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Start-Up PR - Four Tips for Getting Media Coverage

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When you're a start-up, PR can be a difference for the company. The challenge is how to get targeted, quality media coverage on a limited budget and competing objectives. One One of my favorite sayings lately is "by hook or crook." What I mean is what can I do in the short-term to satisfy immediate results while keeping the eye on long-term value. The name of the company is CashTomato.com.

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Additional Twitter Tricks - Twhirl

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Since I first started tweeting on Twitter (thanks Jeremiah !), I have learned some additional tricks for maximizing my time and presence on Twitter. My main difficulty was how to manage more than one account for person and work related tweets. That is until I found out about Twhirl. With Twhirl, I no longer have to constantly refresh my browser for updated tweets. Shorten URLs automatically.

Keeping Blog Motivation

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Starting a blog is easy. Getting and maintaining the motivation to post regularly is not. originally started my blog in May 2007 as a way to discuss how PR is an integral part of marketing. started writing one post a week, grew to two posts and then even did a weekly digest of interesting articles. On top of that, I’ve been struggling with what to write.  . thought – I want to be original.

Brave New World of Media Pitching: LinkedIn

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In late April, I wanted to start exploring different ways that we can now pitch media. Besides my page about how to pitch bloggers , I looked into the new way of pitching via Twitter in my post titled," Brave New World of Media Pitching: Twitter."   Social networking is a new avenue for public relations professionals. From my perspective, LinkedIn has some interesting opportunities. Here's

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Brave New World of Media Pitching: Facebook

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I have only been on a Facebook for a year or so. mainly use it to keep in touch with personal connections, and rarely use it for professional reasons. believe that the “casual” aspect of Facebook does make it more difficult for business-to-business companies to leverage the full potential, with early success for consumer related companies. With that said, I do see the potential of Facebook from a PR perspective: Fan Club or Group?: Before setting up a group, you have the option of designating it as a group or fan club. Groups have membership limits while fans clubs don’t. ”.  .

Off Topic: Alameda House for Rent

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Front of the House. My husband and I just moved and are seeking to rent out our Alameda house. UPDATE: We’ve rented the house. Thanks everyone! While it's a beautiful home, it was too good of a time to purchase another one! Here are the details. bedroom + Bonus room, 1 bathroom Bungalow style home, $2200 per month. Open house will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2008 from 11 am - 1 pm. Other viewings available via appointment. Available immediately. Address is 1713 9th Street, Alameda, CA 94501. Please do not disturb neighbors. Wood burning fireplace. More photos at: [link]. No Section 8.

Let the 2009 Trend Lists Grow

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  One of my most popular posts last year was my summary of 2008 trend lists. I’m a little late this year, but better late than never =) When I look back at my three trends, it seems odd that I selected the growth of blogomerates, social media connections for PR and long tail PR. To me, these seem almost second nature! So what do I think will be top trends for 2009? Here are my top three:  .

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Gift Card Warning Email – Part 2

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Last week, my cousin forwarded me an email to warn me about buying gift cards from several retailers this year. Wanting to pass along this friendly consumer warning, I posted the email with my thoughts on my blog.  . Since then, I believe that I was duped into passing around false information. Why was the email successful.  . The Power of Fear. Kernel of Truth. Ease of Technology. The others?

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A Hidden Rule of PR - If you don’t ask, how do you know you won’t get it?

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Since my first PR job with Ogilvy & Mather PR Taiwan, I’ve discovered this “hidden rule” the hard way. When you’re just starting out, you’re taught to do what you can to please the journalist – and now extending to bloggers. Most practitioners start by asking what the journalist wants but now asking questions that you want to ask on behalf of your client or company.

My Top 5 Blogging Outreach Mistakes

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The posts that I learn the most from are by those who are willing to show their mistakes and what they’ve learned. This not only humanizes them but also makes us feel just a little bit less stupid!  . While there are a lot of posts about how to pitch a blogger, I thought it would be an interesting twist to list the top five mistakes I’ve made a la Letterman style:  . del.icio.us

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Sarah Palin - Media Training 101!

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Sarah Palin. Oh my gosh. While I’ve voted mainly Democrat, this post isn’t about the politics of the election. Rather, did you SEE and HEAR those interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson. Considering that Palin has been out of the public since being announced as the VP pick, I assumed that she’s been undergoing intense media training. Now don’t get me wrong. del.icio.us

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Are You Ready for Virtual Trade Shows?

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Disclosure: My company, ON24 , just introduced a new solution today - ON24 Virtual Show.   I decided to take this occasion to write a larger post about the virtual events/tradeshows market. Please note, the opinions expressed in this post are my own and not a reflection of my company's. With an online version, the thought is that organizations will minimize tangible (i.e. What do you think?

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

The Role of SEO in PR

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I've been in public relations for over 10 years. But it wasn't until I went in-house in late 2005 that I even heard these three letters: S - E - O. Search engine optimization, what's that?  . Little did I know how important this was. Without the magic of SEO, people wouldn't be able to find you on the ever-powerful Google and other search engines. And PR's role is more important than we realize.  .

Argh - Twitter Going Crazy

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At what point will people finally get tired of all the screw ups with Twitter

Brave New World of Media Pitching: Twitter

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I have a page about how to pitch a blogger , but I'm realizing that this goes beyond pitching bloggers vs. traditional media. It's how do we pitch people in general?  . The traditional standards still apply: get to know the person you're pitching, understand his or her preferences for pitching, and make sure you're pitching something relevant. The questions now is, which is better? What about you?

Twitter Experiment: Why Follow?

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 I usually follow people on Twitter  that have something to say and is related to my career. always found it interesting when people just followed everyone. So when this twitterer recently "followed" me, I was intrigued. he or she (I'm assuming she due to the image) is trying an experiment. When I last checked, this person was following over 5900 people with 155 reciprocating. del.icio.us

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

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Facebook Chat?

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Interesting. Facebook offering chat now. Do I really want another IM feature? Crap, I don't even us Google Chat

The Blogger Social 2008 High

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I went to the blogger social last weekend in New York and was it an event. I was amazed at how 80 bloggers came together to meet, chat and get to know one another. have to admit. knew who some of the folks who were in the room through my RSS feed or twitter. But I didn't recognize most at first (I should blame it on jetlag!). should have read bios and checked out everyone's blogs. Save me now.

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Off topic: Beijing Olympic Torch Relay

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I don't include my political leanings on this blog. That's not the purpose. With that said, the recent uproar over the torch relay hits home a bit. majored in East Asian Studies with a heavy dose of Chinese language and culture. lived in Tianjin (2 hours south of Beijing via train) for one year in undergrad and Taipei for three years after graduating. I'll have to see it on TV tonight

Is Twitter Just a Popularity Contest?

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I've been thinking about this recently. notice that certain folks seem to have very active, two-way conversations or multi-person chats on Twitter. Sometimes, I engage in a conversation with someone about an upcoming event or meeting up.  . What I'm talking about are the extensive conversations amongst multiple folks. This has only happened once when I asked folks about PR agency retainers.

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Hello, My Name is Cece and I'm a Control Freak

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Admit it. If you're in PR, you're probably a control freak. Come on, the first step in recovery is admitting that you have a problem. It took me over 10 years, and I can now calmly stand before my fellow PR colleagues, "My name is Cece and I'm a control freak." Follow these SEVEN steps and you too can start down the road to recovery:  . Not everything is in your control. Let me repeat that.

AdAge Power 150 (or 500): How long will it last?

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Wow - I was checking my dashboard stats when I noticed that a couple of folks came to my blog via the AdAge Power 150 - or in this case top 500. AdAge Power 150 (technically 500) looks at various factors for compiling this list such as subjective points, rankings by Google PageRanks and Technorati, and in bound links.  . This raises an interesting question about how these lists are compiled.

Valentine's Day: Salsa Story

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Valentine's Day can either create fear or joy in your heart. Several years ago, I was dreading another lonely Valentine's Day. didn't want to stay at home but I didn't want to feel out of place on this "romantic" day.  . My first love has always been dancing - ballet, tap, jazz, even hula as a girl. went to the event and it worked on several levels: Targeted single men and women. And me? del.icio.us

Blogger Social - 48 Hours to Register

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Will you be there? Tons of great people will be there. You only have 48 hours to register. It includes three events - one Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.  . technorati tags: Blogger Social 2008 , marketing. del.icio.us tags: Blogger Social 2008 , marketing. icerocket tags: Blogger Social 2008 , marketing

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

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PR Agency - Retainer Becoming More Popular?

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Over the past few weeks, I've been hearing that more agencies are working on projects on a retainer basis vs hourly. My understanding is that the retainer enables an agency to focus on the work versus the administration.  . This is intriguing, because I previously wrote that charging by the hour contributed to part of the bad image that PR folks have. Does this result in better quality work?

WTF: What does this sentence mean?

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  OK, I know that there are bad pitches. But have you ever read bad openings for an article. This one came from the AP about an Afghan journalist :  . An Afghan journalist sentenced to death for distributing an article that allegedly violated Islam is actually being punished for reporting by his brother about abuses by northern warlords, a media group said Wednesday.  . Add them to the comments.

Thoughts from 2007: Lessons Learned

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And what have I learned this year? In no particular order, here are my lessons from blogging and life in general:        I realized how important family is, even if they annoy you!        The power of social media to meet new friends from all over the world.        Twitter is truly addicting.        That you don't have to blog every day. Keep telling yourself that the 49ers will always get better.

PR Pitching 101: Is Personalization Gone?

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Last week, I noticed a tweet from Andy Beal about Google PR sending an email on masses to a list of reporters and a few bloggers. His tweets were:  . Google PR just sent me an email. the CCd instead of BCC - I know have email addys for all major journalists! Woohoohaha   . Andy's response was that this was typical depending on the PR person within Google.  . Make sure you remember point 1.

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Are You Going to Blogger Social?

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It's a brand new year and I'm so looking forward to the Blogger Social. Only 90 more days and party in New York! I'm looking forward to meeting all the bloggers I've emailed, as well as those I read. It should be tons of fun and I offered to teach a salsa class too. If you're interested in meeting up or learning salsa, leave me a comment and we can arrange some time in between the events. del.icio.us