PRSA has designated September as “Ethics Month” with a wide variety of activities to educate and inform members and industry professionals. The month is jam-packed with twitter chats, webinars, blog posts, newspaper articles, and in-person presentations. In the spirit of Ethics Month, #PRStudChat welcomes Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, on Tuesday, September 15th at 8:30 p.m. ET, as our guest host and moderator, to lead a discussion on ethics and ethical conduct.
Whether you’re gearing up for your coveted “first job in the real world” or you’ve been working in PR for a bit, we know preparation is the key to success. Well, preparation mixed with perseverance, persistence and patience. Caffeine’s good, too. Adjectives aside, here are five ways to know you’re not only ready to work in public relations, but you’re willing to step up and blow the doors off the hinges.
For years, PR was the intangible service questioned by so many CFOs. When I think back on the earlier years of my career, we were always happy to have the visionary CEO in the boardroom for a pitch meeting. But, somehow, the climate changed when the CFO walked into the room. What I’ve come to realize is having the CFO join the meeting is a huge opportunity to get closer to the person that controls the purse strings.
On April 28, 2015, the #PRStudChat community gathered to discuss the State of Digital Video. Our special guest that night was Sarah Katz from D S Simon. Sarah and our community shared many video insights in a fast paced, dynamic chat session. Here are some of the highlights of the conversation regarding PR and the use of video in 2015.
Join the #PRStudChat community on Tuesday, April 28th at 8:30 p.m. ET for a discussion of the current state of video communications.
From an outsider’s perspective, U.S. regions can seem remarkably similar. There aren’t really the pronounced differences we have in Europe, but that’s not to say they’re not there. Marketers who ignore these idiosyncrasies risk failing in their efforts to communicate their messages to regional U.S. audiences.
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?