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Twitter: Views are my own – oh no they aren’t

Twitter disclaimers such as “Views are my own and don’t reflect the views of my employer” are a subject that divides opinion. Some argue that they are an essential safeguard, others that they are meaningless. I’d go further and argue that for PR practitioners (and other communications disciplines) such disclaimers are actually dangerous. The reason […]

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Top 10 reasons it pays to blog for business

This blog post sets out some of the main benefits of blogging for business, public relations, public affairs and corporate communications. It doesn’t just apply to business but could equally well apply to not-for-profit organisations, governments, politicians and non-governmental organisations. It’s a follow up to a post I wrote in December about ‘Why blogging still […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

My ten New Year’s resolutions for 2014 are: Be a better husband, father, brother and son. Spend more real life time with friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Not to let the b*****ds grind me down and remember it’s better to be nice and generous than be selfish and make enemies. Continue to campaign and work for […]

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Why blogging still matters for public relations

This year I celebrated the tenth anniversary of my A PR Guy’s Musings blog. Some of the other early pioneers of blogging have recently written about whether blogs are still relevant. The first was a post by Tom Foremski, who left the Financial Times to become the first journalist to quit mainstream media to write […]

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PR practitioners and academics working together

Last week at the NEMO Flashpoints conference at Campus Helsingborg at the University of Lund in Sweden there was discussion both at the conference and online via Twitter about the lack of co-operation and interaction between public relations practitioners and PR academics. This was a topic that was also raised at the PR and Disruption […]

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Who owns social media?

I spoke on yesterday’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) panel at Leeds Business Week where we inevitably touched on the hoary old question of who owns social media. It’s hard to believe that a question we were asking 10 years ago is still being debated today. My view is that no one discipline or […]

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PR and social media conference speaking in Autumn 2013

I’ve got quite a few public relations and social media conference speaking gigs coming up this Autumn (or Fall for my American friends). World Communication Forum Davos, Prague, October 3-4 WCF Davos | Prague is the additional European session of the World Communication Forum that takes place in Davos in February every year, just after […]

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Share This Too online buzz

Share This Too: More Social Media Solutions for PR Professionals, the follow up to the best-selling Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals is published on August 30. It’s already attracting a lot of online buzz and on pre-sales alone has taken the number one slot in Amazon’s ‘Hot New Releases in Sales […]

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News UK master class in how not to do media relations

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good rant, but when a company that you love to hate does something incompetent it’s just too good an opportunity to miss. It’s 2013 so surely all but the most Neanderthal of PR people have grasped that you never, ever spam journalists or bloggers with badly targeted […]

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Social media monitoring guide for PR professionals

Social media monitoring is one of the fundamental building blocks of starting to integrate social media and social networks into your public relations strategy. If you aren’t listening and understanding then you can’t start to enter the conversation in a meaningful way that will start to help you achieve real organisational and business objectives. The […]

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