What a 96-year Old Taught Us About Communication

Sep 20 2018

Denis Norden, left, and Frank Muir in their office in the 1950s writing scripts for the radio show Take It from Here. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Denis Norden, who died on September 19, 2018, was one of the UK’s most beloved comedic writers and broadcasters. He also lived a long and happy life that encompassed the ‘golden years’ of British broadcasting. One of his great skills was his ability to connect with his audience, which is where we can all start to pay attention.

Many efforts at communication today rely on sending out large amounts of information and hoping some of it will stick. Far less time is spent trying to actually engage – or empathise with – the audience. Most PR agencies will be guilty of this at one time or another, usually under the guise of ‘thought leadership’, a label that many reporters despise.

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Specialist PR firms make more sense

Sep 20 2018

If you’re thinking about hiring a public relations agency, choose carefully. Hiring a global firm with thousands of employees can be enticing, but know what you’ll be paying for. With a specialist PR agency, your money primarily goes towards the talent that supports you; not on a legacy operating model.

Specialist PR firms are ideally suited to this modern world of communications. Here are a few reasons why.

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Tools for Success in Financial Services & Fintech PR

Sep 13 2018

Today’s financial markets operate at lightning speeds and are constantly monitored by regulators and compliance organizations to ensure there is a level playing field for all participants. Participants must ensure their operations are organized and buttoned-up, particularly their messaging and their brand image. With that in mind, managing public relations for firms in this sector – whether asset managers, fintech vendors, or tier-one banks – is no small task and requires a specific set of expertise, tools and strategies. Here are five tips that will help you successfully manage your client’s expectations and become a more well-rounded communications professional.  

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A Perfect Pitch: Music to My Ears

Jul 30 2018

Everyone has that one song they can’t skip. The type of track that you can play on repeat and never get sick of listening to. As a hip-hop enthusiast, I have quite a few, but each one has something timeless that keeps me invested. Pitching clients to reporters is a bit like writing a song. Think about the four components of a hip-hop song: an intro, a hook, verses, and a beat.

Here’s how the basic structure of a song can make for a perfect pitch:

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GDPR – Sink or Swim

May 22 2018

Data-focused regulation by any other name would still be regulation. But will GDPR make a difference?

Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. A familiar refrain that seems to apply to many areas of life – love, vices, household appliances… you name it. But when it comes to the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on 25 May (yes, this week), ‘can’t live without it’, isn’t an option.

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Paragon’s EVP named PR News Rising PR Star

Nov 7 2017

Patrick Sutton, Executive Vice President of Paragon Public Relations, has been named a finalist in PR News’ Rising PR Stars 30 and Under. Having been with Paragon since its inception, Patrick has played a crucial role in Paragon’s development.

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A PR Approach to Storytelling

PR Storytelling
Oct 26 2017

There’s nothing like holding a brand new book.

Opening to the first page, greeted by the fresh paper scent; I escape into a new world as I flip through the pages of another’s mind. Growing up an introvert, stories were my favorite companion. Today, as I journey further into adulthood, I still find myself attracted to stories, whether it’s a book, an interesting feature article or people sharing their experiences. Hence why I love my job as a public relations professional. I get to experience and share my clients’ stories on a daily basis, and there’s no greater thrill.

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Paragon appoints Guy Taylor to head Global PR

Oct 12 2017

New York and London, Thursday, Oct. 12 – Paragon Public Relations (“Paragon”), an award-winning full-service communications firm, has appointed Guy Taylor as Global Director of Public Relations. In his new role, Guy will be responsible for client relationship management, PR strategy and execution, and new business development.

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PR must draw on wide skillset to meet challenge of ‘fake news’

Fake news
Jun 12 2017

I recently presented on the PR challenge of ‘fake news’ in London. I believe PROs can meet this threat head-on because they already use the skills required on a day-to-day basis.

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PR and Marketing Predictions for 2017

PR and Marketing Predictions
Dec 14 2016

Predictions posts seem almost obligatory in December, but it is clear that communications professions face some tough challenges in 2017. Be ready.

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