Is Google turning evil?

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(This post first appeared on The Conversation) Google’s announcement of Search Plus Your World on Tuesday this week certainly got the digerati talking. Initially, reaction was quite positive. The idea that Google was explicitly acknowledging social signals as a ranking factor and giving people the opportunity to view either personalised or “objective” results was seen… Read more »

A 10 minute guide to SEO and PPC for PR people

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I deliver training workshops and webinars for both the CIPR and PRCA. I cover subjects such as SEO, social media, analytics and overall digital marketing – but always in the context of PR. It is gratifying when attendees tell me that I’ve helped demystify many of the concepts around SEO and PPC – and to… Read more »

Using Zendesk as a Press Office help desk for journalists

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If you think about, a press office is basically a help desk for journalists. The terminology may differ, but many of the processes are similar. An IT support desk will talk about support tickets – a press office will describe it as a journalist enquiry. Either way, both need to be dealt with and resolved… 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 »

Are you a UK Social Media Power Player?

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(This article first appeared on Marcom Professional) Can online influence be determined algorithmically? That’s the serious question behind the bit of fun I had last week creating the PR Week UK Social Media Power Player league table. Using PeerIndex to determine an overall influence score (and based on PR Week’s original Power Player selection), I’ve… Read more »

Are you suffering from the endowment effect? (Marcom Pro)

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Stop sniggering at the back there. The title of this week’s Marcom Pro Round-Up has nothing to do with Viagra-related spam e-mails. The endowment effect was an expression coined by American economist Richard Thaler to describe our tendency to set a higher selling price on what we own (are endowed with) than what we would pay… Read more »

Why fungibility is the PR industry’s biggest problem (Marcom Pro)

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As the head of WPP, Martin Sorrell’s pronouncements on any aspect of marketing are always worth paying attention to. Back in December, he suggested that the PR sector’s biggest issue was the lack of talent – at least by comparison with other industries such as investment banking and management consultancy. According to Sorrell: “professional consultancy firms… Read more »