Tag: AEC

A welcome wiki

I have been a long-time enthusiast for Wiki technology. I started editing Wikipedia in 2003 and have completed literally thousands of edits over the years since then. I have also started internal wiki projects and contributed to shared wikis run by various professional groups (eg: the RIBA’s own Ribapedia). I was therefore delighted to read …

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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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Should AEC businesses use Facebook?

Until the recent explosion of interest in Twitter, much of the popular interest in social media as a communication tool was focused on social networking sites such as Facebook (I was going to talk about other providers such as Bebo and MySpace too, but Facebook appears to be becoming increasingly dominant). 200+ million users Facebook …

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The internet as a lifeline for SMEs

Given that most of the businesses active in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sectors are small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs or SMBs), any research that looks at the impact of the recession upon SMEs’ use of the internet was going to attract my attention – particularly as it is something that I have written …

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Blog motivations in large AEC companies

I looked recently at why companies should blog and followed this up with a guest post from the ‘chief blogger’ at AEC design firm HOK in which John Gilmore talked about using blogs to help change the external perception of the company and to appeal to future business partners and clients, among other things. These …

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CAPSIG Question Time

I was a panellist at yesterday’s Question Time event – PR in a Cold Climate – run by the Construction and Property Special Interest Group (CAPSIG) of the CIPR at the Building Centre in London. My fellow panellists were Brian Green (journalist and Brickonomics blogger), Geoff Wilkinson (former MD of Butler & Young, now running …

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Twitter? not in my Remit

I’ve been reading survey findings (PDF) from Remit Consulting following the recent MIPIM property fair in Cannes. The findings don’t make good reading for people – like me – who hope that the construction and property sector will be quick to embrace social media. The survey done with Estates Gazette was website-hosted – which may …

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Live from HOK – guest post

This is a guest post by John Gilmore (right), one of the HOK corporate communications team behind the Life at HOK blog that I wrote about recently. I asked John if he would like to explain more about how the site (and other HOK Web 2.0 activities) is managed and policed and what business benefits …

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PR in a cold climate

As a PR and marketing professional working in the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and property sectors amid the doom and gloom of the current recession, the opportunity to network (cry into beer?) with fellow practitioners and journalists is too good to miss. I will be at the next meeting of the CIPR’s Construction and Property …

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Life at HOK

International planning and design practice HOK has, as you might expect, an excellent corporate website (great if you like Flash-driven sites) but did you know that it also has a strong Web 2.0 presence? Life at HOK is a blog to which numerous HOK people contribute – judging from the side-bar, 30 people have submitted …

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