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Brendan Cooper is your friendly digital and social media strategist. He helps clients win business, win awards and talk to people through digital and social media strategy. Brendan has been helping people to communicate, online and offline, for over fifteen years. He likes to live in bubbles, be they dotcom, social media, or whatever's coming up next.

I really am not one of the most influential PR bloggers in the UK. Honestly, I’m not.

So it was with considerable mirth that I read Gorkana’s latest blockbusting news – that someone has, schlock horror, discovered who the most influential PR bloggers are in the UK! Wow! That was quick of them! The Ad Age Power150 has only been around for, what, at least five years. Apparently it’s news to Gorkana […]

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Tracking the KPIs of Social Media | SEOmoz

via seomoz.org Over the past year or so I’ve become fairly convinced that measurement through solid, universal frameworks of understanding is the key to success. However, often what I find is that clients either don’t really care about it, or that, if they do, they only really care about the ‘good’ metrics such as ‘Friends […]

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Brendan Cooper is a digital and social media strategist who helps clients win business, win awards and talk to people through digital and social media strategy. He has been helping people to communicate, online and offline, for over fifteen years.

What’s the ROI of “Merry Christmas?”: Measuring the Effectiveness of Holiday Cards – The Measurement Standard: Blog Edition

As I deleted my 100th electronic Christmas card, all I felt was annoyance — rather than merry or joyous or whatever it was supposed to make me feel. A good 50% of these mostly cold and soulless emails were from PR firms I’d never heard of. I assume they got my name from Klout or Cision or […]

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Brendan Cooper is a social media consultant and copywriter who has helped clients win business and awards for over 15 years.

Which are the most important social media metrics? (Hint: they’re nothing to do with social media)

I could write a book on this one. But there’s little point because a) I don’t have time to write a book, and b) other people have already written them. So, I’ll be brief, not least because this is a blog post and not a book: the most important social media metrics are nothing to […]

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Ranking top UK PR blogs using social network analysis | Much ado about nowt

via timhoang.wordpress.com I’ve been playing around with NodeXL recently and found it quite an eye-opener. It’s a free social network analysis plug-in/add-on/strap-on/whatever for Excel and whereas I’ve known about social network analysis for a while, I’ve never really looked into it deeply. Tim Hoang was the ‘new Brendan’ at Porter Novelli and I’ve read this […]

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Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen | Video on TED.com

You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world. via ted.com Sometimes I think TED is all about going ‘wow’ a lot with little real significance (as in: it’s easy to go ‘wow’ at someone moving pictures around […]

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Brendan Cooper is a social media consultant and copywriter who has helped clients win business and awards for over 15 years.

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Quite simply, some charts that may be of interest. For example, note how Apple is supplanting Microsoft in search volume; that PR may be peeling upwards away from advertising and even marketing; the relative fortunes of Google+, Facebook and Twitter; social media may be levelling off; and, especially heartwarming for me, Star Wars is much […]

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Brendan Cooper is a social media consultant and copywriter who has helped clients win business and awards for over 15 years.

Advertising, PR, sales, marketing: now you see it, now you don’t

People are visual, so it makes sense that they act on what they can see. But that’s not so hot when you need to deal with, um, concepts. So, people ‘get’ advertising, because they know what an advert is. I don’t know what the figures are for the average number of adverts people are exposed […]

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Brendan Cooper is a social media consultant and copywriter who has helped clients win business and awards for over 15 years.

If you want to understand social media, do it when there’s a big TV event happening

We’re living in a strange world right now. We’re sort of at a tipping point between broadcast and broadcomment, where we can watch what millions of other people are watching, while at the same time see what they’re saying. This was brought home to me during the Prime Ministerial debates in the UK. I watched […]

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