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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 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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Corporate storytelling is an essential future PR skill

The problem with a 140 character tweet or six second Vine is that it’s impossible to tell a great story. However as Ernest Hemingway purportedly demonstrated with his six word story to win a bet – “For Sale: Baby’s shoes, never worn.” – you can if you’re creative enough. At just 35 characters, including punctuation, […]

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What will you post on Facebook or Twitter in 14 days’ time?

The UK government’s new bill restricting trade unions has an alarming proposal in it that has potentially devastating negative consequences for people working in public relations, digital communications and social media including members of the CIPR and PRCA. I invited Antonia Bance, the TUC’s head of campaigns and communications to write a guest post explaining […]

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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

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

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

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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