Tag: PR

Mar 18 2009

Should every business have a blog?

I was reading one of Chris Rand’s steady stream of posts at Online marketing: An article a day last week in which he suggested that, just as almost every business now has to have a website, now “every business should have a blog”. Thirteen things to think about I have some sympathy with his view …

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Mar 17 2009

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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Mar 16 2009

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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Mar 12 2009

Be2camp North set for Liverpool

One of the most rewarding things I did in 2008 was to help organise Be2camp 2008, the UK’s – possibly the world’s – first ‘unconference’ focused on Web 2.0 and its applicability to the ‘built environment’ (commonly understood as architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and property sectors). It was held in London’s Building Centre on 10 …

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Mar 09 2009

Climate change and social media competitions

Last week at Ecobuild, at the end of his BIM and social media presentation (see EE post), Birmingham-based architect Rob Annable wondered if it might be possible to use energy usage monitoring tools such as Pachube in combination with social media as a way of creating energy efficiency competitions between building occupiers. According to Earth2Tech …

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Mar 06 2009

Business cards and Twitter IDs

I have just walked round to my friendly neighbourhood printer (Trojan Press in Blackheath, London SE3) to collect my new batch of business cards. Proprietor Dave tells me that I am the first customer he’s had who has their Twitter ID on the card! I was a little surprised, as I have been including my …

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Mar 02 2009

Ten things to manage in a recession: 1 – memberships

My previous post about managing IT expenditure in a recession was focused on helping an architecture, engineering or construction (AEC) business reduce its day-to-day operational expenses. Deploying Software-as-a-Service solutions helps save money (that could then be invested in marketing or PR), and can give some competitive advantages and reputation benefits. But that might not matter …

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Feb 27 2009

Ten things to cut in the recession, before you cut your marketing, no. 6 – IT

As a subscriber to Construction News‘ marketing e-newsletter, I have been enjoying Ross Sturley’s series of articles on preserving your construction marketing spend in a recession by cutting other things (Chart Lane’s Ross also spoke about this at the recent CIMCIG conference). His latest article focuses on IT. The objective here, according to Ross, is …

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Feb 26 2009

G4C (or Targeting early career professionals, pt 2)

Today, I headed into London to attend a Constructing Excellence BE (Building and Estates) Members forum (the morning was actually a joint event with the Construction Products Association‘s Network Club on the theme of Early involvement of the supply chain). I found myself sitting next to David Whysall of Turner & Townsend who has recently …

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Feb 11 2009

Mission-crittall

  No, the title’s not a typo – it reflects an interesting part of my presentation at today’s CIMCIG conference at the Building Centre in London. As outlined on Monday, I was down to talk about the rise of online communications as part of the marketing mix, particularly during a construction recession. Last week I …

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