The Carrot Blog

The Carrot blog is where our team (and the occasional guest blogger) air their views about the latest goings-on in social media, crisis management (particularly online and social media crisis management), public relations, communications and reputation management.

The opinions expressed here are personal, and don’t necessarily reflect the views of everyone at Carrot, or of our clients. Our views are just that.

We’re also aware that in these fast-changing times, and what we said last month might be out of date today. Opinions,

views, information, links (especially links…) and thinking on any given subject change over time; if you’re interested in the latest advice on a particular subject, please let us know.

We welcome comments, feedback and questions on the Carrot blog. We try to make sure what we’re saying is accurate, and that we attribute quotes, images and so on fairly. But we’re human, so if we’ve got anything wrong, please let us know and we’ll do our best to put it right.

We hope you enjoy reading.

Are you…threading?

Oh boy.  Another app. Last year, in a fit of pique about the car billionaire buying my favourite app — the place I set up an account in 2008 to be a professional and ended up, 15 years later, mostly…

Collaboration and trust

It’s crucial for businesses to get their data security right, but this isn’t just about vetting your third-party suppliers, securing your IT network and educating employees about the latest threats.   It’s about who you trust with your information.  What’s their…

Can PR do anything for the image of NFTs?

Working in PR can be a strange place to be at the best of times, but when you’re looking at an issue like non-fungible tokens (NFTs), it can get positively surreal. On the one hand, some in the tech industry…

The great…disengagement?

I know it’s not exactly thrilling to hear about other people’s dreams, but I’m going to tell you about mine anyway, so buckle up. Last night, I dreamt that I was expected to be the lead actor in a play.…

Avoiding groupthink

Groupthink’s a term devised by psychologist Irving Janis. He defined groupthink as: “a mode of thinking that people engage in when they are deeply involved in a cohesive in-group, when the members’ strivings for unanimity override their motivation to realistically…

Writing is a process, not a task

I’ve come to realise that writing – whether it be a book, an article or a short blog post – is a process beyond getting that first draft on the page. I used to think of it more like a…

Why brands need to focus on advocacy through action

It’s brilliant that more brands are becoming aware of the importance of speaking out about important social and political issues. While it’s great that brands want to show support to specific communities during awareness days, weeks or months, the work…

Avoiding a culture of toxic positivity

Toxic positivity is a way of shutting down uncomfortable emotions and conversations. Plenty of us do it without realising how harmful it can be. I know I do it to myself (and I’ve done it to others). While it can…
What can we do when everything's a struggle

What can we do when everything’s a struggle?

And so, we’ve reached Blue Monday – designated the most depressing day of the year. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s not Christmas anymore; basically, things suck. Everything feels like a struggle. But, for many of us, most of the past…

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