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Brexit – 12 immediate actions for PR, corporate communications and public affairs professionals

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. This has already sent shockwaves through global financial markets which will massively impact businesses and organisations. However, as the dust settles on this bombshell it will become clearer what the direct impact of Brexit will be on businesses and organisations. Public relations, corporate communications, public affairs […]

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PR problem? Hire a journalist… or rather don’t if you want to have successful PR

I actually laughed out loud when I read this story about the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson setting up a corporate consultancy to advise on crisis communications and then even more rapidly closing it again because of the crisis it created. It would be even funnier if it wasn’t so tragic. The fact that […]

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How to use virtual reality for public relations

How to use virtual reality for public relations

Virtual reality was a popular prediction for what’s going to be big in 2016. I think it’s a virtual reality itself as 2016 isn’t going to be the breakthrough year of mass adoption, but it is still something that PR professionals need to understand and be ready for. I want to strip away the hype digital […]

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Company reputation worth £1.7 trillion to UK economy, but quarter of firms ignore it

More than a quarter of the value of small and mid-sized firms is tied to their reputation, yet many firms still fail to properly manage it. That’s the shocking finding of new research by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO and independent membership organisation the Quoted Companies Alliance. The research says that small and mid-cap […]

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PR rising in Africa rising

By 2020 African consumers will be spending more than a trillion dollars. 80% own mobile phones. 80% of mobiles sold in Kenya are smartphones, a 50% increase. In 2014 advertising spend in Africa increased 14.6%, compared to a global average of 3.2%. Those were just some of the amazing statistics I learned when I spoke […]

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PR using owned media for modernised crisis communications rebuttal

Amazon is the latest big company to use modernised crisis communications to rebut attacks in mainstream media. Jay Carney, Amazon’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, used a self-published article on Medium to rebut a critical New York Times article and attack its credibility. Carney is no stranger to high stakes, negative attacks by journalists as […]

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If your mother says she loves you, check it out

Verifying social media and social network posts for PR | If your mother says she loves, check it out

The refugee crisis in Europe has once again seen the widespread distribution of misinformation by social media. The photo above purports to show refugees in Germany attacking the police and brandishing an ISIS flag. Perfect evidence for right-wing objectors to Europe’s humanitarian response. Except it doesn’t. The photo is actually three years old and is a fight between […]

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David Cameron’s TV debate conundrum – what would you do?

I was asked yesterday how as a PR adviser I would advise UK prime minister David Cameron to get out of the massive hole he is in regarding the TV general election debates. Tony Blair’s former director of communications, Alastair Campbell has a great blog analysing what happened at the start of the debate about the debates […]

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PR ethics and journalism ethics in the face of media business meltdown

Since columnist Peter Oborne sensationally resigned from The Telegraph with a devastating public critique of what he believed to be its declining ethical and editorial standards I’ve read very little about the role and implications for PR, corporate communications and business. To summarise Oborne’s critique is that The Telegraph now puts commercial interests above journalistic […]

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