Reinventing the Information Search

Information has become execeptionally easy to come by in the age of the web. Make a simple search for a person, a celebrity, a monument, a restaurant or a city anywhere in the world on Google and you will get loads of results, but almost always in a lifeless text format.

A recently launched startup with . . . → Read More: Reinventing the Information Search

Staying Ahead With Social Media

The fact that internet has radically changed the nature of public relations and public affairs may be a matter of course and need not be repeated. Internet has simplified PR, but it has also increased the responsibilities of users, whether they are commercial or non-profit.

While it is easier to release information, get in . . . → Read More: Staying Ahead With Social Media

…and the Winner is…

…”Africa in Uncertain Times“!

The Nordic Africa Institute Annual Report 2009 tonight won the Swedish Publishing Award (Svenska Publishing-Priset) 2010 in the category “Annual reports for organisations”. This is a very satisfying outcome. The NAI Annual Report 2009 was a product I conceived and nurtured to completion in my capacity as editor and chief responsible during many . . . → Read More: …and the Winner is…

The Powell Memorandum at 40

We are approaching a memorable day in the modern history of public advocacy: the 40th anniversary of the “Powell Memorandum“. In August 1971, Lewis F. Powell, then a corporate lawyer and later a judge on the U.S. Supreme Court, wrote a memo . . . → Read More: The Powell Memorandum at 40

What Makes a Useful Annual Report?

Annual reports are produced by corporations, organizations and government institutions to inform stakeholders of their financial and material result in the past year. It’s a powerful piece of communication that can receive a lot of attention if it’s well done. With so much importance placed on one document, it can also appear to be . . . → Read More: What Makes a Useful Annual Report?

The Changing Face of Media Usage

The use and consumption of media and information is changing drastically. In the past 10 years there has been something of a revolution in how audiences (at least in the northern hemisphere) are consuming information – and contributing to the information flow.

Pew Research Center, a Washington D.C. based thinktank, recently released some highly revealing data and . . . → Read More: The Changing Face of Media Usage

BP – Where Is the Crisis Team?

“Where is the crisis management plan?” is a question I and many others have been asking for weeks after watching and listening to a string of unforgivable communications blunders by BP senior staff in the wake of the continuing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The foot-in-the-mouth activities of BP haven’t stopped since and many . . . → Read More: BP – Where Is the Crisis Team?

Rule 1A: Be Truthful

For public organizations, government authorities and NGOs there is something alluring in the language and imagery of commercial advertising. The vivid music, engaging pictures and action filled language of Madison Avenue is far from the dryness normally associated with public information. It’s not surprising that public information specialists look with envy at the products of their . . . → Read More: Rule 1A: Be Truthful

The BP Communication Blunders

I’m not the first one to write about BP’s botched crisis management of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the magnitude of the issue makes a comment unavoidable. There are a plethora of points to be made:

Where is the crisis management plan? Developing a crisis management plan is often dismissed by senior managers, corporate or . . . → Read More: The BP Communication Blunders