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Social media for financial services

Yesterday I was one of the speakers at ‘Branding from the inside out: Empowering staff as social advocates’ at the Financial Services Forum. The seminar looked at if and how financial services companies could allow and even encourage their employees to use social media. Other speakers included: Professor Mike Beverland, a branding and marketing expert […]

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Share This Too online buzz

Share This Too: More Social Media Solutions for PR Professionals, the follow up to the best-selling Share This: The Social Media Handbook for PR Professionals is published on August 30. It’s already attracting a lot of online buzz and on pre-sales alone has taken the number one slot in Amazon’s ‘Hot New Releases in Sales […]

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Norwegian PM’s taxi video was a fake

Last weekend the political chattering classes, PR community and mainstream media got very excited about a brilliant campaign initiative by Norwegian Labour Party prime minister Jens Stoltenberg. It was a simple, but effective idea. Put him in a taxi driving around Oslo listening to what normal voters had to say and film it with a […]

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News UK master class in how not to do media relations

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good rant, but when a company that you love to hate does something incompetent it’s just too good an opportunity to miss. It’s 2013 so surely all but the most Neanderthal of PR people have grasped that you never, ever spam journalists or bloggers with badly targeted […]

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Jim Messina–should Labour be worried?

Some Labour tweeters and bloggers appear to have gone into meltdown over the news that the Conservatives have hired Obama campaign strategist Jim Messina. Why? Should Labour be worried that the Tories have hired Jim Messina? I don’t think so. I’m not convinced its a game changer, or even that is that significant. OK, we’re […]

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20 things 20-year olds don’t get–PR re-mix

Forbes has an interesting article by entrepreneur Jason Nazar on ‘20 things 20-year-olds don’t get’. I was going to comment on some of them, but then thought it might be more useful to share my thoughts on how they are relevant to young people who want to pursue a career in public relations. The first […]

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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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Conversation Prism 4.0 by Brian Solis and JESS3

The Conversation Prism was created by Brian Solis and design firm JESS3 in 2008. It used to be an element of some of my social media and online PR training to show that the online world was much bigger than just Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It has received some updates, but nothing major until now. […]

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Why the world of PR is changing by Alastair Campbell

When I did the PRConversations PRoust Questionnaire I cited Alastair Campbell as my PR hero. A choice that was criticised by some who simply see him as the master of the dark arts of spin and old command and control communications. I said that Alastair is much maligned and misunderstood, not only for what he […]

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Welcome to the CIPR–together we are stronger than we are alone

There’s an interesting debate in the comments of a guest post on CIPR president elect Stephen ‘Wadds’ Waddington’s blog. Alister Foye claims Wadds “is one cog in the engine of an oil tanker that has been on the wrong course for over a decade.” This is very much at odds with my experience as most […]

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