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.
With so many different career paths to follow, what is it about being an entrepreneur that’s so appealing? On Tuesday, March 19th at 8:30 p.m. ET, #PRStudChat will ask a panel of special guests why they started their own businesses and what made them take the leap to become entrepreneurs in PR.
I’ve been saying for some time, “I’m a veteran in PR.” The number of years didn’t hit me, until a few weeks ago when a client introduced me at a training session. He said that I had 25 years in the business. My reaction … where did the time go? Because the year 2013 marks […]
I write a lot about finding that special job that gets you really excited and eager to get to work every day. A lot of us have been lucky enough to have done that; others not so much.
Author Susan Young Joins #PRStudChat on Tuesday, Feb. 19th to Discuss Social Media & Business Communications 1
As we roll into February, PR and marketing professionals are actively incorporating social media in their personal and professional communications. Moving beyond simply gaining likes and followers and sharing fun apps on Facebook, social media can be used effectively in your business communications; from better blogging techniques, which spark passionate conversations with stakeholders to reaching […]
I’ve been practicing the PR Hybrid approach for the last 10 years. My book, Social Media and Public Relations: Eight New Practices for the PR Professional was my first attempt at crystallizing these new PR roles and providing a framework for communication professionals. The book focuses on eight distinct practices that PR pros are carrying out everyday. […]
A Guest Post By Author Susan Young You may have noticed that digital storytelling and brand journalism are making headlines. Anyone interested in PR, marketing, social media, and branding knows this new approach to communicating with the public has immense value and influence. It offers refreshing new ways to connect with prospects, customers, investors, […]
A Guest Post by Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow, PRSA I’m starting off the new year bubbling with enthusiasm and eager anticipation of a great 12 months ahead. Last year was “interesting,” with lots of challenges for public relations professionals as well as lots of opportunities to demonstrate our value to our clients or employers. […]
Happy New Year #PRStudChat friends! We’re ready to kick off 2013 with a best practices session on media training preparedness. There are many tips you need to know before your next interview, as today’s media spokesperson must not only compete with smaller attention spans, but also social media overload. We thought a discussion about media […]
It’s that time of year again … Finalizing our New Year’s Resolutions and reviewing how we are going to accomplish our 2013 goals. Here is my ABC approach to New Year success:[A]ction, Be [B]old, and [C]oncentrate. Add in [D]etermination and you will have a winning year. I’m looking forward to a New Year of new […]
The Power of Communication by Helio Fred Garcia is on of my new favorites in 2012. The book focuses on building trust and loyalty through strategic communications and offers a well-rounded view of how to win “the hearts and minds” of the public. Most importantly, it educates you on how to communicate effectively and without self-inflicted harm, especially during a crisis.
Just a couple of years ago, I was a sophomore at Drexel University running my own PR consultancy, Kratz PR while juggling several PR internships. It wasn’t easy managing a dozen clients, class, executive roles in multiple student orgs, and internships but as a result, I fully saw myself as a PR man that would be rooted in the profession for years to come.
In an age of Internet, mobile and social networks, it’s amazing what happens when you have to revert back to simpler modes of communication. Hurricane Sandy tore through our area with wicked force. As soon as we saw the lights flicker, we knew it could be days without power and the Internet.