Tag Archive: recession

Jul 28 2014

Client goes bust

Earlier this year I did a small media relations job for a North Wales recycling and manufacturing business. It wasn’t a huge project, just a few hours’ straightforward work and I priced it accordingly. I completed the work in April and sent my invoice to the client in early May; I thought little more about it until …

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Mar 02 2010

tCn – The Construction Network launches

Late last year I was contacted by Ryan Briggs, one of the co-founders of a new social network aimed at the construction industry. The Construction Network, or tCn, aims to become the sector’s most exclusive business networking platform and has some big name partners, most notably the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Other construction associations …

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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 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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Aug 05 2009

Launching two new Constructing Excellence networks

One of the UK construction industry organisations I value most is Constructing Excellence, as it seeks to maintain the ideals highlighted in Sir Michael Latham’s seminal 1994 report Constructing the Team and by Sir John Egan in 1998’s Rethinking Construction and 2002’s Accelerating Change. In the mid-1990s, I worked for Tarmac Professional Services (now part …

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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

Element14 – a B2B online community

Yesterday I travelled to Birmingham to be guest speaker at a meeting of the PR and marketing committee of a UK construction trade association. I talked about how social media can be employed in a wide variety of ways to supplement (and in some cases, replace) existing communication channels, opening up new ways of reaching …

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Jun 08 2009

How ICT policies can hamper PR and marketing

Catching up with a backlog of PR Week magazines over the weekend, I read a 22 May article, Comms chief face web bans. It revealed the results of a small survey of 100 in-house PR and marketing professionals in firms spending at least £1m on marketing per year: “Many senior communications professionals are unable to …

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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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