About Stuart Bruce

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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CIPR president election for 2014

The election for the 2014 president of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has sparked several fascinating debates on both public relations and the future and relevance of the CIPR. What is without question is that this time, in Dr Jon White and Stephen Waddington, we have two absolutely outstanding candidates for president. I […]

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UNICEF reminds people Facebook Likes don’t save lives

This video from UNICEF Sweden is a powerful reminder that Facebook Likes don’t really mean much, despite the obsession by some in the advertising and marketing business. In UNICEF’s case it quite literally tells us that Facebook Likes don’t save lives.         UNICEF Sweden Likes don’t save lives TV commercial Picture from […]

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UK spends 13 minutes of every hour on social

Even in 2013 you find sceptics who don’t appreciate how the internet and the social web is disrupting traditional media consumption. Experian Hitwise has just published research that shows in 2012 the UK spent 37 billion hours online, but as that is far too big a number to comprehend it has helpfully distilled it into […]

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White House signs-up to six second Vine videos

Since the launch a lot of the initial hype about Twitter’s six second Vine videos has thankfully died down. The latest to use Vine is the White House which has used it for the first time to promote the annual White House Science Fair. I was a sceptic at launch and remain so, but am […]

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Ten years of blogging today

Today it is 10 years since my first blog post on April 23, 2003 when I became the first councillor in the UK start a blog. My PR blog followed shortly after and the first post was on July 8, 2003. I’d like to say I had amazing insight and realised then how important blogs […]

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Philips infographic for first quarter financial results

Infographics can be fantastic, awful or simply work. This example from Philips is the latter. It simply presents the quarter one earnings for Philips in an alternative format. It’s good to see a genuine corporate communications, rather than marketing communications example. At a time when infographics are being exploited by PR, marketing and digital people […]

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Corporate communications and PR conference speaking summer 2013

I’ve got a few new corporate communications, PR and social media speaking engagements coming up over the next few months. I’ll also shortly be announcing dates for a series of two day online PR and corporate communications strategy master classes to be held in London in early July, Mumbai (India) in late July and Houston […]

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PR, Wikipedia and BP–a sorry tale

I spent yesterday at the European Parliament in Brussels running a training session for MEPs and their staff about Wikipedia and best practice. Most of what I said was based on the CIPR’s Wikipedia Best Practice guidelines that we produced last year in co-operation with Wikimedia and I had a small hand in helping to create. […]

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UK Social Media Awards

Entries have just opened for the UK Social Media Awards 2013 which are now in their fourth year having previously been known as the Some Comms Awards. I’ve been a judge since the start and am pleased to say that I’m judging again this year alongside some great people including: PRCA chair Sally Costerton; Frank […]

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Google Reader is a big loss to PR practice

I’m trying and failing to make sense of the numerous blog posts and articles about the demise of Google Reader. For PR and journalism it was more than just another web service, it is actually a fundamentally important tool that vastly increases your ability to do your job well. Ironically I’ve hardly ever used the […]

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