PR round-up for the silly season

My public relations blogging has been light during July and August as I’ve had a couple of short holidays and been busier with consultancy and training projects than I would be normally during the summer. This is a quick round-up of some of the things that I should have blogged about. World Communications Review The […]

UK government communications and PR leads the world

Too many people think of the public sector as being slow to modernise and that the best innovation comes from the private sector. In the public relations profession that couldn’t be farther from the truth as many of the best examples of modernised public relations I know come from the public sector. The UK’s Government […]

PR and propaganda in Ukraine

Public relations in the minds of many people is equated with publicity and spin or even with propaganda, but PR professionals know that it’s none of these things. On Thursday evening CIPR International hosted an excellent discussion on the work of the Ukraine Crisis Media Center. The Ukraine Crisis Media Center describes itself as: “Ukraine […]

PRstack book of tools and tips for modern PR practice

My #PRstack: A practical guide to modern PR tools and workflow is a new crowd-sourced ebook published today. It has 19 chapters, each by a different contributor, detailing tips and tools you can use for different areas of public relations practice and activity. Some chapters use multiple tools so it explains how to use more than 40 […]

Back to the Future of Comms and the Marketing Leaders’ Masterclass

Just a quick alert to two fantastic PR and marketing events that I’m speaking at later this month: Marketing Leaders’ Masterclass | 21 April | Leeds A rare opportunity for me to do something in Leeds. The Marketing Leaders’ Masterclass has been put together by John McCambley and is being attended by some of the […]

Trust Me, PR is dead – long live public relations

Trust Me, PR is Dead is the provocative title of Robert Phillip’s long-awaited second book. It’s had many PR practitioners up in arms that a co-founder of Jackie Cooper PR and former EMEA CEO of Edelman should bite the hand that’s fed him (and them!) Having read and enjoyed the book I can let you […]

My CIPR CPD (continuous professional development) goals for 2015

Today is the first day of the new recording cycle for Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) continuous professional development (CPD) points Earlier this year I recorded my points in much the same way as I’ve done in previous years. A last minute look through the list on the CIPR websites to see what I’d done […]

David Cameron’s TV debate conundrum – what would you do?

I was asked yesterday how as a PR adviser I would advise UK prime minister David Cameron to get out of the massive hole he is in regarding the TV general election debates. Tony Blair’s former director of communications, Alastair Campbell has a great blog analysing what happened at the start of the debate about the debates […]

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 […]