Acts of kindness: Raising awareness of benevolence

The CIPR benevolent fund, iprovision, has thrown its weight behind a new PR campaign aimed at raising awareness of the impact grant-making charities have on society. One Day Changes Lives is a new national awareness day on October 16, and created by the Association of Charitable Organisations (ACO) – the umbrella body uniting charities that …

This is not a drill: Counter-terrorism communications

When a major terrorist incident occurs, communications really can save lives. We can all learn lessons from those who have witnessed such comms planning up close… Terrorists don’t just turn up on the day and decide to commit an atrocity. It’s a big deal for them too. Their planning isn’t all hooded figures staking out …

How brands can navigate China’s livestreaming market

By Carol Chan, MD, Comms8 An astounding 98% of people in China experience the internet through their mobile phone, which instantly makes over 800 million users a formidable cohort for marketers to tap into. When combined with the steady growth of the Chinese middle-class it is clear to see the business opportunities waiting for the …

Government needs to look, listen and learn

By Mandy Pearse, FCIPR, Chart PR  It is high time that government looked, listened and learnt from the innovative PR practice in local government instead of telling Councils how to communicate with their citizens. Taking Hackney Council through the courts to stop it producing a fortnightly council newspaper is a clear example of dogma versus evidence. …

Seven reasons why being on a board is good for your career

By Christine Bowles, Head of PR and Marketing, Renaix and Fiona Hathorn, Managing Director, Women on Boards UK. CIPR members have many of the capabilities that community and business boards across the UK are looking for right now. Good boards will be doing a skills audit and looking for the qualities you could bring rather …