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 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.
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.
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.
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.).
#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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Measurement: Why Business As Usual Just Doesn’t Cut It
JULY 13, 2016
Guest Post by Scott Kaminski. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” ~ Peter Drucker. Let’s get this out of the way right now: I’m no math whiz. But I am smart enough to realize that a company’s marketing, advertising and public relations efforts—my efforts—have a direct and attributable effect to the bottom line of my company. And how do I know that? measure. Measure? Ummm … Why?
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.
5 Reasons Snapchat is Integrated Communications New Best Friend
JUNE 8, 2016
Guest Post by Matt LaCasse. have to say it: Snapchat is the hot NKOTB for social media. Much like Twitter when it invaded mainstream America in 2008, Snapchat is either worshipped, or given the “get off my lawn” treatment, depending on the user’s experience with it and their age (for the most part). Here’s five reasons it’s your new best friend: 1. How cheap? 2016).
Mind the Most Important Influencer: You
APRIL 27, 2016
Guest Post by Heathere Evans-Keenan. As PR professionals, our best thinking is spent targeting influencer groups with proactive engagement strategies, educating key audiences and moving them out of indifference to a product, service or issue. Yet while we tend to all that externally-focused communicating, it’s what’s going on inside that gets really interesting. How We Get In Our Own Way. worry.
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.
The Smart Marketer's Guide to Social Media Management
Engaging in social media isn't an option anymore. So if you're going to do it, you want to do it well.
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?
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.
Jokes Aside: The Very Serious Business of Adding Humor to Your Marketing Mix
MAY 4, 2016
Guest Post by Scott Kaminski. As a general rule, everyone thinks they have a great sense of humor. And, after carefully reviewing the laws of probability, there’s no way that could even be remotely possible. Does using humor fit with your brand and brand voice? And finally, there are businesses where the use of humor as an aspect of their brand voice would simply be a detriment to the bottom line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Reasons the AMEC International Summit in London Rocked
JUNE 17, 2016
I’ve been in London the last few days, attending my very first AMEC International Summit. Many of you know this as the summit that brought the original Barcelona Principles into the spotlight some years ago. It’s been a whirlwind last few days, culminating with the Awards Gala last night (I was lucky enough to be a judge), and a few things have really struck me: 1.
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. .
Why You Should Be Investing In Visual Content for Social Channels
AUGUST 10, 2016
Guest Post by Denise Chan. This past year, we saw Buzzfeed’s exploding watermelon blow up the internet, becoming the largest Facebook Live stream to date, with over 800,000 live viewers. On Cinco de Mayo, Snapchatters hopped on the app to turn their faces into giant tacos using Taco Bell’s taco face Lens, which later became the top campaign in the app’s history with 224 million views.
Getting to the Bottom of Metrics that Matter: Part 2
JULY 29, 2016
Last week I started a series on practical measurement that seems to be resonating with a LOT of people. So many thanks for the comments, emails, DMs, etc. – though I really wish you’d leave them as actual comments on the blog. Here’s one story I heard from Mark Weiner about how this whole “Die, AVEs, Die!” Dude’s boss wants AVEs. Dude NOT MEASURE AT ALL. Right.
What’s On the New Multimedia Cart?
NOVEMBER 4, 2015
I know I’m dating myself, but whenever someone says multimedia, I think of those nondescript A/V carts of my high school and university days. You know, grey rolling metal devices with messy open shelves that held a 16MM film projector, slide projector and a bunch of cords. And while I liked the idea of multimedia, I never imagined myself as the person behind the cart. And in many ways it still is.
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?
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.
The 15 Types of Social Media Know-It-All
JANUARY 30, 2015
It’s one thing to educate yourself, including on social media. Education is a good thing. But how can you make sure you’re not constantly running into a social media know-it-all… or, worse, becoming one yourself? That’s a very real danger, in this day and age. Sometimes it gets really hard to tell the wheat from the chaff , as it were, doesn’t it? ” 2. O.M.G.
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