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Playing the long game

So less than a season after being appointed, David Moyes is RIP at Manchester United. As a Chelsea supporter all too familiar with the managerial merry-go-round, I find it hard to believe that United have made a decision so swiftly – did he get a fair crack of the whip or was he doomed from […]

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Will London Live herald a new era for regional TV?

In an age where we access news and entertainment in a number of ways, is there really a market for yet another local TV station? As a fast-paced PR agency with clients ranging from fashion experts to fund managers, the way we monitor the news agenda has changed considerably over the last five years.  When […]

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Rolling News Heralds the News Jacking Era

The Budget is always a red letter day in a  PR consultant’s calendar as the media wait eagerly for a flurry of incisive comments  on the contents of the Chancellor’s speech predicting  the ensuing impact on  the future wealth and prosperity of the nation. The race to be first past the post to issue a […]

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The need for speed

The death of Bob Crow this week emphasised just how fast publications have become at breaking news online, and how fierce the competition is to be the first to publish a story. One of my eagle eyed colleagues spotted the news on the TV, and only a few moments later the story was showing online. […]

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Why won’t press releases die?

A few months ago executive director of government communications Alex Aiken said the press release was dead and that issuing press releases was just tele-sales. He has a point, the press release has been with public relations for a long time – since 1906 in fact when Ivy Lee, probably the founder of public relations, […]

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Beware the media maelstrom

Organisational culture by its very nature breeds a degree of arrogance and superiority. Many an organisation quite rightly spends a hefty budget on team building, boosting morale – and various other institutional manifestations of chest-beating. We all want to feel good about where we work and the company wants staff to be productive, but when faced […]

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Invest in staff to grow your business

What business would turn down the opportunity to grow by following a few simple steps? Very few, yet many companies are missing out by failing to develop their businesses effectively. People make a business and well motivated and trained staff support business growth. This is what Investors in People (IIP) sets out to achieve. Irrespective […]

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Investing in People to Engage and Inspire

PR is very much a people business and it is the enthusiasm and expertise of our team that enables us to win, develop and maintain long term relationships with our clients. The staff here are our greatest asset. Our commitment to invest in their development and maintain a motivated workforce was the driver behind our […]

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The Risks and Rewards of Social Media

Plenty of social media pitfalls have engaged and enraged, enthralled and entertained us over the past 12 months. Whether it was Sally Bercow being sued for Tweeting about Lord McAlpine or PR executive Justine Sacco generating a Twitterstorm, which resulted in her losing her job as the hashtag #Hasjustinelandedyet  trended more widely than Justin Bieber […]

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I’m coming out

While I am of the strong opinion that someone’s sexuality (no matter whether they are in the public eye or not) is not newsworthy, the recent You Tube announcement from London 2012 Bronze Medallist Tom Daley is of interest to me for other reasons. Of all the different social media channels available today, why did […]

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