Being in PR and marketing is an instant invitation to participate in your company’s social media program. You’re automatically designated as the “employee social champions” who in most cases will come together and be a part of your organization’s social vision and strategy, development of social guidelines and policies, creation and sharing of content and engagement with stakeholders in online communities.
Tracing back to the early days of my career in PR and marketing, I remember a conversation with a senior account executive at my agency. She shared with me her thoughts on the importance of the brand and pointed out one resource she referred to it as our “marketing bible.” You may have guessed already … it’s the branding guide or brand style guidelines.
There are days when I’m elbow deep in strategic planning, from research, audits and policies to communications strategy for my clients. However, at any time I could be called to put on my creative hat and brainstorm some fun / unique program ideas. Sound familiar? It’s a big shift from left to right brain, turning […]
New Book Announcement: Social Media and Public Relations: Eight New Practices for the PR Professional 14
I’ve been working on a special writing project for several months and now it’s official … I’m thrilled to share with you the launch of my new book,”Social Media and Public Relations: Eight New Practices for the PR Professional.” The book will be published by FT Press, a Pearson Company, with an anticipated publishing date […]
On October 19, 2011, at 8:30 p.m., #PRStudChat will hold its annual “Back to School Night” for our students, educators and professionals. The session will focus on PR education and the ever-changing learning environment. Students will get a glimpse of what’s being done in other classrooms and professionals will get a full view of the […]
A Guest Post By Heather Whaling As PR people, we’re constantly told, “Target your pitches” or “Build relationships with journalists” or “Help journalists meet their deadlines.” But, are we practicing what we preach? I recently used HARO (helpareporter.com) to find sources for a Mashable article I was writing. Normally, I’m the PR person responding to […]
A Guest Post by Justin Goldsborough: What if I was writing this blog post with only the hope that it would be published? What if I took the time to research the topic, identify the story, and find the case studies with no guarantee anyone but me would ever see any of that work come […]
Every week, it seems there is a new PR crisis sweeping across our Twitter streams. Groupon, Airbnb, Kenneth Cole, Esquire, the list goes on and on. Most recently, Netflix has faced backlash for their price hikes and response or lack there of. With all of these instances, it seems that companies still aren’t understanding the […]
A Guest Post By Valerie Simon 1990: I want to go to a new restaurant. I open up the yellow pages, or a copy of a local magazine to find a seafood restaurant nearby. I call two additional restaurants for more information and reservations. 2000: I want to go to a new restaurant. I do […]
When it comes to recording and editing videos, I’m lucky to have a Macbook Pro. I use iMovie to capture and edit my videos before I upload them to YouTube. However, many PR and marketing professionals don’t have a Mac and they’re using PCs. With the increasing demand for interactive video content and many of […]
Tumblr is certainly growing in popularity. A recent Mashable article mentioned that according to ComScore, Tumblr scored 13.4 million unique visitors in the U.S. in July, increasing 218% from the same time last year. The “blog-meets-social-network service” is experiencing what most are calling explosive growth. Tumblr has been on my radar for quite sometime having witnessed how our teens use it and rave about it.
I’ve been busy with “marketing agency life” for the last 20 years. I took a brief break for some in-house PR, but it didn’t last for long. Whether you’re working at an agency owned by someone else or you’re running and managing your own company, it requires a tremendous amount of energy, flexibility and dedication to the agency. Long hours and weekends were the norm, but I loved every minute of it. Today marks a new point in my career; it’s the day that I turn the page, and I close the marketing agency chapter.
PR professionals are familiar with the crisis drill, because we’re called upon when crisis strikes and we’re prepared with our crisis plans in place. Today, executives realize that crisis takes precedence, as their companies are in the public’s critical eye, their brands are the topic of constant conversations and communication travels more quickly than ever before through social media channels.
Today’s video post is a little different. I wanted to share a contest from Verisign that I heard about from a colleague/friend. Verisign is calling on video content creators, bloggers and aspiring film makers to “Make a .tv Commercial.” I think this is a great opportunity for PR & marketing professionals, students and educators, who […]
On September 20, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. ET, we’re holding a special edition of #PRStudChat, as we team up with our friends, Heather Whaling and Justin Goldsborough and their community, #PR20chat. Together, we’ll be discussing how to help students use their PR skills to succeed in school and in launching their careers. Joining us that night will be two very special guests: Jessica Kleiman, VP-public relations for Hearst Magazines and Meryl Weinsaft Cooper, co-founder and principal of Allen/Cooper Communications. Jessica and Meryl are the authors of the book, “Be Your Own Best Publicist.”
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to completely take off my PR hat; it’s usually “on” no matter what I’m doing. But, on September 16, 2011, in New York City, I’ll be wearing a different hat. It’s my blogger cap, when I cover the PRSA T3PR Conference. Twenty plus years ago when I was […]