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  • Who are you?

    No, this isn’t a random reference to The Who, but rather a serious question that every organisation should ask themselves.

    I’ve been attending a number of networking events recently. There’s nothing concentrates the mind so well, early in the morning, as having to introduce yourself and your company, over and over again. Or better (worse?) yet, having to stand up and sum up what you have to offer in 30 seconds to a room full of strangers. It forces you to think: to distil and refine what you want to say and to select only the most pertinent items of information, so that you can put forward the most coherent, persuasive view of what your organisation is about and why someone should be interested.

    Networking events aside, every organisation needs to know what their core messages are. Try it now. Describe your organisation – what it offers and to whom – in a maximum of three sentences. Whatever form of words you arrive at should lie at the heart of all your marketing and PR. If it doesn’t or you can’t answer that briefly and convincingly, then your marketing communications programmes will fail to deliver.

    Profile building is about working out what an organisation is, what it stands for and where it wants to be. Only then can you start work on a strategy of how to get there. If you don’t know where you are starting from, how will you know when you have arrived?

    So, think about it. Who are you?

  • PR & marketing: the tools to enhance a brand

    A member of our team has just taken delivery of an item from Boden womenswear. Contained within the package was a single sheet of the Boden current marketing messages.

    Masterly.

    Since Boden started up in the nineties, Johnnie Boden has consistently refreshed his company’s profile, mostly with success, and never so than with this latest marketing.  His astute awareness of changing opinion keeps Boden always one step ahead, a precious talent that renews whilst never losing sight of founding principles.

    In this age of scant respect for any business that is viewed as old, and 20 years is old to many in today’s terms, the profile of Boden is right up to the minute.
    Reinvention at its classiest and an object lesson to the rest of us.
  • 2017. Time to get a grip on your PR

     

    Public Relations planning and strategy for 2017

    Public Relations planning and strategy for 2017

    I am the sort of person who always likes to get a grip. I am not a fan of drifting along hoping that everything will turn out for the best. PR, however, is a ‘slow burn’ activity, building over many weeks and months with the results only apparent long after the hard work has been done. It’s a discipline where patience is definitely a virtue, if not a prerequisite! But ‘slow burn’ does not mean that the quality of the input and the results generated are not linked.

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  • #FakeNews. How do you get your message across to an increasingly distrustful public?

    Most people have always been aware that what you read in the papers, see on TV or social media may not be 100% accurate. Anything that has been edited, re-written or re-presented will be coloured by the viewpoint of the person doing the editing – whether consciously or unconsciously. It may be a simple case of lack of space to give the full context, the selection of a soundbite that doesn’t really reflect the speaker’s argument or lack of time to research the background and check the facts. And most readers and viewers will know to make allowances for that.

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