An article in the Guardian recently caught my eye: Why web.2.0 adds up to a revolution for our industry looked at the maths of networks and how they apply to different networks for carrying information. It got me to thinking: how do the numbers really shape up? What would my 'number' be? And are they … Continue reading Network numbers
I work close enough to Kensington Palace Gardens to walk around them occasionally at lunchtime. It's a post-prandial palliative for the pressured world of PR. Today, however, it was quite surreal, more so than usual (it gets surreal occasionally when you are dive-bombed by Canada geese or see terrapins floating around in the pond). Today, it was … Continue reading Diana: no wonder people are confused
Today I read in the Guardian about Last.FM being adopted by Music Week to provide the publication's first online-based chart. As the piece astutely says: "it's the data generated by the site's 20 million enthusiasts that is priceless." I'm typing this while listening to Pandora, the alternative to Last.fm which I found out about through Seamus McCauley … Continue reading It’s all about the data, stupid: Last.fm wins, Pandora loses
I don't just receive. Actually, I don't really receive much at all on this blog. But I do give. Subscribe to my feeds and you get a good all-round view of what's happening in the PR, journalism, copywriting and tech blogospheres. I'm not going to tell you exactly how I created these feeds, but what I … Continue reading If you’re interested in Whitehouse and Wolfowitz, you’ll love this.
A colleague of mine used to work with military PR. Before this all flared up, I was told, at first hand, that really their PR operations are not staffed by PR people, or indeed by anyone with any solid knowledge of the media. They're staffed by ex-military. Many would argue that the best people to send messages out would … Continue reading Military PR is run with military precision. That is why it fails.
The story of the freed British servicemen (and woman) presented an opportunity to compare cover treatments across the UK media, especially regarding the imagery used. The Times's image was quite sombre, showing tight-lipped soldiers with the only female marine dead-centre, staring directly at the camera. There was an unfortunate implication that one of the Iranians beckoning to them … Continue reading Pictures tell a thousand words – but which words exactly?
From the hurly-burly of the media come three noteworthy stories. Firstly, Skoda, purveyor of one-time jokes on four wheels. "What do you call a skip with a roof?" "A Skoda". Over the past ten years they've made a remarkable three-point turn, becoming the badge of choice for cunning consumers who know they're essentially getting a VW but … Continue reading Skoda, nepotism, and cheese
"The confession comes as Ramsay opens his first pub." It may seem strange to start a blog post with a quote from midway through a paper media piece, but this is the insightful sentence in The Guardian's exclusive revelation that Gordon Ramsay stole the reservation book of Aubergine, the restaurant run by his one-time mentor and … Continue reading Given the payback of publicity, crime pays
This particular Friendly Ghost isn't feeling too great right now. It's got the worst sore throat known to man, woman or ghost and as a result seems to be addressing itself in the third person singular. A sorry state of affairs. It bought two books to cheer itself up on the way back from the doctors: … Continue reading Things read differently when you’re ill