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Three reasons why the future of public relations is red hot

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I started my career in public relations many years ago and have always had a fondness for this profession and the people in it. Here are three essential new areas of activity that could re-define the future of public relations: Search engine optimization What does PR have to do with SEO? This’s not far from pitching press releases to media outlets, is it?

A Public Relations Case for Digital Marketing

Biznology

Back in the early days (circa 2004), my colleagues and I debated which function should “own” social media. As the head of global public relations, I thought it was crystal clear: the public relations function was best suited, because our strengths were in creating two-way conversations and managing risk. Since 2004, digital marketing has evolved to include not just Web sites and SEO, but social media, content marketing, newsjacking, online PR, customer service, video, audio, blogs, microblogs, Tumblr, Pinterest and the list goes on. Storytelling.

B2B Public Relations: 7 tactics to pull more leads into the funnel

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet If your organization’s marketing and public relations teams aren’t working hand in glove, you’re missing a key lead generation opportunity. That’s the word from three experts in B2B PR and marketing: Wendy Marx, president of Marx Communications , a B2B public relations firm; she blogs about B2B communications for Fast Company. Repurpose your media coverage. “If

Should PRSA Sanction Public Relations Practitioners?

Marketing Craftmanship

In his most recent bi-weekly column on customer service, “The Haggler,” New York Times writer David Segal addressed a long-standing and well-founded gripe that many journalists have against public relations practitioners who send out press releases and other solicitations in wholesale fashion; regardless of the content’s relevance or likely interest to the journalists they’re pitching.

The role of public relations in lead generation for B2B firms

NuSpark

There are many elements to creating a program that produces a high quantity of high quality leads: SEO, SEM, Content Marketing, Social Media, and more. But among these channels, an important strategy is public relations. Public Relations: How to do it right. There are many ways B2B companies harness public relations for the lead generation strategies.

24 Sphere Bytes Reflect Core Learnings about Social Public Relations

WindMill Networking

When you are recruited to write a monthly column about a specific area of practice—public relationsrelating to maximizing social business, one tends to spend that dedicated time on the big picture, including focusing on matters that impact and resonate with the majority of enterprise leaders, rather than a localized, topical and transient organizational “campaign” or … Continue Reading 24 Sphere Bytes Reflect Core Learnings about Social Public Relations by Judy Gombita - Maximize Social Business - Maximize Social Business - Your Social Media for Business Resource.

Social media strategy leaders: Sarah Nilson

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Welcome to the next post in a series celebrating leaders in social media strategy. With a background in communications and public relations, Sarah has been at QuintilesIMS for almost three years now in several roles touching social media. Can you please share what brought you to where you are now, a social media leader in the healthcare industry? Welcome Sarah!

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Death by Content: How Press Release Abuse Killed Public Relations

Marketing Craftmanship

And its sole purpose was to provide the press with information likely to be of interest to the public; containing what journalists still call “news value.”. For public companies, dissemination of financial results and material events will be handled by their legal department. Public Relations, as a profession and a function, will simply cease to exist.

What to do if the president tweets you

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And even more important, how has he changed the dynamics of PR … any company or public figure could become a tweet target! The beauty of Twitter is that it is the most human-powered social media platform. But the most powerful person on earth has never used social media quite this way before. By Mark W. Schaefer. President has used and abused Twitter. Yes and no. Simple.

Dominate Your Next Event With a Great Public Relations Strategy

Modern B2B Marketing

by Dayna Rothman Great public relations can help your company break through the noise that can sometimes dominate a busy event. Remember, you are competing with many different companies for share of voice, and a solid PR strategy helps you get heard by prospects, customers, as well as important media outlets. no registration required). Event Goals and Metrics. Noise Level.

How to Modernize a Public Relations Strategy That's Stuck in the Dark Ages

Hubspot

public relations can be a critical ingredient in your marketing mix. The good news is that the amount of time people spend interacting with media is only growing ; the bad news is that traditional PR is rooted in tactics that were only relevant twenty years ago. 2) Don’t Wait for the Media to Tell a Compelling Story. What to do to compensate for that disparity? Snooze.

Culture Byte: Social Media Silk Purse or Public Relations Sow’s Ear?

WindMill Networking

Digital “public relations” for an enterprise is much harder and less likely to achieve success if the culture is porcine or controlled (i.e., grunt out some canned corporate or marketing messages on social media platforms…after five revisions and three levels of approval). Note I recognize that there are many enlightened marketers and salespeople in social media.)

Bytes from the PR Sphere: Distilling the Social Components of Public Relations

WindMill Networking

Social + media = engagement + information Vis-à-vis (corporate) public relations and social media, if I had my druthers at this stage the explanation would be reversed, although media social doesn’t trip off the tongue (or keyboard) nearly as easily. Remember what I just said about distilling down the essence of a concept for social media? Public Relation

What it’s like to be hugged by a brand. Literally.

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Despite the amazing new technology we have to connect with people directly, most brands have fallen into the same bad habits of using social media content to advertise, sell, and promote. By Mark Schaefer. Last week I was hugged by a brand. I’m serious — a literal, physical hug. What are some of the biggest digital marketing trends right now? Marketing automation. Bot messaging.

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Paid online influencer marketing is fully mainstream

Biznology

After we discussed all the sundry social media platforms, overlooking Pinterest completely, all roads led back to how to best break through all the noise online, in order to get the sort of attention that used to be as simple as throwing money at Google ‘s, Twitter ‘s, and Facebook ‘s ad networks. Outside of influencer marketing , offering free branded tools really works.

Social Media Explained. Really.

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With every client I meet, every class I teach, and every speech I give, there is always a group of people who desperately need to understand social media marketing but don’t have the time to do it. If you are thinking to yourself, “This world does NOT need another social media book,” you’re partially correct. But this is not just another social media book.

Content shock re-visited, the content marketing myths and realities

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It was the most-researched post I had ever delivered to the publication and it took many hours of work. Social media marketing, mobile, content … it all works really well. Consider the dramatic changes in content forms, distribution, and evolving roles of the social media platforms. By Mark Schaefer. A few years ago it certainly would be published. Content Shock.

Influencer outreach is more PR than marketing or advertising

Biznology

Almost three years ago I wrote Blogger outreach is more PR than social media. In it, I go through my process and talk about the value of earned media versus paid post. Much along those lines, earned media is still the best policy. It’s about relating, it’s about engaging. Ask for too much money (to make ’em go away, though they often pay).

The state of the nation on SEO, content strategy and earned media

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A few years ago social media was small and quiet. In combination with planned content, we’re also going to monitor social media, we’re going to monitor engagement metrics, to see if there are insights that will surface. I think of SEO as marketing performance optimization relative to search, advertising, email, content, anything you are using to build your business.

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3 Ways Social Media Adds Spice to Traditional Public Relations

KEO Marketing

Once upon a time, public relations was about getting coverage. You published a press release, reached out to media contacts, or designed a campaign that attracted attention from networks and publishers. People are using social media – not just traditional media – to consume content that is relevant to them. Social Media marketing agency social media marketing

4 Ways to really engage your customers on social media

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Many businesses really want to interact with their fans and ignite more engagement on social media to build relationships and loyalty. Contests on social media are a dime a dozen today, so do something atypical to make your brand stand out. If your business supports a cause, it’s even easier to craft a campaign and share the details about it via your social media pages.

Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome

Biznology

I’ll be honest with you, relatively few companies can conduct a successful earned media influencer marketing campaign. Earned media (or free media) refers to publicity gained through promotional efforts other than advertising, as opposed to paid media , which refers to publicity gained through advertising. That’s cool. It is like sales.

How Putin’s brand inspires Trump

Biznology

As a forceful, deal-making businessman, Trump can relate to Putin’s leadership style. This turns a vibrant news media into an echo chamber for the Kremlin, minimizing and even eliminating journalists who oppose him, as well as inserting peacemaking and military initiatives into regional conflicts like Syria and Israel-Palestine. Both are authoritative kindred spirits. Like this post?

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PR 2015: Top 100 Influencers & Brands

Onalytica B2B

Public relations is not what it used to be. Things truly changed when social media appeared in the early 2000’s (remember Friendster?). With this social media explosion comes the increase in social media influencers. Influencer relations is a truly essential part of modern PR (we also offer a B2B influencer relations platform for PR practitioners).

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Social media marketing isn’t a popularity contest

Biznology

Businesses striving to bring in that lucrative ROI with social media often fall into trap of thinking that the more followers you have the more success your social campaigns will have. How to Make the Most of Your Social Media Marketing with Less. Advertising the same way to all of your social media followers is akin to the pray and spray techniques of the past. Like this post?

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How storytelling can shape the corporate brand and culture

Biznology

This “first digital generation” thrives on social media, which is different from traditional media mainly in that it involves a one-on-one conversation that begs for engagement, versus the one-to-many in mass marketing. Call this extreme clutter and volatility. Storytelling is ageless and remains the most powerful form of persuasion. including daydreams). like a computer program).

Break the mold: Why content marketing needs to be like a chalupa

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” In this post I postulated that the traditional advice that businesses need to “think like media companies” is losing steam. I’m convinced that thinking like a media company isn’t enough any more. Thinking like a media company. “About an year ago, we wanted to get exposure on a major media website like VentureBeat. Taco Salad.

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Five often-overlooked reasons senior executives should use social media

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I hear these objections all the time when speaking to top executives about social media. By updating your profile with new responsibilities, achievements, and publications you keep these important constituents up to date on your progress. Alerting the media – Why do CEOs like Bill Gates , Richard Branson , Oprah Winfrey , Rupert Murdoch and Elon Musk waste time on Twitter?

Is your social media marketing about listening or talking?

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You’re spending all of your social media marketing budget on promoting your brand, products, and services; that’s fine except you’ve either forgotten — or never knew — that social media is a two-way street. Everyone who consumes social media expects that. I know you. It is. That person may very well be Chris-Frigging-Brogen himself! Rightfully so.

How to Handle a Crisis on Social Media

Vertical Response

At some point, every small business may have to deal with a public relations crisis. Social media has the power to fan the flames of crisis or douse them on the spot, social media strategist Whitney Zatzkin says. “No matter what the crisis, social media should play a role in your communication strategy,” she says. Have a plan in place. Respond quickly.

A sales pitch isn’t a relationship

Biznology

I rarely accept such invitations, but I had worked with this particular public relations person several times before, and the topic of the conversation did look interesting. I was a technology journalist for 23 years before leaving the field in 2005 to focus on social media marketing. There are many more media outlets to follow, and bloggers introduce even more complexity.

The implications for PR if Twitter goes away

Biznology

The same kind of high-profile publicity — and controversy — that used to find its home on Twitter now finds itself on YouTube and Twitch. There’s a limitation to Instagram and the others, though, because Twitter’s the only by-default public social sharing platform that is quick enough to fuel the real time web. The transition has already begun. Like this post?

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Case Study: How I got on a national television show through Twitter

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And while I can’t gurantee it would work for everyone, I think this approach to using Twitter for media relations is scalable for other PR projects. As we prepared our media efforts for the 1,000-mile run, we sent an email introduction to every media outlet in major cities between Tennessee and Boston. We rarely, if ever, received replies from media brand channels.

Eight media relations tips most PR pros totally miss

Biznology

I was a technology journalist for more than 20 years before taking a decade-long hiatus into social media marketing. I was stunned to learn that, despite seismic shifts in the media landscape during the time I was gone, public relations has actually changed very little. All journalists are expected to publicize their own work through their social channels.

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Social media monitoring: why it’s a must

Biznology

Good or bad, online or off, there is nothing worse than someone talking about you publicly and you not getting an opportunity to respond. the print and broadcast media were the only ones who could really speak to the masses about a business. Now, with the help of social media and review sites, everyone and anyone can have a say, anytime. Before the Internet and Web 2.0,

Social media strategy leaders: Robert Bochnak

Biznology

How has your education and career brought you to where you are now, a leader in social media strategy? I am the Director of Social Media for the Harvard Business School Office of Alumni Relations. It was in the graduate school office at Tufts that I started working in social media. At that time, social media was one of a number of areas I covered in the job.

In praise of social media mediocrity

Biznology

My advice for blogging and social media marketing alike is as follows: 20-minutes-a-day with an hour once-a-week. If you spend any less time than that, you’re really not a content marketer ; however, spending this amount of time on social media brand promotion and protection is really just barely enough time to keep things moving forward. Related articles. Come on!