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Why the world of PR is changing by Alastair Campbell

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

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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Tom Foremski Thought Leaders event at the CIPR

Tom Foremski Thought Leaders event at the CIPR

Last week I chaired a ‘Thought Leaders’ event at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in London where I interviewed Tom Foremski who became the first major journalist to quit mainstream media to make a living from blogging when he left the Financial Times to found Silicon Valley Watcher. The event did leave me […]

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How PR can use Flipboard to create magazines

How PR can use Flipboard to create magazines

Flipboard is one of the new generation of news readers that provide a slick app to let you subscribe to news and topics on media websites, blogs and other social media and social networks. The latest updates make it really easy to create your own magazine by curating interesting content that you find. There are […]

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CIPR president election for 2014

CIPR president election for 2014

The election for the 2014 president of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has sparked several fascinating debates on both public relations and the future and relevance of the CIPR. What is without question is that this time, in Dr Jon White and Stephen Waddington, we have two absolutely outstanding candidates for president. I […]

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Ten years of blogging today

Today it is 10 years since my first blog post on April 23, 2003 when I became the first councillor in the UK start a blog. My PR blog followed shortly after and the first post was on July 8, 2003. I’d like to say I had amazing insight and realised then how important blogs […]

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Philips infographic for first quarter financial results

Philips infographic for first quarter financial results

Infographics can be fantastic, awful or simply work. This example from Philips is the latter. It simply presents the quarter one earnings for Philips in an alternative format. It’s good to see a genuine corporate communications, rather than marketing communications example. At a time when infographics are being exploited by PR, marketing and digital people […]

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Corporate communications and PR conference speaking summer 2013

Corporate communications and PR conference speaking summer 2013

I’ve got a few new corporate communications, PR and social media speaking engagements coming up over the next few months. I’ll also shortly be announcing dates for a series of two day online PR and corporate communications strategy master classes to be held in London in early July, Mumbai (India) in late July and Houston […]

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PR, Wikipedia and BP–a sorry tale

PR, Wikipedia and BP–a sorry tale

I spent yesterday at the European Parliament in Brussels running a training session for MEPs and their staff about Wikipedia and best practice. Most of what I said was based on the CIPR’s Wikipedia Best Practice guidelines that we produced last year in co-operation with Wikimedia and I had a small hand in helping to create. […]

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Google Reader is a big loss to PR practice

Google Reader is a big loss to PR practice

I’m trying and failing to make sense of the numerous blog posts and articles about the demise of Google Reader. For PR and journalism it was more than just another web service, it is actually a fundamentally important tool that vastly increases your ability to do your job well. Ironically I’ve hardly ever used the […]

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