The BR 200 list of top industry blogs.

This site made it on The BR 200 list of industry blogs. Which is nice.

The list brings together the best advertising, marketing, media, PR and digital blogs from around the world, ranked in terms of traffic and social influence. It’s compiled in collaboration with Brandwatch, the social media monitoring agency, and together we’ll update the list on a monthly basis to ensure it reflects the best bloggers in the industry.

Working with Brandwatch, Brand Republic ranked the blogs by influence using an algorithm that weighted factors including traffic, Mozrank (determined in part by the number of inbound links) Twitter data, and social presence on, for example, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

http://www.brandrepublic.com/go/br200/

Thanks to everyone who visits and enjoys this stuff.

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PR and Media explained… via Popbitch

A great insight into how media and celebrity are tied together from Popbitch.

The shorthand version seems to be:
1. Many journalists are lazy and useless.
2. All media is biased.

Read on…..

STORY 1

Nadine from Girls Aloud is really splitting opinion with her solo career. It seems that whenever someone writes something nice about her, certain other papers feel obliged to run something negative.

For example, The Sun gets first listen to her new single, Insatiable, and writes a fairly positive review. Then, the very next day, The Mirror responds with this: “Nadine Coyle has reportedly been snubbed by singer-songwriter Labrinth, because he’d prefer to get the chance to work with Cheryl Cole.

Only LA-based Nadine didn’t really know who Labrinth was – much less that she’d asked him to work with her. (Her album’s more Bonnie Tyler than Tinie Tempah anyway. And in a good way.)

Must be coincidence that Labrinth shares the same PR company as Cheryl. And is on Cheryl’s sponsor Simon Cowell’s label. And that the Mirror and Mail journalists who seem to write the anti-Nadine pieces are the ones who seem to get all the Cheryl Cole exclusives.

STORY 2

While tabloid scandals are on the agenda, maybe someone should look at some others. Popbitch think it is wrong that celebrity weeklies can routinely peddle what turn out to be complete fabrications as fact on the cover of magazines.

See this week’s Now. “Big Brother Bombshell – As Preston dithers… PETE WANTS CHANTELLE” shouts the cover, with a big photo of Chantelle and Peter Andre. Chantelle Houghton and Peter Andre are both represented by CAN associates.

Peter Andre is not once directly quoted – Pete just can’t get enough of Chantelle right now”, reveals a friend – is the gist of a whole article attributed to quotes from an un-named source.

You probably remember seeing what looks like the same story linking Pete with Kerry Katona, another CAN client.

Those involved – the magazine, journalists, PRs and stars – are complicit in making a cover story on a big-selling magazine without any real basis, treating readers of the magazine with little respect.

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My Current Favourites

The Creators Project – http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/en-uk/
Intel partner with Vice Magazine. There’s just so much good content here!! Love it.

Draw and Fold Over – http://www.drawandfoldover.com
A lovely social drawing site. Choose your pen and take it in turns to draw. In association with ‘The Big Draw’ which takes place throughout October, offering drawing events for people of all ages and abilities.

Fflick.com – http://fflick.com/
A social film site that makes it simple to see the films your friends are talking about, and what they think of them. Twitter sign-in. No Facebook here.

History Pin – http://www.historypin.com/
A great project by We Are What We Do to get generations talking, sharing and coming together more often. Developed in partnership with Google.

The Most Refreshing Pint – http://themostrefreshingpint.com/
Have a ‘sip’ on a pint (nice Drinkaware language there). See if you win a free prize. Refresh to try again. Simple.

Inside Insides – http://insideinsides.blogspot.com/
MRI scans of fruit and veg. Obviously.

This is Freaking Ridiculous – http://www.tifr.us/
Packed full of funny internet shit.

Unsuck-It – http://unsuck-it.com/
Rid your office of shitty business jargon!! Search or browse.

(A version of this comment first appeared in New Media Age.)