An SEO FAQ focused Christmas message. Wishing you all the joys and blessings of the season.
It’s autumn. The leaves are falling, the nights are drawing in and the rain is falling. Something else is falling: apples off trees. It’s harvest time for Britain’s apple farmers. In orchards across the country Braeburns and Granny Smiths are being picked by the cartload. They’ll be sorted, separated, stored, sold or squished to a pulp and made into cider.
Apple pickers, whether using machines or their own hands do an amazing job. They gather a valuable bounty. The quality with which they do their job materially affects the size of the harvest. Fruit picked too late or too carelessly is lost. Efficiency is the watchword.
However, as efficient as the apple pickers are, there is a limit to the harvest they can bring in. They don’t plant the trees, feed or protect them. They don’t control the size of the orchard or the weather. That’s in someone else’s gift, or in the case of the weather, in no one’s control.
So, there’s my simple overview of the role of digital media.
How do you like them apples?
Sarah Waddington doesn’t stop. She’s done a huge amount for the PR industry. Perhaps her greatest contribution is the FuturePRoof series. It’s forward looking and practical. You can’t say that about most of the words published about PR each year, and there is no shortage of writing about PR. Sarah was kind enough to share copy of the latest edition with me before publication.
Edition four seeks to celebrate ethnic minority talent. There is a lot of writing, across a number of industries doing that this year. That’s a good thing. Spurred by horrific events, momentum has built behind changing the status quo. Now is the time to capitalise on it.
The collection is dedicated to Elizabeth Bananuka, another unstoppable force driving PR towards equality, and her Blueprint programme. Elizabeth’s tweets sometimes make for uncomfortable reading. This is a good thing. In a similar vein, the first four contributions to this new edition of FuturePRoof make for uncomfortable reading. This is also good.
They ask fundamental questions about the difference between the PR industry’s proclamations about diversity and its lack of accomplishment. About the different between words and deeds. About accepting that, indeed all of us, are racist in some respect.
Deeper in, the subject matter brings strong insight on targeting, broadcast, public affairs and social media.
Alicia Solanki’s chapter on targeting based on culture and behaviour stood out. It goes beyond segmentation to something deeper. Something we all intuitively understand, but she brings process and clarity to it, citing P&G’s ‘smart audience work.’ It’s fair to say where the behemoths of FMCG go, we all follow.
Another highlight for me was the contribution from Dr Joanna Abeyie MBE. Looking at how we attract, retain and nurture diverse talent. It looks at long term planning, progression and really opening up and listening. For me, and I imagine many others, the events of this year have thrown out a lot of difficult management challenges. I really valued the reminder to get back to long term thinking and building resilience by planning, not reacting.
I’ll not turn this into a chapter by chapter list, but before closing I’d like to get back to being uncomfortable.
PR people, with our obsession with storytelling and framing, instinctively put everything in a positive light. Publicly at least, difficult conversations are skirted around. Sometimes that’s a good thing. It’s avoids confrontation. Right now, it’s not a good thing. We need to have uncomfortable conversations.
Is mindfulness cultural appropriation? Taking ancient wisdom, Gentrifying, then westernising it. What about yoga pants? Cladding age old poses, In a smooth lycra skin. And Swing Low Sweet Chariot? Transported from cotton plantations, Chanted atop a fallow cabbage patch. Trendy Polynesian tattoos? Tracing generations of iconography, So the hench, can ask, “Do you even lift, bro?” Or what of Disney? Fencing free moving folk lore, In a theme park of intellectual property. Christmas! Why leave out Christmas? Baptising Saturnalia, So pagans imbibed the Word. And why leave out the Indian flag? Using Ashoka's over-looked Chakra, To spin a secular democracy.
I’m running 10 miles in October for a very good cause, the Rays of Sunshine charity. I hate running but I do like a challenge and I need to drop the lockdown weight (and the weight I’d put on before that).
Donate here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/AgeasRunners
A good way to achieve a big goal is to break it up into smaller goals.
So, in order to bash out 10 miles in October, I’m planning to run 10k at the end of August. Saturday 29 August, to be exact.
I thought I’d use it as an opportunity to raise funds. So, I’m dubbing it the weird beard 10k. Mention your favourite from the options below when you donate. If you’ve already donated, just drop me a note with your choice. I’ll keep a tally and run 10k with that beard at the end of August.
Donate here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/AgeasRunnersOptions:
- Half and half
- Mutton chops