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Social media crisis comms–outflanking the Sunday Times

Social media crisis comms–outflanking the Sunday Times

When I’m doing online PR and social media training and communications consultancy I usually spend a lot of time on crisis communications looking at how it has and hasn’t changed because of the rise of social media. This weekend saw a classic case of how a smart PR operator can outflank one of the world’s biggest […]

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New timeline for Facebook pages infographic

I’m currently writing a more detailed guide to how politicians and campaigners can use the new timeline for Facebook pages, but in the meantime here’s an interesting infographic from iFrame Apps:

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A reflection on 2011

This year has been one of the most tumultuous ever for me. It has had its highs and its lows. It has seen me make momentous decisions that have changed my life for the better. The year started with several discussions with companies that were interested in acquiring or investing in Wolfstar. For a variety […]

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Edelman Capital Staffers Index 2011

Edelman Capital Staffers Index 2011

Edelman and StrategyOne, its global public affairs team, has just released the 2011 Capital Staffers Index which ‘analyses top trends in global public affairs and communications.’ It’s the third such annual report and is based on interviews with more than 500 senior staffers (legislative directors and above – not sure what job title this translates […]

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Bell Pottinger Uzbekistan: a maelstrom in a teacup?

Bell Pottinger Uzbekistan: a maelstrom in a teacup?

It seems a month can’t go by without Bell Pottinger, the UK’s self-styled ‘leading’ lobbying company, embroiling itself in a scandal. Today’s Independent article has certainly sparked off a plethora of criticism and commentary, much of it ill-informed and ill-conceived. It’s important to try and separate fact from fiction and cut through the spin on […]

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TUC using video to win public support for public sector strikes

From a professional communications perspective it’s interesting to see how the TUC (Trades Union Congress) is making good use of online video. Yesterday a poll about the Day of Action for the BBC showed that 61% of the public believe public sector workers are justified in going on strike over pension changes. It will be […]

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Greg Hands MP and Michael Dugher MP on the etiquette of Twitter

Greg Hands MP and Michael Dugher MP on the etiquette of Twitter

In this morning’s round-up of the Hansard Society roundtable on social media campaigning I wrote about the ‘lack of understanding and expertise in new social media channels.’ I didn’t realise at the time that Tory MP Greg Hands was providing us with a text book example that very morning. Much of today’s political Twitter conversation […]

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Social media campaigning in Westminster

Social media campaigning in Westminster

Building an effective social media campaign was the theme of a Hansard Society and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) roundtable I attended in Portcullis House at Westminster last week. It was a two part event with the first half consisting of campaign ‘insiders’ and the second of campaign ‘observers’. The first half was chaired […]

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Live video stream of London Conference on Cyberspace #LondonCyber

Live video stream of London Conference on Cyberspace #LondonCyber

Very impressed that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is providing embed codes for the London Conference on Cyberspace #LondonCyber Live stream one Live stream two

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Who is winning the UK political social media battle?

Who is winning the UK political social media battle?

Meltwater and The Holmes Report have created an infographic of the UK’s political social media scene. The report focuses on the volume and sentiment of online buzz for David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, from May to September of this year, searching through more than 200 million sources to provide insight into the popularity […]

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