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Celebrate Europe Day today

Celebrate Europe Day today

Today is Europe Day. The anniversary of the 1950 ‘Schuman Declaration’ that started the process that created what is now the European Union. The declaration was made by the then French foreign minister Robert Schuman in the aftermath of World War 2. This year it is more important than ever for patriotic Britons to celebrate […]

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Philips infographic for first quarter financial results

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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PR, Wikipedia and BP–a sorry tale

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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Public relations isn’t part of marketing

Public relations isn’t part of marketing

This blog post started as a comment on Stephen ‘Wadds’ Waddington’s thought-provoking article about ‘The public relations industry’s confidence problem’, but it was so thought-provoking the comment rapidly became too long. His central thesis is that public relations is too introspective and needs to have more confidence of the role it plays in the broader […]

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Working from home and gorging on cheese from the fridge

Working from home and gorging on cheese from the fridge

After a year working from home again, and occasionally enjoying cheese and biscuits for lunch, I thought I’d share some thoughts about the experience.  Both myself and Karen my wife work mainly from home. I’m a PR trainer and consultant, specialising in digital corporate communications, online PR and digital public affairs while Karen is a […]

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A reflection on 2011

This year has been one of the most tumultuous ever for me. It has had its highs and its lows. It has seen me make momentous decisions that have changed my life for the better. The year started with several discussions with companies that were interested in acquiring or investing in Wolfstar. For a variety […]

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Bell Pottinger Uzbekistan: a maelstrom in a teacup?

Bell Pottinger Uzbekistan: a maelstrom in a teacup?

It seems a month can’t go by without Bell Pottinger, the UK’s self-styled ‘leading’ lobbying company, embroiling itself in a scandal. Today’s Independent article has certainly sparked off a plethora of criticism and commentary, much of it ill-informed and ill-conceived. It’s important to try and separate fact from fiction and cut through the spin on […]

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