When I started out in PR, my focus was building relationships with the media who were mostly print journalists at newspapers and trade publications. As I found editorial success for my agency’s clients, I was able to branch out and pitch radio and television broadcast opportunities. In the late 1980s, the media was cut and dry. This is certainly not the case today. Yes, there is still print and broadcast media. However, there are online media outlets as well as bloggers and other influential individuals who have the ability to get consumers to act or behave a certain way.
Years ago, I was a PR person working at a creative marketing communications agency. The company had three distinct divisions: PR / Communications (that was my area), Creative Marketing & Advertising and Web, Multimedia & Video. At the time, I was not intimately involved in the brainstorming, creative design and the development of innovative marketing concepts at my firm.
One of the things I have always cherished about writing is the ability to convey a story or thought. Storytelling is a powerful tool to share and exchange ideas. It is also an art, when applied and mastered carefully, that we can use as female business owners to promote our businesses and social enterprises.
Content marketing as a discipline is still relatively new, and it’s evolving into whatever we professional communicators and marketers say it is. But we’ve been strategizing and executing around its essential elements for decades. How do you most effectively package your company’s unique value propositions and expertise, and deliver it to the market? What’s the right channel to use? What’s the right timing? How do you capture leads and stimulate sales through these assets?
Join the #PRStudChat Community for a State of Healthcare Communications Twitter Chat on February 17th 0
On February 17, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. ET the #PRStudChat community will participate in a Twitter chat discussion focused the state of healthcare communications. The healthcare arena has experienced continuous change with social media empowering the digitally demanding patient. We’ll be exploring topics that include how healthcare organizations are creating quality content and marketing best practices, managing healthcare privacy online, understanding the social life of health information and consumer behavior, as well as the role that social media plays in educating patients.
In a business landscape where an app or life-hack for even the smallest of tasks exists, where does one turn for the newest and smartest marketing and public relation resources? As a contemporary PR practitioner in the new digital age, I don’t know where I’d be without the tools in this post.
In this two-part series, we are examining how some people naturally gravitate towards platform building, and what companies can do to harness that talent. Humanizing your company can be an immense competitive advantage. It immediately differentiates your firm from everyone else, because it provides a person who embodies your brand.
There’s something in the DNA of people like Deirdre Breakenridge, Chris Brogan, Mitch Joel, Michael Hyatt, and Darren Rowse that propel them to grow remarkable platforms. Some might chalk up their success to their early adoption of blogging and social media. But that’s not fair or accurate. You could take away each of their respective platforms (blog, Facebook Page, Twitter followers, etc.), and I am willing to bet they’d be back in no time with a new one.
Recently, my colleague Patrick Walsh shared a few great tips on finding the right creative partner to take on some of your design projects. Indeed, outsourcing creative is a smart—and often necessary—move for young agencies that are growing fast…but what happens when you’re outsourcing so frequently that it’s no longer a viable option for your growing company?
Thanks to technology, much has changed in what PR pros can handle as “part of a day’s work.” Now, public relations professionals are as likely to be adept at HTML as they are with Photoshop – a far cry from the days when media pitches were the only creativity they were allowed. However, sometimes “hacking” it just doesn’t cut it. So when you need to outsource creative and design elements for your public relations programs, what should you take into account for a successful working relationship with your creative counterparts?
[Guest Post] Five Ways to Ensure Your Next Speaker Lineup Includes More Than Just Middle Aged White Guys 0
A Guest Post By Sara Capra Since 2007, 57 keynote speakers at Apple’s Worldwide Development conference have been men. One distinguished female, Stephanie Morgan, has delivered a keynote at the event.[i] At the International Consumer Electronics Show I attended last week, of the twenty-two keynote speeches, only three were delivered by women. This represents quite […]
It’s time to ring in the New Year with #PRStudChat! On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. ET, PR professionals, students and educators will join together for a special chat session focused on “PR Wishes and Best Practices” for the industry in 2015. Making resolutions is the easy part, understanding the hard work and effort required to keep your resolutions can be a challenge.
A few months ago, I decided to review my 2014 New Year’s Resolutions to see how well I did. At the time I had accomplished approximately three quarters of what I had set out to do for the year. However, when I reflected on the areas where I fell short, my excuses (notice, I purposely used the word “excuses”) had to do with “time.”
I met John Muscarello, founder of Endless Job Offers, a few years ago. There are young professionals in my industry who stand out as great networkers and connectors, and John is definitely one of them. From the handwritten personal notes and his incredible passion for helping people to connect, John is now offering advice for young professionals via his Endless Job Offers website / blog. Here’s my Q&A with John who shares his thoughts about networking, relationship building and finding the right career path.
On Season 9 of the Real Housewives of Orange County, the ladies gathered with their significant others for an ugly sweater Christmas party. Those ugly sweaters that you’ve often received as a gift are now considered fashionable during the holidays. They’re great conversation starters and the more outrageous you look, the better.
New hashtags are surfacing everyday. From the popular community tweet chats to the breaking news and trending hashtag topics, these aggregated conversations certainly have captured our attention. I was recently introduced to Laurie Paolone, founder of the website, HashAtIt.com, through my friends at the Social Network Station. HashAtIt.com is an easy to use hashtag search engine.
We’re moving into the year of the PR Tech Tester. PR and communication professionals need to challenge themselves by moving out of their comfort zones to Tech Test different technology platforms, resources, apps, etc. When you familiarize yourself with technology, you’re taking the time get educated so that you can take new knowledge into your organization.