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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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CATALAN VIDEO: Who wins the PR battle when the police storm polling stations? 

2 Oct 17

Scrolling through Twitter a question struck me.


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SPOT ON: Why GDS’s Social Media House Rules rule 

19 Sep 17

For three years I was the sole voice of the council’s Twitter and for five years drew-up its social media strategy and tactics.


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CAKE STOP: My most depressing moment in local government involved chocolate cake 

19 Sep 17

“The thing is, Dan,” someone very senior once told me, “if we asked people what they want, they’d just say chocolate cake.


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SHOW, TELL: Great ideas are likely to die if they’re not well communicated 

18 Sep 17

The earlier you involve your comms team in a new project the more chance it has of being a success.


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GRANICUS EIGHT: Eight years of learning and a man called Dave 

12 Sep 17

Eight years ago I walked into a room in Birmingham for the last few minutes of an event about digital communications hosted by a relatively new company.


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PRINT DIGITAL: Local newspaper’s past and future and why comms should be bothered 

12 Sep 17

I saw the past and I saw the future of newspapers within a few days of each other.


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LIVE TALES: Live streaming and Hurricane Irma 

10 Sep 17

There’s always moments when a new digital platform comes into its own.


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PRINT TALE: What journalism can teach you about where communications should be headed 

1 Sep 17

I remember where I was when the old news media died for me.


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VIDEO TIMES: Updated optimum video lengths for social media 

31 Aug 17

There is nothing that is quite as good as showing you the fractured landscape than video .


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PRO VIDEO : How to get the most out of LinkedIn video 

26 Aug 17

At last, LinkedIn has joined the race to encourage people to consume video on the channel.


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AUNTIE SOCIAL: Why the BBC should be your new favourite corporate account 

24 Aug 17

I’ve often said that the secret to decent digital communications in being human.


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Five things I can tell you after helping train 1,000 comms people to shoot video 

24 Aug 17

Three years ago I was sitting at my desk working through a social media review of an organisation.


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A PLANNING PLAN : Bad comms plans and Anthony Scarramucci 

3 Aug 17

I do try and avoid commenting on news stories on this blog.


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FAKE NEWS: It’s time to get serious with fake admins for your Facebook page 

1 Aug 17

It seems as though the noose is tightening around Facebook pages that are run by a overlooked-until-now dodgy practice.


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LIKE PRACTICE: How do I practice a Facebook Live without anyone seeing it? 

26 Jul 17

I get it.


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STUDY: I saw the news on Facebook, oh, boy… 

25 Jul 17

Beatle John Lennon once sang ‘I read the news today, oh boy.


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POST HASTE: Your cheque presentation… what do you want to achieve? 

25 Jul 17

There is a reason why I try and search for people outside my home sector.


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APPLE REMINDER: Jony Ives and what they want not what they need 

24 Jul 17

There is a point I keep coming back to over and over and over again from a blog post I wrote a while back.


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PATHWAY: We are alone together 

20 Jul 17

You need good boots and a wise head to walk the Appalachian Trail.


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FIFTH LIST: 23 things and a safety net from commscamp 

18 Jul 17

A couple of days on from the 5th commscamp in Birmingham and the dust has settled a little.


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FACE PALM: When is a Facebook campaign not a Facebook campaign? When it ignores people on Facebook 

17 Jul 17

Almost a decade ago there was a drive to encourage people to have a say about the future of their city.


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TAKE THAT: How to rebut stories as well as the BBC 

6 Jul 17

The BBC are known for quite a few things… Wimbledon coverage, Comic Relief, the Nine O’Clock News and now cutting rebuttals.


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GROUP BOOST: Why you need to think differently about Facebook groups 

29 Jun 17

Something rather marvellous happened on the train this morning.


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ARMY FOOTAGE: When NATO invited a comedian along to reach a new audience 

28 Jun 17

There’s been a lot just lately about going through influencers to talk to your audiences.


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LIVE COMMS: 35 things you can use live video for 

12 Jun 17

More than a fifth of Facebook users have used the new live feature and the numbers are growing.


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GO LIVE: Tips on shooting live video on election night 

29 May 17

Yes, you will have to think about live video on election night Yet again, the most important night of the year for local government comms is almost upon us… election night.


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NUMBERS: Survey: Press Releases are Sunday Best 

25 May 17

A few weeks ago I blogged about press releases and asked people to educate themselves as to how effective they now are.


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FAKE NAME: Your Facebook work profile work-around needs to ended… urgently 

17 May 17

It’s astounding the number of people playing fast and loose with their organisation’s Facebook pages.


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NEW STAND: What a Facebook live broadcast from a newsroom tells us about journalism today 

14 May 17

What was also encouraging was talk of new uses of technology.


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PRESS MARK: Educate your client on how alive their press release really is 

11 May 17

A simple question dropped into my Facebook timeline this week: ‘Press releases.


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FUTURE PLAN: How to Write a Comms Plan: 10 steps and a download 

1 Apr 17

A good comms plan helps you to get to where you want to go… without one you are almost certainly going to fail.


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LONDON ATTACK: six tweets that show how the public sector comms stepped-up 

23 Mar 17

When a terror attack struck London the people who ran towards it were members of the public sector.


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GONK GONE: Stop the free stuff, there’s no money 

15 Mar 17

Not long ago a council launched a snazzy video for residents on how they were looking to make millions of pounds of cuts.


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GOOD COMMS: Who, what, when, where, why… but most of all WHY 

11 Mar 17

There is an amazing post doing the rounds on Twitter.







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