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Canapés and Cock-Ups for Phoebe Cripps

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:09:09 +0000

A spectacular typo and evidence, if it were needed, of the decline of the sub-editor. Caterer Phoebe Cripps was featured in the Suffolk Free Press in anrticle about her venture specialising in canapés and cocktails not, er well, you can see for yourself.  She has seen the funny side, tweeting “What could only be described […]

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Mirror SockPuppet & the Real Sophie Wittams

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:51:58 +0000

Ex Tory Minister Brooks Newmark is a fool at best, but his entrapment via social media sets a pretty low bar for journalism. A supposed freelance journalist created a fake Twitter account in the name of ‘Sophie Wittams, a twenty something Tory PR girl’, and started to pursue MPs with a view to persuading one of […]

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Murdoch and The End of Press Power

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:57:49 +0000

There has been an enormous amount of speculation in the final days of the Scottish Independence debate as to whether Rupert Murdoch would use the front page of The Scottish Sun to back Alex Salmond’s Yes campaign. Bruised by the phone hacking scandal, the newspaper mogul appeared to be set to back Scottish Independence and […]

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Moto 360 – the 1st Mainstream Smart Watch ?

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:23:37 +0000

Motorola today unveiled a Smart Watch that people actually might wear.  The secret appears to be that it actually looks good.  The Moto 360 will work with all smartphones using Android 4.3 or higher.  Unlike most devices on the market, it’s round, like a real watch. “When you go back through modern civilisation time is […]

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The Prince of social media

Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:30:01 +0000

Prince and Social Media are two things which have been hard not to notice and have caused quite a stir in the UK recently. Prince has been in the country performing a series of ‘pop-up’ concerts, promoting a forthcoming album and, if speculation is to be believed, working on some summer festival deals. It’s not […]

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Is Zuckerberg a Human Rights Champion?

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 07:10:53 +0000

Mark Zuckerberg has just released a white paper announcing a plan to connect 5 billion more people in the developing world to the Internet. It’s called Is Connectivity a Human Right? Internet.org, is a partnership with six other companies, Ericsson, MediaTek , Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung to “develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilize industry and […]

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Social media cafe Manchester – smc_mcr – logging out

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:48:25 +0000

Social Media Cafe Manchester – or smc-mcr as it morphed into – came along at the right time to meet a ravenous appetite for digital communications. But now, it’s no more. I’m grateful to Tom Mason for bringing the news to my attention and for his affectionate “eulogy” to this rather modest and yet highly influential […]

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Adland Shock at Omnicom Publicis Merger

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:28:26 +0000

The scale of incredulity that greeted the news that started to emerge this weekend over the rumours that Omnicom and Publicis were set to merge was summed up in a tweet.   David Jones the CEO of Havas  the 6th largest global advertising and communications network and No. 2 in France behind Publicis posted a […]

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5 ways to beat the trolls

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:15:07 +0000

Until fairly recently a troll was one of those odd little plastic naked fellows with fluorescent hair. Repulsive, but harmless and easy to avoid. How times have changed. Nowadays, any communications professional incorporating social media into their campaigns must always, always ask “how could the trolls hijack this?” before trying to mobilise the masses online. […]

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Max and My Letter to PR Week

Mon, 20 May 2013 15:17:06 +0000

Two weeks ago PR Week published a blog post praising Max Clifford’s handling of his own PR following his arrest as part of Operation Yewtree. I thought they were wrong to do so and last week they published my letter explaining why. Letters to the magazine are only available in the print edition so I […]

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