Public Relations Research: Thinking Outside the Box at BledCom

A public relations research conference is a good place to test some of the assumptions underlying practice. BledCom, an international public relations research symposium that has just finished its 26th annual meeting in Bled, Slovenia, stirred up controversy by questioning the practice’s interests in trust and reputation. Do these topics really merit the importance attached …

Influencer marketing’s indecent proposals

Recent ‘fake’ engagements by influencers show context collapse and authenticity as performance art. So, it appears that fashion influencer, Marissa Casey Fuchs pimped out her wedding proposal to the highest brand bidder. Or, at least, her fiance Gabriel Grossman did. How do we know? The pitch deck for the ‘campaign’ has surfaced. It became the focus of yet another, …

How to protect brand and content promoted by Influencers

Influencers, bloggers, PR companies, communication agencies and brands create online content to create buzz and increase knowledge around a product or service. But how do you ensure regulatorily compliant content, protect content and make sure you own it? And even if getting attention is the aim, what can be done when the attention is negative …

Phone-based video editing: More bang for your buck

Video editing on your phone has never been easier – or more sophisticated. Two of my favourite on-phone editors have just had significant upgrades, potentially making life more cushty for all of us and, increasingly, rivalling the functionality of high-level desktop editing software. Starting out: iMovie iMovie for IOS is free from Apple and superbly …

Why VW’s electric driving campaign is worth the risk

Most companies expressly avoid mentioning past scandals in their advertising. Not so VW, which makes its 2015 diesel emissions crisis the starting point for its latest ad ‘Hello Light’. The ad is clearly intended to signal VW’s shift to electric driving, while drawing on the company’s glory days of the 1960s and 1970s. It is …

Digital exclusion: internet access in the UK has peaked

Thirteen percent of adults in the UK do not use the internet. It’s a figure that has remained unchanged since 2014 according to Ofcom. That’s a problem for public engagement. Access to digital services and literacy rates have plateaued in the UK according to new data published by the broadcast and telecom watchdog Ofcom. The …

What if Instagram hid follower numbers?

How would influencer marketing change if Instagram hid follower numbers? Would content quality improve? Would power switch from the creator to the platform? Would scenario analysis help firms anticipate change? Last month I reported on Instagram testing a new feature which shields audiences from the number of likes a post receives. I then gave five potential implications …

How Fox Became Foxy

The American news channel has rebranded political communication, says Reece Peck, author of an explosive new book. The ‘fighting for the little guy’ rhetoric of Fox News hosts has often been dismissed as a simple gimmick. But, after years of studying Fox’s programming, I’ve come to realise that this isn’t the case. Not only does …

The influencer marketing industry in 2019

By Adam Williams, CEO of Takumi, It was a rocky start to the new year for Instagram and the influencer marketing industry. In January, the release of two high profile documentaries around Fyre Festival, whose promoters had used influencer marketing to ‘catfish’ consumers, only for the event to spectacularly – and very publicly – fail. With …