News: Fake It ‘til You Make It?

Fake news has been making the news recently – most notably with Facebook fielding criticism that it played a role in disseminating fake news around the US election. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined steps last month to combat fake news…

Patterned, proactive, persuasive: The 3 Ps to maximize press relations impact

A successful PR campaign is built through weaving a pattern of communication. Bundling all your client’s news into one juicy package is only going to get you one piece of coverage no matter how juicy it is… unless you’re Apple…

Lies, damn lies and statistics, research and opinion polls!

Robert X. Cringely aka Mark Stephens, the distinguished American journalist and author of “Accidental Empires” - an iconoclastic account of the rise of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs (and well worth a read) - wrote, I paraphrase slightly: Journalists use…

‘No comment’ is no answer – 10 golden rules for press interviews, part 3

In my last blog, I spoke about how company executives are at risk of blundering into a controversial or negative comment if they are unsuitably prepared for a press interview, and the topics they should stick to discussing. We’ve been…

Big Data is no data if you collect the wrong data – how an analysis of social media predicted the Trump Presidency

Social analytics predicted Trump's election. Big data is no data if it's wrong data. Pollsters get big wakeup call Forgotten Man & Woman versus Four More Years. Twitter stats you need to know , They'll  shock or rock you Make…

Social media engagement – ‘nice to have’? No way!

An article published by the World Economic forum earlier this year described businesses looking at social media as simply 'nice to have'. At IBA, we often come across B2B organisations that are still guilty of this – and the longer…

Loose lips sink ships – what not to say

10 golden rules for press interviews - Part 2 In my last blog I talked about how the press interview is a staple part of any PR program, but can also be a minefield – and you only see the…

Social media engagement – a double-edged sword?

Social media is a powerful tool when used effectively for businesses and individuals alike – it provides an online, easily accessible presence and a platform to share information on. Unfortunately, if your name is Kim Kardashian, you may find that…

10 golden rules for press interviews – part one

In today's changing media landscape, executive interviews still remain a journalist's 'bread and butter' when it comes to producing copy. A journalist also lives and dies by their contacts, so give them one good interview and expect to see them…

International events don’t have to cost the earth: 5 tips for a successful B2B event

International events can be a key part of a PR and marketing campaign for brands and organisations. The signal is – you are big, global and successful. Whether you're launching a new product, making a major announcement or kicking off…