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State of PR Profession 2015

Senior PR practitioners lack digital and social media management skills

The CIPR State of the Profession 2015 report makes grim reading as it highlights that despite 96% claiming that ‘being considered a professional is important’ they don’t actually make much of an effort to actually be professional. More than half (52%) don’t have a professional qualification and most aren’t even bothering to evidence that they […]

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PR and social media set for continued growth

PR and social media set for continued growth

Lots of new research around at the moment that point to a positive future for the public relations business. Yesterday, the Financial Times published the fifth FTSE350 Boardroom Bellwether survey which revealed that almost half the boards of the UK’s largest public companies have not discussed their social media strategies in the past 12 months. […]

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Measurement replaces digital as PR professionals’ greatest training need

Measurement replaces digital as PR professionals’ greatest training need

PR Academy’s annual trends survey has revealed that 47% of its past and present students think measurement is the skill where they have the biggest gap. In separate research Professor Tom Watson at Bournemouth University discovered that 43% of companies are still using AVEs (Advertising Value Equivalents). Last year PR Academy’s survey showed that digital […]

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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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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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World’s best connected leaders on Twitter

World’s best connected leaders on Twitter

International PR consultancy Burson-Marsteller has published some interesting ‘Twiplomacy’ research on the world’s most connected leaders on Twitter. The governments of more than three-quarters of the 193 UN member countries have a presence on Twitter. More interestingly almost half of the 505 accounts analysed are personal accounts belonging to heads of state, heads of government […]

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Social media monitoring guide for PR professionals

Social media monitoring guide for PR professionals

Social media monitoring is one of the fundamental building blocks of starting to integrate social media and social networks into your public relations strategy. If you aren’t listening and understanding then you can’t start to enter the conversation in a meaningful way that will start to help you achieve real organisational and business objectives. The […]

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Is is time to abandon lobbying and target voters directly?

Is is time to abandon lobbying and target voters directly?

Today’s CITYA.M. carries an op-ed by communications consultant James Frayne. He argues that “It’s time for business to abandon lobbying and target voters directly”. The problem I’ve got with his argument is that actually that’s exactly what a lot of effective lobbying already does. When Oxfam was successfully campaigning for the global Arms Trade Treaty […]

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Lies, damned lies trade unions and lobbyists

Lies, damned lies trade unions and lobbyists

Yesterday I tweeted that legislation made in haste, is rarely good legislation. It was only after that I discovered that indeed it appears the government is careering headlong down a path of disastrous legislation to regulate lobbyists. Unfortunately much of the media coverage and comments from ‘experts’ are simply spinning their own agenda or arguing […]

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