Archive | February, 2009

The value of CIPR membership

Simon Collister has an interesting post on why he hasn’t yet renewed his Chartered Institute of Public Relations membership. I had a very similar discussion with Chris Norton the other day who was asking exactly the same question. I find…

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Help me celebrate my good fortune

Most of you probably know that earlier this year Wolfstar won the UK’s Outstanding Small Consultancy 2009 award from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. On Wednesday we’re throwing a little reception with our local MP – the Rt Hon…

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PRs supporting journalists facing redundancy

On Thursday I Twittered my support for the striking journalists on the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post who are facing redundancy. I was delighted by the almost instant response from Yorkshire’s public relations professionals with lots of colleagues from…

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Public relations is about reputation, not SEO

Jed Hallam has been involved in a fascinating Twitter debate, this time on the relative merits of public relations and SEO (or search engine optimisation). I started to write a comment in response, but then decided it was probably worth…

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Derek Draper v. David Hencke

In the red corner we have New Labour luminary Derek Draper, in the purple prose corner we have The Guardian’s David Hencke. I witnessed the little public spat yesterday and hadn’t considered blogging about it until this morning when I…

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Labour’s new online strategy

Over the last few weeks I’ve had several people ask me face-to-face (it’s still the best way to communicate), online and by email, what I think of Labour’s burgeoning new online presence in social media. The latest was a tweet…

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How can local government use social media?

Ingrid Koehler at the IDeA has posted some questions about how local government can use and engage with social media. As an ex-local councillor (where my responsibilities included being lead member for corporate communications and customer services) and as a…

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Speed cameras – in dire need of some good PR support

Ex-transport minister Tom Harris MP has written an excellent blog post in favour of speed cameras. Personally I’ve never understood the rationale of those who oppose them and I’m not in favour of making them highly visible with signs to…

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Don’t Panic Guide to Social Media Conference makes last stop at Barbican, London

The third and final instalment of the Don’t Panic Guide to Social Media takes place in April at The Barbican Centre in London. It’s your last opportunity to catch this conference, which has already proved very popular at its first…

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