Marketing Craftmanship

Death by Content: How Press Release Abuse Killed Public Relations

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Self-serving Press Release Content Has Killed PR. The origins of the press release are unclear, but in the not too distant past, this communication tool was called a “News Release.” Flacks began using the press release as a marketing and propaganda tool, and this was a bad thing.

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First Aid for Media Burn

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Regardless of how well a company communicates with the press, it stands a good chance of being “burned” on occasion. Unfortunately, no standard methodology exists for redress of grievances with the press.

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Preserving Brand Equity in a Corporate Turnaround

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A communications strategy largely consisting of press releases or cryptic statements from management falls far short of what is required to protect an enterprise’s most valuable asset — its brand.

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Target CPL Range 32 Conclusion B2B marketers are constantly pressing forward. 1How B2B Marketing. is Changing in 2018 Insights on Priorities, Tactics, and Challenges.

Should Marketing Automation Customers be Pre-Qualified?

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For decades, the ONLY way to produce any type of printed material – ranging from sales & marketing brochures, to annual reports and informational flyers – involved a multi-step, time / people-intensive, costly process requiring a copywriter, graphic designer, a typesetter and a printing press.

Investment-Related Publicity: How Clueless is Your Fund?

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Even if your fund generates piles of press clippings, however, there are too many distractions within print, broadcast, and digital media channels to ensure that target audiences will ever notice, or be influenced by, any of those mentions.

The Herb Schmertz Era: When Public Relations Had Some Balls

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Uncategorized #brand management #brand risk #press release #thought leadership #wallstreetjournal 1970s oil crisis advertorials advocacy advertising affinity marketing Columbia University creative confrontation ExxonMobil Herb Schmertz issues advocacy Jr.

Your Marketing Content: Is it Fake News?

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With good intentions, but given no budget or time to perform proper market research, we interviewed a total of 6 corporate CEOs and board members to provide some validation to the underlying premise of our press release.

Should PRSA Sanction Public Relations Practitioners?

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But because the press can deliver exposure and credibility that PR craves, journalists have always been in a more powerful position.

Research Integrity: The Achilles Heel of Content Marketing

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With good intentions, but given no budget or time to perform proper market research, we interviewed a total of 6 corporate CEOs and board members to provide some validation to the underlying premise of our press release.

Make Your Corporate Anniversary Worth Celebrating

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Too often important corporate milestones are treated in a manner similar to a wedding anniversary: companies will send out an announcement (press release, advertisement or email blast), host a modest reception, and provide a memento to a select number of longstanding clients.

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PR Lesson from the Lolo Jones / New York Times Controversy

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Did Jere Kill Lolo’s Mojo? On August 4 th , New York Times sportswriter Jére Longman – who has been covering the Olympics under an “Inside the Rings” column – wrote an article on American hurdler Lolo Jones that was considered by many readers to be overly harsh and entirely unnecessary.

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Stop the Insanity. Fire Your PR Firm in 2014.

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It also means that you must provide your agency with the time and guidance necessary for them to deliver something more than a pile of useless press clippings.

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Time to Kill Your Company’s Zombie Blog?

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When pressed to explain why their company has a blog, many CEOs will admit they were either pushed by marketing counsel to create one, or believed they needed a blog because their competitors have them.

The Lost Marketing Art of Ink on Paper

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They understood the difference between a sheet-fed and web offset printing press, could distinguish between thermography and engraving, and spent hours studying paper stock samples, typefaces and PMS color charts. Time to temper our love affair with pixels on a screen?

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The Road to Hedge Fund Transparency: Marketing Essentials and Potential Pitfalls

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LinkedIn has become an important due diligence tool for investors, intermediaries and the financial press. Manage press exposure selectively.

The Real Price We All Pay for “Brand Journalism”

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So is there a price to be paid for the loss of a free and independent press?

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Did The New York Times Purposely Fuel the Goldman Controversy?

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A Compromised Value Proposition? If the biggest loser in disgruntled employee Greg Smith’s recent OpEd piece was Goldman Sachs, then the apparent winner in this high-profile media sideshow was The New York Times.

Hedge Fund Marketing: From Oxymoron to Best Practices

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This past September, the well-respected marketing firm, Peppercom, conducted in-depth research involving nearly 300 of the hedge fund industry’s largest firms, to measure how those funds are currently applying standard marketing tools & tactics including websites, social media, the financial press and advertising, one year after the JOBS Act. Hedge funds continue to be a hot topic covered by the financial media, but most funds refuse to talk to the press.

No-Cost, Cornball Marketing Can Drive B2B Top-of-Mind Awareness

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eReleases competes with dozens of electronic news distribution services, all seeking to charge companies and PR agencies hefty fees to put their press releases in front of journalists, in hopes of capturing the media’s attention and coverage.

An End to B2B Social Media Madness

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If your website has not been refreshed and updated in the last 3 years (which means more than simply sticking press releases in the “News” section), then your company is due for an overhaul.

5 Ways You Can Merchandise the “Masthead Value” of Publicity

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Extreme examples of this error include companies that issue a press release, or generate Twitter and Facebook postings to announce, for example, that their CEO has been profiled in Inc.

PR / Media Pros Should Stand Firm on Requiring Quote Approvals

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This blogger was told by a New York Times reporter that if I pressed for a correction to an error he had made regarding one of my clients, that he would never feature any of my clients in his column. Quote Approvals Lower the Risk of Media Burn.

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The Harvard Cheating Scandal: Do Administrators Need “Public Relations 101??

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here are two fundamental PR lessons from this brand debacle: Assume the press will always learn about a problem, and plan an offensive strategy (well ahead of time) to minimize the damage.

Brochureware Is Not a Dirty Word

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Uncategorized #brand damage #brand management #brand risk #brochureware #graphic design #marketing #PR #press releases #thought leadership #webinars #white papers marketing craftsmanship marketing ROI public relations social media website management

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Avoid the Carnival Barker Approach to Publicity

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This effort requires that a company either engage an outside PR agency or employ dedicated staff members who are skilled at pitching stories and nurturing press coverage. Publicity Must Be More Than Noise.

Should Companies Manage Their Employees’ LinkedIn Profiles?

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Everything Counts in Brand Management. LinkedIn has become an important business channel, not only for individuals to showcase their professional credentials, but also for companies seeking to promote their value proposition and to establish or manage brand awareness.

PR Lesson from a Twitter Flap

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Stop the presses: we’ve got ourselves a sexy story that’s ready for prime time. Emma Sullivan. emmakate988. Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person # heblowsalot.

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Is Your B2B Firm REALLY Marketing…Or Simply Making Tactical Soup?

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Press releases and related media exposure is a good example of marketing activity that is often overrated in terms of effort vs. tangible outcome. Is Your B2B Marketing a Tactical Hodge Podge?

One Way Smart B2B Marketers Work Backwards

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Simply issuing a press release, or posting the event’s slide presentation on a website, will not adequately address the opportunity. B2B Marketing Needs Impressive Stuff Like This.

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Using Negative Publicity as Negotiating Leverage

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I drafted a press release entitled “Irate BMW Owner Places Ads in New York Times and Wall Street Journal After 27 Problems With 318i,” that detailed the car’s various issues. I FedExed the letter, the advertisement, the press release, and the editor list to BMW headquarters in New Jersey.

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Fighting Online Brand Sabotage 101

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This does not simply mean pumping out a press release every time your company introduces a product, wins an industry award, or appoints a new vice president. Brand Sabotage May Warrant Ninja Tactics.

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If I get you on the cover of Forbes Magazine…

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This is never encouraging news for a company paying a fat monthly retainer in exchange for a pile of press clippings that get hung like trophies on its website. …what will you do with that exposure?

4 PR Lessons from the SharesPost / Wall Street Journal Fistfight

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If you’re not a habitual rubbernecker of battles between companies and the press, here’s a condensed version of a recent incident that can provide some lessons for all those subject to public scrutiny…which includes just about every individual, institution and company, public or private.

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Is Your Web Content a Marketing Liability?

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The standard marketing approach – particularly among B2B firms – is to create a brochureware-esque “Who We Are / What We Do / Why You Should Select Us” web presence, which forever serves as a handy repository for press releases, case studies, white papers and other expressions of thought leadership. Distracted by all the social media buzz, it’s easy for a company to lose sight of the fact that their website remains the mother ship of brand expression and commerce.

Writing a Press Release? 8 Awesome Tools That Will Help

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Writing a press release isn't rocket science -- but when you don't do it on a regular basis, it can be a bit challenging. But with the right tools, you can avoid any pitfalls and make your press release writing a lot easier. The 4 Culprits of Sucky Press Release Writing.

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10 Press Release Best Practices That Will Skyrocket Your PR

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Press releases are a valuable tool in the hands of PR professionals -- as long as you use them correctly. Learn what press release best practices can make your news and announcements more effective in today’s busy world. Why are press releases still important in today’s world?

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How to Write Press Release Headlines That People Actually Read

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The title did receive a lot of press, albeit for how controversial it was. However, when it comes to your press release, you want your headline to work across the board. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of equally distressing or controversial headlines found in press releases.

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Brand marketing: 4 ways businesses should be using press releases — but many aren’t

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Ah yes, press releases: a staple of the business collateral landscape that has not just survived the transition from the print to the digital world, but has thrived. Indeed, thanks to the “evergreen” nature of web content, press releases are the brand marketing gift that keeps on giving.

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How to Improve Your Press Release Best Practices with Storytelling

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Press releases have been teetering on the edge of death for years now. Should the press release go to its eternal resting place, six feet under, and be forgotten -- replaced with communications channels like Twitter? Why Storytelling Enhances Press Release Best Practices.

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7 tips for effective press releases

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Press releases can be very effective for helping to create a buzz and getting the word out about something new with your business. However, since many other businesses also know this, there are often too many press releases floating around. This is also the case for press releases.

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How to Use Your B2B Blog to Promote Your Press

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Most recently, I detailed how to optimize your own press. Now, let's extend that concept a little further and talk about how your blog is a useful tool in promoting your press. How to use it to promote your press. How to Use Your B2B Blog to Promote Your Press.

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