Trump’s America

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Trump’s America

“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.”

This was said by the man who will now hold the most powerful position in government when I get back to my university in the US at the end of January. A university that tries hard to protect its students from bias and harassment from other students and faculty members, but now cannot protect them from the President of the United States.

Our future president also once said, “If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’” My school has a large majority of female students. Because of this, we have strong female professors and are encouraged to not let gender stereotypes bring us down, but push us forward. I have always relished the fact that I feel one hundred percent comfortable walking across campus at night and that female students don’t get catcalled. Now, I don’t feel safe in my country or my body as our president judges women’s appearances rather than their intelligence.

“We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacle to their achievements and no remaining ceilings to shatter.” This is a quote from President Obama, who openly and publicly encourages his daughters to reach for the stars academically. His eldest daughter is all set to attend Harvard University next fall. Trump, however, was quoted saying “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

Right now I work as an intern in an office with over 90 percent of female employees in a line of work, public relations, that is dominated by female professionals. I spend my days surrounded by strong powerful women, yet my country is going to be led by a man who told a strong powerful woman that she couldn’t be president because she didn’t have the “look” for it. Little girls today are not going to be as lucky I was to grow up in the Obama age. They are going to have to grow up with a president who openly prefers his more attractive daughter and publicly stated that he was proud of all of his children, but proud to “a lesser extent” of his youngest, presumably less attractive daughter.

Lea Silverman

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Brands Reborn

According to Collins Dictionary, a rebrand is ‘the process of giving a product or an organisation a new image, in order to make it more attractive or successful’. Giving yourself a new image can almost be done overnight, but making yourself more attractive and successful in the long term is a lot trickier.

One of the most successful rebrands of recent times was by Burberry in 2001. During the late 1990s, Burberry faced damage to its public image when the fashion brand was associated with ‘chav culture’. However, after hiring a new global design director and CEO, the conservative brand began injecting more sex appeal, making Kate Moss the face of Burberry for starters, immediately restoring its reputation and making it cool at the same time. Over the next 10 years, Burberry started to take back its intellectual property by buying back licences it had sold to allow other businesses to use its check on anything and everything. This allowed the company to significantly increase sales, through innovation, sticking close to its key brand principles and being confident in its creative vision. Burberry was also one of the first fashion brands to use social media, livestream fashion shows and create digital engagement with consumers. Burberry made itself attractive again.

At the other end of the spectrum in 2010, fashion brand Gap, introduced a new logo which it had spent $100 million creating. Unlike Burberry who embraced the power of the internet, Gap released the new logo with no warning, no marketing hype and no social media noise. The change was so unpublicised that it took people a while to notice that anything had even changed. However, once it was noticed, the feedback was not good and the new logo was replaced after just six days – one of the fastest re-rebrandings of all time. Gap execs responded immediately, asking the public to share their own designs for the brand, sparking speculation that the whole thing was a hoax… quite an expensive and embarrassing hoax it would seem. With this rebrand, Gap did seem to change its image overnight, but failed with the hard part in making it attractive and successful. 

Branding is important, it reflects who you are and what you stand for.  Rebranding is almost more important, it reflects how you are changing and growing

Here at Pumpkin, we are going through our own little rebrand courtesy of our friends at Gower. After nearly 20 years in business we are modernising our image to aid our continued growth and attract the best talent. Unrelatedly (we promise!), this seems to be coming at the exact same time as UKIP is having its own rebrand. However, I’m not sure we have a lot in common with Nigel Farage’s party… although, we do enjoy a pint…

Paddy Williams

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Two weeks at Pumpkin

My name is Holly. I am currently studying Fashion Promotion at the University of Central Lancashire. Over the Easter break I was privileged enough to come and gain work experience at Pumpkin.   My first commute from rural Sussex was rather enjoyable. I got the train into the capital and then took a black cab to the office. A necessary luxury at this stage, as I didn’t trust myself on the tube. I was introduced to the team at Pumpkin and was instantly welcomed; I felt a real buzz within the office.

I was introduced to Jo, Account Executive, and was given my first introduction to the basics of the office.  I am studying Fashion Promotion so was given the task of getting more coverage for  a contemporary British womenswear label with a clean, unstated aesthetic. After reviewing editors and the range, I was shown how to construct appropriate emails and how to approach bloggers via Twitter and Instagram to generate more interest. I was also encouraged to create a blog, about my time at Pumpkin so this is my first attempt.

I started to explore London for the first time. The office is close to Soho and Oxford Circus, which is perfect for inspiration. I love it! I have the London bug. I was set a project to locate contacts for actors suitable for a campaign which is aimed at raising awareness to stop domestic violence and sexual assault. This involved looking into actors and their agents to find out why they would be the right face for the campaign based on their previous work.

My first day back after the long weekend, flew by! The sun was shining and the days were getting longer. I took the underground which was chaos but I felt a sense of achievement. I started contacting advertising trade journalists, but most of my attempts were met by answering machines although the few that answered were extremely polite which helped my first caller nerves. I feel I have a clearer understanding of the clients Pumpkin works with and what they do for those clients. I have had to familiarise myself with a huge range of newspapers and magazines where clients are often featured.

I have been on the phone, booking events and have learnt how to edit files. I now feel confident working on excel, speaking over the phone and navigating my way around London. All of these skills I will take away with me. The team has made me feel welcome and are all so approachable for that I am very grateful. My experience at Pumpkin has been so enjoyable, I don’t want to leave. It has given me so much motivation to take back and apply to my university work and it has also changed my perspective of working life. I returned to my studies with renewed enthusiasm and clear goals.

Holly Thompson