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Best Practice Guide for MPs Using Twitter for Open Up! - Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy

Best Practice Guide for MPs Using Twitter for Open Up! – Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy

Open Up! is the title and the sentiment of the report from the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy in the UK. The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) was asked to submit a report to the commission, which I was asked to write,  on how national politicians should use Twitter. The full CIPR submission is available […]

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What is PR? A definition for 2015

What is PR? A definition for 2015

What is public relations? Why in 2015 are we still asking what is PR? Most people who don’t work in public relations have a very poor grasp about what PR actually is and those working in related disciplines, such as advertising and marketing, often have the weakest grasp in that they think they know what it […]

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New Year's Honours 2015

New Year’s Honours 2015

As 2014 draws to a close it’s time for my alternative New Year’s Honours to say thank you to some of the people who’ve helped me, inspired me or contributed massively to the things I care about most. This list could easily go on and on, as I know so many talented and inspiring people, so […]

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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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