The five most important tweets on the #EU2014 vote

Seismic earthquakes. Political turmoil. Revolutionary. There’s been much written about the European elections, but the five tweets below provide clear lessons the UK political parties – and anyone with a passion for democracy – must learn: 1) Things are not what they seem Another Angry Voice has an important overview of the 12 things the …

New distance selling regulations take effect on 13 June 2014

All customer contracts for the supply of goods and services need to be reviewed as a matter of urgency as on the 13 June the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 comes into force. These new Regulations replace the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling Regulations) 2000 and the Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumers Home or Place …

Taking things up a notch on LinkedIn with Des Walsh

EPISODE 8 OF THE REPUTATION REVOLUTION PODCAST Queensland-based social media author, speaker and business coach Des Walsh is my special guest this week on the Reputation Revolution podcast. Des helps business owners, executives and freelance professionals get the edge in the new environment of social business. He has been in business for over 20 years and will shortly …

The Electoral Commission must investigate Tower Hamlets

The hugely delayed election results from Tower Hamlets became rather a running joke as Sunday evening stretched into Monday morning, with all sorts of jokes about how Tower Hamlets had just finished counting the AV referendum or was about to start on its 2015 general election count. But more substantively, some of the accounts emerging …

CIPR Cymru Social Short – A National Community

Last night we kicked off this year’s CIPR Cymru Social Shorts calendar in style, with a talk from Elena Cresci, community co-ordinator at theguardian.com. Social Shorts are part of CIPR Social Media Panel’s plan to take training social training across the UK. The theme of the event was ‘A National Community’, and Elena talked attendees …

#BrandVandals six months on

Organisations don’t own brands. They exist only as a result of the relationship between an organisation and its publics, typically customers. When that relationship goes wrong the brand is tainted. Today any difference between our expectation of a brand and its behaviour will lead to a conversation on the social web. Those conversations take place …

Has Edward Snowden changed privacy forever?

This week I attended the brilliant Thinking Digital in Newcastle. The conference had some truly world class speakers and some awe inspiring presentations from building a home on the Moon through to solving virus outbreaks across the planet. It is great to see how technology is being used to better the world rather than just to …

Disciplinary revamp by CIPR to strengthen public confidence

Members of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) have watched in horror as showbiz publicist Max Clifford was arrested for a string of highly serious sexual offences and is now serving a custodial sentence behind bars. Clifford never applied for membership of the CIPR in his entire career and if he had when I …