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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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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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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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Digital communications top PR skills gap

Digital communications top PR skills gap

New research shows that digital communications is the top skills gap amongst PR professionals. The research was conducted by PR Academy amongst its past and present students and 52% of respondents identified digital comms as the top skills gap, followed by strategic planning (46%) and measurement (44%). This isn’t surprising as the much bigger and […]

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Public relations isn’t part of marketing

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

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 ethics - European Association of Communication Directors' debate

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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Top in-house PRs on Holmes Report Influencer 100 list

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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