Blog comments, forum links and directories. The unholy trinity of 2020 link building. In the digital PR world they’re disliked almost as much as, “they’ve used it, but they won’t link!” 😠 The history of these tactics is well-known, but the 2012 Penguin update brought the world crashing down around anyone using them extensively. Paddy […]Read more "Forum links… not like that!"
These words by Don Draper have many guises. Business calls it PR. Politics calls it spin. Silicon Valley calls it disruption. Football may as well call it a Jose Mourinho interview. Advertising calls it… advertising? Changing the conversation in many industries is considered an art form; something businesses and politicians pay for the privilege. ‘It’, quite […]Read more "If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation"
For painfully obvious, worldwide reasons, I was supposed to be elsewhere this week. Specifically, sunning myself in a very nice region of Portugal and indulging in sangria and authentic peri-peri chicken. It’s not to be. Of course, I’m not the only one missing out on a holiday. Something as big as Covid-19 has had a catastrophic impact […]Read more "I’m not even supposed to be in today"
Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I talk about links, a lot. “No shit” says anyone at Tank. There’s no denying the passion of the thousands who use #digitalpr, follow @DigitalPREx, or obsess over Louise Parker’s all-too real TikToks. The reason we are this obsessed is the power links have for a business. A well-optimised site […]Read more "What if link acquisition sat at the centre of everything?"
Writing is hard. Remembering to write is hard. Remembering to write regularly is hard. (You get the idea). Having failed miserably to write anything even vaguely on a schedule since late 2017, this is a very public and personal promise to do more. Every two weeks in fact. That’s my plan. Ideally, I will publish […]Read more "Something of a restart"
A recent labour of love at work, I compiled over 500 Premier League footballers’ into a mega list, revealing the most followed squads. The project went live this morning, following an early start to finalise all of the numbers following the end of the transfer window. With design support, we were able to create two outstanding […]Read more "Revealed: The most followed Premier League squads on Instagram"
Digital PR is essentially a PR’ed term for ‘link building’. Under the auspices of the latter, it’s an oft ill-viewed activity as a result of common grubby practices. Yet, without question, it remains one of the most important elements of successful SEO: If you can master the art of building high-quality links, it can truly put you ahead of […]Read more "Four digital PR tactics for 2018"
Continuing my mini-series assessing the quotes of advertising mogul David Ogilvy, read part one here – David Ogilvy’s definition of ‘pure’ advertising is digital PR – I examine his thoughts around the use of celebrity marketing and how the marketing legend might have been wrong… Even since David Ogilvy’s death in the late 90s, marketing has shifted and evolved. To understand how, you only need […]Read more "Celebrity marketing: tired trope or misused asset?"
David Ogilvy – the father of advertising and a master of the creative dark arts was never short of a quote or two: “The consumer isn’t a moron. She is your wife.” The success of his life’s work was defined by his ability to get the customer to buy the product without them really realising why. […]Read more "David Ogilvy’s definition of ‘pure’ advertising is digital PR"
In our socially conscious world, jumping on the social media bandwagon is part and parcel of a modern way of life. To be seen to be offended by, or in support of an issue, is often just as important to some people as the topic itself. This mentality, however, has its downsides. News spreads so quickly, […]Read more "What good is social media awareness without action?"