Which journalists aren’t worth engaging with on Twitter?

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Consider the following argument: Most journalists are on Twitter. PRs should therefore spend more time “engaging” with journalists on Twitter. Seems to make logical sense (from a PR standpoint). Except that just because a journalist has a Twitter account, loads of followers and Tweets for Britain, doesn’t mean that PRs should attempt to interact and… Read more »

Dynamically updated Twitter lists now possible with Lissted

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We all know that Twitter lists can be very handy. One of the benefits of a list is that it allows you to keep track of what particular people are saying without actually having to follow them. Monitoring multiple lists in Tweetdeck or Hootsuite is certainly easier than having everything piling into your home stream… Read more »

Why conversion segments in Google Analytics are sexy as hell for PR (#pranalytics, #CIPR)

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I had the pleasure of presenting at the PR Analytics Conference in London last week along with a number of big names in the field including Pleon’s David Rockland and Jim Desler, Worldwide Head of PR for Microsoft. There was a large audience of senior PR folk in the room. My presentation was about how… Read more »

Influence Engine Optimisation (IEO): the future of PR?

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(This article first appeared on the CIPR Conversation) Mark Schaefer’s recently published book – Return on Influence – is a good primer on the emerging world of social scoring. He looks in great depth at the various social scoring platforms such as Klout, Peerindex and Kred as well as some case studies about how brands and individuals… Read more »

PR = reputation management. Really? Who are we kidding?

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(This post originally appeared at the CIPR Conversation). The launch of the VMA Group’s Business Leaders in Communications (BLCS) 2012  study stirred up some heated debate this week. Much of the ire was directed at the apparent lack of interest in social media by senior communications directors. According to the survey, a miserly seven per… Read more »

Using Zendesk to power a PR consultancy website

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Anyone who has looked at the escherman site recently will have noticed it has changed. We’ve ditched Squarespace and taken the bold step of using Zendesk as the framework for the entire site. Why did we do this? Zendesk is a brilliant web based helpdesk software product (disclosure: client). However, the more we looked into… Read more »

Recycled Friday: Is £2.5 billion really spent on press releases in the UK?

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I was inspired by the following comment from @adcontrarian in his latest blog post: Because I am a lazy bastard and the thought of writing five posts a week is a constant source of terror, I have decided to introduce a new policy around here. From now on, on Fridays,  I’m going to recycle old… Read more »

MarCom Professional is dead. Long live the CIPR Conversation.

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Since July 2009, I’ve been a regular contributor to the popular Marcom Professional site. Indeed, every fortnight, subscribers have been regaled with my peculiar thoughts on all things PR and marcom related via the Friday Round Up e-mail newsletter (every other week, the inimitable Mr Philip Sheldrake has done the honours). As of next Monday (April… Read more »

Top 5 reasons PR firms should ask clients/prospects for access to Google Analytics data

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In March 2010, I gave a presentation on PR and SEO at the CIPR HQ in Russell Square, London, to around 75 senior in-house communications directors and managers. I asked how many of them used Google Analytics data from their own corporate sites to inform their PR and communications strategies. Not a single hand went… Read more »