Tag Archives: Public Relations

5 Social Media Predictions for 2014

Happy 2014. I’m still disappointed that we don’t have flying cars and robot servants yet, but I’m hoping we make strides this year. I’m also hoping we get smarter about the environment and how to remove big money from politics. But I digress. Let’s talk social/digital media instead. Here are three predictions for the social […]

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Content Distribution is the New PR

  Here’s a lesson I never forgot. When I departed journalism to become a PR consultant, I carved out a specialty at media relations. I excelled at getting the business media – Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and many others – to write about my clients. I can remember one client getting frustrated with […]

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A Distribution Manifesto

Let’s talk Ron Burgandy. I’m sure you’ve all seen the spot on ESPN where Will Ferrell interviews Peyton Manning. It was broadcast on-air and the video now has 3M+ views on YouTube. People have been sharing it everywhere and bloggers and media are talking and writing about it. So was that a paid spot? Or […]

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Why Your Brand Content Really Matters

Here is how more people, especially young people, consume content. 1. They search for it. On Google mostly. Google has become a daily newspaper, Farmer’s Almanac and encyclopedia all rolled into one. When they want information or news they plug-in the keywords and press enter. 2. They have it recommended to them. On Facebook and […]

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Hey Madison Avenue, PR is the New Advertising!

They gathered last week in the city that never sleeps. Their goal? Figure out how to clog up our social media channels with more advertising. Who were these people? Advertisers. Last week was Madison Avenue’s annual conference in New York known as Advertising Week. As expected there was lots of hand wringing about the state […]

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Begging is not a Distribution Strategy

The old method of getting your corporate “news” distributed: Paying a wire service to distribute your news release Begging news reporters to turn your press release into a news article Okay, maybe begging is a bit of stretch. Public relations consultants don’t necessarily beg. They have other tools to call upon in placing “news” at […]

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You Aren’t in the Press Release Business

Dear PR Professional: Can we talk please? Because it is 2013 and you should know this already. You aren’t in the business of writing press releases. You aren’t in the business of pitching the media. Seriously. Let’s ignore the fact that those two things are tactics and get to the heart of the matter. They are […]

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3 Ways to Save Journalism from Extinction

Let this statistic sink in for a moment. Total number of journalists in the U.S.: 40,000 Total number of Google employees: 54,000 Google was founded in 1998.  Journalism may have died around the same time. Try this one on for size. There are 3.6 public relations professionals for every single journalist.  Nearly 4 to 1. […]

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The Great Media Collapse Has Been Epic

The business of journalism and news reporting isn’t much of a business anymore.  The damage – like a super hurricane battering a low-lying coastal village – has been epic. The collapse, which started in earnest in 2009, has continued unabated since.  By the end of this decade we’ll be lucky if any of the huts […]

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The Death of the Deadline

One of the enormous changes in journalism during the “internet age” has been the loss of the deadline. The impact of this demise has been significant, but rarely discussed.  Yet it may be one of the biggest in changes in the way journalists research, write and publish news stories. When I started as a  journalist […]

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