Eating Disorders Are A PR Problem

Before we get into this, no, eating disorders are not always linked to PR and media. Eating disorders are as varied and complex as the people that have them, but it can be said that there are irrevocable links between PR and certain eating disorders – and this needs to be addressed.

As this week marks another Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I can’t help but think to all the images of the “perfect” body that so many believe they must achieve. Images that are fed to us through constant streams of photoshopped poses and filtered faces. Every day each of us is told that, in one way or another, we need to be fitter, skinnier, more attractive, more like those “perfect” people. And for some of us, that can be dramatically affecting.

Eating disorders are the most lethal mental health disorders.

There are several ways in which PR plays a part in the creation of eating disorders in young people, and there are things that all of us could do (as PR professionals and human beings) to combat the deadly effects of simple and seemingly harmless actions and reactions in the media and world around us. Continue reading

A Rant About Non-Tailored Communications

The most important aspect of any public relations job is communication – this is why a lot of people have started to use the term Communications for many, if not all, of their public relations roles.

So why is it that so many people, even in the industry, don’t used tailored communications?

I will never understand why people are always preached to be unique individuals, but blanket communications are expected to be effective across everyone.

Of course this doesn’t work! Continue reading

Christmas PResents

No matter who you’re buying presents for this Christmas, your gifts are Public Relations related!

From Lynx Africa gift sets, to actual trips to see wild cats in Africa, Christmas gifts follow the same rules and ideas of so many PR campaigns.

Here is a list of the comparable considerations for gift giving and PR… Continue reading

Self-Reflection

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Two months ago today, I started a blog named Red Panda Public Relations.

Then, I had no knowledge of Public Relations blogging, or if I’m honest, anything about Public Relations in general!

But here I am, eight weeks and twenty (!) blog posts later, and I am proud of what I have achieved so far… Continue reading

Three Top Tips for Controlling Your Personalised Ads

Personalised ads are still a relatively knew thing, so how do we control how we interact with them?

Here are three quick and simple tips for controlling your ads, depending on what outcome you’d like – Continue reading

Why I Don’t Show My Face on Red Panda Public Relations

Is it because you’re a bot? No.

Is it because you’re hiding something? Nope.

Is it because you’re not proud of your work? Absolutely not.

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I am flesh and blood, just like anyone reading this. I am proud of each word I write and each idea I present on this blog (I wouldn’t post it if I wasn’t proud of it!). And I’m not hiding anything from my readers or anyone else.

So why don’t I share photos of myself on this blog? The answer is quite simple – I’m scared. Continue reading

Tits Up at Page 3

Page 3 hasn’t gone tits up for a while… until today!

Today’s edition of the Western Mail has all the usual articles and the news that you would expect on a politically turbulent Friday in the UK right now, but what stands out about page three of today’s Western Mail is something no-one on the editing team would have planned for. Continue reading