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.
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.
On October 6, 2014, I shared the launch of #50shows with my blog community. I’ve been working Jim Nico and Dr. Jane Karwoski of the Social Network Station to create awareness around a movement, giving women a voice and a platform via 50 Internet radio shows. At the same time, when women are underrepresented in the media the initiative helps women to gain valuable media skills.
On November 21, 2014, PRLab, the nation’s oldest student-run public relations agency, will host its third PRoBono event. During PRoBono, students from PRLab and AdLab — Boston University’s student-run advertising agency — come together for 18 hours to complete public relations and advertising work for five nonprofit organizations.
We’ve seen in recent months, and even in the last few years, just how bad things can get for brands on social media. Remember CelebBoutique’s tweet about Aurora trending on Twitter? How about DiGiorno not paying attention to a trending topic and getting in a ton of hot water? This is all part of the importance of having a concrete plan for a brand’s social networks. If you don’t have a plan, you’re going to fail on Facebook and Twitter.
On Tuesday, October 28th at 8:30 p.m. eastern, public relations students, professionals and educators will celebrate Halloween with a Twitter chat focused on the best ways to manage the most terrifying moments faced by those in the PR industry.
Somehow, trends, topics and making connections in social media ( PR Expanded ) sounds like it would take a lot more than 20 minutes to explain. However, I managed to share three big trends along with three new practices for PR professionals in an Expert Express Talk at the PRSA International Conference in Washington, DC […]
Being a woman in business and a mom juggling family responsibilities certainly has presented many great adventures and challenges. They say, “Balance, balance, balance.” I’ve spent a large part of my career finding this balance between career and family, as well as mentoring other women, both seasoned and young professionals, to do the same. My mantra has always been to grow by embracing new opportunities, even when the journey is uncertain.
If you haven’t checked out theSkimm, I encourage you to take a look. I recently wrote about the daily email newsletter in my blog post, What’s in your Fall 2014 Communications Toolkit?” For me, theSkimm is an essential tool. For those of you who are curious about theSkimm and how the newsletter came to life, here’s a Q&A with the co-founders, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg.
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting my PRSA friends in Rochester at the PRSA Northeast District Conference. Together, we were blurring the lines and carving out the Modern Day Communicator.
PRStudChat & PR20Chat Kick off the Busy Season With a “Back to School #PRToolkit” Twitter Chat on Sept. 9th 2
Where did the summer go? It’s September, which, for most, marks the busy season. Vacation is over and our students, educators and pros are either back in the classroom or busy at work. On September 9th at 8:30 p.m. ET, the #PRStudChat and #PR20Chat communities will gather for a joint Twitter chat discussion on finding the most effective resources to include in a “Back to School #PRToolkit.”
It’s the end of the summer and fall marks the busy season for professionals, as well as PR educators and students who are back in school. Gearing up for a productive fall means having the most efficient tools in your PR and communications toolbox. There are SO many tools that I’ve “Tech Tested” in 2014. Here are nine resources (both free and paid tools) I’ve discovered that have the power to enhance your communications program in a variety of ways.