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The PR t-shirt test

Richard Millington
Richard Millington

Founder of FeverBee

How good are you at PR? Can you get customers to wear your clients’ t-shirts?

That’s the ultimate brand test isn’t it? Making a brand so universally popular that customers choose to wear their t-shirts in public (niche Firefox conventions don’t count). I can’t think of many brands that manage it.

What’s really fascinating is none of the UK’s top 10 brands would pass the t-shirt test. You wouldn’t wear a Vodafone t-shirt would you?

So, what would make you wear a brand’s t-shirt, and how can we use that for PR? How can we make a brand so damned cool that we would wear their t-shirts in public? I don’t know, but it’s definitely worth finding out.

The t-shirt test is a great PR objective. It’s lofty, somewhat measurable (orders of t-shirts) and clearly reflects the popularity of a brand better than any research ever could.

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