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New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

My ten New Year’s resolutions for 2014 are: Be a better husband, father, brother and son. Spend more real life time with friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Not to let the b*****ds grind me down and remember it’s better to be nice and generous than be selfish and make enemies. Continue to campaign and work for […]

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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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Reunion–stunning emotional video from Google India

Reunion–stunning emotional video from Google India

Content marketing is an awful phrase, so I’d hate to describe this beautiful video from Google India as that. It’s a heart-warming tale of friendship across the Pakistan India border. Not only is it a wonderful story, but it practically illustrates the benefits that Google technology can bring to peoples’ lives – search, Android and […]

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Batkid - Obama’s master class in how to use Vine

Batkid – Obama’s master class in how to use Vine

The heart-warming story of how thousands of people in San Francisco turned out to help a boy recovering from leukaemia  fulfil his wish to be Batman has made the news headlines all around the world. But just when you thought it couldn’t get any schmaltzy along comes this amazing Vine video from Barack Obama. I’m […]

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Flipboard for Windows 8 review

Flipboard for Windows 8 review

Flipboard for Windows 8 is finally in the Windows store. And it was worth the wait. I’ve one criticism (and it’s a big one), but far more praise (and it’s big praise). As this is a public relations blog I don’t often review or write about technology (despite it being a good way to get […]

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Forums and blogs: old social media still count

Forums and blogs: old social media still count

Rule 9 of yesterday’s 80 rules of social media was ‘Facebook is not the answer to your problems’ and today’s infographic illustrates exactly that point. I always smile when I hear people talking about online PR and social media being new – I was doing both in the mid to late-90s, it’s just that isn’t […]

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80 rules of social media - for PR redux

80 rules of social media – for PR redux

Social Media London has a great ‘80 rules of social media’ infographic by Jeremy Waite, head of social strategy for Adobe EMEA. I’ve pulled out my favourites and not so favourites: 5 If you talked to people the way advertising talked to people, they’d punch you in the face – courtesy of that great Hugh […]

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Verification Handbook for journalists and aid providers

Verification Handbook for journalists and aid providers

The Verification Handbook from the European Centre of Journalism is a new resource for journalists and aid responders, which provides tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for using user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies. The announcement states: “In a crisis situation, social media and social networks are overloaded with situation updates, calls for relief, reports of new […]

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PR practitioners and academics working together

PR practitioners and academics working together

Last week at the NEMO Flashpoints conference at Campus Helsingborg at the University of Lund in Sweden there was discussion both at the conference and online via Twitter about the lack of co-operation and interaction between public relations practitioners and PR academics. This was a topic that was also raised at the PR and Disruption […]

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Who owns social media?

Who owns social media?

I spoke on yesterday’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) panel at Leeds Business Week where we inevitably touched on the hoary old question of who owns social media. It’s hard to believe that a question we were asking 10 years ago is still being debated today. My view is that no one discipline or […]

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