PR experts and #GE2017: How the election result happened in public relations speak

Theresa-May Just seven days ago the country looked rather different to what we see today, politically at least. The 24-hours before the snap General Election called by Theresa May’s Conservative Party was defined by last-ditch attempts by all concerned to win over the electorate- from mud-slinging and character assassinations to door-knocking and social sharing, it seemed everyone was getting involved in...

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PR agency news: Wasted Talent, The Face, and global niche publishing

mixmag-the-face-kerrang-2017-billboard-1548 We wouldn’t be the only PR agency in Manchester, nor the only PR agency in the UK, to understand that press industry headlines are frequently rather negative. Staff redundancies, title closures, the decline of sub editors on major newspapers and websites. As such it’s nice to hear of some good news coming from the journalistic sector. Mixmag Media, which, unsurprisingly, publishes...

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The inevitable death of punk: Brands can’t be pirates forever

88798858_gettyimages-138336416 From challenger companies to rebel firms, edgy start ups to industry disruptors, for more than a decade now we’ve been told the most exciting businesses are those rejecting mainstream thinking, and striving to be rule-breakers. But I say their days are numbered from the start. Those who disagree should probably take one look at the evidence. Facebook, for example, was...

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7 things I’ve learned in 7 years of running Smoking Gun

By Rick Guttridge This year Smoking Gun PR hits seven. Founded back in 2010 on the principles of accountability, transparent measurement, and general ingeniousness, in less than a decade we’ve gone from fledgling start up to one of the UK’s most respected PR agencies, via three offices and an exponential increase in the number of heads and desks at our...

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