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Recyling Charity Boom In Credit Crunch Society

The charity organisation TRAID is now fast becoming the most popular way to purchase and recycle clothes, with its new range unveiled last friday it shows that the organisation if flurishing in the credit crunch.traid

TRAID or Textile Recycle for Aid and International Development, since its launch in 1999 it has donated more than $2 million to projects in underdeveloped regions around the globe, including Darfur, Sudan. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam. The organisation helps to tackle the 900,000 tons of textile waste produced in Britain every year! Traidremade is slowly becoming one of the biggest fashion labels to have, using old materials to create fantastic new original pieces. Though the organisation manages to through all its eliments into one big basket with Traid, Traidremade and Traid Second hand to create a wounderfly appealing clothes shop.

traid-logo The Traid logo is most recognisable to most people from the recycling banks that it has placed in local communities, though unlike most clothes recyling facilities you can enquire on their website for one to be placed somewhere close to your local community.

The organisation is such that it’s donations are able to be used for providing clean water and sanitation facilities, distributing essential items (blankets, utensils and clean clothing) and the movement to reduce the people’s dependency on aid through training schemes and providing animals and farming tools in 3rd world countries. This link with charity work has given it a large attractioin by the fashion community because you can be seen to be buying a fashionable  brand whilst also doing something good for the developing countries and the environment.  Its not only charitable and environmentaly friendly but its quite cheap and at this point in the credit crunch that makes these charity shops even more apealing to the every day person.  Though celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan lindsay-lohan-traid have been seen to be supporting this new and exciting brand which has recently become even more established in London by opening yet another store to mark their 10th anniversary. It is to be their  flagship store in retro mecca, Camden  and it will be opened on Thursday 7th May. Because of the central location of this new store it is expected to find la crème de la crème of designer, vintage as well as the company’s Traidremade label.

There Traidremade label has had its own success in the past week with their catwalkshow Traidremade collection featuring new hand crafted asymmetric dresses, bags which are customised from old leathers, signature hand-printed tee shirts and dresses. Paul Kirkwood, head of design at Traidremade said,

“Every Traidremade garment is made using clothes and textiles that would otherwise go to landfill, and all the profits raised support international development projects to fight poverty. Truly fashion with a conscience.”

So in our credit crunch time, were people are spending drastic amounts of money on cheap clothes that will get worn once, has Traid found the perfect way to help people spend less and make them think more of what happens with their clothes after they have worn it. Whilst also creating a brand name that people are feeling is fashionable enough to be up there with Burbery and Gap! This brand is deffinatly going from strength to strength through its unique marketing and identity it is slowly becoming the clothing brand of the credit crunch.

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From a single mum to You tube star!

Most people post things on Youtube and think nothing of what can happen to the video’s we post. But i myselfadelechase2 discovered Lauren Luke on Youtube a few months ago when i googled makeup styles, where i came across her how to video’s.  Since this she has become the second most popular Youtube user in the UK with an astonishing 37.2million views.

This Youtube fame has made her a household name in many places of the country, she’s been on the BBC talking about her makeup sessions. After this more than 2.2million people watched her online. Youtube even asked her to become the first person to join their Partner Programme, which meant she would be taking some revenue from the adverts on the site. More amazing than all of this is the contact she got from an American Makeup company wanting to create a Lauren Luke makeup range and the paid for her to come out to New York to meet them. She has also become a contributer to the Guardien Weekend edition of the newspaper and their are also a how to style book in the making.

The fame that Youtube has given this 27 year old single mum who lives with her mother is astonishing, the makeup range goes on sale online this month and she has just finished making a Nintendo DS game that features her giving makeup tips. The American’s seem to have taken a huge likeing to this girl from South Sheilds as she has recently been on CBS News which is watched by millions.

The fact that an online site like Youtube can change someone’s life so dramatically as this shows how much people are relient on the internet to network, create their own brand identity and become part of a community. The fact that she was aproached by so  many different organisations shows how companies are monitoring the internet for the next big thing, be it a social networking site or a makeup how to video on Youtube. She hasn’t moved away from Youtube altogether but you can follow her links to her own blog now which tells you everything you need to know about her makeup ranges etc.. This has all the links to all the social networking sites that she is on, Facebook, Flickr, Myspace, Tiwtter, Youtube and Videojug.

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The I real…the next phase?

Did anyone see the Top Gear a few days ago were Richard Hammond tried out a new Toyota car that is said to be coming out by 2010 in Japan. I introduce you to the I realireal-ptd1 , this revolutionary vehicle is only suitable for short distances. Richard Hammond said that it could be that teenagers use it to meet up with friends at night instead of walking. Though it can be seen to be a glorified wheelchair, especially when you look at this picture the only un-wheelchair like feature is it’s speed. Its top speed is up to 20 mph as stated on Top Gear though there have been some references that this isn’t true and that it is only 9mph.

The most interesting features of it for me is that this vehicle has been equipped with integrated GUI for easy operation and connection with other I Real’s users. It has basically been designed as a social networking vehicle where you can ask your other I real friends to join you at Starbucks around the corner or maybe let them know where you are going. They have also created an app that means you can download music to your ipod which could lead to many other applications being added to the chair. It could become the next I phone, where you are able to add many different apps including the resteraunt finders or weather reports.  Though unlike many of the i products that Toyota have created over the years this one looks set to actually be manufactured.

This product shows how much the ‘i’ generation has become an important feature in society, the i phone, i pod and the wii products from nintendo are all about creating a personal brand and creating a bond with the company, be it apple, toyota or nintendo. Maybe the next thing will be that they build this type of technology into normal cars and maybe other mobile pieces of technology? Facebook and twitter in your car on the move?

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Starbucks now part of the Online World…coffee anyone?

Like many companies on the internet Starbucks have gone in head first and are continuing to try and create their online community. Their sites have been growing in number over the years, with the most recent one being Starbucks V2V which has been introduced by the company to promote their volunteer work among staff and customers.starbucksv2v It is a site to try and build not just a community feeling among staff but to make the customers feel that they are part of it all and able to make a difference in the local and wider community. Starbucks even went as far as to create a youtube channel in 2005 which has meant that they have been able to show this community relationship by posting video’s from their corporate expeditions to the Farmer’s in Costa Rica and their stories.

The company have many different sites and each is unique to the company’s country clientele a couple of examples are the uk and german sites. The international one is the oneuntitled5 with most of the social networking links on it to bring customers to regard Starbucks as not just as a cafe but as an online commmunity. It has links such as Twitter, Facebook, my starbucks idea and Starbucks Red each with their own community and social networking aspects. Starbucks Idea is a unique website in that its just there to get the customers idea’s and perspectives to influence the company, it gives people the ability to vote on ideas that are put forward by Starbucks employee’s. I am sure that there are some area’s of the site that get more involvement by visitor’s than other’s, but this ability to have power or at least the illusion of power means that maybe the customers are more likely to visit the actual stores to see whats happening. The question here is that do they actually make any changes thanks to these opinions?

The company are talked about on many different sites, including blogs that discuss their new product via ready brew and ones that look at how they are leading the ways in fairtrade coffee. Why not have a look around them, to see what this coffee shop has done to use social networking to its advantage?

What could it do to make these better? In my opinion this would be by making their site more like skittle to encorporate all these different sites they have, it would also make it a lot easier to travel between several ones. Maybe create a more Starbucks Zone with links to the international sites and the country orientated ones to make it more of a world wide community.

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Social Media : Be careful what you choose to post!

This morning i have come across many articles/blogs. I wouldn’t call them horror stories but they are lesson’s in life, telling you to be careful what you post on your social media sites. One named “How to Tweet yourself out of a job” in which we see how posting how your feeling on Twitter may not be the smartest move you can make. There is also someone who work’s for the company out their watching what is going on, monitoring what people are saying about the company because they deal in its reputation. So when this person was offered a position at Cisco and was less than thrilled he voiced his lack of enthusiasm on the social networking site. Though this is not the first case that this has happend in, it has happend previously with a PR professional, yet again on Twitter.  The blog post that it is highlighted in is  by Peter Shankman , is a warning to all those PR proffesionals out there who don’t think that posting effects the offline environment.

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This Twitter feed from a proffesional shows how he chose to discuss his feelings about being in Memphis  doing a presentation  on digital media to the worldwide communications group at FedEx. When it was found by an employee they were very offended and chose to respond to the agency personally. It didn’t help Mr Andrews case that many of the employees where local to the Memphis area so when he posted it there was a link to them. This shows that you have to be really carefull about what you post on the web as even if you are just giving your opinion, you have to be mindful of who is going to be reading this such as future employeers.

Though maybe we have head into a world were there is no privacy and everything is out in the open. Though of course there is the ability to make your profiles private and to determin who sees your updates/profile. Maybe its becoming one of those things we need to be taught, how to not say to much on facebook or twitter. As a PR professional maybe we should be prepared  more to deal with the reputation online, so that we can deal with unexpected slips by employees . I feel that the online world gives us good points and bad ones, because in the way that it is accessable and creates this online social world makes people feel like their opinion is a valid one in the new media world. Though  it also has the bad points that is maybe too open and accessable now and unfortunatley people might not have relised this yet.

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PR evaluation is a black art, but online it’s a science!

As a group over the past few weeks we have been looking in detail at PR evaluation as a black art in the offline environment and it as a science in the online one.

I am starting this thread on my blog because we feel as a group that everyone can have their opinion on these two areas of evaluation. We would like to get a debate going and hopefully  gain some insight as to what you feel they are.

I personally feel that through doing this topic for our presentation tomorrow, that PR evaluation as a black art to me is defined as a piece of evaluation where the result’s are hard to gain a conclusion from. The term black art in relation to PR evaluation could be misinturpreted by people to mean propaganda but we have found through looking at extensive literature on the subjec that it is deffinatly not this. Instead i think it can been seen as a method of evaluation that has become more and more old fashioned in today’s fast pased and online media environment. There are many problems with it in my opinion though these will be/have been discussed in the presentation we give tomorrow. When it comes to looking at the online environment we are about to see a method of PR evaluation that is very different to the old/offline environment that many texts and journals have been written on. In this more scientific approach to  PR evaluation, we see a method that has meant the data that has been researched is much easier to collect and analyse. It is a much more logical approach and is not as creative and emotional as the term Art would have us see the old PR as being. It is a more pratical process that make’s the result more easy to understand than the unpredictable artistic result.

Though this is only my opinion about the topic and my group members have their own personal ideas about it.

Here is a diagram just to give you an idea about the topic : –

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Facebook Vs Twitter : The game is on!

Twitter has now become one of the most written about social networking sites in the media. It was recently featured in the ShortList magazine, the headline ‘How Twitter took over the world’, ‘Can it make money? Will it last? And where does Barack Obama find the time?’

It goes on to say that from the beginning in 2006 (as a research project at US podcasting company Odeo) and has now taken over from Facebook as the ‘tool du jour’! Brent Hoberman says that ‘It’s an excellent way of understanding trends, seeing what people are talking  about and what’s firing their imaginations’, it is a site that has delved into our celebrity culture and the nosiness that makes us who we are. Though the article goes on to say that at the moment this is a popular site, it seems that industry experts are seeing other organistations gathering to take down this new top dog!

Though there is the fact that there is a lot of media buzz around them may be cloaking the reality that it is just like everything else.

Though Facebook seems to have taken Twitter’s success as a challenge. It has today re-launched its website with a Twitter base to it facebook2. Its even changed the status updates by calling it a ‘Whats on your mind?’ box, the change to create the status update as the main feature of the website is what has made Twitter so popular. It has even got a filter effect so you can select certain networks to have shown to you on the status update’s page instead of everyone in your friends list. The only problem that can be seen is that you have to refresh the page to see the latest updates, though this isn’t such a bad flaw as it means if you have lots of friends you aren’t being bombarded constently.

There has been so much discussion on the web about this change by Facebook and what Twitter will do, and how will Facebook keep up with Twitter in its accessability/news feeds/celebrity status. Though maybe Facebook’s change to follow Twitter’s style may relate to the bid they had on the organisation to encorporate it into their site, it also shows that they saw the potential in the company when it had started to become noticed(2008).

Facebook has also gone into a lot of detail on it’s blog discussing the changes that have gone on to help people through it all. Twitter and Facebook do seem to be in a race to be the best social networking site, what will happen next?? Will Twitter now take another step in the race?

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