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 […]

PR ethics and journalism ethics in the face of media business meltdown

Since columnist Peter Oborne sensationally resigned from The Telegraph with a devastating public critique of what he believed to be its declining ethical and editorial standards I’ve read very little about the role and implications for PR, corporate communications and business. To summarise Oborne’s critique is that The Telegraph now puts commercial interests above journalistic […]

CIPR general election manifesto

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has published the CIPR Manifesto to “provoke an open and informed debate” ahead of the 2015 UK general election. It discusses seven issues and challenges and for each of them calls for specific action from the next UK government. It is very late in the policy making process so […]

Ill-informed politicians and journalists kicking NHS PR professionals – again

 The Telegraph has an incredibly ill-informed article on ‘NHS ‘spin bill’ soars as crisis grows’. Oh the irony of a journalist falling for a politician’s spin about spin. What galls is that I know that most of these politicians don’t really believe what they say. They are simply attacking investment in PR because it’s brilliant election campaign fodder […]

Communications and campaigning has to be different in 2015

In the UK general election fever is already dominating the news more than four months before the actual election giving the electorate (note I don’t say voters) more than long enough to get turned off and disillusioned. Yesterday’s Guardian had an article on the Conservative Party’s latest campaign debacle when it emerged its first election campaign poster […]

What is PR? A definition for 2015

What is public relations? Why in 2015 are we still asking what is PR? Most people who don’t work in public relations have a very poor grasp about what PR actually is and those working in related disciplines, such as advertising and marketing, often have the weakest grasp in that they think they know what it […]

Should your C-suite tweet? Maybe!

‘Should the C-suite tweet?’ was the question at the recent CIPR Corporate and Finance’s group seminar. The unequivocal answer from the panel of experts was maybe! The expert PR panel was made up of: Stuart Jackson, former director, CEO Office, EE, now CEO and founder of UP communications Jon Sellors, RSA Group, UK head of […]

The economics of reputation toolkit

The Public Relations Consultants Association has published an interesting piece of work examining the value of reputation. It draws insight from business, PR professionals and academics and was led by Tony Langham of Lansons Communications. The ‘Economics of Reputation’ toolkit focuses on five questions: What is reputation? Why has reputation become a critical issue? How […]

Blogging is dead: just 36% of internet users write blogs

Blogging is dead, long live blogging. An interesting statistic from the GWI Brand report reveals that 36% of internet users aged 16-64 said that they wrote on a personal blog within the last month. According to GWI that’s 545 million people across the 32 countries that GWI researched. Most are blogging about popular culture with […]