What do IC pros think of enterprise social networks?

On Saturday 21st March, around 40 people gathered at Shell Mex House in London to attend #ESNanon (ESN Anonymous). The unconference for enterprise social network (ESN) professionals by ESN professionals was organised by Alex Chapel, Kim England and Paul Thomas to share knowledge and ideas.

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Google your way to improved cross-location comms

How do you communicate with employees who are spread across multiple locations? Does technology have a role to play to enable you to do so successfully? Meghan Tiplady (pictured), Journalism Graduate turned Internal Communications Specialist has worked across private and public sector companies, helping to improve employee engagement and address communication issues. One common theme Meghan […]

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Cop a feel this International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day and I wanted to use this opportunity to highlight an important issue which is affecting people close to me and probably people you love too. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, and today is the perfect chance to encourage the women in your life to check […]

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Senior managers have better external than internal comms skills

Professional communicators say senior managers have better external than internal communication skills, with more than half of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing that they are good at presentation/public speaking (71%), media relations (64%), networking (59%) and stakeholder management (58%). By comparison, more than a third disagree or strongly disagree that their senior management team is good […]

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How babies communicate using a secret language

Did you know babies have their own language and use it to communicate with those who are caring for them to tell us what they need? Nope, I didn’t know either. As mum to a two-year-old and eight-week old twin sons (pictured having cuddles with me last night), this is a revelation and has already […]

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Retail focus – how IC makes a difference…

There’s not much difference between a colleague and a customer. Do you believe that’s true? Jeremy Petty, @jezpetty, Deputy MD of scarlettabbott does, and here he writes for my blog to share how. Over to you Jeremy… In terms of how you think about your business, your propositions and your brand, we believe that you […]

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Do you fit the happiest or unhappiest PR pro profile?

The happiest UK public relations professional is most likely to be a man, over the age of 60, working as an Independent Practitioner and based in the Midlands or East of England. The unhappiest is most likely to be a woman, aged 35 to 44, working as a Head of Communications in-house in the public […]

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Lego beats Apple as world’s most powerful brand

Apple may be the world’s most valuable brand at $128.3bn, but children’s favourite Lego has topped the charts as the world’s most powerful brand. Lego has just knocked Ferrari off the top spot (it’s now 9th), scoring highly on a wide variety of measures on Brand Finance‘s Brand Strength Index. These include familiarity, loyalty, promotion, staff satisfaction and […]

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The secret diary of a senior communicator

What do other departments think of Comms teams and pros? What are you really thinking when talking with your stakeholders? Today I’ve got a treat for you – a senior communicator has written to share the reality of her working life behind the closed doors of a large corporation. She’s requested I keep her identity […]

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Musings on mice, men and social media at Muir

The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. How can a housing association train its employees and embed its values when using social media? Muir Group Housing Association in the UK has been in the business of providing affordable housing to those in housing need for the last 47 years. Here […]

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Do you want to build a snowman?

Like many parents, it’s a rare treat if I make it through a week without hearing a reference to Olaf, Princess Anna or wrestling my daughter out of her Elsa dress. The film Frozen has taken everyone by storm, yet for comms pros the onset of snow and ice can only mean one thing… snow comms. […]

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How creativity impacts internal communication

Communicators say some of the most common barriers to creative working practices are opposition from leadership, time constraints and budgetary issues. Plus face-to-face communication offers the highest opportunity to enhance creativity. Does this ring true for you? A report has just been released highlighting 93% of comms pros acknowledge the importance of creativity in internal […]

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