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Face For Radio


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2014 has been a year of the radio.

This year, more than any other in my career as a PR and journalist professional, I have been involved in arranging a significant number of radio appearances for my clients, something that I love doing.

What has been more unusual, however, has been the number of interviews and appearances that I’ve found myself doing.

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Promotions

Battle of the Adverts


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There was a time when a big part of festive season was about which single was going to be the Christmas number one and win the coveted air-time on Top of The Pops’ Christmas Special.

Sadly, those days are long gone but a new battle has emerged – one that is equally as potent and compelling….and just as lucrative – the Christmas TV commercial.

Of course, the all important social media sharing is now the gauge of success long before the cash-registers have added up the effect on the bottom line and many consumers have voluntarily chosen to do the marketing work for the agencies by greedily taking up this role. (more…)

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Th-Th-That’s All Folks!


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As everyone can appreciate, whether they are simply a passive receiver or the active sender of the message, advertising is an immensely useful communications tool in reaching a mass audience and a technique that most businesses employ at some point during the course of their marketing.

Over the course of the last two years I have run a small campaign to promote my PR services and although it has been very well received and has produced some brilliant results, it is time to wave it goodbye.

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It’s Time


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They say that a day is a long time in politics. In the music industry, a decade seems like a lifetime.

In a short space of only a few years, the way we consume music has changed unrecognisably, metamorphosing from the fantastic plastic through to pint-sized compact discs and settling on the current darling of choice…the digital download.

Whatever next? Cranial implants? You may smile, but that ‘fantasy’ may not be confined to the realms of science fiction with recent developments in China already pushing the boundaries of android technology. (more…)

Training

Music PR Is The Star


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Last month, I was invited to divulge my thoughts on PR in the music and entertainment industry as part of the Cambridge Marketing Colleges Marketing Review feature on Star Radio 107fm.

I don’t often swap my usual position with the microphone to become the subject of an interview but it was great to give people an insight into the world of music PR and to dispel the myth portrayed in Absolutely Fabulous that it’s all about cracking open the “bolly dahhhlings“. (more…)

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Offline…online


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“An app is the next progression for us….you can sort that one out for us, can’t you, CAT?”

What a gauntlet to throw during the latest meeting with my client, Deep Red Magazine. I couldn’t argue with the logic….Apps are not only critical as a means of accessing online content for a publication but are also expected to be available, so I had only one option.

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Tuning in to WII.FM


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I don’t think I’m the only PR professional who is more than a little uncomfortable with promoting themselves….we’re a bit like the construction industry worker who fails to find time to fix up their own house.

But just recently I’ve been re-evaluating the balance of my public ‘shouting’ about my clients success compared with promoting my role in their communications. So I’ve re-tuned my radar into WII.FM to consider “what’s in it for me”, and repositioned my website slightly to maximise this frequency. (more…)

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Perception, The Final Frontier


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Recently, I caught an interview with Aerosmith’s lead singer, Steve Tyler, who made a comment that made me contemplate things: “We’re just living on the tail of a comet.”

I have long been a star-gazer. I often catch myself stealing a sneaky peak at the heavens, dreaming sub-consciously of galaxies far, far away. But that’s another story.

It is fascinating, though, to consider our place in a universe that we barely understand, even more so when you put it in the context of being just a mere speck in space and time. (more…)

News

A Nation of Shopkeepers


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freelancer n : A person hired to do specific assignments, not employed continuously

The world of the freelancer is a stressful place to be.

In my career as a Communications Specialist I have worked with many different clients, in many different business sectors and have often been approached by marketing, advertising and PR agencies to provide freelance support.

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We Are All Individuals


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I can relate to Sting’s Englishman In New York – I often feel like a legal alien. I know this may sound dramatic but let me explain.

In a time when the use of social media is prevalent, we are given a unique insight into the world of the individual, their behaviour, their thoughts, their opinions. When I look at the comments some of my twitter networkers post I often feel like I’m a being from outer space who has been deposited into an unfamiliar world. (more…)

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Slaying The Dragon


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I absolutely loved a story I read recently about the Iceland MP, Árni Johnsen, who moved a boulder in which, he believes, a family of elves lives, to his garden to repay them for helping him survive a car crash.

Now, we can’t all claim to have seen an elf or a pixie, and few would believe us even if we did but, I for one, am willing to go with John Lennon’s sentiment:

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons.”

I, myself, have been known to be quite partial to the ethereal world and love a little elemental or two, but imaginary beasts are not always welcome, especially when seeing is essential for believing.

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