Body Shaming – Does the media go too far?

July 18, 2016 by

Body Shaming

Jennifer Aniston made the headlines this week when she blasted the media through a powerful essay on “body shaming” published by the Huffington Post.

In an open letter the former Friends star called out the media for constantly reporting on her figure and pregnancy status. The first line she wrote was “For the record I am not pregnant, what I am is fed up!” a powerful opening line that has made headlines around the world and has made people wake up and ask the question..

Does the media go too far?

A picture of Jennifer Aniston on holiday with her husband Justin Theroux, sporting what can only be described as a small rounded tummy was what prompted the tabloid story in the first place and lead to headlines all over the world which read ‘Finally Jens pregnancy dream comes true’ ‘Aniston Pregnant!’ ‘Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are thrilled to be expecting first child together’ ‘Jennifer Aniston pregnant with miracle baby!

Jennifer Aniston

Picture source – Daily Mail

Jennifer Aniston is known for maintaining a dignified silence when it comes to rumours about herself, she is a very private person and very rarely responds to rumours or the media in general, however this time she has had enough and has decided to call out the media for body shaming women by claiming she is pregnant when she says herself she simply had a burger for lunch:

“I resent being made to feel “less than” because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: “pregnant” or “fat.”

The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty?

Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical imperfection”

Since the publication of Aniston’s essay, females around the world have applauded her and backed her in every way, however on the flip side of this, a debate has since erupted as to whether Aniston has the right to privacy when she puts herself out there as a ‘celebrity’.

This is an ongoing debate where people argue that celebrities crave attention and put themselves out there in order to get press and publicity yet when they get any negative press they pull back and cry out that’s it’s an invasion of their privacy.

Fame stars

So where is the line? When does the media go too far?

This is a hard question to answer and each case is extremely different as you have celebrities like Jennifer Aniston who does not put herself out there for publicity, in fact does everything in her power to keep her personal life private and paid millions for security to make sure her recent wedding photos remained private, versus the fame hungry reality TV stars who are doing all they can to get in front of the camera and get publicity in any way they can.

So when should the media pull back?

Where is the line the media should not cross?

It’s a question you feel won’t ever be answered and will be debated for years to come, however I take my hat off to Jennifer Aniston for raising the issue especially when it comes to body shaming, as it seems these days’ women in the media are either too fat or too thin and simply can’t win!

Where do you stand on the issue?

Edel

Edel Cox is a Senior Account Manager with Fuzion

Fuzion are a Marketing, PR and Graphic Design firm with offices in Dublin and Cork

Without some “wow” it just won’t work!

July 12, 2016 by

Products with nothing specialI arrived there in torrential rain and entered a premises that lacked personality, that lacked anything. No pictures, no branding, no product displays…nothing.

There was a display on the wall with Certificates of Incorporation and some certs confirming a legal change from one company name to another.

I was politely ushered into a room and three people joined the meeting.

The new product was produced and placed centre stage on the board room table. The bland, quite generic packaging was the first thing I noticed.

Where was the product made, what’s special about it, what has the journey been, what is the wow, what is the  “story“?

I probed, I dug deep and I asked this crew why they developed this product, why it was in front of me on the table and why they brought it to market?

I was hoping to discover a unique (I hate that word) insight, I was hoping to hear some personal story, I wanted something that would help us to bring this “thing” to life in a genuine and authentic way that would connect with their target audience.

What I got was very profound – “it’s just a product that we think we can make money from

This won’t work…

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Marketing, PR and Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork

Power Social Media – Digital Influencer Programme

June 21, 2016 by

Power You - Advanced Social Media ProgrammeAfter years and years of delivering social media courses for business I have realised that most of these are just scratching the surface and for the seriously ambitious individual, something much more is needed.

For this reason I have developed a “Power You” programme, which is geared specifically towards ambitious individuals who want to realise their full potential by building a powerful, digital brand for themselves.

Power You” is for those who want to become Digital Influencer’s in their field of expertise.

In today’s fast-paced world where subject matter experts seemingly emerge overnight via social media, it’s critical that everyone leverages their own point of distinction.

Be so good that they can’t ignore you – Steve Martin

Be so good they can't ignore you - Steve Martin

With my programme, as well as learning extensive social media skills you will learn how to build a powerful network and be recognised as an Influencer by your peers and target audience.

Peer to peer interaction (this is not a classroom!) with a small group of like minded individuals is a strong dimension of the “Power You” programme, which will help you to establish and build your own powerful brand online and make you stand out as a thought-leader.

On this programme you will capitalise your personal awareness, highlight your knowledge, passion, values and expertise, and accelerate your career and business success.

This extensive programme will run over three months, will include 10 group evening training sessions, peer to peer reviews as well as one to one sessions.

The first “Power You” programme is commencing in Dublin on the 14th July and will be limited to a small group.

For full details click here and download the “Power You” brochure.

Thank you for reading!

Greg Canty is a partner of Fuzion

Fuzion offer Social Media Consultancy and Training from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

If you need more information about the programme please feel free to contact me:
Email: greg@fuzion.ie
Phone: (086) 8311156

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Tiny things are huge things!

June 6, 2016 by

Team bonding

This was a tiny thing..

It was a busy day and I just finished a great social media session with a client. As per usual it went on longer than planned as we really got deep into the strategy and explored exactly how far we could change the public perception of their company by using social media in a clever way.

Jonathan was the only one left in the office and he told me that the presentation for the prospect we were meeting the following day was done. I asked him to press print on two copies as it would save me a little job the following day.

While I was tidying up the meeting room I spotted Jonathan at the binder and he was binding up the presentations for me.

There’s no need to do that

Not a bother, what else would I be doing” he answered.

That wasn’t true – it was a gorgeous evening and he had a family to get home to.

Jonathan is our Creative Director, our head of design and without a word he jumped in to do this tiny thing for me.

At Fuzion we talk about having a Win Happy ethos. Helping and supporting each other is a big part of this.

What he did for me wasn’t a tiny thing, it was a huge thing – thanks Jonathan!

#WinHappy

Greg Canty 

Greg Canty is a Partner of Fuzion who offer Marketing, PR and Graphic Design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork

Jonathan Leahy Maharaj is the Creative Director with Fuzion

 

Raise Your Game

June 5, 2016 by

CiT - Architecture course

I’ve been to a few final year exhibition openings as part of my life as a student, as a college lecturer and as creative director here in Fuzion.  Not just in graphic design, but in multi-media, fashion, ceramics and the full gamut of fine art courses on offer in a number of third level colleges.

It’s a great way to see up-and-coming talent, current trends in the various fields of study, and hiring talented staff (we have taken on two graduates from the final year exhibition in CIT’s Visual Communications courses in the past few years). But its taken until this year for me to be absolutely blown away by both an exhibition and an attitude from a course in the way that the Interior Architecture course in CIT did when I visited it last Wednesday.

Titled TRANSCEND 2016, the exhibition is primarily a showcase for the graduating 4th years, with work on display also by the 3rd years (and if you wander off the beaten track a little, some incredible work by other students from other years too!).

A number of things happen from the very moment that you enter the building.

Firstly, from the exterior of the building, it’s a pretty grotty looking 80’s dull-as-dishwater brown factory. But this is the beginning of the magic show.

Marc Riain - CIT Architecture

It has been commandeered by the department a couple of years ago and transformed (by Marc O’Riain, a senior lecturer in the department and an architect in his own right http://www.ruaarchitects.ie/ ) into a multi-award winning space that starts to impress you immediately, from the large Norman Foster model at the entrance to the innovative use of space and materials.

And this is all before you get to see any of the students’ work. As a space, you can see how it inspires the students to work harder and better, to want to be more creative and strive towards a career in their chosen field. There are several shipping containers along the left hand side of the space that create offices, work spaces, physical walls/dividers in an open space that appears to be as large (and open) as a football field.

You can see how it was a factory – and in that Warholian sense it still is a factory, but now instead of manual operators creating loss prevention devices, it nurtures talent and creativity. Students within this vast building have individual spaces to design and work, with communal areas so people can see what others are doing (and perhaps be inspired by this work) and it’s a space to be immensely proud of.

You would love to come to college here.

Transcend 2016- CIT ArchitectureBut back to the exhibition itself for a moment. The work level seems incredible – a standard of finish and design skills that were very high. Again, it looked like the students themselves had pushed themselves as much as any encouragement from teaching staff. Like they wanted to succeed. Like they had a hunger for it, a passion.

The work is displayed, especially by the 4th year graduates with professional precision and with purpose (have a look for Kristina Malantsuk’s work based on the Cork Bonded Warehouses). And this is where one of the most impressive factors struck me. They wanted jobs. They wanted to become employed practitioners. They could clearly see that this wasn’t a party as a self congratulatory pat on the back for turning up a few hours a day for 4 years, this was a recruitment drive.

And at the opening of the exhibition, something that I have never seen before happened. As Katherine Keane, Department Head & Marc O Riain finished their speeches, Marc ended by pointing at a door towards one of the more private areas of the building and said that anyone who wanted to interview a student could do so in that space.

And no messing, a number of people immediately walked towards that door to do so!

I think that there is a certain irony that the model at the main door is by Norman Foster Architects, because that is exactly what they do in that space – foster architects.

Attitude is so much a part of any success story.

Of course you must want to succeed and you must have a genuine product that is worthy of success. But you must look like you want to succeed.

Whats the point in having the best service or product in the world if it looks rubbish? You are only fooling yourself, because no one else will believe in something that looks like you don’t believe in it. From the minute you step into the space that is the Architecture Factory, you want it to be amazing, because it tells you that its amazing, and you believe in it.

Check out the superb work that is happening right now in Cork by visiting the Facebook page or the website for the exhibitions.

Well done to all these hungry students and the lecturers who are inspiring them to be the best.

Jonathan

Jonathan Leahy Maharaj leads the Graphic Design Department in Fuzion with offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland 

 

 

10 things you’ll see in Ireland in the summer!

June 2, 2016 by

Ireland really is the best country in the world when the sun shines. When the sun comes out everyone has a smile on their faces and the craic is 90 as they say.

Here’s why Ireland is so unique – 10 signs of an Irish Summer!

1. Topless men everywhere – The sun only has to threaten to come out in Ireland and men everywhere have their shirts off.

Topless

2. Tan Lines – We never learn, every summer you are sure to see people with ridiculous sun burn and horrific tan lines.

sunburn

3. Queues for 99’s are endless – Irish people tend to gravitate towards their nearest ice cream shop when the sun comes out – a sure sign of an Irish summer is a 99 with a flake!

99

4. BBQ season – Hail, rain or shine if its summer in Ireland the BBQs come out. We only get a few weeks of “summer” so we have to make use out of the very expensive BBQ we bought, if that means standing under an umbrella while eating your burger, so be it!

umbrella

5. Down Tools – Let’s face it the good Irish weather doesn’t come around that often so when it does, it’s time to down tools and get to the nearest beer garden ASAP.

Down tools

6. People complaining about how hot it is – We wait all year for a bit of sun and the minute it comes people start complaining that it’s too hot!

complaining

7. Endless chat about the weather – “Is the sun shining where you are?”, “It’s great to have a bit of sun isn’t it”, “enjoy it while it lasts”.

weather chat

8. Make swimming pools – Paddling pools, bins, buckets, baths etc. You name it anything and everything is turned into a swimming pool when the sun comes out!

swimming pools

9. The fun and banter is in full swing and the beer gardens are packed – Real life and responsibilities don’t seem to matter as holiday mode kicks in

banter

10. Jean Byrne can make or break your day – The RTE weather is a must see. For once the whole family is glued to the TV watching the weather, hanging on every word Jean Byrne says in the hope the sun is going to stay shining!!

jean byrne

Enjoy the summer!!

Edel Cox - FuzionEdel Cox is a PR Account Manager with Fuzion

Fuzion offer Social Media Consultancy and Training from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

The art and power of a good story

May 30, 2016 by
Bernice Moran pictured at the Network Cork business awards with President Joan Walsh and Karen Fleming

We were at the Network Cork awards which was attended by women of all ages who work across all sectors from healthcare to hospitality, legal to media.

It can prove a bit of challenge to design an event, particularly when choosing a speaker and/ or an MC, that will appeal to such a broad and varied audience although we did have one thing in common – we were all female professionals.

Working with clients on events, we know only too well how much thought and debate goes into this element of planning and rightly so, as the speaker’s contribution is often what an event’s success and value is measured upon by the audience – moreover location, food, entertainment etc.

Network Cork got it very right with a speech from the President of Network Ireland Deirdre Waldron who gave her personal story of taking the leap of faith into entrepreneurship that demonstrated the importance of self belief and support from fellow women in business.

This communicated through an impactful story the invaluable support and network that Network Cork and indeed Network Ireland is.

This was followed by a speech from Bernice Moran who few in the room knew before the event but who everyone wanted to be friends with by the end. Bernice is the co-founder and director of luxury confectionery business The Be Sweet Company but she’s not just a female entrepreneur but a Virgin Atlantic 747 pilot and a mum of three children!

She captivated the room with her awe-inspiring story, wit and humble charm. This savvy communicator and business woman sweetened up the room with chocolates (and boosted visual brand awareness with product placement on each table) and she expertly communicated not just her business and product’s key messages and USP’s, but also her own – after all people buy people.

With brilliant skill she told her incredible story of high achievement, “ballsiness”, belief and business all the while being relatable, honest, engaging as well as entertaining. She won the room over and was a talking point among the audience for the rest of the event and thereafter.

I, and many others I know of who attended the event, told other people we met since about her and her story and in doing so we’ve not only helped to spread the word of the brilliant Bernice Moran and her company but of Network Cork and Network Ireland.

This is the perfect result from an event such as this and it just goes to show the power and reach of a good story.

Aoibhinn Twomey - Fuzion PRAoibhinn Twomey

Aoibhinn Twomey is a Senior Account Director with Fuzion PR, Marketing and Graphic Design  who have offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

The best tweets come first – Simply not the best!

May 28, 2016 by

Simply the best

Now that was a little sneaky as Twitter rolled in a little “helpful” new feature that shows the ‘best‘ tweets first in your timeline.

The big issue is that we never knew about this change happening and most of you still don’t – the good news is that you can do something about it.

What exactly is a ‘best’ tweet?

Good question! – Well a machine, a computer programme with ‘god knows what criteria‘ is now generating an algorithm which is determining what these ‘best‘ tweets are and it is these that appear first in your feed.

This is a real pity as Twitter have now in their eternal wisdom decided that they should sacrifice the purity of their platform and copy what Facebook have done a long time ago – someone there must think this is good for users.

Unfortunately most of your posts on Facebook will never be seen by your followers and this change by Twitter will have the same effect.

For me the big issue with Twitter doing this is that you really don’t want to respond to a tweet that isn’t totally fresh – speed has been part of the magic of this great platform.

As I mentioned earlier you can shut this ‘show best tweets first‘ feature ‘off by doing the following:

PC/Laptop

  • Click on your ‘settings‘ tab (you will find this under your thumbnail on the top right corner)
  • In the ‘account‘ menu scroll down to the ‘content‘ section and go to the ‘show me the best Tweets first‘ option
  • Unclick this and you are in business!

best tweets first featureMobile device

  • Go to your ‘home‘ page by clicking on the ‘Me‘ button
  • Click on the little ‘wheel‘ symbol next to your thumbnail
  • Click on ‘settings‘ and then click on the ‘timeline‘ option
  • Unclick the ‘show me the best Tweets first‘ button (if you can’t see this option it means you have an old version of the APP and need to update)

I can’t see any good reason for leaving the ‘show me best Tweets first‘ feature on as I don’t trust it so I advise that you do the same. Let me know if you think otherwise.

Happy tweeting!

Greg Canty is a partner of Fuzion

Fuzion offer Social Media Consultancy and Training from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

 

16 Instagram Tips for your business

May 23, 2016 by

Instagram Tips fro business

Many of us are now using the very popular (Facebook owned – wait for all the adverts!!) Instagram photo and more recently video driven social media platform personally but using it for business can be a different story.

We love seeing great pictures and videos posted by our social media friends but seeing them posted by a business is quite a different dynamic.

A good starting point is why would someone want to follow your account – think about it!

The other thing to bear in mind when using Instagram (this applies to all of the social media platforms) is to think of the mood or mindset of the users. Yep, the typical Instagram user is probably chilling out so don’t be trying too hard with “big” messages or aggressive selling.

We have put together some simple tips to help you to get the most from Instagram, which we hope you will find useful – if you have others please let us know.

  1. Make sure your account name relates to your business/brand and is easily linked to your business i.e. the company name (this is a basic one that many get wrong!)
  2. Use a simple yet clearly identifiable profile pic (remember this appears as the tiniest of thumbnails on mobile devices)
  3. Use Instagram to showcase your products and services in a visual way that will draw customers in.
  4. Set a clear goal i.e. brand awareness, website traffic, increase sales etc. and keep these goals in mind for every post (caution – don’t be too sales orientated. It will chase people away!)
  5. Focus on your USP and what makes you stand out – What you post should draw people in and keep them wanting more.
  6. Use the text to explain what people will get from following you (include your web address)
  7. Incorporate hashtags to make it easier for people who are interested in your area to find you.
  8. Make your posts identifiable where possible – keep strong brand consistency across posts.
  9. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through, it enables people to see the “real” authentic brand and therefore relate to it more.
  10. Before posting anything think about who you are trying to target. Will this post be of interest to them?
  11. Bear in mind at all times that whatever you post represents the brand
  12. Tag people and other accounts when relevant, as it allows you to reach a broader audience.
  13. Connect to your Facebook and Twitter accounts to let your existing friends know you’re on Instagram.
  14. Follow people and other accounts that are relevant to your brand i.e. customers, businesses, celebrities etc. Use relevant hashtags when searching to find accounts you should follow.
  15. Actively engage with the accounts you are following – Join in relevant conversations and in turn increase you’re following.
  16. Use hashtags tactically to join conversations and increase your following

Edel Cox - FuzionEdel Cox is a PR Account Manager with Fuzion

Fuzion offer Social Media Consultancy and Training from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland

 

 

 

My first month in PR!

May 21, 2016 by

Word PR.Wooden cubes on newspaper. Close up studio shot

So my first month in Fuzion has nearly come to an end and I have really enjoyed it so far. Prior to joining Fuzion I completed a small amount of work experience in PR when I was in college in Maynooth University, but during that short term I really did enjoy it.

Fuzion as a PR Company really stood out to me from the rest. Their online presence is fantastic, it is current, easy to find and there is a high level of engagement and they have a large portfolio of high profile clients.

Fuzion is also an award winning PR Agency so when I saw the job vacancy I jumped at the opportunity to apply straight away, then hoped and prayed I would be successful.

I love the fact that there is variety in what you can do in PR. It’s not the same mundane repetition day in day out. The wide range of clients and different projects are really interesting, which means we are always thinking of new and quirky ideas for different clients and most importantly their target audiences.

One of the many things that I find great are the brainstorming sessions, which are a really good way to bounce ideas off each other and to develop ideas as well. It’s amazing how you can start with nothing at all, and within a short period of time with the help of some simple ‘start-off’ suggestions and a fantastic group dynamic that feeds off each other, we can end up with some ‘gems’ of ideas!

I got the chance to attend some photo calls for the first time, which was great experience and one that has definitely been one of my favourite things to do so far. I have also gotten to meet some really great characters who always seem to come back with a funny story to tell!

It’s a great feeling to see the pictures the next day and throughout the week in the various newspapers. I also attended a client event where I took social pictures in order to use them for social media (we keep on talking about “Parallel Media” at Fuzion – all the channels work parallel) . Getting the chance to go to some really nice locations and meet some really interesting people isn’t exactly “hard work“!!

So one month in, I’m loving it and I’m looking forward to learning much more about the world of PR and communications!

Saidhbh

Saidhbh Sweeney is a PR intern with Fuzion who offer PR, Marketing and Graphic Design Services from our offices in Dublin and Cork 


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