Archive | 2011

Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki – book review

Enchantment is the latest book by Guy Kawasaki, the former chief evangelist at Apple. He is also the founder of Alltop.com (an online magazine rack of popular topics on the web – disclosure this blog is highlighted as one of the Alltop PR blogs) and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. In January Guy […]

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My friend and colleague Mark Hanson RIP

I’m not normally a person that is lost for words. In fact I’m far too vain and pride myself on my above average ability to string a sentence together. But this week I’ve sat down and keep staring at a blank screen. I just haven’t been able to find the words to say what it […]

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Confessions of a spin doctor – Mrs Bloggs and the political interview

Yesterday the Yorkshire edition of the BBC Politics Show focused on the by-election in Barnsley. It had eight of the nine candidates present to answer questions. Labour candidate Dan Jarvis was by far and away the best performer (stay with me this isn’t going to be a partisan post). He was also by far and […]

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The intern debate: a self-perpetuating vicious circle of elitism

In the last couple of weeks the debate about interns and work experience has continued to gain momentum. It’s something that I’ve always felt strongly about and it’s one reason why I worked for Andy Burnham during the Labour Party leadership election. Like me Andy came from a background that meant he was one of […]

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Churnalism.com exposes an ugly PR and media truth

Churnalism.com is a great new website by the Media Standards Trust. It is intended to help the public ‘distinguish between original journalism and churnalism’. Churnalism is a news article that is based on a news release that hasn’t had much real journalistic input added and much of it has been cut and pasted from the […]

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Who owns social media? Again.

Who owns social media? The answer is nobody, because it’s the wrong question. Or rather it’s far too simple a question. That was one reason why Benjamin Ellis ‘won’ the Social Media Week debate that I took part in on ‘Who owns social media, PR, SEO, marketing, digital?‘ He won because he wasn’t trying to win it. […]

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Social PR 2011

It’s not often I get the luxury of being able to attend a conference that I’m not speaking at, so I’m looking forward to attending the Social PR 2011 conference on February 28. Not only will it be good to catch up with great speakers such as Philip Sheldrake and Michael Nutley (editor in chief […]

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Who owns social media – PR, SEO, marketing, digital?

Who owns social media? It’s question that has been around as long as social media and almost the same arguments are raging today as when the ‘Who owns social media’ question first reared it’s ugly head. Tomorrow I’m speaking at a debate as part of Social Media Week London where I’ll be putting the case […]

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Social media conference speaking at Some Comms awards

Last year I enjoyed being one of the judges at the first Some Awards for the use of social media in communications and marketing. Don’t Panic, the company behind the awards, has now pulled together a great conference with the judges and winners of some of the awards to showcase some of the UK’s best […]

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