by Lisa Devaney | 10 Aug, 2009 | News
Hai Media Group’s Director Lisa Devaney is now a trainer with Pinnacle PR, the world’s largest specialised international public relations training company, offering introductory and advanced seminars in public affairs, media relations, crisis communications, event organisation and more.
Devaney is offering full and half day seminars for PR 2.0 training, helping participants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, understand how to approach and use the Web for public relations campaigns. Her course is influenced by the teachings of Brian Solis, Beth Harte and other leading PR 2.0 professionals. The course looks at the pros and cons of online communications and provides strategic insight for “future-proofing” business communications. The course also provides instruction on using online tools, finding resources, as well as basic skills training for using social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin for business.
As millions of people increasingly use the Internet to communicate, businesses are looking to craft appropriate ways of connecting with key stakeholder audiences online, and looking to experienced online communicators to avoid pitfalls. As of summer 2009, more than 250 million people are members of Facebook, and more than 33 million are using Twitter, two of the most popular social networking sites. Devaney shares case studies with course participants, taking a look at some of the blunders, as well as the successes, companies are currently having online.
Pinnacle PR has attractive training facilities in London, Brussels, Dubai and Bahrain, and each location is fully equipped for presentations, and media relations on-camera training. Seminars are kept to a limited size to create an engaged learning environment, with participants asking questions throughout the courses. The seminars include hands-on workshop sessions that put new skills into action, and best prepare participants for real world public relations issues. All of Pinnacle PR’s trainers are senior public relations professionals, who have real world working experience, and continue to work in the industry.
Contact Pinnacle PR, to book a training seminar.
by Lisa Devaney | 9 Jun, 2009 | News
Hai Media Group led efforts in the UK to launch Skyfire’s new 1.0 version, a milestone that took the popular smartphone mobile browser out of a successful beta period that attracted 1 million participants. Working with USA media partner VSC Consulting, the news earned attention from numerous mainstream media outlets, popular blogs and Skyfire became a popular topic on Twitter.
Prior to the debut of Skyfire’s version 1.0, on May 27, 2009, The New York Times named it to be “App of the Week” in the blog Gadgetwise. In the UK, bloggers and mobile experts raved about the service, saying:
“You see, Skyfire isn’t a ‘proper’ browser, more of a content viewer, with all the serious processing handled by the company’s proxy servers, the pages then being ‘rendered’ onto your phone. Just like the Opera browser in fact, but with more whistles, bells and streaming video.” – T3’s David Walker
“The release brings with it a host of improvements, such as improved navigation, zooming and interaction and a faster launch, lower power consumption, and new search functionality. Also, while the new version of the browser starts up, you can begin typing URLs or search queries into the box at the top, saving time. The company is operating a closed alpha for the BlackBerry platform, so that’ll likely be next for release.” –Pocket-lint.com’s Duncan Geere
“Their browser is fast and responsive, and Skyfire’s goal is to give a faithful representation of web pages that is equivalent to the desktop browsing experience. One important focus for Skyfire is in the area of video rendering… Skyfire’s approach is to introduce their own video-crunching servers between, say, YouTube and your Nokia N95. These servers take full Flash (Flash 10) and then video transcode the signal in real-time, giving a lower frame rate (8 frames per second), and a smaller screen rendering for mobile. The result is that the Skyfire browser can render an original YouTube page or Vimeo page, or even blogs with embedded video, so that you have access to the entire video catalogue, live on line.” –Martyn Davies, The Really Mobile Project
Watch The Phones Show for an interview with Skyfire’s VP of Business Development Raj Singh, offer extra insight to the browser’s features and hints of what’s to come.
Other UK coverage included:
Tech Radar UK
Yahoo News UK
The Really Mobile Project
by Lisa Devaney | 20 May, 2009 | News
Hai Media Group’s Lisa Devaney attended SHINE 09, a two-day business “unconference” for social entrepreneurs. The event included one-to-one mentoring sessions, social collaboration games, creative brainstorming to foster new ideas, and guidance to help execute new projects.
Funding was won for a new project by Martin Sherrard, for his Stratford Walled Kitchen Garden concept, offering horticultural training and a community restaurant serving produce grown in the garden. He pitched his concept for the prize, along with Re-Made in Brixton, Open Free Cycle and Youandiskills.com.
Participating in Dave Wilcox’s social collaboration game, Devaney, along with others, conceived the concept of “Re-Think!” a community programme for troubled youths caught in the criminal justice system that would see them be taught new 21st century skills by learning how to re-furbish old computers from discarded consumer electronics. While Re-Think! didn’t win the game, due to a request for more funding than was on offer, the process brought together a mix of ideas and agendas and created something productive.
Lisa Devaney blogged about SHINE 09, here:
Other non-traditional conferences coming up in the UK include:
bTWEEN (11-12 June 2009, Liverpool), an interactive digital media forum
2gether09, a London summer conference run in festival style, aims to explore and celebrate how technology can be used to promote social progress.
Over The Air, a September London mobile development gathering spaced over two days of fun, learning, hacking and socializing with participants camping over night.
by Lisa Devaney | 16 Apr, 2009 | News
Hai Media Group’s Lisa Devaney is a contributing guest blogger to the trade magazine Brand Republic, for the advertising, marketing, media and public relations industries.
Her blog Quick Peeks offers insight to happenings in business, new technology, arts and entertainment. Quick Peeks was started in June 2008, at the invitation of the publication’s editor, and joins a collection of communications industry bloggers who are contributing to Brand Republic.
by Lisa Devaney | 10 Jun, 2008 | News
This summer brings the debut of 2gether08, a new festival for London sponsored by Channel 4 and hosted by PolicyUnplugged from 2-3 July 2008. On the agenda is a vision of applying innovative digital technologies (internet, mobile, games, and more) and imagination to promote:
- social progress,
- enhance the quality of public life and our collective well-being, and
- to tackle the problems facing the world at the outset of the 21st century.
The first 2gether Festival will gather 300 innovators from a wide range of fields to focus on how using digital technologies we can generate real social benefits. At its heart is a DIY spirit where workshops and panel discussions will be shaped by participants, and action items for change will be determined throughout the gathering as discussions emerge.
2 – 3 July 2008
London E2 7ES
Register for tickets here: http://www.2gether08.eventbrite.com/
*Early Bird Discount until Monday, 16th July 2008
An eclectic mix of technologists, policy makers, campaigners, TV producers, software and games developers, designers, politicians, digital innovators, writers, bloggers, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, leaders from charities, NGOs and leading players in the marketing, PR, cultural and creative fields as well as anyone else who believes that creative use of emerging digital technologies can generate solutions to society’s most pressing problems.
2gether08 is a Hai Media Group supported event.
For full details, please download this event alert: