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Top ten ways not to choose a social media consultant

I’ve just come from a breakfast meeting with Thomas Gensemer, the managing partner of Blue State Digital (BSD) and Joe Rospars, partner in BSD and Barack Obama’s former new media director. My post was inspired by a comment from Gensemer…

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How web 2.0 and politics interact with social media and business

I’ve spotted a couple of interest titbits that help illustrate how what is happening in social media and web 2.0 is changing the way we conduct and experience politics and business. The first is “Web Puts Dog-Whistle Politics on a…

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The Economist Seventh Annual Innovation Summit – CoverItLive

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General knowledge – the most essential skill for PR

Jane Smith at pr.(in a jar) has an interesting post on the good general knowledge skills, or lack of, in the public relations industry. She worries that it might “sound fogey-ish” to complain that “today’s new graduates don’t read much…

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Letter in today’s Guardian

The Guardian has very kindly printed my letter in today’s paper: I’m ashamed that Tony Woodley, the joint general secretary of my own union, has made an outrageous personal attack on John Hutton, one of the best cabinet ministers for…

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Farley’s baby milk and why is Heinz telling lies and ripping off customers?

My daughter is now just over one year old. After starting off on her Mum’s milk she gradually moved over first to a combination of mum and formula, and then to just formula. To begin with we used ready-made SMA…

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Financial Times asks “Is blogging good value for the C-suite?”

Today’s FT.com has an interesting article that asks “Is blogging good value for the C-suite?”. It’s quite a thought-provoking, if slightly confusing article, by-lined to Urs E. Gattiker, the inventor of My.ComMetrics.com and founder and Chief Technology Officer of CyTRAP…

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Music industry PR – who would have thought it

Those of you who know me well will perhaps be surprised by Wolfstar’s latest account win – dance music DJ and producer Chris Lake. In my 20+ years in the public relations industry I’ve handle a massive variety of clients,…

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Come back GNER, all is forgiven

A short while ago Simon Collister asked me on Twitter what I thought of booking tickets with National Express East Coast, compared to its predecessor GNER. The title of the post, should give you a clue. I can’t recall the…

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Small Business and Government: The Richard Report

This morning I caught the tail end of an interview with Doug Richard (the serial entrepreneur of Dragon’s Den fame). He was talking about how government support for small business was woefully inadequate, if not downright damaging. I found myself…

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