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PR skills gaps

PR measurement and digital communications two biggest skills gaps for PR

The Qualifications for Communicators Trends Survey 2015 reveals that PR measurement is the top skills gap and digital communications/social media is the top skill that respondents want to address in the next 12 months. After measurement the next two biggest skills gaps identified are budget management and crisis management. I find it particularly alarming that while measurement is […]

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State of PR Profession 2015

Senior PR practitioners lack digital and social media management skills

The CIPR State of the Profession 2015 report makes grim reading as it highlights that despite 96% claiming that ‘being considered a professional is important’ they don’t actually make much of an effort to actually be professional. More than half (52%) don’t have a professional qualification and most aren’t even bothering to evidence that they […]

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Best Practice Guide for MPs Using Twitter for Open Up! - Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy

Best Practice Guide for MPs Using Twitter for Open Up! – Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy

Open Up! is the title and the sentiment of the report from the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy in the UK. The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) was asked to submit a report to the commission, which I was asked to write,  on how national politicians should use Twitter. The full CIPR submission is available […]

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PR and social media set for continued growth

PR and social media set for continued growth

Lots of new research around at the moment that point to a positive future for the public relations business. Yesterday, the Financial Times published the fifth FTSE350 Boardroom Bellwether survey which revealed that almost half the boards of the UK’s largest public companies have not discussed their social media strategies in the past 12 months. […]

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Measurement replaces digital as PR professionals’ greatest training need

Measurement replaces digital as PR professionals’ greatest training need

PR Academy’s annual trends survey has revealed that 47% of its past and present students think measurement is the skill where they have the biggest gap. In separate research Professor Tom Watson at Bournemouth University discovered that 43% of companies are still using AVEs (Advertising Value Equivalents). Last year PR Academy’s survey showed that digital […]

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Twitter: Views are my own - oh no they aren’t

Twitter: Views are my own – oh no they aren’t

Twitter disclaimers such as “Views are my own and don’t reflect the views of my employer” are a subject that divides opinion. Some argue that they are an essential safeguard, others that they are meaningless. I’d go further and argue that for PR practitioners (and other communications disciplines) such disclaimers are actually dangerous. The reason […]

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Top 10 reasons it pays to blog for business

Top 10 reasons it pays to blog for business

This blog post sets out some of the main benefits of blogging for business, public relations, public affairs and corporate communications. It doesn’t just apply to business but could equally well apply to not-for-profit organisations, governments, politicians and non-governmental organisations. It’s a follow up to a post I wrote in December about ‘Why blogging still […]

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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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