Technology and the Age of Anxiety

By Richard Bailey, editor, PR Academy, Looking back over the past decade, one narrative comes clear. A decade ago, there was an optimistic tone to discussions around media, technology and communication. This reached its high point with Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody (2008). Social media could be used to track down who had stolen a smartphone; collective …

The Grey Area Of Political Advertising – Do Political Influencers Have A Role To Play?

By Rohan Midha, MD, PMYB, Politicians and influencers – a modern day match? It’s well proven that influencers resonate with much of the public making them an ideal resource for shaping opinions through political advertising. In addition to being persuasive, the reach of influencers is one of the most cost-effective communication mediums out there, which …

The role of public relations in digital transformation

Recently I was speaking at/on a virtual conference, Insight Live, by Digital Leaders. Here’s my presentation which was aimed to help move on the conversation… The theme was digital transformation and of course I had an opinion about how the role of communication and public relations should be more integrated and a strategic part of …

Alexa, is AI taking over online marketing?

The year is 2033; velour tracksuits have made an unfortunate comeback, easyJet can send you to Mars for just over a fiver and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has officially taken over the world. Although we may have another 14 years before the robot revolution, AI is already dominating the multi-media sectors. With 72 per cent of …

#Hacked – even @Jack is not safe from hackers

By Hanna Basha, Partner at Payne Hicks Beach, Almost every company has a Twitter handle. Many companies also run accounts for their key figureheads to make communication feel more personal. However, Twitter is not without security concerns. Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account was hacked recently with the hackers posting offensive, ugly and racist tweets. If the …