banjo then added all the instruments and vocals in my little bedroom utilising a book as a kick drum and keys as sleigh bells and stuff. All the sounds are ‘real’ things, apart from the glock which i just used a midi because it’s hard to get hold of one of them. My mate Ben recorded the banjo part i wrote ’cause he’s better. Hope you enjoy it as much as i did writing it! The music video is by Todd – Thank you!

I would like to congratulate Zebedee and thank all of you who voted.

Merry Christmas everyone!