New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

My ten New Year’s resolutions for 2014 are: Be a better husband, father, brother and son. Spend more real life time with friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Not to let the b*****ds grind me down and remember it’s better to be nice and generous than be selfish and make enemies. Continue to campaign and work for […]

Discover The PR challenges of 2014

Today is a new year and fresh challenges await us in 2014. To mark the start of this year, The CIPR has produced a 30 page ebook  looking biggest trends and issues affecting public relations across eleven sectors and twelve of the UK’s regions and nations.  The importance of the NHS as a barometer for […]

Why blogging still matters for public relations

This year I celebrated the tenth anniversary of my A PR Guy’s Musings blog. Some of the other early pioneers of blogging have recently written about whether blogs are still relevant. The first was a post by Tom Foremski, who left the Financial Times to become the first journalist to quit mainstream media to write […]

Top ten blog posts of 2013

People (well colleagues at Claremont) have accused me of only blogging when I’m angry. But, it appears, I’m just giving the public what they want. Behold my top ten most read blog posts of 2013: 1) British Gas are a bunch of numpties Anyone who can make a company share price crash through social media […]

FOR UNDER 24s: Create Content Without Boundaries

Sometimes you stumble on something that catches your imagination and fills in some of the blanks. That happened listening to Millie Riley a broadcast assistant who was talking on BBC Radio 5’s Review of 2013. She was talking about how under 24-year-olds consume their radio and how their radio is online, face-to-face, shared… and on […]

Christmas PR advice – follow that star

As PR practitioners, we’ve all probably got ambitions or thoughts about the direction we wish to travel in our futures. However, we might not have set specific goals. The Star of Bethlehem was the goal that inspired the three wise men (magi) seeking the new born Jesus in the traditional nativity story and this inspires […]

Have your selfie an app-y little Christmas – fragmented PR narratives

This is the year of the selfie – which the Washington Post illustrates with some great examples. For post #11 in my 12 Days of Christmas series, I’m situating the selfie within a broader trend of 2013 – the great use of photographs by online publications (and social media) which work superbly on tablets. On […]

A Winter’s Tale of story-telling, organisational narrative and content marketing

Story-telling and organisational narrative have been discussed in relation to public relations for some time (see PR Conversations posts by Judy Gombita: Constructing the organisational narrative and me: Plotting PR narrative in social media). But it is in 2013 that the concepts have really gained a higher profile – making these the focus of post […]

Why the digital Christmas card is not good PR

When I began researching the origins of careers in public relations, I came across Sir Henry Cole, who I argued in my 2010 presentation at the International History of PR conference (subsequently adapted for publication in Public Relations Review), should … Continue reading →

Popular culture, Christmas and PR

Popular culture is a key part of Christmas and talking with a friend yesterday, we shared a love of classic Christmas movies, and spoke about the number of new seasonal themed CDs that have been released this year. So this … Continue reading →