Category Archive: marketing

Jul 08 2015

Be authentic, not automated, on Twitter

BCAtweets stats

A UK consulting engineering firm has a fatally flawed Twitter strategy: tweeting 246 times a day but engaging with hardly anyone. Regular twitter followers will know that I tweet prodigiously from some construction industry events. Yesterday was no exception. Between two other events, I tweeted from an education and skills event (Alison Watson’s #5050London; see …

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Jun 23 2015

#ProtectFOP or lose your marketing collateral

Selectaglaze exhibit

Proposed EU changes to national Freedom of Panorama (FoP) rights could have a profound potential impact on individuals and organisations taking photographs or videos of modern buildings and sharing them in any public media. I blogged about it yesterday, musing also on the extent to which architects and other design firms would be prepared to …

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Jun 22 2015

City-Insights: hyper-local story-telling

As a construction technology blogger, I sometimes encounter tools that have wider potential including use by communications professionals. City-Insights helps ‘tell stories about places’ via mobile devices, and could be used for a host of hyper-local internal and external communication purposes. At a recent COMIT* community day, I met Tim Gardom, the founder of City-Insights, a …

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Jun 21 2015

PR use of public images under FOP threat

Photographs including modern buildings and other creative works may fall foul of new European Parliament copyright proposals. New constraints on ‘freedom of panoroma’ may stop PR businesses using photos and videos taken in public places for professional purposes, including reuse on social media. Do you take photographs on your foreign holidays? Perhaps share some of …

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Apr 29 2015

Diversity: an issue for PR, an even bigger one for construction

If PR professionals are serious about managing reputation, they have to be serious about understanding the reasons for that reputation and helping businesses tackle underpinning issues such as diversity. At a recent group chairs meeting at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (I represented the CIPR’s construction and property special interest group, CAPSIG), my fellow …

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Mar 02 2015

Tweetchat helps UK SoloPRs set agenda

IP tweetchat wordle

A CIPR tweetchat attracting over 60 participants has helped set a direction for UK independent PR practitioners. I participated in two CIPR tweetchats last week. CIPRSM Hackday The first was run as part of the CIPR Social Media Panel‘s first PR ‘hackday’, in which the panel focused in depth on a social media issue relating …

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Feb 04 2015

Construction #hashtag campaigns

Do construction #hashtag campaigns have any great impact? And can businesses use hashtags and other people’s networks to further their own interests? Last month I was contacted by a recent client who was considering a social media campaign targeting the construction industry. He talked about building pride in project achievements by supply chain members, with content …

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Jan 14 2015

Mobile, PR and social media

Mobile & PR cover

As a member of the CIPR’s social media panel, I volunteered last year to coordinate production of a guide on “Mobile and public relations“. After persuading a few others to contribute, I wrote about half of the document, which was published on the CIPR website in November, and launched via a Tweetchat the following day. (I …

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Jan 08 2015

#MicroBizMattersDay, 9 January 2015

Coveragebook website

MicroBizMattersDay is promoting self-help among the self-employed and micro-SME owners, from marketing to construction and beyond. Last year, I mentioned National Freelancers Day, and I visited several small businesses in my south-east London locality participating in Small Business Saturday in December. Today, I have been reading about another initiative aimed at SMEs and sole traders: …

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Dec 18 2014

Merry Christmas from the PRCA (not)

PRCA - PW tweets

Earlier this year, I joined the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). For many years, this had been irrelevant to me – I worked mainly in-house and only when it sniffed a financial opportunity did it eventually (in about 2009, I think) open its doors to corporate communications teams. When I went freelance for the second time, I …

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