There is still a lot of dangerous nonsense talked about manufacturing. Not long ago, people started to contemplate the post-industrial society and the future belonging to services such as finance, creative industries, tourism and hospitality. The reality is somewhat different. We are all still feeling the consequences of the banking collapse a decade ago and no one has a clue as to what will be the final ramifications of printing money as a way out. Deep down we all know that true wealth creation depends on the transformational process of manufacturing.
The construction industry has many heroic and inspiring stories to tell. Consider the statistics: construction creates £103 billion economic value per year, 6.5% of all economic activity. It employs 2.1 million people, 6.2% of the workforce. It supports vast industries producing construction materials, building plant and equipment, and world class professional services such as architecture and engineering consultancy.
Aerospace is amongst most important manufacturing sectors in the UK and a major contributor to the economy. According to trade body ADS, it generates £38 billion of economic activity annually, employs 120,000 people directly and another 118,000 indirectly.
FIA 2018 is upon us. There is little more than four months remaining until the show. Whether you booked your exhibition stand well in advance or with just a few months to spare, there is no time like the present to action your marketing plans.
Having great pictures for PR and marketing is vital and this blog is about increasing the chances of improving your supply of useable pictures. It is not about camera gear or a photography tutorial. I am not a professional photographer, but as PR person I have an insatiable appetite for pictures to tell my clients' stories. Pictures are essential to achieving this successfully. Examples here are my own attempt at taking pictures.
Effective from May 2018, the GDPR is a new framework for data protection that replaces current UK and EU regulations. It has two main purposes: to give people control over their personal data and to ensure consistency in the way personal data is held and processed throughout the EU. Forget the fact that we are leaving, the new rules will be written into UK law.
The importance of video is growing rapidly. Smart phones, tablets, SmartTVs, live web streaming, in-car/in-flight entertainment, wearables, virtual reality, gaming – the list goes on, all driving an insatiable demand for content. Business-to-consumer markets tend to pioneer new techniques and devices, but ever more quickly these are taken-up by companies in business-to-business – commercial, construction, engineering and manufacturing.
A time consuming aspect of providing PR services to engineering, construction and technology companies, is the sourcing of high quality visuals – graphics, photographs, video and so on.
Here is a great idea if you want to take your recent company video out on the road – literally! A new service from Gaby, our video production partner, is Elite Digital Advertising – Luton sized vans which can be parked up where you require. On the sides and back panels there are huge flat screens showing your video, advertisement or other promotional messages.
Chris Rand of Business Marketing On-Line and former industrial trade magazine editor, wrote a recent blog where he argued that the company web site should be viewed as a member of the team. The argument went thus: suppose a colleague rings in sick, it’s inconvenient but you can probably share out the work, re-prioritise and find work-arounds. Now suppose the web site goes down, for perhaps just a few hours. This often causes panic, especially if the website is taking orders directly but also because the web site is for most business a vital showcase to the world and acknowledged as the route by which many, if not most, customers will find you.
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