Entries categorized "Communication"

With the advent of live streaming video apps, Periscope and Meerkat, a whole world of possibilities opens up for public relations and communication professionals - if they dare. And, the chances are, these apps will be the tipping point that shifts us even further away from text to total visual communication. Read more


This week Google changed the media relations game. Now, it seems, we can send a cheery gif to mainstream media (via blog or our channel of choice) that expresses not only our organisation's perspective of the news story or issue but provides visual insight into our sentiment as well. Read more


The murders of 12 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in France yesterday have left 12 families bereaved and bereft. In Egypt, Al-Jazeera journalists are still held in jail.Worldwide, in 2014, 61 journalists were killed. Everyday, around the world, people are being killed for speaking out, for... Read more


Ebola: crisis communication plans have been shredded and rewritten as those at the heart of the outbreak work to help communities understand how to protect themselves and their loved ones. New response road maps must be drafted and made ready - for roads we have never walked before. Read more


With the number of women on boards at woefully low levels in many parts of the world, it is unsurprising that initiatives designed to increase representation are being introduced. Trouble is, these initiatives move at a glacial pace and the big loser isn’t women - it is business itself. The... Read more


Google currently has under development what is possibly the biggest artificial intelligence lab in the world. IBM's Watson - which famously won the TV quiz show Jeopardy - now has five companions, each of which are deployed busily giving answers to things. Read more


This week's ruling by the European Union's Court of Justice that stressed individuals have the 'right to be forgotten' will inevitably cause Google some serious headaches. But they will not be alone. Public relations practitioners too will need to determine who among their stakeholders will need to be 'forgotten' following... Read more


Not if, but when: the radical reflection and PR rethink waiting around the corner

As the mobile phone is replaced in its ubiquity by the wearable or implanted device, the question every public relations professional should be asking is this: how ready are you for the technology waiting around the corner and the change it will bring to your organisation? Read more


What were they thinking? State Services Commission 'bans' tweeting at press conference

I thought it was a hoax when I first read the tweets from journalists at the State Services Commission press conference today - they had, apparently, been banned from tweeting. Then, later this afternoon, out came the story via the Herald and Newstalk ZB that this had, indeed, been the... Read more