PR and Diplomacy – two sides of the same coin?

Ahead of his keynote address at this year’s Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture former British ambassador and co-founder of Agora Envisioning, Dr David Landsman OBE, spoke to Influence about the links between public relations and diplomacy. Here are some of our takeaways from our conversation with him: • While public relations and diplomacy are clearly not …

Positive purpose-led communications at Influence Live

Successful communications teams make the most of the strengths their organisations already possess. That was my key take away from two fascinating talks at Influence Live. Jules Chappell, managing director of London & Partners, the mayor’s official promotional company for the capital, explained how her team has emphasised the uniqueness of London as a city …

New trustee appointments at iprovision

The CIPR benevolent fund, iprovision, has strengthened its board with the appointment of three new trustees  – Lizzie D’Angelo, Baroness ‘Olly’ Grender and James Harkness. Announcing the appointments, iprovision chair and former CIPR president Tony Bradley said: “A number of long-serving trustees reached the end of their term at Christmas, and after carrying out an …

Liverpool FC: Champions of CSR

Liverpool football club is tackling local poverty through its Red Neighbours community campaign Football has come far since the advent of the Premier League in 1992, turning from a sport of muddy pitches and local lads into a global business where the average top-flight player earns more than £2m per year. This has led some …

‘Creativity will get us out of this mess’

Those were the words of Frederike Magnussen, co-founder of A Plastic Planet, the charity which provided the brief for this year’s Creative Shootout finalists. A Plastic Planet’s aim is to provide consumers with the choice to go plastic-free while shopping and the Shootout brought some of the most creative agencies in the UK together to …

Influence Live 3 – the future for Brand Britain

Influence Live is back and is coming April 2019! Positioning Brand Britain Our first speaker, Jules Chappell OBE, has spent her career working in the highest echelons of foreign affairs. Formerly the UK’s youngest-ever ambassador, Chappell worked to strengthen the UK’s relationships around the world including spells in Jordan, Iraq, and the US. She went on …

‘PRs don’t value ideas highly enough.’ Discuss…

At an Influence roundtable, eight PR professionals took a stand against giving ideas away for free. After a year-long hiatus, in April 2018 Kanye West returned to Twitter. “As a creative your ideas are your strongest form of currency. You have to protect your ability to create at all costs. Try to avoid any contractual …