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Fake News & Alternative Facts

Fake News & Alternative Facts- Can PR Survive in a Post Trusth World-

The world of communications is continuously evolving. With the internet and social media, anybody and everybody can voice their opinion, establish themselves as content creators and distribute articles. Buzzfeed has been criticised for reporting unsubstantiated and unverified reports, raising doubts about the ethics of the publication.

Everyone is a content creator

With platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, anyone can write and share stories riddled with uncorroborated facts and hearsay. By the very nature of social media fake news can easily become viral, potentially having severe consequences. Fake news articles can be written and presented in such a way that it is hard to distinguish fact from fiction.

Distrust of the media

Fake news causes problems when news outlets distribute it without verifying the original source. Understandably, publications don’t want to be perceived as not distributing relevant information in a timely fashion. This can cause a distrust of the media.

Fake news has been around for as long as communication between people. The growth of newspapers and television gave power to the media and the ability to share information. However, with this came a realisation that there was a responsibility to corroborate stories if you wanted to be taken seriously as a reputable news outlet. This did not guarantee an unbiased report, but it did provide an element of discipline and time spent checking information. The change brought by the growth of social media is the instant mass sharing of an enormous amount of information, true or false.

Traditional news outlets have difficult decisions to make – do they share a story, or do they take time to corroborate it, thus potentially missing the opportunity?

News travels globally without validation. Fake news shares our screens with verified stories. So, how do you ensure what you are reading and sharing is real? How do you maintain a good reputation in a world where people can easily share untruths about your business?

How to avoid Fake News in your business:

  • Reputation is ‘hard won and easily lost’. Create your business narrative and be authentic. The more you share your real story with genuine updates, the more you will mitigate any negative effect on your reputation from fake news about you.
  • Concentrate on quality. Be timely but check your sources and share information after consideration.
  • When reading news, keep an open mind and look for different sources yourself. Think, how reputable is this source? Is this a source I’ve looked at previously? How reliable is it?
  • Remember – there has always and will always be fake news – it’s up to us to research, to be authentic and to enable factual communication.

At brookscomm we have over 20 years of PR & marketing expertise and a proven track record of success. We can help boost your business, call us on 01483 537 890 or email michael@brookscomm.com

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with two successful brookscomm women

 

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Congratulations on CPD success to Jo and Nirvana!

After what they describe as a whirlwind few months, Jo and Nirvana have successfully completed the Chartered Institute of Public Relations continuous development scheme, or, CIPR CPD scheme as it is better known, and achieved 60 CPD points each! With technology innovations impacting the business world, PR and Marketing is constantly evolving as a service. Therefore, it is vitally important that we keep up to date with new thinking and best practice, so that we consistently deliver the best service to our clients. It is also really important to us all personally that we expand our knowledge and stay curious.

However, this is challenging. The CPD scheme involves a commitment to hours of learning on top of serving our clients and it was quite right that we celebrated Jo and Nirvana’s success and the efforts they had put into this.

We have been reflecting on the importance of the CIPR, and this learning scheme. CPD provides us with the opportunity to constantly learn, develop, achieve new skill-sets and to effectively put theory into practice.

I asked Jo and Nirvana why they took part in continuous development and what they gained from it…

IMG_1319_HRNirvana says,

Never Stop Learning

We believe that it is vital to ‘never stop learning’ and, especially in PR and marketing, the landscape is forever changing and evolving. Whether it’s the latest social media updates, the emergence of digital marketing or the sudden rise of bloggers and influencers; there are always new developments, changes in legislation that impacts advertising protocol and best practice to perfect.


Jo talks about,

Empowering Employees IMG_1247_HR_edit

Having an outlet such as the CIPR, CIM or any other governing body with webinars, recommended readings and workshops, with the flexibility to learn at your own pace, and refer back to a topic or aspect, is beneficial in so many ways. It certainly helps boost staff moral as they feel empowered to learn, and it pushes them to be the best version of themselves, in an environment that nurtures and promotes continual learning and development.

Learn, Do, Review: Theory into Practice

Newest team member to brookscomm Nirvana also comments, “It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to be a member of the CIPR. I strive to be on top of PR and marketing trends and to have the ongoing educational support of CIPR, along with a strategic and forward-thinking manager and mentor to help with guidance and provide useful advice, is so refreshing. I learn best utilising a variety of approaches so I find the various methods of online learning, reading and then being able to construct, receive feedback on and then distribute press releases, for example, is incredibly useful.”

Joining the team last summer, Jo has found the combination of a manager who believes in investing in their people, together with the accessibility of the CIPR CPD programme, to be a great platform for development.  Jo says she learns best when supported and encouraged, and given the right tools and environment, results in knowledge gained being converted into useful practice.

I myself am a huge supporter of continuous learning and development. I have completed 12 years of the CPD scheme. It helped me achieve my PR and my Internal Communications Diplomas and gave me the confidence to become a Chartered Practitioner. The development of our team has always been an integral part of meeting our clients evolving needs over the years and ultimately to running a successful business. The learning and development of current and previous team members have significantly contributed to our 21 years of success. We are lucky to be part of the CIPR and to have access to the CPD scheme which makes this vital learning more varied and more accessible to all. So – be curious! – And as Nirvana says – never stop learning!

You can read my thoughts on CPD in the CIPR interview here.

Mandy

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Why networking still matters

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Humans are social animals and networking is a crucial part of life. From a young age, we learn to network effectively, enabling us to survive and thrive in the modern world. Just as in life, effective networking in business is vital to enhance reputation and expand connections.

According to Virgin.com, via hubspot, a staggering 95% of people view face to face meetings as essential to building successful business relationships.

For networking success 72% were significantly influenced by eye contact and a firm handshake.

High achieving modern professionals are expected to network on behalf of their businesses regularly. Whether it is a business briefing over breakfast, a party or general event, networking is crucial to promoting you and your business. In an ever changing, super busy workplace prioritising and juggling roles cleverly is vital. Which is why we have compiled these simple but effective networking tips, to get the most out of every single networking event.

Research

  • Prior to the event, do as much research as possible: find out who the attendees are, the host and, if there is an event hashtag, follow it!
  • Ensure your Linkedin is up to date & that your business cards are in check! No business cards? Fear not, the Linkedin mobile app will suffice and is just as effective, if not more so!
  • Prepare an elevator pitch about yourself and the company you work.
  • Be aware of current trends and topical issues that could be affecting a variety of businesses – it’s a great conversation starter!
  • Establish goals before you arrive. Do you want to learn from the industry, meet new people or collect 5 business cards?

Relax

  • Remember quality over quantity. Rather than just handing out as many business cards as possible, instead establish rapport and be sincere!
  • Relax, have fun and be yourself!
  • Focus on quality conversations and establishing worthwhile connections, without being overtly salesy!

Follow up

  • A day or so after the event, send a follow up email or contact them on LinkedIn reminding them who you are. Make sure you check in every so often to keep in touch! These connections can and often do lead to future opportunities.

These tips have worked well for us and we hope they will benefit you too! Happy networking!

At brookscomm we have over 20 years’ of PR expertise and a proven track record of success. We can aid you and your business, call us on 01483 537 890 or, alternatively, email us info@brookscomm.com

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