Surely you can do better? – Online application form is barrier to participation

Surely you can do better? – Online application form is barrier to participation

As a potential citizen of this fine country, Canada, I’m weighing in on a problem with government department communications. I would have let the department responsible for raising my hackles, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), know how problematic their system is, but that is part of the problem – there is no way to get […]

How “Carmilla” Helped Kill Off the 30-Second Ad

How “Carmilla” Helped Kill Off the 30-Second Ad

The backstory of the Carmilla Movie is very interesting. Never heard of that film? You can say that the Carmilla phenomenon is part of the developments in the ad industry that have led to the final demise of the traditional 30-second TV ad. Consider this: On the largest video platforms, like YouTube, viewers have to be able […]

The secret of the perfect interview: Mike Wallace’s Chemistry of Confidentiality

The secret of the perfect interview: Mike Wallace’s Chemistry of Confidentiality

Mike Wallace was a long-serving, multi-award-winning journalist reporting on the CBS program, 60 Minutes. Recently CBS aired Jeff Fager looks back on 50 years of “60 Minutes”, which contained a memorable moment from Wallace where he really hit the nail on the head about how to get the perfect interview. His secret was what he called […]

Don’t proofraed your own stuff – and here’s why.

Don’t proofraed your own stuff – and here’s why.

I agree with all the above advice from David Ogilvy on how to write anything actually – but definitely how to write business contents. I particularly agree with points 7 and 8: Never send a letter or memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning, then edit it. If it […]

An utter embarrassment to the “profession”

An utter embarrassment to the “profession”

I think it’s a stretch to call marketing and public relations (PR) people (including me), “professionals”. That’s my opinion, based on the fact that there are no barriers to entering the occupation, and anyone can say they do marketing or public relations. Some employers expect their marketing people to have a university degree or professional accreditation, […]

The demise and rise of 3D media

The demise and rise of 3D media

3-D applications continue to evolve, but for commonplace office use, good old 2-D will do just as well. 3-D TV has died, movie-goers are rebelling against 3-D films, and software to create 3-D images is not as popular as the old 2-D version. A case in point: Prezi, the 3-D presentation software, has always had a distinct […]

Changes in Canada anti-spam legislation coming July 1, 2017 – What to do about it

Changes in Canada anti-spam legislation coming July 1, 2017 – What to do about it

On July 1, 2017, changes to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) are coming into effect. If yours is a Canadian business, and you regularly communicate electronically with your clients, and have done so for longer than the past two years, then this affects you. Electronic communication means a “Commercial Electronic Message” (CEM). If you are communicating […]

Shock tactics, like shocks, only work for a short time

Shock tactics, like shocks, only work for a short time

At the two-day International Metal Writer’s Conference that ended on 29 May 2017, I listened to Paul Harris whose stone-cold sober talk showed the chops of a seasoned, and trained, journalist. He knew why he wrote, how to get the story, and how to get it straight. In an industry “…in which many people are paid […]

What to look for in mining projects: Location, location, location – and people

What to look for in mining projects: Location, location, location – and people

At the two-day International Metal Writer’s Conference that ended on 29 May 2017, Paul Harris, Editor Latin America for the trade publication Mining Journal, spoke about “projects that catch a mining journalist’s eye”. He discussed projects that may be attractive to investors, but also which factors are the most important in assessing the potential of […]

Getting away from bad news

Getting away from bad news

Up in Arms About Ads 7 Samsung commercial #1 – “Commitment to Quality” There is a TV commercial that made me laugh out loud it is so outrageously self-serving. It has exactly the opposite effect on me that the advertiser probably wanted. It is for Samsung, called “Commitment to Quality”. It looks like a dramatization of the tests that Samsung […]