Tag Archive: Constructing Excellence

Sep 22 2015

“The image of construction” (again)

Leonie Thomas blog - guest post by Paul Wilkinson

For my friend Leonie Thomas, I recently wrote a guest blog focusing, yet again, on “The image of construction”. My starting point was the the merger of the UK Contractors Group and the National Specialist Contractors Council to form Build UK, which launched on 1 September with a five-point action plan for the UK construction …

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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

Tim Fitch

“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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Jun 14 2013

Constructing Excellence higher education summit

Constructing Excellence

I have been involved with the UK’s Constructing Excellence movement for well over a decade (before Constructing Excellence was formed in 2003, I was involved in the work of several of its forerunners including the Construction Best Practice Programme, the IT Construction Best Practice Progamme, the Design Build Foundation, the Reading Construction Forum and Movement …

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Apr 19 2011

Measuring influence and social capital in construction

As Twitter usage has grown, people have tried to quantify how influential some tweeters are, and I have started to incorporate two of the more commonly used tools, Klout and PeerIndex, into my work. Klout’s strapline is “The standard for online influence“, while PeerIndex aims to help you “understand your social capital“. The exact workings of …

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Mar 31 2011

Constructing Excellence Social Media Forum

It says something about the construction industry that, given options to focus on ethics or on social media, there was more take-up for a forum on social media, but at least it meant that we had a good turn-out for Constructing Excellence‘s first social media forum, held at Arup’s Fitzroy Street offices in London yesterday. …

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Jan 25 2011

Poor use of Twitter could damage your professional brand

Yesterday, I talked about construction industry use of social media to the Institute of Directors Built Environment Discussion Group’s monthly breakfast meeting in Maidstone, Kent.* As with other professional audiences I’ve spoken to recently, there was almost universal adoption of LinkedIn, more than half of those present had a Facebook profile, and just under half …

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Nov 26 2010

Social media firmly on the construction marketing radar

Just seven days before yesterday’s CIMCIG conference on Strategy & Tactics of Digital Communication, I got a tweet from Ross Sturley asking if I could step in to replace Su Butcher who had had to withdraw on doctor’s orders (which was a shame as Su always puts in a lot of time to create and deliver some great …

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Jun 28 2010

Role for social media in promoting sustainability

Last Tuesday, I attended last Tuesday’s launch of CIMCIG’s report “The Commercial Value of Sustainability” (download, PDF) at the Building Centre in London. The first in a series of specially commissioned industry reports for construction marketers, this CIMCIG report looks at the opportunities sustainability represents for construction, and the opportunities low impact buildings represent, and …

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May 20 2010

Sword’s collaborative community

On Monday, to help me write a post for my ExtranetEvolution.com blog, I went to Brentford in west London to interview people from collaboration software developer Sword CTSpace. During the meeting, they described how they had started to use an online platform to manage communications with some of their users – a platform that was actually …

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