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7 things you need to know about video in 2016 

17 Mar 16

It’s now 12 months since we first started staging video skills workshops.


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bring your facebook alive with facebook live 

16 Mar 16

Some of the best use of social media in the public sector over the past few years has been by police forces across the UK.


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rotherham – a toxic brand 

16 Mar 16

There’s a lot written about brands – positioning, attributes, equity.


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a week in the life of comms2point0: a big event, some new business and a trip to the countryside 

15 Mar 16

I’m often asked what it’s like working full time on comms2point0, and even more often “what do you actually do?” So I kept a diary to share a week in the life of working on the ‘UK’s top communications outfit to exclusively use black and …


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the magic of the internet (that I think some people forget) 

14 Mar 16

We’ve all become so used to using websites, updating pages and sharing content.


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the best of me and you 

13 Mar 16

Effective and harmonious team working.


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what I have learned from being a head of communications for two years 

9 Mar 16

Leading a team can be tough, lonely and thankless.


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the route to a perfect storm 

8 Mar 16

Every so often a story surprises with how it takes off, goes viral or creates a spike in web traffic.


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working nine to five? that’s no way to make a living 

7 Mar 16

With over 4 million workers in the UK now working from home, and a huge spike in the demand for innovative new work space away from the conventional office environments causing a ‘space race’, the pattern and location of the working day has changed…


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pr for social good 

7 Mar 16

PR? Social good? They don’t go together, do they? Well, they can.


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what are the lessons from communicating during floods? 

7 Mar 16

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, jack frost nipping at your toes…


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surviving and thriving: how managing stress can make you a better, happier communicator 

5 Mar 16

From time to time it really is necessary to take some time out to concentrate on you.


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handling complaints on social media 

2 Mar 16

Complaints are nothing new – they have come in many forms over the years, thick and fast.


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let’s. get. smarter. 

2 Mar 16

Effective, slick and joined-up working across the public sector.


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lessons from leeds – the six traits of an unawards winner 

1 Mar 16

The city of Leeds is a cradle of learning with an established reputation as one of the leading university cities in the UK.


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remember print deadlines? 

29 Feb 16

Remember print deadlines? They were those immovable feasts that dictated the best time to send out a press release.


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less for murder 

28 Feb 16

There’s much to learn from creative agencies for in-house comms people.


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from enragement to engagement – dealing with a spoof site on your patch 

28 Feb 16

When your organisation is on the receiving end of a bit of satire there’s a temptation to take the whole thing very seriously.


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survival skills workshop: supporting you in the year ahead 

20 Feb 16

Cuts, restructures, organisational change.


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survival skills workshop: supporting you in the year ahead 

17 Feb 16

Cuts, restructures, organisational change.


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communicating elections: key lessons from lgiu coverage 

15 Feb 16

Local elections season is just around the corner so if you work in local government your mind will be turning to them any time now.


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communicating elections: key lessons from lgiu coverage 

15 Feb 16

Local elections season is just around the corner so if you work in local government your mind will be turning to them any time now.


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what lesson does the decline of print journalism have for comms and pr? 

15 Feb 16

The switch from print to digital for the Independent has sent a tremor through the newspaper industry.


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what lesson does the decline of print journalism have for comms and pr? 

15 Feb 16

The switch from print to digital for the Independent has sent a tremor through the newspaper industry.


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you gotta fight….for the right – to write content 

14 Feb 16

Everyone wants their website to look great, right? But we often see organisations forget about the content.


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video is not the future, it’s the now 

12 Feb 16

A session at LGComms prompted a quick review of where video is for comms and PR people.


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twitter may change but who cares? you still need to embrace chaos 

10 Feb 16

Changes to Twitter? Isn’t it a good thing to re-think how may be using it and how you are communicating? by Dan Slee…


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housing magazines – do they have a future? 

10 Feb 16

Budget cuts continue to hit a ll parts of the public secto r.


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and how to deal with negative or in appropriate comments and keep sane 

9 Feb 16

If you speak for an organisation it can be easy to take criticism personally.


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how to deal with negative or inappropriate comments on social media 

8 Feb 16

Someone online has said something critical.


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what the wedding present has taught me 

8 Feb 16

We can all easily get distracted.


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snapchat for mass communication: a case study 

4 Feb 16

Snapchat works well with youunger people.


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a free image library for local government 

4 Feb 16

A powerful image can make a point and make you stop and look.


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communicating sensitive subjects 

3 Feb 16

Communicating sensitive subjects will be an issue for all communicators at some point in their roles.


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the rise of crappy marketing. and why it will only ever be crappy. 

2 Feb 16

Crappy marketing.


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your new smartphone videos won’t work unless you remember these five truths of communications 

1 Feb 16

Ofcom, and they should know, tell us that 70 per cent of the UK adult population have smartphones and more than half watch short-form videos.


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video clips on facebook can show your organisation’s human face 

25 Jan 16

It’s an important point that still needs to be made.


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my favourite app: in praise of uber 

25 Jan 16

Good apps are heart to find.


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pr people, stop talking ourselves into the next recession 

19 Jan 16

A comms person who deals direct with industry has a clear message for comms people.


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why faceless civil servant is never a good look 

19 Jan 16

We’ve come a long way, baby, as country singer Loretta Lynn once sang.


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how governments (can) get social 

18 Jan 16

We’re always keen to get fresh perspectives, case studies and ideas.


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how do you still have a job in 2020…? do, listen, collaborate and share 

18 Jan 16

We’re staging three unawards masterclasses across the country.


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notwestminster 2016: a rock n’ roll democracy event 

15 Jan 16

Good communications is all well and good but how about improving the thing? An event in Yorkshire aims to improve how democracry is done and it’s of interest to anyone in or around local government.


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10 things comms should do after an incident 

15 Jan 16

As public authorities work to get flood-affected communities back to normal they will be reviewing what went well and what could have gone better.


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your chance to learn from the unawards winners. for free 

14 Jan 16

The UnAwards15 were my highlight of 2015.


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what winning an unaward has taught me 

6 Jan 16

It’s good to write.


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death of a president 

4 Jan 16

History teaches us many things.


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12 comms people and their top five apps 

29 Dec 15

Research showed that most people only use five apps regularly.


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my comms new year resolutions – from 15 people 

28 Dec 15

With New Year not far away, we asked some communications, digital and PR people what their comms resolution for 2016 would be.


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best of 2015: 22 of our best posts from the past year 

27 Dec 15

Every working day we post content to Twitter and on many of those days we post blogs to the website too.


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my 15 minutes of fame reminded me of five things 

23 Dec 15

An impromptu party thrown by commuters struck a chord and put one comms person in the media spotlight when it became a good news story.


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15 predictions for public sector comms in 2016… and one for 2020 

23 Dec 15

It’s the time of year for predictions.


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#nhs4xmasno1: a powerful message is not just for christmas 

22 Dec 15

An NHS choir are making themselves heard through song.


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star wars: content, brand re-boot and how to recover $4.1 billion 

22 Dec 15

It’s been hard to avoid it online, on TV, on the radio or in the school yard…


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an end of year thank you 

21 Dec 15

Phew.


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how shooting your own star wars video delivered a safety message 

21 Dec 15

There are huge numbers of people who like Star Wars as the launch of a new film in the franchise shows.


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newspapers are now the least popular way to get news 

17 Dec 15

Always Ofcom throws up fascinating research and a report trailed in The Guardian is no exception.


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notiz – a new neighbourhood app for residents comms 

15 Dec 15

A new app has been developed which enables councils to send neighbourhood alerts on a whole range of service information.


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united we stand 

14 Dec 15

Managing a team can be a tricky business.


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the periodic table of internal communication 

13 Dec 15

The periodic table was created in 1869 to bring together all the known chemical elements under one roof enabling them to be studied, discussed and understood.