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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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CIPR’s success in 2012

CIPR’s success in 2012

The UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) had an extremely successful 2012 and has published an infographic detailing some of its achievements. On a personal note I was elected to the CIPR’s national governing council to serve a three year term. The CIPR has also issued a news release with some of the key […]

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PR ethics - European Association of Communication Directors' debate

PR ethics – European Association of Communication Directors’ debate

In December I took part in a fascinating panel debate on ‘Defining ethics for today’s communicators’ at the European Association of Communication Directors‘ forum in Amsterdam. It was facilitated by Mike Cooper, editor-in-chief of the Holland Herald and the other panellists were Andre Manning, the vice president and global head of external communications at Royal […]

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Leveson PR and social media implications

Just to demonstrate that it is old media that still rules Leveson has only made advance copies of his report available to mainstream media. So I’m writing this as the minutes countdown to its release without the benefit of actually knowing what is in it. Two of my questions are around its implications for both […]

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Share This Too: Social media for PR professionals

Share This Too: Social media for PR professionals

Earlier this year I was one of several contributors to the ‘best-selling’ PR book Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals. It was published by Wiley in July and on pre-sales alone became a best-selling PR book on Amazon (which admittedly doesn’t require huge volumes of sales!) Despite the breadth of is content […]

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Commschat on CIPR Wikipedia guidance

I missed last night’s #commschat with Philip Sheldrake on the Wikipedia guidance that was published by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) last week. I think the CIPR guidance is a great first step and is currently the best way for public relations professionals to engage with Wikipedia on behalf of clients and employers. […]

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Social media newsrooms at CIPR Social Summer

Social media newsrooms at CIPR Social Summer

Social media newsrooms and modernised media relations was the topic of my workshop last night at the latest Chartered Institute of Public Relations Social Summer. When the alternative was enjoying some rare summer sun I was delighted that so many PR and corporate communications people turned out. More than 50 signed up,which I think is […]

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Can CIPR Wikipedia help with a real life problem with a Wikipedia entry?

Can CIPR Wikipedia help with a real life problem with a Wikipedia entry?

  I spent most of today providing online crisis communications training for the head of corporate communications for an overseas government regulatory authority. Coincidentally, one of the topics we covered was its Wikipedia page which is incomplete and out of date. It isn’t a commercial company and is notable enough to warrant an entry.   […]

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PR practitioners should not directly edit Wikipedia according to new CIPR guidance

PR practitioners should not directly edit Wikipedia according to new CIPR guidance

I wouldn’t normally publish a news release verbatim, but this is important and I’m pushed for time this week! Disclaimer: I’m a founder member of the CIPR Social Media panel that created the new Wikipedia guidance and made a few small suggestions of my own to its development. Public relations practitioners should not directly edit […]

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Social media newsrooms workshop at CIPR Social Summer

Social media newsrooms workshop at CIPR Social Summer

Social media newsrooms and modernised media relations is the title of the CIPR Social Summer seminar that I’m delivering on Thursday evening. It’s at the Russell Square headquarters of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and starts at 17:00. 28 June 2012 – Social Media Newsrooms With Stuart Bruce, International Communications Consultant and Trainer at Stuart […]

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