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?
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.
For the past year, I’ve been on quest to spread the word about open social collaboration and productivity and why it is the key to social media success and essential to every public relations professional. According to analysts at Altimeter Group, enterprise collaboration drives business value in four ways:
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating on a PRSA International Conference panel session titled, “The Universal PR Professional of Tomorrow.” The other panel members included my friends: Serge Samoilenko, who is a communication instructor at George Mason University. He is a researcher, writer and educator interested in the strategic use of social media. to help […]
“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” This quote by Robert McCloskey had always been, for me, the perfect example of why communication as a profession is so critical.
It’s the beginning of the 4th quarter, and we’re in 2013 PR planning mode. As we develop our communications plans and evaluate our resources, it’s the perfect time to think about social media content and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This month’s #PRStudChat session, which takes place on Thursday, October 18th at 8:30 p.m. ET, will focus on the importance of including SEO and a content marketing strategy in our PR programs.
It feels great to be teaching again! I have a class of 30 NYU PR and corporate communications grad students. We are exploring social media objectives, strategies and tactics. One of the required course assignments is to create a blog with eight posts due by the end of the semester. As a blogger, a great deal of my writing stems from paying attention to my community and “Listening” closely to the conversations .