Rolf Harris, sexual abuse and the world of television and the media

Are you being abused?

As we know - this week, entertainer Rolf Harris was sent to prison for abusing children - using his celebrity status as a cloak for his disgusting activities. His past has now caught up with him, he's paying the price and so will his family. Justice … [Read more...]

Swindon PR guru takes time off by visiting Exmoor’s hidden zoo.

Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire

Have you ever been to Exmoor Zoo? Have you ever heard of Exmoor Zoo? If you haven’t I’d heartily recommend a visit. Situated in the Devon countryside, down a little country lane, this zoo has more of a family feel than any I’ve visited. We were … [Read more...]

I’m a parrot with a splash of eagle, hint of dove. What about you?

No, I'm not a peacock..I'm a parrot....

Since being in business, I've come to realise that understanding yourself can be key to success. There are lots of things I know about myself but when I became self-employed, there was one thing I didn't know - could I actually do it? Could I … [Read more...]

Three poor excuses for not taking part in difficult interviews.

Today I want to talk about some of the things journalists are asked to when they approach organisations for an interview - particularly when that interview might be difficult. This might be a business which is facing some kind of legal action, … [Read more...]

What is the potential return on investment of PR?

Graham Hill gets the award for Enterpreneur of the Month for the second time in 2012.

Many business owners hear the term 'public relations' or 'pr' and think 'I don't need this, there's no evidence of a return on investment' or, as I've heard more than once: 'I want bangs for my buck' or 'where's the bums on seats?'. Personally, I … [Read more...]

Putting the DIY into PR

MyDIY-PR

I’ve worked with many small businesses and charities over the years and have found that plenty would like to have a regular presence in the media or online but few have the budget to match. PR takes time, and while a couple of articles in the press … [Read more...]

A few things I hate about LinkedIn….please don’t sell at me!

Don't yell at me with your marketing message on LinkedIn - that's not what I like. Tell me quietly and I'll consider.....

Today's blog is a bit of a rant. I cannot help it but within the space of 12 hours, two things about LinkedIn have really annoyed me. It's also made me think about the role each social media offering plays in my life, both professional and … [Read more...]

At a time of pride over the Olympics – we’re celebrating too!!! Find out why?

Excuses to avoid being interviewed are often not pretty

Today I feel hugely proud of our company, Mellow Media Ltd, as I have just attended a meeting which brought to a close three months' work on an amazing project. We have played an important part in running, developing and implementing a marketing … [Read more...]

The Budget – what do journalists think?

Better off? Or worried about extra costs?

It's Budget Day - a day when some journalists groan and yawn and others get all flustered with excitement. If you are producing a programme, especially a debate about the Budget or an impending Budget, the hardest job is to find participants. And … [Read more...]

Review the work of a working class poet – The Hammerman and PR.

Brave cast members of The Hammerman wait for us to get on with it on Uffington White Horse

I don't think people often think of Swindon as being a hub of the arts - yet it most certainly is - and in one small way I can prove it. Yesterday, on BBC West's Inside Out programme, a film I'd made with colleague and friend Graham Carter about … [Read more...]