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 …

AI and data science understanding is now critical for PR professionals

Article researched by infoNation and supported by Chris Tomlinson, director, The Data Science Foundation, We are now in the midst of the 4th industrial revolution characterised by many as ‘’a fusion of technologies blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.” Data is right at the epicentre of this revolution: it continues to turn entire …

Two awards that shaped my career

By Miki Haines-Sanger, Golden Goose PR, The first experience I ever had of attending an industry awards event was losing. It was the PR Week Awards 2005 and Golden Goose PR was up for Best New Agency, an award that went to Threepipe. For a kitchen table start-up, the whole experience was as much an …

Become a Fellow and help lead our industry

CIPR Fellows and why they receive the honour: My story I’ve been a volunteer for the CIPR for over eight years in various roles ranging from Chair of the CIPR Scotland group through to more recently, Board Director and Council member. My drive was around helping the industry progress, changing the attitude of business towards what …

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 …

Misleading online ads the tip of the iceberg

By Paul Owen, Account Director, KRPR   The decision to crackdown on websites that advertised misleading discounts on hotel rooms has been praised by a leading digital marketing agency, but they warn the scale of the issue is much larger. Experts at Fat Media say there are still major issues surrounding the use of backdoor online advertising …

What can the comms industry learn from the most romantic time of the year?

By Niki Wheeler, Director, Launch The windows of nearby Regent Street are bursting with hearts and flowers. E-alerts are flooding in-boxes with deals on branded fizz, perfume, lingerie and sparkle. Social feeds are also positively rose-tinted as influencers and mere mortals capture insta-friendly shop fronts and interiors. Yet, with a ‘calamitous start to the year for …

Comms Strategy: What Can We Learn From Brexit?

By Carolyn Lochhead Reflect on your day so far. Even if it’s early, you’ve probably handled many different issues. Perhaps you’ve coerced children out of bed, checked the day’s headlines or navigated busy traffic. You might have taken phone calls, chaired meetings or made decisions about priorities big and small. Comms people are busy, and it …