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CIPRTV special on new UK public affairs lobbying register consultation

If like me you missed this week’s CIPRTV on the UK Cabinet Office’s proposals to introduce a Statutory Register of Lobbyists then it’s well worth catching up with it here: It’s presented by Russell Goldsmith of Marketiersdc and guests are Iain Anderson, of Cicero Consulting and Tamasin Cave, director of Spinwatch and leader of the […]

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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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Looking forward to 2012

Looking forward to 2012

In my personal reflections on 2011 blog post I promised/threatened to write a post about my professional plans and hopes for 2012. If 2011 was the year that I decided to pursue a portfolio career, then 2012 will have to be the year that brings it all together. Client / PR agency online PR and […]

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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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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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Lobbying is helping a boy to get a puppy

Lobbying is helping a boy to get a puppy

Billy wants a puppy so he has to lobby his parents. Hill & Knowlton in Canada the USA has put this promotional video together to help demonstrate the positive side of public affairs and lobbying – how experts can help you communicate with government.

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Did Bingle bungle blog on Pickles?

Did Bingle bungle blog on Pickles?

Online public affairs and using social media and the internet for analysing and influencing public policy isn’t as well advanced in the UK as it is in the USA where Washington lobbyists use it far more than public affairs professionals do in Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels. Last month I ran a training webinar for the […]

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