About John Welsh

picture-12I started this blog on 22 June 2008 and ended it on 18 May 2010.

I am now a contributor to Forbes.com, here, and have a new blog, here.

I was the Digital Director of UBM Live, a leading B2B media company of exhibitions and magazines covering 15 different business sectors across three continents. As a member of the board, I worked with my fellow directors to identify strategies to deliver our business goals.

What skills did I bring to the job? I had spent over 20 years in B2B media, with 14 years as an editor of three different magazines and papers, then an associate publisher/publisher and now Digital and CSR Director of an exhibition and magazine company.

I had worked with some great teams and individuals to relaunch magazines, revive websites, helped to create one of the UK’s first Web 2.0 B2B sites with user-generated content and social networking. I had won PPA editor of the year (2005) and CMPi’s publisher of the year (2007).

I’m a “change agent”

picture-11With great teams and colleagues, I brought about change, introducing new ideas and ways of working, whether online, in print or in sales. I often showed others how by doing it myself first. Once they were onboard, they excelled and so does the product.

I also sat on both a Periodical Publishing Association committee and the Association of Online Publishers board, have written books, done regular TV and radio broadcast work plus public speaking at conferences and several lectures, both on subjects as diverse as architecture, commercial property, travel and the media.


Digital, Web 2.0, social media, social media marketing, newspapers, magazines, exhibitions, architecture, travel, commercial property, leadership, management, PR, marketing, public speaking, TV and radio, lectures, training.

The views I expressed are my own and do not in any way reflect the position or views of my former employer or colleagues.

How to follow, friend or contact me

You could have followed my postings by signing up below “archives” and “categories” on the home page, or today follow me on LinkedIn or Twitter.

My current professional website is here and my current professional blog here.

2 Responses to About John Welsh

  1. DEAR John,
    The Internet has transformed how we communicate with the public, but there are still many challenges in making information easy to find. Since you cover usability in These Digital Times, I thought you might be interested in a study that my nonprofit published this summer about how people find information online. The study covers three groups: non-profit organizations and cities; web designers and firms; and the general public.
    The study was fascinating on a number of levels, and I invite you to read the executive summary or download a PDF of the findings at http://www.idea.org/find-information.html .
    The survey results sparked ideas about tools we could provide that might make finding information online easier. This fall, we will start beta testing a cool new new navigational tool. I don’t have your email, so if you are interested, you can sign up for our beta here: http://www.spicynodes.org/ or to stay abreast of our (very) occasional new projects, you can get our newsletter here: http://www.idea.org/newsletter.html

  2. Pingback: Reviving blogs « Aimee Hoyt's Blog

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