Category: AEC

Will new CE blog prompt Tweet change?

The UK’s main pan-industry membership body for the construction industry, Constructing Excellence, has gradually been embracing Web 2.0 approaches. Last year, some staff started posting updates from Twitter and the CE website began offering RSS feeds. It has now just started its own blog (thanks to Su Butcher for the alert – via Twitter). This …

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Blogging and project management

I met yesterday with a friend – let’s call him ‘Glenn’ – who works for one of the UK’s leading construction contractors. We talked a bit about social media and its take-up in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector, and he described how his organisation had experimented internally with blogs. The initial explosion of …

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Will the future of events be virtual?

Phil Clark has just blogged about the potential impact of virtual worlds such as Second Life on the management of conferences and other events. He believes that we will see “an amalgam of live and online events” begin to develop, where a live event coincides with a virtual one and the two feed off each …

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Blog as self or company?

After my presentation at the CIMCIG event on Wednesday, I was asked if people in the social media world would welcome someone writing from a corporate perspective. Drawing on my own experience of corporate blogging, I emphasised that social media was really about people having conversations online. As such, it made sense to make sure …

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Mission-crittall

  No, the title’s not a typo – it reflects an interesting part of my presentation at today’s CIMCIG conference at the Building Centre in London. As outlined on Monday, I was down to talk about the rise of online communications as part of the marketing mix, particularly during a construction recession. Last week I …

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CIMCIG

I am preparing my talk for Wednesday’s CIMCIG conference at the Building Centre in London (a happy return to the venue of Be2camp 2008 which I co-organised last year). The theme for the conference is Downturn Marketing: A survivors’ guide to recession, and I will be speaking about “Online: The rise and rise“: Many are …

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PR and web 2.0 ‘ghosts’

Having worked in construction industry PR for over 20 years, I have seen the technology involved in managing communications between organisations and their ‘publics’ evolve quite dramatically (echoing technological changes  in the wider construction industry, of course). From paper to electronic (web 1.0) For example, when I joined the marketing team at Halcrow in the …

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Building communities

A fortnight ago, I helped facilitate a workshop attended by about 16 UK construction professionals, all members of Constructing Excellence‘s collaborative working champions group (see my EE post Collaborative Working Champions going online). My friend Martin Brown (isite) and I introduced the group to some of the basic principles of social media and gave them …

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Welcome to pwcom 2.0

Welcome to my blog, and my new website. This is a new beginning for me – after nine years with BIW Technologies, I have decided to branch out and run my own business again. However, it won’t be exactly the same type of consultancy. For a start, I won’t only be focused on business-to-business public …

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