• Social Media Channels: Is Less More?

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    LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, X, TikTok, YouTube, Threads, Mastodon, Bluesky…

    With a seemingly endless number of social media channels, it can feel overwhelming to try and keep up and maintain a presence on each. But could this be doing more harm than good?

    The bottom line is, unless you have adequate resources and time to effectively and consistently manage multiple social media platforms, your organisation should not have an account on each.

    For example, if your organisation only has enough time to invest in a LinkedIn account but have inactive Instagram and Facebook accounts live, it leaves audiences with a poor impression.

    Social media plays an integral role in how audiences interact with brands. For example, when someone searches for an organisation on Instagram and finds it hasn’t been used in months, audiences can draw the conclusion that the business is also inactive.

    But if you only have the time and resources to invest in one or a few social media accounts, how do you choose the right ones?

    The most significant factors to consider are your desired audiences and overarching goal.

    Are you wanting to raise general awareness of your brand or are you searching for a more tailored approach to build genuine relationships?

    Do you have a certain demographic in mind?

    If your goal is to make more B2C sales, Instagram and Facebook are the platforms for you.

    If your goal is to generate more leads and attract new clients, LinkedIn is where you should invest your time.

    Deciding which platforms are right for you can be the most daunting step, which is why we’ve put together a quick overview on each major social media platform below.

    If you’d like a comprehensive social media plan or want to expand your social media reach, contact KDPR today on 07 3136 2555.

    LinkedIn, 60% of users aged 25-34, reach more corporates, build genuine connections, ideal to share thought leadership, perfect for B2B Instagram, 62% of users aged 18-34, great to raise general awareness, tone is more friendly and fun, enhanced engagement, reach a wider audienceFacebook, 43.2% of users aged 18-34, most used social media platform, build an online presence, informal and engaging tone, easily repurpose content for other platformsX (formerly Twitter), 55.6% of users aged 18-34, best for short informative updates, build awareness, mired in controversy, dip in usage since rebrandTikTok, 69.2% of users aged 18-32, tone is very informal and playful, algorithm is a fine balance, time consuming to produce content, raise general awareness
  • The Importance of Media Training: Woolworths and 4 Corners

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    The now infamous 4 corners interview with Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci earlier this week, serves as a reminder to all senior executives across industry, institutions and the professions, that being properly prepared for media interviews is critical.

    An interview with 4 Corners was never going to be an easy going, friendly chat, so Banducci should have fully expected penetrating questions and a full interrogation. In fact, I advise execs to prepare for tough questions even if the interview is positioned as a friendly feature.

    If you say yes to an interview, put the time n to prepare. Not only to get your facts ready, but to get your mindset right. At KDPR we  put clients through a rigorous interview session ahead of key interview opportunities such as this. Prep them for a worst-case scenario. That way, my clients are ready for anything, and know how to manage the situation in lieu of walking out, which of course then becomes the headline. It pays to have a formal journalist as your media trainer, to properly put you through your paces.

    Explore media training at KDPR here.

  • What does PR look like in 2021?

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    Genuine content

    People are seeking authentic, genuine content and a more ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at businesses. Consumers look to support local and small businesses that provide an authentic view into how they operate, who they are, and their values.

    Social media has become the easiest and most personal way to connect with audiences. When lockdown restrictions halted trade, closed stores, and shut down events, genuine, behind-the-scenes content helped brands become more than a provider of goods and services and establish meaningful relationships with their customers.

    Communications success in 2021 for larger companies means sharing truth, facts, and education. The industry has already shifted towards championing these communications strategies, and prioritising campaigns around authenticity and transparency. We will see this continue to grow with companies putting more resources into authentic communications strategies and fostering genuine connection with their audiences.

    Creative and flexible strategies

    2021 will provide the perfect springboard to find new ways of connecting with stakeholders and consumers. Even though parts of life here in Australia are starting to resemble the ‘Before COVID’ era, we now have the opportunity to rethink how to get materials to wider audience in any environment.

    We have created platforms and technologies that will allow us to explore new opportunities and create experiences across a wide range of technology types. In-person events are still valuable, but it is necessary to deliver just as valuable of an experience virtually.

    Having seen how quickly new policies and movement restrictions can come into play, a creative and flexible plan A will serve you better than having many alternative plan Bs. Communications professionals should consider all possibilities when developing that plan. Embrace technology, have options for all audiences, and set frameworks that allow you to adapt the strategy at a moments notice.

    New ways to reach audiences

    ‘Thinking outside the box’ starts with the question: where is your audience? Media coverage is a core activity of PR but is not always the best way to reach and meaningfully engage audiences.

    Beyond traditional publicity, platforms like podcasts, panel discussions, and webinars offer opportunities to expand your reach and enhance your credibility. Creative activations and guerrilla marketing can do wonders for brand voice and storytelling. Offering virtual and in-person opportunities to access any events or thought-leadership significantly expands your engagement.

    Being able to understand the potential of your strategies and reach will see the communications industry to evolve – and allow your business to remain connected to your audience, no matter where they are.

  • The Future of the Workforce

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented experiment for the modern workplace, with the we way both live and work drastically challenged by restrictions. Many employees have long called for more flexible work arrangements, whether to accommodate carer duties, working parents, or work-life balance. The post-pandemic world presents an opportunity to implement on a large scale what was once a radical, progressive approach to work routine – and is now a widely praised model of thriving workplace culture.

    Today is Flexible Working Day, an international day to celebrate and showcase the benefits of flexible work for both people and organisations. KDPR has embraced the WFH lifestyle and is lucky to be in an industry that allowed us to easily adapt when the pandemic restrictions first instructed much of the workforce to stay at home. We have seen firsthand how flexible working systems have helped our team, our clients, and our community to increase their productivity and improve their work-life balance. The ability to work on projects from the comfort of home has proven to improve workforce mental health.

    We recently wrote an article on authentic and transparent leadership, and how the pandemic provides the opportunity to reflect on management best practice – including a stronger focus on tangible outcomes and deliverables rather than just turning up. Management has evolved from a top-down hierarchy, with workplaces forced to adopt less of a micro-managerial model and more employee autonomy. The environment of online work has borne a leadership style that places more emphasis on employee satisfaction, autonomy, and growth.

    We understand that for some, face-to-face engagement and team environments are necessary tools for effective collaboration. Meetings and strategising with colleagues and clients are still beneficial ways to align and inform, but the ability to choose is the most beneficial tool of all. There is no one way to work, but rather a multi-pronged approach that is rooted in flexibility, with the critical component of employee choice.

    Today, on Flexible Working Day, we are showing our support for formalizing flexible work arrangements and are excited to see how the very fabric of our working society adapts to a post-COVID world.

  • Authentic and transparent leadership: communication through COVID and beyond

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    Every leader is currently facing the ultimate test of resilience and adaptability, as COVID-19 continues to affect us in unforeseen ways. In times of uncertainty we look to those that inspire and lead us, and workforce leaders are under significant pressure to rise to the occasion.

    The past few months have only been a catalyst to an overdue mass shift of leadership and workplace expectations; people no longer want to follow blindly (and that is true for workplace teams as well as consumers to brands) nor do they want an unhealthy work-life balance. We have been afforded the time to examine exactly how to improve work life and professional leadership – thanks to the worldwide health pandemic.

    Leaders of any business or team have surely learnt the importance of being available, visible, and authentic. There has been a significant breakdown of the traditional walls of a workplace hierarchy, with CEOs having to digitally invite employees into their personal spaces. This raw authenticity has been the guiding beacon for leading teams through complex teams; the old adage of leading by example is true for the trade and workplace activities, but there can be no doubt of the positive effect of transparency and visibility on the mental health of employees in your company.

    This situation has provided the perfect opportunity to audit work behaviors and systems. If effective communication has not been a priority before, now is truly the time to reflect on what your work systems look like post-COVID-19. Those commanding large and small teams have come to recognize the importance of structured communications systems, such as regular WIPs and digital task management services, as much of the workforce has transitioned to the home office.

    Further to systemised communication, there has been a huge lens on how to maintain social connection in these times. Creating real, human connection has never before been such a purposeful action. Purposeful engagement with each other, checking in on health and productivity, and actually responding as an organization to employee needs – these deliberate efforts are something that must be preserved moving forward. This is the time to truly establish meaningful connections and nurture team development.

    We no longer understand ‘work’ as the action of commuting and the physical structure of the office – it can no longer be just turning up. We are now able to introduce flexibility and autonomy to the work trait mix, and measure productivity with actual productivity. Businesses should rethink their ‘normal’ systems and gravitate towards this positive shift in the way we work and communicate for the future – what sustainable changes can we make as we move from response strategies to recovery.

  • Planning your COVID-19 recovery

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    Many businesses have been busy with the process of surviving through the pandemic, but some are starting to prepare for recovery post-coronavirus crisis. There is no way of knowing what the world will look like on the other side, but this time presents the perfect opportunity to strategise and work on a plan to best prepare for what is to come.

    Some questions to consider:

    What are you doing to be agile through this disruption?

    How are you maintaining service, or are you offering new, innovative services?

    There will be a lot of noise post-lockdown, so how will you achieve cut-through?

    What are you putting in place now to ensure you are putting your best foot forward?

    Right now, the number one priority is staying connected to your clients; your customers; your communities. It is so important to consistently communicate, not only to maintain engagement with your audience but also to broaden it.

    Now is the perfect opportunity to refine and scale up your digital presence, because people are absorbing more news and social media content than ever before. Make significant efforts to put your messaging in front of your audience with relevant content, such as information, news they can use, infotainment, and positive reinforcements.

    When looking to the future, it is wise to use this time to completely review your businesses communications position. Does your branding need a post virus fresh, clean and disinfected look? Brand refreshes can be simple, cosmetic changes or complete makeover projects, and should consider websites, digital platforms and all marketing materials.

    Consider your business narrative, position and desired outcomes, conduct a communications audit and take this opportunity to completely refresh your communications strategy. There may be tactics or tools you never had the time to explore before – for instance, you may have always wanted to introduce video to your communications mix but never had the time to get around to it.

    Your business agility is your unique story – people want to hear how individuals and organisations are responding, giving hope through these challenging times. Do you have a media story about how your business is responding in the COVID-19 crisis? Getting that story in front journalists can be a vital and the most relevant tool to broaden your reach through editorial and TV news, radio, newspapers, and digital publications.

    If your business is experiencing downtime or is expecting to experience a significant business boom when health restrictions lift, you can use this lockdown period to dig deep and strategise for what is to come.

    It may be unprecedented, but that doesn’t mean you have to be unprepared.

    We are available for all communications projects, large or small, to assist you during this time of disruption and begin working with you on the best communications strategy for recovery post-coronavirus for whenever that time comes.

    Let us help tell your story. Contact if you would like to get in touch.

  • A Communications Perspective on a Global Health Crisis

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    Over the past month, the world has been on edge with the shocking outbreak of the Coronavirus, a highly contagious, incurable respiratory illness that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. So far, there has been 24,557 confirmed cases and 492 deaths, with many people taking drastic measures to avoid risk of contamination. As a result of the virus’ severity, the World Health Organisation has declared the Coronavirus outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), making the virus a highly relevant global news topic. As PR professionals, our job is to make use of the current news cycle to help our clients reach their publics. So, what can coronavirus teach us about this?

    Remember your Brand’s Values

    Firstly, it’s important to remember your brand’s values and identity when responding to any crisis. Doing this can help your brand respond to the crisis in a way that prioritises the business, its stakeholders and publics. If addressing the crisis at hand is either not relevant or could potentially harm the reputation of your brand, it’s a good idea to refrain from taking any action and to instead wait and see if the situation gains any relevance to the brand. On the other hand, if the health crisis is impacting your business such as disrupting supply chain or affecting business partners, it is wise to remain transparent and realistic with your stakeholders.

    Consider Tone of Voice

    When it comes to PR, tone of voice is incredibly important in order to get across the right message, even when all of your information is correct. In the event of a crisis, brands should aim to have an empathetic, yet educational tone of voice that expresses the severity of the situation while refraining from scaring their publics. Using this neutral, yet slightly optimistic tone of voice avoids sensationalism and allows your publics to associate their feelings of safety with your brand’s response to the crisis.   

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Regardless of whether there is a crisis, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) should be a consideration to show their commitment to improving social and environmental issues internally and externally. If your brand is yet to take on a CSR initiative, it may be suitable to use a timely event, such as Coronavirus to take advantage of the news cycle and cleverly place your brand in the spotlight. There are a number of brands who have committed to sharing funds to help China fight the virus and in turn, they have received some positive recognition. 

    Check your Facts

    While it may seem obvious, it’s always highly important to fact check any information you’re putting in a media release, blog or fact sheet to ensure you’re delivering the correct information to publics. Spreading false information could potentially lead to loss of trust, panic among publics and negative speculation. With so many articles circulating about a topic as notable as Coronavirus, it can be very easy to find false figures and facts that sensationalise the story. To avoid this happening, brands should only reference information sourced from Government or health organisations.  

    At KDPR, we specialise in issues and crisis management, as well as general PR services. To learn more about how we can assist you or your brand, contact us on 3136 2555

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  • Media Trends in 2020: How the industry is changing

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    As we enter the new decade, the media industry will be greatly influenced by changes in technology, platforms and trends that are rapidly reshaping the media landscape. The industry is constantly in a period of accelerating change, but we have identified a few major trends that will greatly change the space that PR and media professionals operate in. These trends will provide new territories and opportunities for businesses to explore, and open new ways to communicate with audiences.


    New technologies are continuously redefining the media landscape and the ways people communicate with brands, businesses, clients and the public. While augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence technologies have been emerging in the industry over the last decade, they will scale and influence consumers in new ways.  We will see more innovative, useful, and immersive experiences being built by businesses embracing AR, such as creating interactive maps and layers to the existing world. 



    The rise of audio platforms will see more businesses publish audio content, integrate audio interactions to their owned platforms, and build an audio marketing presence. With the podcast industry increasingly gaining traction and smart speaker and smart home devices becoming more advanced, audio and voice-based digital interactions will become just as natural as tapping on a phone or streaming a video.

    These advanced technologies are resulting in media platforms and communication channels becoming both more nuanced and more niche. The boundary between traditional and new media is blurring, with no longer a clear distinction between paid, owned, earned and shared media.



    With visible like counts disappearing from popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, content creation will shift from trying to cultivate a mass following to creating ways to engage more meaningfully with audiences. This will see a rise in subscription-based content, interactive content and a more authentic profile.

    The demand for authentic content is growing and the public is craving to see brands and businesses embrace transparency, social responsibility and authentic engagement.  


    2020 and beyond is set to be an exciting time in the media industry as these technologies and trends continue to develop and shape our experiences. These trends will help guide the narratives, strategy and services KDPR provides for our clients and as ever, enable us to help you navigate the media landscape and leverage these trends for your business.

  • KDPR’s Top Tips for Networking Novices

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    With the internet bringing all the information in the world to our fingertips, it’s never been easier to expand your business, reach new people and gain clients. Digital networking platforms such as LinkedIn make it simple to find specific, targeted connections, and building your business network can be done in a matter of minutes. Establishing connections online is second nature, but progressing the conversation further than the exchange of a few ‘likes’ is still as much of a challenge than ever. Conversation remains the most valuable tool in any businessperson’s arsenal, so make an effort to connect with people in real life, not just on socials.

    Take the opportunity to network everywhere

    Networking opportunities are everywhere, from your local coffee shop to awards ceremonies to large-scale conferences. You never know who you will meet in the most unlikely of places, so be prepared with business cards and your best handshake next time you go to your local.

    However, you shouldn’t wait for such opportunities to come to you – be proactive at seeking out networking events. Industry networking events are the most beneficial and the most enjoyable because they bring the community together for a productive discussion about an industry relevant issue. This provides an excellent talking point for your networking conversations and offers a fantastic learning experience from your business peers and the wider community.

    Don’t forget to talk about you

    Networking mentality tends to focus on what other people and businesses have done, or what they can do for you. It’s more valuable to emphasise what you and your business can do for them. Networking can be more than just collecting a bunch of business cards to use later down the track. Let this be an opportunity to convey the excellent work your business has done and the innovative strides you have taken to make it happen.

    Now do it!

    Bring your team to the next relevant networking event and show off the great projects you and your company are responsible for, learn from the innovations of others, and watch your business network with other industry professionals grow.

    Upcoming networking events:
    The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Gala Dinner will be a great way to converse with other business leaders, while learning innovative ways to incorporate CSR into your own organisation and also celebrating the achievements of the AmCham business community at large.
    When: Thursday 7 November, 2019
    Time: 7pm – 11pm
    Where: W Brisbane, 81 North Quay, Brisbane, QLD 4000
    More information: https://www.amcham.com.au/Web/AmCham/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=040060

  • PR lessons from Woolworths’ Collectables

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    Supermarket chain collectables such as Coles’ little shop and Woolworths’ Ooshies have proven to be successful with the public, with families loving the collectable and kitschy toy giveaways that have turned the once-dreaded trip to the grocery store into an exciting family outing. Families have even gone so far as to buy and sell rare collectables online for thousands of dollars!

    However, both Coles and Woolworths received much public backlash for their mass plastic waste in these schemes as they launched shortly after the supermarket chains supported the nationwide elimination of single-use plastic bags in stores.  

    In an attempt to restore their public image, a few weeks ago Woolworths revealed a new collectable promotion called ‘Discovery Garden’, where herb and flower seedlings grown in mini pots are the collectable elements. From a PR perspective, the upcoming campaign is a great move for the company.

     Here’s what we can learn from Woolworths’ decision to go plant instead of plastic:


    Listen to your publics

    Despite the collectable craze, a large number of parents have boycotted the giveaway schemes as public angst on plastic waste continues to grow.  There was an angry sentiment among the public, branding the Ooshies campaign as reckless, with a majority of the plastic toys expected to end up as landfill. This overtook Woolworths’ social media and the sentiment was seconded in the mainstream media. By making the switch to a more sustainable collectable, Woolworths have demonstrated that they not only listen to feedback from the public, but they actually do something about it.

    Building on the hype of an already successful scheme and but making it more nuanced in accordance with public advice will always give you success.


    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Now more than ever, publics are choosing organisations based on their perceived brand values and ethics. Publics are demanding transparency, sustainability and social responsibility from places they work, shop, play and live. Corporate social responsibility is a growing concept in the PR industry; it’s about building brand equity beyond lawfulness and profit-making. Woolworth’s move from plastic to plants is a reaction to the ever-growing public awareness of wastage and sustainability in Australia – and it came at just the right time. The sustainable alternative to the Ooshies campaign shows Woolworths to be environmentally responsible for the actions – a huge step in the right direction as far as the public is concerned.


    Build on the hype with strategic planning

    The supermarkets got it right – families loved the concept of having a children’s incentive to make the grocery shop just that little bit easier. Children and parents alike went crazy, so the media did as well. Every media mention is an opportunity to accrue value for your organisation’s brand. Key messaging, timing and use of all platforms should be considered when your organisation is in the limelight. Taking the time to create a strategic plan alongside mass public attention can be incredibly beneficial for brand equity and brand growth.


    If you would like to know more about KDPR’S brand reputation and strategic planning services, please get in touch with us today via (07) 3136 2555 or .

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