7 secrets of a master digital storyteller 3

  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, […]

Public Relations: Promises Made…Promises Kept 3

  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. […]

The PR 2.0 Rock Star (aka Champion) 2

I read a really good article in O’Dwyers PR Report, the March 2009 Food, Beverage & Nutrition PR Issue. The article written by Danielle Pagano, “Celebrity food: turning chefs into rock stars” discussed how in PR, having a good solid product sometimes isn’t enough. There’s a tremendous opportunity, especially today with PR 2.0 and social media communications to make a real personal connection with people. The article provides a recipe for turning a chef into a rock star in a 4-step process: the look, the philosophy, the trend and the show.

PR 2.0 Don’t Forget LinkedIn 4

feel very connected to my social networking sites. First, there’s Twitter. I check Twitter in the early morning, I’m tweeting most of the day (unless I’m in meetings or it’s the weekend with family) and then I’m logged back in at night to tweet with friends. My second favorite social networking site is Facebook. There’s so much to do and many interesting ways to engage in conversation. And, even though I liked the old Facebook better, I’m still a big fan. I also enjoy sharing photos on Flickr and I’m finding more people to connect with on FriendFeed and Plaxo. But, there’s one social networking site that deserves recognition. What about LinkedIn? Well that’s a very good question.

Putting the Public Back in Public Relations, The Day after the Official Launch 16

Yesterday was the official launch of my 4th book published by Pearson, Putting the Public Back in Public Relations, co-authored by Brian Solis. This is the first time that I worked on a year-long writing project with Brian, who is not only a pleasure to work with but he enriched the process and made this a wonderful and thought-provoking experience for me (Thank you, Brian). Every page of this book illustrates our passion for public relations, social media and technology, and how PR 2.0 is reshaping a well established, century-old industry.

PR 2.0 Book PR 5

I’ve been writing books on how public relations has evolved with the advent of the Internet since the late 90’s and as a PR professional, I have launched my fair share of books written by others since the late 80’s. When I compare launch strategies and tactics from 1989 and 1999, to what I’m doing today, it’s enough to make me stop and reflect. Both technology and marketing have become so savvy and one-to-one marketing/PR is the only way to launch a book in The Long Tail.

PR 2.0 Blogging – Should Bloggers Accept Gifts? 4

I posted an article on Twitter the other day about bloggers accepting gifts and how there was controversy over the topic. The article in PR Week focused on how paid blogger coverage received mixed reviews. This question has been weighing on my mind so I decided to ask a few PR professionals their opinions on the subject. I found out, as I spoke with these communications people, it’s a split decision as to whether bloggers receiving gifts should be and accepted practice. Just to preface the opinions written on this page, the folks commenting are not aware of any formal Code of Ethics in the blogosphere that includes the practice of gift giving to bloggers.

Video 2.0, Interview with Doug Simon 4

I met Doug Simon last year at the PRSA T3 conference in New York City. Doug is President and CEO of D S Simon Productions, which has been serving public relations and marketing professionals since 1986 by delivering their messages through video. I thought it would be great to get Doug’s perspective on some of the questions that many communications professionals have regarding the use of video on the web and how to create video effectively to generate buzz in online communities. Here are a few questions that Doug was kind enough to answer.

PR 2.0 Applied to the Agency 5

As a marketing and PR agency professional, I definitely discuss with my clients the importance of transparency and showing their human side. I know that I write a lot about brands and how they must develop a voice and talk directly to customers and social media is a great way to do that. So, I asked myself, “What has my agency done lately? How have we been transparent, shared meaningful information and how have I, personally, furthered this quest to have conversations to build better relationships.

New PR 2.0 Measurement – Part II 12

My first post on New PR 2.0 Measurement was well received. Measurement is one of the hottest topics right now. I’m noticing that most of my professional associations and well known publications are having monthly seminars/webinars on this topic. There are so many tools and techniques that it can almost be overwhelming for the PR professional. How do you measure the conversations that take the form of tweets, comments and blog posts? What about negative comments in social networks? Are free measurement tools such as Google Analytics and TweetBeep enough?


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