Avid followers of my blog may recall that, in March, I was invited onto Star Radio 107fm to divulge my thoughts on PR in the music and entertainment industry as part of the Cambridge Marketing Colleges Marketing Review show. (more…)
I heard a horrifying statistic a couple of months ago on Radio 4 – according to research by YouGov, over 70% of children today have not heard the story of ‘Daniel in the lions den’ or, for that matter, many other stories from the Bible.
Now you could argue that the reason for this is due entirely to the fact that it has religious origins and the changing face of belief has deemed that stories like these are inappropriate or irrelevant in society today. (more…)
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…)
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…)
I was faced with a bit of an uncomfortable situation for me last month – I swapped my usual position with the microphone to become the subject of an interview on Star Radio 107fm.
“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.
I read a story recently about a little ginger seal pup who was being shunned by its fellow colony members. Nature can be cruel…and so can the human race.
It reminded me about an old Scottish saying about “being the talk of the steamie” – a reference to the gossiping ladies who used to frequent the Glasgow public wash-houses in the ’40s discussing the antics of the local community. (more…)
I’ve also written, recently, about my thoughts on digital media and the increasing complexity of the role of Public Relations.
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…)
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…)
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.
It is very rare that a marketing or PR campaign stops you in your tracks and makes you think.
Last month, however, a wonderfully creative online campaign really excited me as a communications professional, but more importantly, as an individual living in the UK post 1945.
On the 69th anniversary of D-Day, Channel 4 portrayed a real-time 24-hour reconstruction of events using seven twitter accounts of real-life survivors of the 1944 invasion – D-Day: As It Happens. (more…)
I count myself very lucky.
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to meet and work with a lot of well-known, and not-so well-known, people through the course of my photo-journalistic and PR work and have enjoyed every minute of it.
I recently put together a snap-book for one of my PR clients capturing his exploits through the ages and thought it would be really nice to document my own journey in images. (more…)
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…)