Tag Archive: Construction News

Sep 13 2010

UK Regeneration declares faith in social media

The British Urban Regeneration Association, which was put into liquidation last month, has been relaunched as UK Regeneration. So what, you may ask. First, the relaunch was – like so many news stories – something that I first learned about on Friday morning through Twitter (tweets from Local Government Chronicle‘s Allister Hayman, followed up by …

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Apr 28 2010

Construction Enquirer misses Twitter trick

A new UK-based Construction Enquirer e-newsletter service started today. Following last November’s demise of Contract Journal (see Goodbye, CJ), this new venture is managed by two former print journalists, Aaron Morby and Grant Prior, and in a construction market where the two surviving mainstream titles, Construction News and Building magazine, have both imposed paywalls, it provides …

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Mar 17 2010

CIPR events offer perspectives on SEO

Last Thursday, I attended two CIPR events in London: the first a free breakfast briefing at CIPR’s Russell Square HQ (sponsored by Glide Technologies) on search engine optimisation (SEO); the second an event at the Building Centre organised by the CIPR’s construction and property special interest group, CAPSIG, which featured a talk by UBM journalist …

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Mar 08 2010

IBP takes a much-needed look to the future

Since the early 1990s I have been a member of International Building Press, an association for journalists and public relations professionals working in the design, construction and property sector. When I first joined, its social events and business meetings were ‘must-attend’ events where in-house PR people like me could network with our counterparts in other …

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Dec 15 2009

Social Media and Construction Marketing

I am doing the opening talk at a social media and construction marketing pre-conference training day in London on 3 February 2010, organised by Emap Networks, the events arm of the publisher of Construction News, Architects’ Journal and other publications, and run in collaboration with CIMCIG. The event will re-unite me with former Emap marketing …

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Nov 12 2009

Goodbye, CJ

Earlier today, the Twitter grapevine tweeted the news that UK construction industry weekly magazine Contract Journal (CJ) and its website, contractjournal.com, is to be shut down from the end of this month. The announcement by parent company Reed Business Information was made in an email (a tweet from Kirstie Colledge of Simply Marcomms prompted me …

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Oct 20 2009

The future of the construction media

Last week, the Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Interest Group (CIMCIG) and the journalist and PR association International Building Press (IBP) hosted a joint debate, chaired by Media Week‘s Steve Barrett, on ‘The future of the construction media‘ at the Building Centre in London. As a long-time PR member of IBP and a regular at …

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Jun 01 2009

Ten things to manage in a recession: 7 – corporate entertainment

This is the seventh in a series expanding on my friend Ross Sturleys’ Ten Things to Cut in a Recession Before You Cut Your Marketing (as presented in recent Construction News marketing e-newsletters and in his Chart Lane website). Number seven: “Cut corporate entertainment” The latest target for Ross’s cost-cutting zeal is ‘golf days’ (see …

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May 07 2009

AEC marketing moving from print to online

In February I spoke at the CIMCIG conference (see post), and I highlighted a presentation given by Andrew Cassie of CIB Communications, talking about a CIB/CIMCIG survey of AEC marcoms professionals. I was looking forward to the full findings being made more public, and – following receipt of a CIB newsletter – I have just …

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Apr 16 2009

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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