Do you know what Public Relations is?

Somehow many corporate executives and even some PR professionals have lost sight of what public relations is. I still hear people confuse media relations with public relations. Public Relations: How an organization engages with its publics. The problem is that many people still assume we’re in 1994 when the only effective way to communicate with …

Do you know what Public Relations is?

Somehow many corporate executives and even some PR professionals have lost sight of what public relations is. I still hear people confuse media relations with public relations. Public Relations: How an organization engages with its publics. The problem is that many people still assume we’re in 1994 when the only effective way to communicate with …

Cannabis and Crisis Management

Its been a busy few months at Prohibition HQ and so I have been busy sorting out a number of new account wins. My next post will have some big news on that front but I will save that for later. However, here are two stories that caught my eye by offering a humorous and …

Forums and blogs: old social media still count

Rule 9 of yesterday’s 80 rules of social media was ‘Facebook is not the answer to your problems’ and today’s infographic illustrates exactly that point. I always smile when I hear people talking about online PR and social media being new – I was doing both in the mid to late-90s, it’s just that isn’t …

If you dance with the PR devil, defend what you do

I love my job. Most of the time. But I hate the company the PR industry keeps sometimes. For every company that uses PR for public good, there is another that is prepared to take the petro-chemical-dictatorial dollar. And while I may not approve of these firms’ ethics, I’d defend their right to take that …

Results – CIPR Scotland Pride Awards 2013

Thanks to everyone who attended the awards last night. The results and case studies are now live on the CIPR UK website. Please follow the link below to see the results. Laura Sutherland MCIPR, Chair of the CIPR Scotland Group, commented after the awards: “The CIPR Scotland PRide awards is the highlight of our national …

Strategic Public Relations Leadership

I learned this week about the Cockpit-in-Court, an early London theatre that stood where we find 70 Whitehall today. Apparently, it did as the name conveys host cockfights, although they stopped as long ago as the Jacobean times. The current building includes Kent‘s Treasury, built 1733-37. I attended an event in Kent’s Treasury this week …

British Gas on Twitter – was it truly two-way?

In the past week British Gas announced a fairly steep price rise – clearly this wasnt going to be popular.  It decided to take to Twitter…..you may have taken part in the chat or read about the fall out. There was a good discussion on the BBC  Radio 4 Today programme on Saturday. Taking part …

The Social CEO at Social Media Week 2013

Tuesday 24th September, Bloomberg, London: The Social CEO While the CEO’s of the world’s largest companies have been quick to grasp the power of social media for their organisations, they are not yet convinced of the benefits of their own personal use.  So, what are the opportunities and challenges for leaders who want to build …

An introduction to Web 3.0 for Social Data Week

Next week is Social Media Week. That’s well known. What’s less well known is that this is Social Data Week, and this facet of social underpins a lot of the stuff on next week’s agenda. Nevertheless, many people with social in their job description, from public relations to marketing to ‘digital’, are not yet fluent …