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Dec 09 2009

Let’s do that Australian thing

The friendly response of the new UK chief construction adviser Paul Morrell to my recent posts generated a few comments, several encouraging him to embrace Web 2.0 to build a conversation with people in the rest of the industry. It seems there is an international trend towards adoption of such techniques. Reading the Daily Telegraph …

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Nov 30 2009

A public PS: Paul

Looking back at my open letter to Paul Morrell, I realised that it would probably need to be printed out and posted to him, or at the very least emailed, so perhaps we need a post-script…. A public PS: Paul I would be delighted to be proved wrong, but I suspect you probably don’t read …

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Nov 24 2009

Now BSD ceases publication too

Rumours began to circulate on Twitter yesterday that another UK construction industry magazine was set to close, and today I read Andy Pearson’s “And Finally…” conclusion to his December 2009 online editorial in UBM’s Building Sustainable Design (BSD): This is the last issue of Building Sustainable Design. After almost a year of trying to succeed …

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Nov 09 2009

Web 2.0 construction computing awards, anyone?

ConComputing homepage

Tomorrow (10 November) is the last day to register online votes for the Construction Computing Awards 2009, promoted by BTC, the UK-based publisher of Construction Computing, CADuser and other magazines. Back in August, when nominations opened I blogged on ExtranetEvolution.com about there being no category for Web 2.0 type applications. Since then, I have been …

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Oct 28 2009

Reflecting on RIBAforum09

For the second day running, I yesterday visited the London headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects for a social media event. While Monday’s Media140 event (see preceding posts) was thronged with social media-savvy marketing types, the audience at RIBAforum09 (see post) was, I think, altogether more conservative and cautious. The demographic complexion of …

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Sep 15 2009

Resistance is futile!

The ripples from my talk at last week’s CIMCIG event have yet to stop. To date, the Ustream recording has had 76 views, the SlideShare deck has had 345 views, and I’ve had some interesting emails. In one missive, the writer wonders about the relevance of social media to us construction folk: One of my …

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Jul 10 2009

Managing the UK-Germany social media divide

I have been pitching for the UK B2B PR account for a company based in Germany, and while my main contact is open-minded about the potential of social media it seems that view is not yet shared by many of her fellow Germans. The title of a ReadWriteWeb blog post – Social Media in Germany: …

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Jun 18 2009

Ten things to manage in a recession: 8 – (e)mail

This is the eighth in a series inspired by my friend Ross Sturley’s Ten Things to Cut in a Recession Before You Cut Your Marketing (presented in recent Construction News marketing e-newsletters and on his Chart Lane website). Number eight: “Cut mail” In Going postal, Ross turns his attention on the monetary and environmental waste …

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Jun 12 2009

HSS’s faltering embrace of Web 2.0

Being a blogger in the architecture, engineering and construction market means I get occasional emails from companies (or their PR/marketing agencies) wanting me to publicise their latest products and services. If I was simply in the business of regurgitating other people’s content, this wouldn’t be a problem, but I’m not, and it can be a …

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Apr 20 2009

Confessions of a corporate tweeter

The econsultancy blog has a great guest post, Confessions of a corporate tweeter, from Guy Stephens, Knowledge and Online Help Manager at Carphone Warehouse, and one of that company’s corporate tweeters. If you liked my Should every business Twitter? or Why I didn’t follow you on Twitter posts, this echoes many of my suggestions but …

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