Posts by Alex Hesketh

Producing a shoot abroad
10.10.17

Some of the biggest names in tech, a stunning location and a spectacular event…this is what we found when Shout! went international to film video content for Founders Forum’s inaugural event in Italy.

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Let’s get excited about podcasts
04.10.17

Podcasts are all the rage at the moment, particularly among younger listeners, but how can you use them to your advantage in PR and beyond?

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Making your PR podcast popular
26.09.17

We narrow down the multitude of ways in which you can produce, host and publicise your podcast as part of a full PR campaign.

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How to avoid pestering journalists
12.09.17

Journalists are the gateway to your success and your clients’ happiness, so it’s important to know when you might be doing more harm than good.

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The power of the fully integrated campaign
05.09.17

We look at the power of the fully integrated campaign, give some top tips and examine how what might seem like a complicated, wide-scale operation might be easier than you think.

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Anthony Scaramucci: a media training nightmare
29.08.17

In our years of media training, we thought we’d encountered every possible type of broadcast spokesperson. That was until Anthony Scaramucci appeared on the BBC, interviewed by Emily Maitlis on Newsnight.

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The ‘Broadcast Booby-Trap’: How social media is affecting broadcast journalism
22.08.17

Alex Hesketh looks into the recent trend of ‘punking’ guests live on air, which has moved broadcast interviewing into the social media age.

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Why PRs shouldn’t dismiss local radio
15.08.17

Clients will always want national coverage, and while national radio is clearly a great get, there are also other ways to reach your target audience.

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Getting your PR Podcast Noticed
08.08.17

Rory Green looks at how pre-production and optimisation are key for producing the perfect PR podcast.

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News Hijacking – How to get your brand in the media without a story
01.08.17

Kate Fallis looks at how your brand can land PR coverage on national broadcasters without generating a stand-alone news story yourselves.

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Who should be my broadcast spokesperson?
25.07.17

Kate Fallis highlights some of the things to keep in mind for choosing the perfect spokesperson for your next broadcast PR campaign.

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Can effective media training be done remotely?
18.07.17

Rory Green, videographer at Shout! Communications explains why remote media training could be a perfect solution for your spokesperson.

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What makes good broadcast media training?
12.07.17

Director Keren Haynes looks at effective media training can help PRs and brands get the most out of interviews on TV, radio and online.

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Martin Frizell – Editor of ITV’s This Morning
10.07.17

Arthur Perkins reviews Martin Frizell, Editor of ITV’s This Morning, at the Shout! Communications Big Talk in June 2017.

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Ronan Hughes – Output Editor at Sky News
10.07.17

Kate Fallis reports on our second speaker from the latest Big Talk: Ronan Hughes, Output Editor at Sky News.

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6 top tips for appearing on camera
27.06.17

When we place people on screen we need to know that they are prepared properly and on message, as well as making sure any footage we shoot ourselves needing to be of broadcast standard.

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Top tips to make your next radio day a success
20.06.17

If you want to reach millions of people across the UK, why not consider a radio day? A radio day is a great way to get your key messages across and make your brand stand out.

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The next level of live-streaming
13.06.17
By Rory Green If you log on to any of the big social media sites one thing they all have in common is their heavy promotion of live video strea...
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5 Media Training lessons from the General Election
06.06.17

With politicians being skewered left, right and centre (pun intended), we took a look at how a few basic Media Training tips could have prevented the catalogue of broadcast interview errors during this year’s General Election.

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Podcast power: the perfect PR podcast
30.05.17

Podcasts are available anytime, anywhere! This has led to the podcast becoming an increasingly useful tool for Broadcast PR and an essential tool in modern PR strategy. This blog documents the key requirements for getting your podcast used on-air by broadcasters to really boost your radio campaign and secure maximum coverage.

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Podcast power: from dying format to cultural dominance
09.05.17

The podcast is back with a bang. Here’s how it came back to life, and why you should consider as your next broadcast PR venture.

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Running a PR story during a General Election
02.05.17

Thinking of delaying your PR story until after the General Election? You might want to consider a few things before you pull the plug…

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The Nightly Show – did ITV’s primetime gamble pay off?
25.04.17

Broadcast Executive Alex Hesketh looks at the successes and failures of ITV’s first run of The Nightly Show.

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Small Talk – James Sillars, Senior Business Producer, Sky News
18.04.17

Alex Hesketh reports on a Shout! Communications Small Talk by James Sillars – Sky Business Producer.

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View from the top – enhancing your PR video with top shots, drones and helicopters
11.04.17

To ensure the best audience figures we recommend trying to add as much production value to your video as budget allows – and aerial footage is a great way of doing this.

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When a big story breaks…
04.04.17

Shout! Communications Director Keren Haynes looks at the best plan of action for PRs when a big story story takes over the news.

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Latest PR video trends….and a visit to broadcast’s biggest exhibition show
28.03.17

Shout! Communications videographer Rory visited the Broadcast Video Expo 2017. Here’s a little bit on what he learned:

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Every client is different… what does success mean to you?
21.03.17

In the world of PR we all strive for success. But what do we mean by success? As they say one person’s drink is another person’s poison….and success can mean different things to different people.

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Big Talk March 2017 – Top journalists on ‘fake news’, the rise of digital and what it all means for PR
15.03.17

Kate Fallis reports on the Shout! Communications Big Talk, held at the CIPR on March 14th.

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A Streaming Success!
08.03.17

Rory Green, videographer at Shout! discusses our recent Facebook Live stream with Help for Heroes

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The perfect spokesperson
02.03.17

Let’s face it, when it come to television and radio coverage having the right spokesperson can make, or break, a story.

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Capturing your event on video
21.02.17

Our videographer Rory with some tips on how to get the most out of filming a big event, featuring examples from our recent video for Founders Forum.

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6 Top Tips for Selling in Online
14.02.17

Online coverage leaves an SEO-rich footprint that lasts a long time, helping brands to build a lingering digital presence. Here are our tips and tricks to get video and stories published online:

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11 Top tips to get your PR video used! 
09.02.17
By Rory Green Video is everywhere! In fact, it is predicted that by 2019 80% of all internet traffic will be video. This raises two points…. ...
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How to make the most of an outsourced radio day
31.01.17

Brands, businesses and organisations love radio days because it’s a guaranteed way to communicate key messages to often millions of listeners. Responsibility for the quantity and quality of coverage will be safely in our hands – but there are some things you can do too, to ensure your company gets the most out of the day. Here are some of our tips:

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How can video boost PR coverage?
24.01.17

If your client wants coverage on TV and online then video is your new best friend.

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Shout! Small Talk – Tim Collins, Senior Producer of The Jeremy Vine Show
17.01.17
By Kate Fallis We were lucky enough to host Tim Collins, Senior Producer of The Jeremy Vine Show at one of our Shout! Small Talks. The programm...
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Trends for Broadcast PR Media Relations 2017
10.01.17
By Catherine Bayfield Tailoring radio coverage to client needs Everyone predicted the death of radio but in 2017 it is most definitely alive...
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3 Video Trends to watch out for in 2017
03.01.17
By Rory Green 2016 saw the continued rise in popularity of online video content. Video is now so popular that it is predicted that in 2017 vide...
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How Social Media is Changing Broadcasting
20.12.16

Gone are the days when families gathered round the TV to watch the news. Why would you? Unless it’s breaking news, you’ve already seen the story.

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Shout! Communications’ Top 10 Campaigns of the Year
14.12.16
It’s that time of the year when we all like to reminisce…..We’ve been privileged to work with some fantastic clients during 2016 and have been l...
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Q & A: Insider Insight with Sally Arthy, Senior Editor, Sky News
06.12.16
Sally has enjoyed a long career at Sky News, during which time she has set up the broadcaster’s Ireland bureau and was head of Sky’s bureau in Was...
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What’s on at Shout! this Winter…
29.11.16

Free Workshops, Courses, and Media Training for PR Professionals. Take a look!

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The BBC World Service: a bold expansion against the grain
22.11.16

2016 has been a year of nationalist resurgence. Borders, immigration and ‘post-truth’ are the new media buzzwords of the year; they’re inescapable. The BBC World Service’s announcement that it will be making the biggest expansion “since the 1940s”, launching 11 new languages, has made a refreshing change.

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What Makes a Good Radio Story?
15.11.16
By Kate Fallis So you want to know what makes a good radio story? Well, it all really depends on who your audience is. It seems like quite an o...
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Jonathan Levy, Sky News: How Broadcasters can Prove Their Worth in a World of Limitless Information
01.11.16

In the final Big Talk Blog, Kate Fallis reports on Jonathan Levy, Head of News Gathering at Sky, on the future on news broadcasters.

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Roger Sawyer, BBC Radio 4 – How Radio Broadcasters can make the most of Podcasting and Online
31.10.16

Kate Fallis reports on Roger Sawyer, from BBC Radio 4, on how podcasting and online can be used in radio at the Shout! Communications Big Talk 2016

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Alex Chandler, ITV News: The Changing Landscape of Broadcast News
24.10.16

Kate Fallis reports on ITV News’ Alex Chandler at the Shout! Communications Big Talk, 2016.

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Woman’s Hour Celebrating 70 Years! The Evolution of a British Institution
20.10.16

Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme has just celebrated its 70th birthday.

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The Changing Landscape of Broadcast News
07.10.16

It’s true; millennials just aren’t watching TV news anymore.

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