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International communications consultant and PR trainer specialising in online public affairs, digital corporate communications, online PR and social media; frequent national media commentator and conference speaker.

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Blogging is dead: just 36% of internet users write blogs

Blogging is dead: just 36% of internet users write blogs

Blogging is dead, long live blogging. An interesting statistic from the GWI Brand report reveals that 36% of internet users aged 16-64 said that they wrote on a personal blog within the last month. According to GWI that’s 545 million people across the 32 countries that GWI researched. Most are blogging about popular culture with […]

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PR and social media set for continued growth

PR and social media set for continued growth

Lots of new research around at the moment that point to a positive future for the public relations business. Yesterday, the Financial Times published the fifth FTSE350 Boardroom Bellwether survey which revealed that almost half the boards of the UK’s largest public companies have not discussed their social media strategies in the past 12 months. […]

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Social media is easier than PR

Social media is easier than PR

Last week I spoke at the FutureComms14 conference and one of my remarks during the panel discussion on the ‘Anatomy of the Modern Communicator’ sparked quite a bit of feedback, both online and in subsequent offline discussions. While talking about recruiting I said that I’d always prefer to recruit a PR person as it was […]

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Legogate: A sorry tale of Scottish independence

Legogate: A sorry tale of Scottish independence

Last week the official UK government YouDecide2014 account published an article entitled ‘12 things that £1400 UK Dividend could buy’ on the self-publishing Buzzfeed Community website. The article was also published, by the Scotland Office and HM Treasury, on its own .gov.uk website. At the time I questioned if it was right that the UK […]

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Newspaper Licensing Agency beaten to a pulp by PRCA and Meltwater

Newspaper Licensing Agency beaten to a pulp by PRCA and Meltwater

Today the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled in favour of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and Meltwater in their five-year battle with the UK’s Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA). The CJEU has quite sensibly ruled that browsing and viewing articles online does not require authorisation from the copyright holder. This is a victory […]

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Back to the future of PR - 10 rules for public relations professionals

Back to the future of PR – 10 rules for public relations professionals

This is my presentation from my keynote speech at last week’s annual conference of the Croatian Public Relations Association. I’ve also created a Storify of some of the reaction and comments. Back to the future of public relations – 10 rules for PR professionals from Stuart Bruce [

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Davos World Communication Forum highlights

Davos World Communication Forum highlights

The World Communication Forum in Davos is the most international and diverse of all the conferences I attend around the world. This year was no exception with public relations professionals from around the globe including Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria. Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, […]

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The future of PR at the World Communication Forum in Davos

The future of PR at the World Communication Forum in Davos

Tomorrow at the World Communication Forum in Davos I’m leading a panel discussion on the future of the public relations industry provocatively titled ‘PR is dead vs. Long live the all PR channel’. We’ve got a fantastic line-up of panellists: Paul Holmes – the founder and CEO of The Holmes Report, the global PR magazine […]

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David Cameron forgets Twitter needs to be authentic - again!

David Cameron forgets Twitter needs to be authentic – again!

One of the topics we cover in my online PR master classes is how powerful images can be – if they are authentic, fun,creative or interesting. David Cameron provided a great example of how not to do authenticity with his much derided photo of him watching the boxing during the London Olympics. He’s now helpfully provided […]

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Measurement replaces digital as PR professionals’ greatest training need

Measurement replaces digital as PR professionals’ greatest training need

PR Academy’s annual trends survey has revealed that 47% of its past and present students think measurement is the skill where they have the biggest gap. In separate research Professor Tom Watson at Bournemouth University discovered that 43% of companies are still using AVEs (Advertising Value Equivalents). Last year PR Academy’s survey showed that digital […]

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