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December 2, 2015

Cut and paste Christmas thank you letter

It’s the time of the year when many parents spend too much time reminding their kids to send thank you letters to Uncle Keith and Auntie […]
November 24, 2015

Concept Album Talks: Pet Sounds

  Thank you to everyone who came along to the Old Bank Of England pub on Fleet Street last night for the second of our Concept […]
November 8, 2015

Some free writing and PR tools that we’ve created

Over the last few years we’ve created a few tools that I thought might be useful for writers, other PR professionals or small businesses.  They’re all about […]
November 5, 2015

The market value of your CEO

Over the last month Houston PR has been working on a report examining the role of the CEO in corporate communications. One of the most interesting […]
November 5, 2015

An astronaut’s view on John Lewis

  The John Lewis Christmas ad, due to appear tomorrow, if rumours are correct, looks to be about a more recent legend than the conventional Christmas […]
November 4, 2015

Next Concept Album Talks: Pet Sounds, November 23rd

Please note: NEW VENUE: Old Bank of England pub, 194 Fleet St, London EC4A 2LT, starting at 6pm A while back we held our first Concept Album […]
November 2, 2015

Twitter on the psychiatrist’s couch

  An amateur psychiatrist’s perspective on what might be wrong with Twitter: Twitter incentivises behaviours. Twitter encourages care, wit, cleverness, etc – and it encourages vitriol. […]
October 31, 2015

SIMPLE TWISTS OF FATE

Back in the 1970s, growing up in Canberra, Australia, I became an addict. Canberra, until 1977, had two black and white television stations – CTC 7, […]
October 27, 2015

Tech PR expertise

One of our areas of expertise is PR and brand communications for tech companies.  Our most recent work has included the launch of the most comprehensive […]
September 10, 2015

“Isn’t that incredible?”

Imagine if a company had such a strong brand that you could tell what company it was even if the words it used didn’t make a […]
October 3, 2014

The world’s most honest recruitment ad

We advertised recently for an account director and a senior account manager to join us at our new offices at Somerset House on the Strand. They’re […]
September 30, 2014

A modern-day Frost?

Chomsky once said something along the lines of ‘the construction of binaries in news manufactures simple orthodoxies that quash real debate.’ I can’t find the quote, […]
September 26, 2014

“E and Non-E”: Nancy Mitford on Twitter

Note: Also available on Kindle as an electric book. An extract: Twitter, in its infancy, was a classless environment – a great democratiser of communication in […]
September 24, 2014

UPDATED: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs [Extended]

September 24, 2014

“Chancing your arm”

I’ve been looking at the stuff being discussed at a number of recent conferences on the future of PR, brand marketing, etc.  There seems to be […]
September 22, 2014

Curation collation

A lot of people seem to be confusing ‘curate’ and ‘collate’. Inspired by Harry Wallop’s tweet… Food people. Repeat after me: a meal is cooked. It […]
September 21, 2014

Quality of life transcribed as a formula

Having read and thought about Rhodri Marsden’s excellent essay on Hipsters in the Independent, I’ve decided to soften. Being a Hipster for many seems to be, […]
September 19, 2014

My favourite unlikely Twitter story

My favourite unlikely personal Twitter story comes from September 2013. I have an investment banking client and I issued a reaction on his behalf to an […]
September 16, 2014

Rumsfeld, Richard Hamilton and Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters have hit the headlines again for creating a sweatshirt that appears to be a blood-stained piece of clothing referencing a clash between police and […]
September 15, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

The obvious one… Apple announced the new iPhone 6/6 plus this week (as well as the Apple Watch) That’s not a celebrity you’re following on Twitter, it’s […]
September 15, 2014

New feature: #pulledwatch

    Submissions welcomed.  Drop me a line at hthompson@houstonpr.co.uk or tweet me at @HamishMThompson. BREAKING NEWS: Pulled SPAM Pulled TUNA  Pulled CHEESE     Pulled […]
September 13, 2014

The EZ-waist guide to London Fashion Week

I slipped past the paparazzi stationed outside London Fashion Week on Friday by cunningly disguising myself as a man in his fifties with no dress sense. […]
September 10, 2014

The ‘nah, it’ll never happen’ campaign

We had another chat in the office this morning about the independence referendum. Today we had a pre-mortem, asking ourselves what went wrong in the event […]
September 8, 2014

THE THREE TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

September 7, 2014

Those nice bright colours

I’ve been on holiday in Sicily for a couple of weeks. I’ve had Francis Fukuyama and Watts Wacker rumbling around in my head. Fukuyama is famous […]