This is an unprecedented time for a lot of small businesses, which have neither bigger corporations' scale of operations, nor the advisors to help them navigate the difficult days that lie ahead.
In the battle of the UK corporate big beasts, one stood above all others as PRWeek's Flop of the Month.
These are uncertain days. In times of crisis, it is easy to cling to familiar and tried-and-tested working methods that produce known results.
Anyone who takes part in client pitches is in new territory, now that social distancing and isolation measures are in place across the UK and beyond. So how can you do it virtually and still build chemistry?
As much as the phrase ‘nothing has changed’ came to define the communications failure of Theresa May’s premiership, ‘everything has changed’ looms large over Boris Johnson’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
In a change to the usual format, Threepipe head of PR Sophie Lennon accentuates the positives and focuses only on the campaigns that won her favour this week.
In the past few weeks there’s been a seismic shift in our collective mindset and a slow realisation that we have to change direction, permanently.
If last week was about shock, this week is about acceptance. And real leadership: political, business and moral. More of that in a moment.
As a qualified psychotherapist and agency MD, I’ve been struck over the past few days by the need to balance ‘business as usual’ (as much as possible when we’re all working from home) with the importance of taking care of our own – and our people’s – mental and emotional wellbeing.
China’s efforts in managing the crisis has shown that sharing manpower across businesses is something of a revolutionary idea.
Branson and beyond: are veteran corporate 'mavericks' acting like dinosaurs with comms in COVID-19 crisis?
When PRWeek was compiling a list of the 50 best PR campaigns of the past 50 years last summer, one name came up frequently: Virgin. And, naturally, its famous founder.
The new government regulations have meant that there's had to be a significant change in the way I, and many others, live and operate.
The phrases 'WFH' and 'self-Isolation' have never been more part of our daily vernacular.
Clarity PR’s newly appointed chief creative officer and Dynamo PR’s co-founder discusses things that inspire him professionally.
Following the lead of Wales and Scotland, the Government finally issued the directive we all knew was coming, ordering schools to close from tomorrow (20 March). But that wasn't all.
This week the government scaled up its communications about the coronavirus crisis.
For many years people in our business – comms, PR, advertising, the media – have been talking about ‘the unprecedented pace of change’. It has become an irritating cliché.
Matches have been called off, but football has not ceased to exist. Brands need to think creatively.
At some point in the future, I can imagine consumers asking brands that market themselves as 'purposeful': what did YOU do in the great COVID-19 outbreak?
A week is a long time in politics and a lot has happened in the 18 months since we became directors of communications for the House of Commons.
At times of crisis, business leaders often turn to communications professionals to guide them.
I find it extraordinary that public relations is an industry many struggle to understand and define, especially when it comes to our role with sales.
Charities need to face up to criticism and communicate more effectively, says Russell Hargrave, media manager at NPC
Only well-run pitch processes give agencies the chance to present their best work - to the ultimate benefit of the client.
Anyone can string a sentence together, but don't make the mistake of thinking anyone can do it well, says Wyn Matthews, editorial manager at Word Association.
Confectionery brand Skittles showed less can be more when responding to a tricky comms situation.
Team GB and the wider British Olympic Association played a blinder in August. Aside from the athletes' medals haul, the reputation management and comms were gold standard.
There is, famously, no 'I' in 'team', but the extraordinary way in which the Pokémon Go phenomenon has played out this month leads to the question: how much 'PR' is there in 'viral'?
Sometimes, PRWeek's UK team has a tough time selecting its Flop of the Month.
Sir Philip Green's summer has gone from bad to worse. First he was grilled by select committees on the demise of BHS, with his prickly demeanour not going down well.
Although there may be legitimate reasons for doing so, trying to muzzle the press with court orders has a nasty habit of backfiring on celebrities who take this course.