Social media has incredible reach and power. Despite its faults, Twitter is one of the many channels that adds to this. From humour to causes to heartbreak, it has a profound effect on the world For all of these positives however, its negative impact on mental wellbeing are widely documented. Take back control I’m heavily involved in #digitalpr Twitter and […]Read more "Curate your Twitter lists for better wellbeing"
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"
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?"
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?"
Journalists need proof of it before referencing a new source and politicians aim to hammer the point home at every debate. The same, it’s argued, is what marketers strive for. Marketing, in its simplest form, is meant to persuade a customer to buy a product or service, more often than not through some sort of […]Read more "Does brand authenticity really matter?"
10 years ago the Star Wars prequel trilogy limped to a close and the film franchise was as good as dead. Now, it’s all change. The history of the films’ success is widely known. Ahead of the release of Star Wars in 1977, George Lucas had already rejected a higher director’s salary in favour of […]Read more "The Force of Star Wars Marketing"
John Lewis has once again taken hold of the social media conversation with the release of its 2015 Christmas advert. Featuring a cover of Oasis’ Half The World Away by Norwegian singer Aurora, the response has generally been positive, although not without criticism or satire. The Guardian’s analysis is particularly amusing… #MoonHitler. Nevertheless, putting aside any […]Read more "Tears and laughter: how brands use emotional marketing"
Perhaps one of the hardest decisions for anyone starting a new business is what to call the flipping thing. It can have a huge impact as, rightly or wrongly, customers infer so much from a name. They might assume it’s too small to meet their needs, too big so they’ll be expensive, or put off […]Read more "The inspiration behind five company names"