Storytelling, PR, and Measurement
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
[Ed: we’d originally paused our publishing schedule as we had no idea how today was going to turn out. Now that we know who POTUS45 is going to be, I think Todd’s guest post is particularly pertinent.]. Guest Post by Todd Murphy. Buzzwords! The public relations industry, maybe above all other industries, loves its buzzwords. No kidding! Start off by only measuring what matters.
The True Value of Storytelling: Nail your Brand Narrative
NOVEMBER 30, 2016
Guest Post by Matt Press. trillion ads are shown online every year. The statistics look impressive – but did they make you feel anything? Probably not. Chances are that most people reading this article will have forgotten those numbers by the time they reach the conclusion. The reason is that numbers look great on PowerPoint presentations … but they aren’t memorable. Guinness.
4 Ways To Put a Little Love In Your PR
FEBRUARY 5, 2016
Kirk Hazlett wrote a terrific guest post here on WUL a couple of days ago. Among other comments he made, this one stood out to me: “The modern-day work environment doesn’t do a whole lot to help the situation either, especially for those of us who work in public relations and find ourselves communicating more and more via social media platforms.” Bring your audience into the story.
The Ultimate Guide to Social PR Strategy: A Blueprint for Success
APRIL 2, 2016
If you work in Social PR today (and there’s a strong chance you do, if you’re reading this post), you might be hard-pressed to remember the “medieval times” of the PR world. You know… the “old” days, back when we didn’t have social media. No Twitter, no Facebook, no YouTube, no Blab, no Snapchat… none of it. GIPHY link. Ready to dive in? Listen.
The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media
Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.
The Three Word Shortcut to Great Influencer Relations
APRIL 29, 2016
There isn’t one. Recently I’ve been getting a lot of pitches from companies wanting to “leverage” my “influence.” ” That’s not surprising, since “influencer marketing” is the buzzword du jour. The thing is, you can create any kind of marketplace. Maybe a good percentage of vendors and buyers show up. And maybe some of them even buy stuff.
Data and Storytelling: PR’s Peanut Butter and Jelly
OCTOBER 21, 2015
Guest Post by Leta Soza. There’s something irresistible about a perfect pairing. Like when peanut butter combines with jelly to make a satisfying yet simple snack. Each individual aspect of a PB&J has its merits, but it’s when they co-mingle that the tastiness factor goes through the roof. PR pros are very familiar with the deliciousness of storytelling. The result?
On Women’s Equality Day, Be the Change You Want to See
AUGUST 26, 2016
Today is Women’s Equality Day in the U.S., which commemorates women in this country being given the right to vote. These are the days. And such days – be they International Women’s Day , or Women’s Equality Day, or Equal Pay Day – inevitably make me think about how far we have come… and wonder whether we’re doing enough to keep moving. Equal Pay Day.
5 Visual Content Curation Ideas to Ramp Up Your Blog and Social Strategy
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Guest Post by Jessica Davis. What do you feel when you see the visual on this post? Imagine recreating this visual verbally! wouldn’t be satisfied with the result unless it was penned down in Dylan style – with so much said in just a few words. By design, our minds are more inclined towards visual communication than they are to text. What if design is not your discipline?
A Pre-Thanksgiving Gift: the Social PR Virtuoso® Master Course is Open
NOVEMBER 18, 2016
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and you’re probably already up to your elbows in stuffing. But how are you preparing for your career past Turkey Day? Do you know where you’re going to be in 3 months? months? years? Now, none of us can know exactly where we’ll be in three months, let alone tomorrow. Because “life” happens. But what we can do is plan for it.
Influence your PR campaign with Influencer Marketing
APRIL 13, 2016
Guest Post by Taral Patel. Let’s face it. Content is evolving and so are the ways in which people consume it. What captured their attention decades ago via billboards will not even make them sit up and notice in this digital era , where everyone is glued to their mobile devices. This is where influencer marketing comes to the rescue. Well then, who are these so-called “influencers?” But wait.
The 4 Secrets of Influencer Engagement
APRIL 20, 2016
Guest Post by Jordan Feise. [Ed: Jordan works for Traackr, an SBC client; we developed the Academy of Influencer Marketing together. Her Her guest-posting on WUL has no ties to AIM or any form of compensation; I asked her to submit a GP because she’s killer smaht.]. Influencer marketing has officially gone mainstream. Check out these success stories from Philips and Travelocity.).
Beyond Press Releases: Using Stories to Land Your Organization on the Front Page
MAY 18, 2016
Guest Post by Elaine Hughes. Doors that Manuel Rosado never knew existed are now opening to him.”. Compelling stories are memorable and can trigger powerful emotions in potential customers and donors. For Manuel Rosado, The Philadelphia Inquirer profiled his journey from drop-out to valedictorian, resulting in a donor stepping forward to pay his entire college tuition. The Find the story hook.
Announcing: Simple Yet Smart PR Measurement (ebook)
JANUARY 7, 2015
What do you do if you’re constantly inundated with questions on PR measurement, even if everyone seems to have written a book on them? Why, you write a book, of course! Writing the book on PR measurement. Yup. I did it. wrote a book. And measurement. So much so that I keep a measuring tape in my handbag. It’s true, ask Geoff Livingston. realized I should just write ‘em all down.
#measurePR Recap (September 2016): 2nd Annual #measurePR-palooza
OCTOBER 5, 2016
Guest Post by Jen Zingsheim Phillips. The September #measurePR chat was a Measurement Month special, and featured a HUGE panel of measurement professionals and experts. and has worked with clients in over 30 countries to help them measure the impact of communication on business results; and. Mark Weiner : CEO of PRIME Research US. Sahana (@hellosahana) September 8, 2016. measurePR. Ready? Gerard F.
“Old Man Look at My Life, I’m a Lot Like You”: A Millennial POV on Generations
JUNE 1, 2016
Guest Post by Emma Hawes. Fair Warning: This is a blog post about being young and misunderstood, but also one that reminds my generation they’re not alone. want people to know, “I’m not alone,” and like the R.E.M. song says, “ Everybody Hurts.” Before I continue, I want to stress that while research is needed for each age group, stereotypes are unnecessary. Enter Gen Alpha.
It’s 2015 and #PRDiversity Is Still An Issue
JULY 17, 2015
Ed: Did you do a double take? Yes, you get TWO guest posts this week. I’ll be back in the blogging saddle next week. And that’s no double talk. Enjoy! In my previous WUL post, I celebrated the many contributions of women in PR, highlighting three whose own efforts helped shape the profession for all. Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” ~ Stephen R. Covey. Scary. And
#SocialPR Spotlight: Corina Manea
AUGUST 22, 2016
This week’s #SocialPR Spotlight shines a much-deserved light on Corina Manea – someone who lives and breathes Social PR. If you don’t know her yet, check out her blog, Nuts PR; you’ll see just how apt this description is. Corina was literally Virtuoso #2, and has been steadily building a business as – what else? – a bona fide Social PR Virtuoso. That’s easy!
How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto
Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.
New Year Resolutions for the Social PR Pro
JANUARY 8, 2016
I hear 45% of Americans usually make New Year resolutions (are you one of them, or one of the 38% who absolutely never make ’em?!). Here are some of the most common ones for this year: Lose weight. Get organized. Spend less, save more. Enjoy life to the fullest. 27, 2015). Nothing super-surprising there, and the list probably doesn’t vary too much from year to year. Lose weight. Years?
What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?
MARCH 30, 2016
Guest Post by Corina Manea. Here we are at the end of March, the first month of Spring, the month when we celebrate International Women’s Day and recall all those who had the courage to speak up, to not settle and fight for more and bring change. It’s unbelievable how time flies. I’m pretty sure yesterday it was December and I was getting ready for Christmas. Yet, here we are. Are you that good?
Communicators Must Lead
JULY 15, 2015
Guest Post by Ken Jacobs. When I was growing up in the world of PR, many communicators who were considered successful were primarily doers. Now, however, I believe communicators must truly be leaders to be effective. There are a number of similarities between the skills that have always been required for effective leadership and those needed to be a successful communications practitioner today: 1.
4 Ways PR Is More Than Media Relations
JULY 22, 2015
Guest Post by Corina Manea. A lot has been said about PR, and almost always it’s about media relations. If you ask around, you still hear people saying PR is about press coverage. But here is the not-so-new news: PR is more than media relations and always has been. Public relations came to life many, many years ago when Edward Bernays , known as “the father of public relations” defined it.
8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO
Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.
Draw Me a Story: Six Storytelling Lessons From Cartooning
OCTOBER 14, 2015
Guest Post by Rob Cottingham. Think of cartoons as storytelling, and you probably think of animation or graphic novels. You won’t get much argument here: my kids and I spent months enraptured by Noelle Stevenson’s “ Nimona ,” and we’ve probably watched every episode of “Shaun the Sheep” a dozen times. Surprise me. That works with all kinds of stories.
Digital Crisis Communications: When to Shut Up
JULY 24, 2015
The moon must be in the seventh house, or something, because all of a sudden all I see and hear is about digital crisis communications. Image: Dingzeyu Li via Unsplash. Just yesterday, my colleague Geoff Livingston published a very interesting Q&A with Andy Gilman of CommCore Consulting. First of all, it would have to be faster. “Second, they would probably need to use many more channels.
Thought Leadership: Wise Thoughts from Wide Experience
MAY 6, 2015
The term “thought leadership” is slowly slipping into the gray anonymity of overuse. It seems like I’m seeing it used for everything from “how to solve world hunger” to “how to change your kitchen sink.”. The question that must be answered, in my (probably less-than) humble opinion is: “What truly does define a ‘thought leader’?”. We’re more than just a “how-to” source. Then do a self-analysis. .
Measuring Multimedia: The One Stat Every Brand Should More Closely Examine
AUGUST 24, 2016
Guest Post by Dan Farkas. Why are we doing what we are doing? If you don’t know the answer, stop.“ ~ Dan Farkas. As a new school year begins at Ohio University , I put the over/under on how many times I make that statement to students at 300. That’s 90 classes, 15 Scripps PRSSA meetings, and far too many emails to count. Take the over. Seriously. It’s new turf. Why are we doing what we are doing?
#SocialPR Spotlight: Dinean Robinson
OCTOBER 24, 2016
This week, I’m psyched to introduce to you a very special Social PR Virtuoso: Dinean Robinson. Jersey girl who’s been in PR for 12 years, Dinean and I “met” years ago… and then reconnected when I launched SPRV. loved that she said she’s been “stealing from me” for years, before she finally signed on as a Virtuoso – steal away, Dinean!
Media Relations Is Not Dead Nor Is It Dying
MAY 11, 2016
Guest Post by Kate Finley. My public relations career began with media relations. Securing between 20-50 opportunities each week (no, that is not a typo), I was the highest producer at the agency I worked at before starting out on my own. Although I’d never recommend someone go through the “boot camp” experience I had, it did teach me how to secure media opportunities quickly and make them stick.
4 Steps to Refocus PR Measurement on Metrics that Matter: Part 1
JULY 22, 2016
You’ll recall I told you how, when I was in London about a month ago, AMEC unveiled its integrated evaluation framework 2.0 (2.0 added by me) – a really practical way to identify and track the right markers for PR programs and campaigns. It’s really nifty, so if you haven’t as yet looked at it, please do. The The architects of the scorecard – Richard Bagnall, Prof.
Seven Frequently Asked Questions on Social PR Strategy
FEBRUARY 6, 2015
When I teach workshops, there are certain stumbling blocks to smart social PR strategy that come up frequently. As the workshop facilitator, it’s my job to help participants understand how to overcome these challenges or, at the very least, find a way to deal with them that’s not quite as painful. Too much to do, not enough time. Now you’re asking me to add social?!”. This is true. are for.
The Continuing Evolution of the Indian PR Landscape
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
As the Indian PR landscape continues to evolve, it is fascinating to see clients adapt to the integration of digital efforts. For example, a press event is not restricted to just calling reporters on the ground. It also means creating content for a tweet stream per the flow of the event, and continuously engaging with the reporters online and offline. Multimedia & crisp communication.
Monday Roundup: With Love, the Social Media Spotlight
FEBRUARY 9, 2015
Seeing as how Valentine’s Day is around the corner, the Birdie and I thought we’d focus this edition of the Monday Roundup on seven people who contribute extensively to the practice of PR today (in some cases, indirectly). So I’m taking advantage of WUL to shine the social media spotlight on them. If you do know them, well then, leave them a pat on the back below! Jodi Echakowitz.
How to Develop Meaningful PR Measurement
MARCH 11, 2015
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Peter Drucker. Odds are that you’ve heard someone say that PR can’t be quantified, or social media ROI can’t be measured, or that a media impression or social post generated an advertising value equivalent (AVE) of hundreds of thousands (or millions) of dollars. ” ~ Sandra Fathi, Past President, PRSA NY. measurepr.
Which Channels To Focus On In Your Internet Marketing Strategy
JANUARY 6, 2016
Guest Post by Brad Shorr. With so many options for Internet marketing, how does a company figure out which ones to focus on? There are no pat answers or secret formulas, because every company is different. The first step is to develop a strategy: what is it you want your Internet marketing campaigns to accomplish? Identify your objectives. Sales lead generation. Expanding brand awareness.
Public Relations: Controlling the Uncontrollable
OCTOBER 19, 2016
Guest Post by Mark Weiner. What makes Public Relations unique within the communications and marketing mix? The same thing that makes PR so difficult for others to understand: Public Relations is—at best—only semi-controllable. In advertising , for example, one controls the frequency, positioning and placement of key intended messages, but control comes as a cost: one purchases that ability.