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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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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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Award-winning Romanian tourism PR campaign

Award-winning Romanian tourism PR campaign

When the UK’s Conservative government decided to run an anti-immigration campaign in Romania to dissuade Romanians from coming to the UK a Romanian advertising agency came up with a fantastic response. The UK government campaign ‘You won’t like it here’ was intended to keep away Romanian migrants by showing how awful life in Britain is. […]

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PR and social media conference speaking in Autumn 2013

PR and social media conference speaking in Autumn 2013

I’ve got quite a few public relations and social media conference speaking gigs coming up this Autumn (or Fall for my American friends). World Communication Forum Davos, Prague, October 3-4 WCF Davos | Prague is the additional European session of the World Communication Forum that takes place in Davos in February every year, just after […]

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Social media for financial services

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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Social media monitoring guide for PR professionals

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

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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Is is time to abandon lobbying and target voters directly?

Is is time to abandon lobbying and target voters directly?

Today’s CITYA.M. carries an op-ed by communications consultant James Frayne. He argues that “It’s time for business to abandon lobbying and target voters directly”. The problem I’ve got with his argument is that actually that’s exactly what a lot of effective lobbying already does. When Oxfam was successfully campaigning for the global Arms Trade Treaty […]

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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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