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NEW FRIENDS: What big changes to Facebook mean for public sector communications 

13 Jan 18

As the late David Bowie once sang: “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange.


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30 days of human comms: #day 37 KFC parodies Donald Trump 

4 Jan 18

Being human doesn’t always have to be a public sector thing as this tweet from Kentucky Fried Chicken shows.


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30 days of human comms: day #36 A gang of geese in Sowerby Bridge wanted to cause some bother 

3 Jan 18

There’s a benefit of equipping frontline people with the tech, the skills and the permission to use video.


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VISUAL COMMS: Some bold and some worrying predictions for public sector comms in 2018 

30 Dec 17

For the past few years I’ve blogged at the end of the year some predictions.


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30 days of human comms: day #35 Bournemouth police share a selfie at Christmas 

26 Dec 17

While we enjoy Christmas there are those in the public sector who keep things ticking over.


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VIDEO XMAS: Six Songs, Two Dramas and an Epic Fail 

19 Dec 17

There is something about the festive season that gives comms people free licence to be more creative.


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30 days of human comms #34 Vist Wakefield or your man will leave you 

18 Dec 17

I like this.


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30 days of human comms: #33 Dorset Police respond to snark on Facebook 

17 Dec 17

Anyone who has ever run a social media account for the public sector knows that from time to time people will post comments.


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30 days of human comms #32: Essex County Council respond to snark on Facebook 

17 Dec 17

There is a very sound school of thought from my Uncle Keith that you should never argue with an idiot.


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BEING HUMAN: The first 30 days of human comms… and what I’ve learned 

17 Dec 17

When I started on a whim to blog #30daysofhumancomms it was to collect together some examples of human content that worked for me.


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30 days of human comms: #31 the NHS Trust with a sense of humour 

12 Dec 17

Health people can have a sense of humour too.


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30 days of human comms: #30 London Midland signs off 

11 Dec 17

It’s unplanned and ironic that the 30th post in this series is one from a railway company I’ve often despaired at.


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NICE, NICE BABY: Seven examples of good icy weather comms 

10 Dec 17

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… and its the time to baton down the hatches.


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30 days of human comms #29 Kirklees Council’s GIF to remind people that gritter drivers are human too 

10 Dec 17

There’s an easy target when the snow falls.


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30 days of human comms: #27 A newspaper interview with medics who treated Manchester bomb patients 

8 Dec 17

So far in the round-up of human comms we’ve looked at digital content that the organisation has shaped itself.


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30 days of human comms: #26 Lochaber & Skye Police talk to someone at risk of domestic abuse 

7 Dec 17

A while back a colleague ran a campaign against domestic violence that stays with me.


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30 days of human comms: The @FarmersOfTheUK Twitter account 

6 Dec 17

You’d be surprised at just how little of the land is built on in the UK.


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30 days of human comms #24 the Yorkshire motorway police officer and his wife 

4 Dec 17

A while back someone asked what the point of having more than the corporate account was.


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30 days of human comms #23 Dorest Police’s Christmas song 

3 Dec 17

On the one level this is great.


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30 days of human comms #21 the human railway conductor 

1 Dec 17

There’s something about trainspeak that somehow misses out on the English language.


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30 days of human comms: #21 Cardiff Council’s traffic warning 

30 Nov 17

The GIF is something that the public sector is gradually getting used to using.


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30 days of human comms #20 A missing dog pic from the New Forest 

29 Nov 17

Sometimes things just fall into your lap.


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30 days of human comms #19 a Welsh hardware shop’s Christmas advert 

28 Nov 17

This is beautiful.


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30 days of human comms #18 Bath & North East Somerset’s singing food hygiene certificates 

27 Nov 17

There was a curry house when I worked as a reporter who used to ring up every week to try and get into the paper.


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30 days of human comms: #18 the busking police officer 

26 Nov 17

Communications should not just be what a small group of people in the comms office does.


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30 days of human comms #16 Thames Valley Police’s drugs find 

26 Nov 17

Here’s a thing.


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COMMS GIFTS: Creative present ideas for comms, PR and digital people 

26 Nov 17

We’ve all been there… what do you by the PR and comms person for Christmas? Or birthday? Or as a leaving present? Here are a few ideas that could help solve your present buying dilemma.


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30 days of human comms: day #14 Queensland Ambulance Service takes a dying patient to see the ocean a final time 

24 Nov 17

This is beautiful.


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30 days of human comms: #14 Sefton Council’s message on a national subject 

23 Nov 17

Look, I know I’ve been shouting about video for some time now.


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30 days of human comms #14 Burger King tackles the bullies 

22 Nov 17

Is bullying a brand thing? On the face of it, no.


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30 days of human comms #13 Sandwell Council as Car Share for #ourday 

21 Nov 17

I’ve a soft spot for #ourday the local government day of posting day-to-day tasks to show a bigger picture.


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30 days of human comms #12 North West Ambulance Service’s response to a man abusing a paramedic 

20 Nov 17

Paramedics see the best and worst that life has to offer.


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30 days of human comms #11: London Fire Brigade remember the Kings Cross fire 

19 Nov 17

Thirty years before Grenfell Tower there was another fire in London that cast a long shadow over the capital.


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30 days of human comms: #10 Doncaster Council’s gritter World Cup  

18 Nov 17

There have been fewer things greater than Doncaster Council’s World Cup competition to name its two new gritters.


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30 days of human comms #9 The BBC respond to The Sun 

16 Nov 17

In the olden days large organisations when they came in for a shoeing by the tabloids had to grimace and bear it.


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30 days of human comms: #8 a fire’s station’s rescued bench tweets 

16 Nov 17

Human comms can come in different shapes and sizes from the deliberate to the instinctive.


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30 days of human comms: #7 the basketball playing Gainesville Police officer 

15 Nov 17

Sometimes good human content is deliberately created and other times it was an accident.


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30 days of human comms: #6 Sydney Ferries name their new boat Ferry McFerryface 

13 Nov 17

It had to happen.


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VIDEO KIT: Your essential kit-out-your-team-for-video-for-around-sixty-quid guide 

13 Nov 17

Cost has always been a factor in helping to train comms people into how best to use video.


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30 days of human comms: #5 Virgin Trains 

13 Nov 17

For me, trains get people from A to B quickly so long as there are no leaves on the line.


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30 days of human comms: #4 Edinburgh City Council 

12 Nov 17

For a good three years 365-days-a-year I was a public sector account.


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30 days of human comms: #3 Place marketing Finnish style 

11 Nov 17

Helsinki in November is a grim place.


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30 days of human comms: #2 Jake the five-year-old street sweeper driver 

10 Nov 17

Day two of a 30 day trek around comms that is recognisably human.


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30 Days of Human Comms: #1 Dudley Council’s spoiled tea sign 

9 Nov 17

For a while now, I’ve argued for the need to be more human in your comms.


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FREE LESSONS: A free webinar that Public Sector comms people may like 

9 Nov 17

Years ago, it was all about putting press releases out and managing the message.


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DO A DONCASTER: The greatest piece of digital content from local government ever 

2 Nov 17

Ladies and gentlemen, in Northern England this week a powerboat was dumped on the street and as a result Doncaster Council won the internet.


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LISTED: The 55 skills a comms team needs in 2017 

20 Oct 17

The best day to plant a tree was 20 years ago.


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SURE SHOT: 5 videos that show that video is thriving as a comms channel 

10 Oct 17

Three years ago when we started to train people on how and when to use video for comms it felt like the early days.


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DEAD SIMPLE: Windows phone is dead and what that means for comms people 

10 Oct 17

For the past three years I’ve been running training for comms people on how, why and when to use video.


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THESE WORDS: If you are looking for a blog post for something you are thinking of doing… 

4 Oct 17

If you are looking for a blog post for something you are thinking of doing… If you find one, great.





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