Polaris Media MD signs book deal with Rethink Press


Ben Pinnington, the Managing Director of maritime specialist public relations firm and Isle of Man Maritime Member, Polaris Media Management Limited, has signed a new book deal with entrepreneur publisher Rethink Press.

The deal will see Rethink publish Ben’s forthcoming book titled ‘Making Waves: Public Relations strategies to transform your maritime business’. The book is due out in early summer and will be available in print, on Amazon, kindle and audio book. Ben said 20pc of profits will be donated to its nominated charities Liverpool Seafarers Centre and the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial.

Ben said the book is aimed at business leaders and marketing professionals in the international maritime industry.

“The aim is to share knowledge of more than 20 years working in the media as a journalist, press officer and then running my own PR firm,” he said. “Maritime is not our only sector but it is our biggest and we have been fortunate to gather a wide range of experiences working for maritime businesses of all types and sizes including ports, shipyards, classification societies, flag states, charities, lobby groups and events.  We’ve also worked extensively overseas in China, India, Poland and Oman so can offer insight into international PR. Maritime is a fascinating global industry that the world depends on for 90pc of visible trade. However, there is a PR challenge with the industry needing to promote itself better and combat sea-blindness – public ignorance of the world’s dependence on the sea for food, commerce and security, and the vital role seafarers play in all our lives.”

Ben said Polaris had chosen to work with Rethink to draw on its expertise as a business book specialist.

“I really want the book to help businesses maximise the benefits of PR and Rethink is helping me shape how to present the messages in the book,” he said. “’Making Waves’ has also been a learning experience. I’ve reflected on how PR works in reality and I’ve blended that with reading, consulting leading PR professionals and by undertaking the latest training at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. PR is more than communications gloss, more than an ‘add on’ to marketing it is a discipline in its own right that should inform the strategic direction of a company. I feel there is so much to learn as PR changes so fast in particular with social media and how it affects areas like crisis management. I also really wanted to reflect on the value of having an inspiring ethos, an authentic higher purpose, how that can be the life source of all communications.”

Lucy McCarraher, Founder Rethink Press said:

‘Rethink Press is delighted to be publishing Ben Pinnington’s book that will be hugely valuable to the maritime industry. We publish the books of entrepreneurs, experts and business owners who often work in a niche market, so our titles are aimed at a broad range of readers. The maritime industry is a new market for us and we believe that Making Waves will really open the eyes of many businesses to the opportunities of positioning and presenting themselves in a dynamic and positive way.’

To reserve a copy email: news@polarismedia.co.uk