PR, Films and Fantasies

Starbucks PR stunts

Posted on: March 15, 2012

I am a huge fan of PR stunts as I think they are the pinacle of creativity in the Communications department (yes advertisers, even better than you!). Considering that I’ve been studying/working in PR for almost 5 years now, I also can’t help questioning everything that brands do in terms of why are they doing it? who is their PR agency ? what was the audience’s reaction or  what coverage did they get for it?

One of the companies that never cease to amaze me with their crazy ideas is Starbucks. Over the past week I heard of them in two different news stories, and not just at a small level, but all over the internet and in the UK press. The first one was “Starbucks bans screenwriters from all their 19,435 locations worldwide”. The news broke off in Hollywood and all sorts of media outlets went crazy. Here is the original article. Obviously the 19,435 number already signals something but if you start thinking back at all the problems screenwriters have had lately, it kinda makes sense. Also, the “Screenwriters Guild of America responded”… anyway, really good idea!

The second is the “We have a Latte with your name on it” which started out with a huge ad in the Metro, UK’s free morning newspaper. I saw the one page, A4 ad in the paper of a person next to me on the train so it caught my eye from minute one and then my Twitter feed and Facebook were full of Starbucks related messages. I didn’t get a chance to go myself as I was in a conference all day, but again, it sounds amazing!

Here are a few more stunts from Starbuck that I found tonight. They come from all over the world so if you know more please feel free to share them!

Pay it Forward 

Starbuck Paper Cup in NY

Jonathan’s Card 

Jobs for USA 

LE – I’ve just been told by Hollywood and Swine that the screenwriter thing was not a stunt started by Starbucks but it came from the parody website itself. I guess the fact that the information got to the UK in a very twisted way, kinda shows people’s skepticism when it comes to all kinds of crazy announcements made by the brands or anyone mentioning them 🙂

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2 Responses to "Starbucks PR stunts"

It wasn’t a PR stunt, it was a story that appeared on the Hollywood & Swine website. Hollywood & Swine is a parody news site. Starbucks had nothing to do with it.

Even if they did or didn’t have anything to do with it, it made them a huuuge favour 🙂 I saw it everywhere so it pretty much turned into one 🙂

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