The Real Winners of The Great British Bake Off

There’s much more to winning the Great British Bake Off than just a cake stand, some flowers and the prestige of baking glory. Since becoming one of the nation’s favourite programmes after its launch in 2010, winning a series of the show is just the icing on the cake. As this year’s series gets off to a flying start, drawing over 10.8 million viewers in its first week, the bakers are beginning to build a personal brand that could be cooked to perfection by the series’ end. 

 

Although GBBO may be much sweeter evening viewing than other reality TV counterparts, the show has become a career launching platform which offers contestants the chance to craft lucrative careers from scratch. 

 

A famous example of Bake Off success is series 6 winner Nadiya Hussain. After her successful stint on the Bake Off, Nadiya has gone on to present numerous cookery shows for the BBC, signed publishing contracts covering baking to fiction, and made it to Debrett’s list of the 500 most influential people in Britain. Nadiya’s success probably isn’t news to you. With an Instagram boasting 627K followers, she’s become a household name.

 

It’s not only winners, however, who benefit from taking on the Bake Off. Bakers who charm the nation often succeed without winning the coveted Bake Off cake stand. Contestants such as Ruby Tandoh, Kim-Joy and Liam Charles have all gone on to enjoy success after competing on the show. All three have written columns for the Guardian and published their own baking books, with Liam also presenting his own programme Liam Bakes on Channel 4 in 2018. 

 

It just goes to show that the proof is in the pudding. Although the official Bake Off prize may seem initially underwhelming, the much loved show gives its contestants a platform to build their brand, show off their bakes and begin a piping hot career that’s fresh out the oven. 

 

Two episodes in, it’s all to play for. This year at PFM, we’ll be following this batch of bakers to see who comes out on top on social. Our social scoreboard will show how competitors are performing online by tracking who’s gaining the most Instagram followers throughout the series. 

 

Although Pantomime Producer Lottie Bedlow (@lottiegotcake) currently leads the pack, having gained almost 7000 followers since appearing on the show, we’re waiting to see who ends up on top. We’ve already seen upside-down cakes knocked to the floor this year, and there could always be another #BinGate

 

Have you picked your favourite baker yet? Whatever happens, get ready to see a lot more of our digital winners after the competition has ended. 

 

Marketing during the pandemic – social media advertising advice

The global pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we do business, as every company under the sun has been affected. Consumer behaviours have changed considerably and with all the talk of a new ‘normal’, things won’t be going back to the way they were any time soon. Now that the way we market to consumers must change, here are some key points to consider for social media advertising.

Do All Businesses Need a Sustainability Manifesto in 2020?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably read recently about different companies launching sustainability manifestos, thus putting down in writing pledges to run more eco-friendly companies and manufacture greener products. This month, for example, Scottish craft-beer company BrewDog set out its pledges, including providing vegan alternatives, eliminating plastics in its packaging and favouring recyclable materials.

Digital Marketing 2019 – A Year in Review

2019 has been a rollercoaster of a year, especially when it comes to marketing and digital. We have seen campaigns take us by storm, positively and negatively, and the clear impact of the consumer voice becoming louder and louder across the digital atmosphere. We thought that it was time to take a look back at the good, the bad and the quirky of all-things-digital-marketing of 2019, to take these lessons with us, as we move into a new digital landscape in 2020. Here are the main things the team have been talking about this year.

Don’t Fake it to Make It – It Won’t Work

In the era of ‘fake news’ people are becoming wise to how social media isn’t always what it seems.

Many of our much loved ‘gram celebs have been embracing the idea of ‘Instagram V Reality’ to show how what is being posted is highly edited, specifically shot and a matter of perspective. However, the deception doesn’t just stop there.

Brands themselves are guilty of buying followers, using bots and trying to game the system to make themselves seem more attractive to real followers. While this may initially seem like a good tactic for your company, it isn’t as effective as you might think.