By Craig on Aug 1, 2012 in Case study, Communication tactics, Corporate social responsibility, Issues & crisis management, Public relations, Stakeholder relations, Strategic communication | View Comments
There are a large number of ways in which the practice of two-way symmetrical communication can be applied to help achieve tangible, money-making business objectives. It may mean that the speed at which money is made is not as quick as initially hoped, it may mean not quite as much money is made and it will definitely involve more ‘process’ being involved to achieve the objective of making money.
By Craig on Jan 5, 2012 in Blog guests & critiques, interviews, Corporate social responsibility, Public relations, Strategic communication | View Comments
It’s hideous to countenance the possibility that corporate social responsibility has been a passing fashion for public relations, for its diminishing profile in business communication has struck me as both mystifying and disappointing. A new study underlining the impact that CSR has on perceptions of the reliability of a company’s products will hopefully contribute to getting the discipline back on PR’s agenda.
By Craig on Oct 26, 2011 in Blog guests & critiques, interviews, Corporate social responsibility, Marketing, Public relations, Strategic communication | View Comments
Marketing should be the brains of the outfit, including a deep concern for customer relationships. Marketing, in an ideal scenario, should provide clear direction for any communications function, including PR.
By Craig on Mar 23, 2011 in Blog guests & critiques, interviews, Corporate social responsibility, Public relations, Strategic communication | View Comments
PRs, of all people, should not take things at face value. Supposedly, there’s a crisis of trust in society. The way to fix it, we are told, is to advocate more transparency, more corporate responsibility, more fairness and better corporate governance. Let’s plaster the whole edifice with apple pie whilst we’re at it. But is there really a crisis of trust? Or are we in danger of making the wrong diagnosis and recommending the wrong remedies?
By Craig on Dec 10, 2010 in Careers in public relations, Corporate social responsibility, Leadership, Public relations | View Comments
Drawing an ethical or moral line in the sand for which organisations it is appropriate for me, as a public relations professional, to work with or for has long been something I have agonised over. I have refused to work with tobacco and gambling organisations in the past, yet have been comfortable working with a nuclear reactor and high-greenhouse gas emitting companies. Is there a line that PR should not cross…tobacco, gambling, petrol…name your ‘poison’?
By Craig on Jan 15, 2010 in Blog guests & critiques, interviews, Corporate social responsibility, Digital communication, Public relations, Social media, Strategic communication | View Comments
One of the most interesting, thought provoking and humorous Australian public relations blogs is justanotherpr, the product of the wild, fearless and intelligent Karalee Evans. I say one of the best Australian PR blogs, but really it’s one of my fave blogs on a global level.
By Craig on Dec 23, 2009 in Advertising, Communication tactics, Corporate social responsibility, Issues & crisis management, Marketing, Media relations, Public relations, Research & evaluation, Social media, Strategic communication | View Comments
Along with eye-rolling, can-you-believe-it dumb marketing and/or PR moments in 2009 (think loser marketers, the GFC and social media) there have, thankfully, been plenty of inspirational examples of best practice professional communication too. Most importantly, what have we learnt during the year and how will it make us better communicators?
By Craig on Dec 17, 2009 in Corporate social responsibility, Marketing, Media relations, Public relations, Strategic communication | View Comments
Blogging about public relations is motivating because of the discipline’s inherent drama, aptitude for telling interesting stories and constant shape-shifting. A major motivating factor behind the blog’s inception was (and is) to raise awareness of the strategic importance of public relations to business and how its best practice application leads to a more equitable society.
By Craig on Nov 19, 2009 in Blog guests & critiques, interviews, Corporate social responsibility, Issues & crisis management, Public relations, Social media, Strategic communication | View Comments
An organisation should customise stakeholder communication in respect of, and in response to, stakeholders’ core values. This means aligning an organisation with societal and stakeholder expectations. This is often driven by CSR and thought leadership which, when strategically applied, will lessen the impact of a crisis and lead to a faster ‘reputational’ recovery post-crisis. All of which will be enhanced by the involvement of a best practice public relations professional.