Category Archive: technology

Mar 02 2015

Tweetchat helps UK SoloPRs set agenda

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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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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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Nov 25 2014

It will take more than an app to improve the image of construction

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“Leaders in construction who are either ignorant of or scornful of social media are failing the younger generation.” This is an updated and expanded version of a post – Could an app improve the image of construction? – which first appeared on my ExtranetEvolution.com blog last week. The recent Constructing Excellence 2014 national members convention attracted about …

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Sep 01 2014

Technopop offers AEC STEM learning opportunity

Technopop London is a new four-week, pop-up festival that will be bringing cutting-edge science, technology, design and innovation to schools, students and families in London this autumn. Run by a newly created social enterprise, Technopop Ltd, it aims to educate children about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), encourage and support the diversity agenda, and work with local community groups …

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Aug 28 2014

Vote for me in CIPR elections

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Voting for elections to the Council of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) opens on 1 September, and I am standing for election (read my personal statement here), having been nominated by the CIPR’s Construction and Property special interest group (CAPSIG) to stand in the groups section. The CIPR has revised its constitution …

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Aug 26 2014

Cornerstone launches

Cornerstone beta logo

A new website, SearchCornerstone, claims to be “the most advanced searchable website for the Construction industry.”  Over the past 20 years, I have seen dozens of websites launched aiming to provide marketing platforms for the construction industry (I even helped one or two into existence myself, including the ultimately ill-fated tCn; post). Some have been global in …

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Jul 23 2014

Be2Awards on hold for 2014

The Be2Awards will not be held in 2014. As Be2camp co-founders, Martin Brown and I had a long discussion about the programme, and about our respective workloads (the Awards and accompanying Be2Talks take a significant amount of time, effort and some money to organise). From a purely practical point of view, we decided that we just didn’t …

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Mar 03 2014

A survey rant

“We need to do some PR but we need something new to talk about – I know, let’s do a survey!” … “I have a dissertation to do – I know, I’ll do a survey!” In 1993 I was awarded a PhD following a long period of (self-funded) research, fieldwork, analysis and thesis-writing. The fieldwork …

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Feb 06 2014

Sad that Slidecast will slide into oblivion

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I recently received an email from social slide-sharing service SlideShare with sad news: Slidecast to be discontinued. It says: We launched Slidecast in 2007 to allow users to pair audio with their slides. While we have seen some great Slidecasts created, usage hasn’t been as widespread as we had hoped, and we have decided to …

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Jan 28 2014

Free Building Regs anyone?

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Some 13 years ago, when I was at construction collaboration technology provider BIW Technologies (today Conject), the company formed a partnership with TSO (The Stationery Office, the privatised enterprise that was formerly Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, HMSO) to provide online access to building regulations information. At the time, as a tax-payer, I remember thinking that …

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