Academically Famous
By August 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Academically Famous

My research and commentary on the use of digital in the federal election has been cited in two books.

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Two forms of public affairs storytelling
By August 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Two forms of public affairs storytelling

To be seen as relevant, journalists and content creators must be attentive to online chatter and be able to tell stories to their audiences in short segments — digestible sizes with the most important-in-the-moment information.

CAQ holds razor thin majority of online mentions in Quebec election chatter
By August 29, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

CAQ holds razor thin majority of online mentions in Quebec election chatter

I’d never predict the outcome of an election based on the number of mentions. Still, the online chatter nearly mirrors media reports on the Quebec election.

Base load, spikes and surges: measuring online activity like a power distribution system
By August 29, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Base load, spikes and surges: measuring online activity like a power distribution system

How base load, spikes and surges help us understand online activity about a particular theme or issue. And, what they mean to the digital practitioner.

Contribute to my next report on MP use of digital
By August 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Contribute to my next report on MP use of digital

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed and/or my free Digital Public Affairs Newsletter. Thanks for visiting.It’s been nearly a year and a half since I published Peace, Order and Googleable Government, my February 2011 report on the use of digital channels by Canadian MPs. I’m currently researching and […]

Do not adjust your set: is the quantity of tweets drowning out the quality of engagement?
By August 27, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Do not adjust your set: is the quantity of tweets drowning out the quality of engagement?

14,363… the number of tweets mentioning Quebec politics/election issued between 12am-12:30pmET, today (August 27). 21,419… the number of tweets mentioning the Republican Convention. 54,835… the number of tweets mentioning Mitt Romney. 82,318… the number of tweets mentioning Barack Obama. When you consider those numbers, it’s hard to imagine how a meaningful mass conversation can happen. […]

Analysis of Jack Layton’s online memorial
By August 23, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Analysis of Jack Layton’s online memorial

Jack Layton tributes were held across the country yesterday, the first anniversary of his death. The tributes and commentary also poured out online. I used Marketwire/Sysomos MAP to do some analysis of the activity. Here is a summary of what I observed. Jack Layton was mentioned or referenced online 10,159 times, yesterday. Twitter was the most […]

Jack Layton’s death was politics and geography agnostic
By August 22, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Jack Layton’s death was politics and geography agnostic

I woke up in a lodge in Jasper National Park a year ago today. Despite being on vacation, I had set my alarm early to do some work. A client was launching a campaign that morning and I had to check on the paid media components and online chatter. That’s when I saw it. A […]

Australian report on social media in local government: measurement, training and emergency communication
By August 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Australian report on social media in local government: measurement, training and emergency communication

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government published the Using Social Media in Local Government 2011 Survey Report this past June. It’s an interesting look at the perceptions and use of social media by bureaucrats. The authors offer many insights from which I could carry on for quite some time. Instead, I’ll share three […]

US election top six issues discussed online
By August 20, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

US election top six issues discussed online

A lot has been written about the role of digital in the current US election, and how it differs from 2008. There are many media pieces and blog posts about which candidate is out-digitizing the others, and others which look at which candidate is the most talked about. What about issues? I’ve been using Marketwire/Sysomos […]

By August 18, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Conference Saturdays: Wiring a web for global good

In his address to TED Global in July 2009, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown highlights the role the Internet is playing in bringing social issues to the world conscious, and how individuals are able to come together as a global society. It’s always interesting to hear the perspective of a world leader, someone with […]

Know when to stop: how Cenovus almost connected with the public
By August 17, 2012 1 Comments Read More →

Know when to stop: how Cenovus almost connected with the public

There’s an ad playing in movie theatres as part of the pre-feature entertainment we’ve come to accept. I saw it before Brave, the latest Pixar offering our family saw as part of our younger daughter’s birthday celebrations a few weeks ago. The ad features a series of visuals and assertions about what makes Canada great. […]