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World Communications Forum and C4F Awards in Davos

The Communications on Top World Communication Forum 2013 and (C4F) Communication for Future Awards in Davos take place this week. There is great line-up of speakers including: Paul Holmes, founder and CEO of The Holmes Report and SABRE awards; Andre Manning, vice president corporate communications for Royal Philips Electronics; Anne Villemoes, head of communications for […]

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Public relations isn’t part of marketing

This blog post started as a comment on Stephen ‘Wadds’ Waddington’s thought-provoking article about ‘The public relations industry’s confidence problem’, but it was so thought-provoking the comment rapidly became too long. His central thesis is that public relations is too introspective and needs to have more confidence of the role it plays in the broader […]

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Corporate communications videos need good stories and emotions

The predictions are that 2013 is the year when video becomes an even more important corporate communications and PR channel than it already is. The problem I’ve got is that personally I think a lot of the ‘great’ videos that people share are just more than a bit rubbish. However, just as I’m thinking how […]

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PR training international blog visitors

Next week’s World Communications Forum in Davos has PR and corporate communications speakers and delegates from dozens of different countries so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at where visitors to my public relations blog come from. Not surprisingly for an English language blog most are from the UK and USA. […]

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Twitter password attack is reminder why corporate social media security is important

The Twitter password security breach is a good reminder of why it is important to always protect yourself by using good online security. You should be doing it on your personal accounts, but if you are responsible for corporate social media accounts it is even more important to get it right. They are more vulnerable […]

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PR ethics – European Association of Communication Directors’ debate

In December I took part in a fascinating panel debate on ‘Defining ethics for today’s communicators’ at the European Association of Communication Directors‘ forum in Amsterdam. It was facilitated by Mike Cooper, editor-in-chief of the Holland Herald and the other panellists were Andre Manning, the vice president and global head of external communications at Royal […]

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PR and corporate communications conferences in early 2013

There is a raft of interesting public relations and corporate communications conferences on my radar at the moment, some of which I’m speaking at, others simply attending and others that just look good. Reputation in Financial Services, London, UK 22 January Now in its fourth year (I’ve previously been a speaker) it looks at how […]

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The truth about dishonesty by RSA Animate

The RSA in London produces RSA Animate an excellent series of animations on a variety of topics. Courtesy of public relations academic Philip Young I’ve just watched this thought provoking one on “The truth about dishonesty”. It’s well worth the eleven minutes it takes to watch and you’ll want to view it full screen so […]

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Top in-house PRs on Holmes Report Influencer 100 list

The Holmes Report has just published the latest edition of The Influence 100 list of the world’s most important in-house communicators which I blogged about last year when the first list came out. As you’d expect all those who responded to the survey are responsible for hiring and firing public relations consultancies. The number responsible […]

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Leveson PR and social media implications

Just to demonstrate that it is old media that still rules Leveson has only made advance copies of his report available to mainstream media. So I’m writing this as the minutes countdown to its release without the benefit of actually knowing what is in it. Two of my questions are around its implications for both […]

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