UK PR agency groups in merger talks

Chime Communications and Incepta, the listed public relations companies that own some of the UK’s best-known consultancies, have held extensive merger talks. The Daily Telegraph reports that discussions between the two groups took place earlier this month but failed to reach an agreement on the terms of a possible merger. However, the prospect of a […]

It’s about Target’s reputation

It has been interesting seeing the different reactions to the Target marijuana story during the past few days. Web Pro News has a good summary of events, including an explanation of how Target’s e-commerce website works as a front-end for Whatever you see on Target’s website, they don’t really sell marijuana, it seems. Neither […]

Edelman: Our word is our bond

Richard Edelman’s latest post in his Speak Up blog is about ethics in PR. But this is no ordinary post, no yawning homily about what the PR profession should be doing to keep a clean house. This post speaks from the heart, it seems to me: Let me begin by recognizing that those who live […]

Communication challenges for Oracle and PeopleSoft after acquisition

CNET News: PeopleSoft’s board of directors has approved a takeover deal with Oracle worth around $10.3 billion, ending a long-running and bitter battle and creating a major software maker. CNET News | Oracle buys PeopleSoft for $10 billion So while the acquisition endgame is in sight for investors and shareholders, a great deal of work […]

The FUD begins in Oracle and PeopleSoft deal

Creating fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) about your competitors in the minds of their customers is a tactic common in the enterprise software industry, especially when you see a significant event like an acquisition that will upset the fine balance of players in a mature and consolidating market. It’s all part of the friendly business […]

More like PR fluff than Bill Gates’ answers

According to "Bill Gates Answers Most Frequently Asked Questions," the first question that’s important for him to answer is "What kind of role did fate or luck play in your success?" This 3-page Word document, available for download from Microsoft’s website, has eight pretty limp questions which have Bill Gates’ words as answers, including on […]

Microsoft ramps up the FUD

Following the announcement of Oracle’s acquisition of PeopleSoft on 13 December, I wrote about the outbreak of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) that began with comments by an SAP executive. Now comes news about moves by Microsoft seeking to lure PeopleSoft customers away. Microsoft-Watch reports that Microsoft didn’t waste any time in trying to win […]

Website usability lessons still to learn

Via Boing Boing, I came across an interesting report on how people react to advertising when visiting websites. No prizes for guessing the most hated advertising technique – pop-up ads. The report by Jakob Neilsen shows the 11 most hated advertising techniques. My current ‘favourite’ is in there – sites that automatically start playing voice […]

FT highlights example of blogs for internal communication

Today’s Financial Times has a report on corporate blogging that includes an excellent example of a European company using blogs for internal communication: Some companies, uncomfortable with the openness of public blogs, use them as an internal communications tool. Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, the German investment bank, has set up about 120 internal blogs to promote […]