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Burson-Marsteller and Facebook isn’t just right or wrong

I’ve hesitated to add to the plethora of informative, biased, ignorant, helpful and self-righteous blog posts that have been published on the ‘Burson-Marsteller paid by Facebook to smear Google’ story. However, I do think there are still some relatively unexplored areas to discuss. The thrust of the arguments against Burson-Marsteller are that 1) It’s wrong […]

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Media that I pay for

Ged Carroll blogged about media that he pays for and then Stephen Waddington followed, so I thought I’d add to what could become a meme and list my personal essentials: The Guardian – no matter how in to ‘online’ I am, nothing beats a physical newspaper. It’s so much more enjoyable and easier to read […]

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Social media newsroom X Factor at Communicate corporate communications conference

I attended Communicate Magazine’s Social Media in a Corporate Context conference last week and sat on the ‘judging’ panel for a session which aimed to examine social media newsrooms in the style of an X Factor audition. The other ‘judges’ were Ruth Sunderland (Business Editor of The Observer) and Sam Proctor (Director of Emerging Media, […]

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PR must accept that social media drives news and reputation management

I’ve long advocated that social media doesn’t work if you consign it to a silo and treat it simply as part of your digital marketing. The BBC is the the first mainstream news organisation to mandate its journalist to use social media and social networks as a primary source. Peter Horrocks, the new director of […]

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A duck’s Christmas quacker video

My brother has adopted two ducks and despite not being quackers decided to let them in the joy of Christmas by opening their own present. This was after Duck Duck narrowly escaped a roasting after disappearing for five days just before Christmas as reported in the Whitehaven News – Christmas quacker: a lucky duck returns […]

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Why openupnow’s open primaries won’t work

Openupnow.org is yet another organisation that has jumped on the current political bandwagon for open primaries.It looks a great campaign, but… and it’s a very big but, it’s very badly thought out. The idea of open primaries is very seductive, emotionally I think they are brilliant. The open primaries between Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton, […]

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