The drumbeat over the growing spate of “fake news” stories reached a crescendo last week when the 2017 AP Stylebook felt compelled to address proper journalistic style when referring to “the modern phenomenon of deliberate falsehoods or fiction masked as news circulating on the internet.” Ironically, “fake news” is far from new. The Onion and National Inquirer were peddling this cheap brand of journalism long before Al Gore ever invented the internet.
What is new is the impact “fake news” is having on the Fourth Estate; where trust in traditional news media is at an all-time low. A September 2016 Gallup Poll revealed that “Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media ‘to report the news fully, accurately and fairly’ has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup pol ... ⇢ read more
It’s time to vote! Perhaps you ran to the polls this morning to help the candidate you love become our next president. Or, maybe your vote just celebrates your right to do so and the end of a very long ad season. Either way, there’s no denying the Trump/Clinton race has been particularly intense. Dominated by unprecedented levels of mudslinging and scandals—the effect may last longer than Election Day.
A sky-high level of controversy is characteristic of this year's election. But, it begs a question about whether Trump and Clinton are that much more controversy worthy than candidates in the past. Could this level of scrutiny be just a natural outcome of running for office in the Digital Age?
Trump and Clinton have both had their turns wiping egg off their faces. Trump has been skewered for such things as his tax returns, ⇢ read more
In 2016 we're all potential TV stars thanks to the accessibility of livestream video. Now we have our very own channels - on Periscope, YouTube and Facebook Live - where we can find people waxing on about pretty much anything.
Of course only .33 percent of videos ever go viral and get over a million views. And fewer than half of YouTube videos ever reach 500. But there's always an outlier, like a hysterically excited Candace Payne unboxing a Chewbacca Mask on Facebook Live, that breaks the rules and earns 160 million views.
What ... ⇢ read more
By Jennifer Evans, Principal of The CKP Group in Houston, Texas.
My spouse and I work in different environments. He leads a technical team in the oil and gas industry. I spend my time at The CKP Group building robust communications efforts for clients. Still, we frequently “talk shop” and share best practices. There are two things we both detest: rudderless meetings and ineffective or missing measurement.
Meetings that matter
Meetings should be meaningful and strategic. Most meeting appointments originate from either an information gap or a problem that needs to be solved. Face time is key to relationship management whether it comes through video calls or traditional settings, and non-verbal cues foster connection. This is not an “older generation” preference. I recently surveyed communications colleagues and peers and found there was an overwhelming desire from ... ⇢ read more
As a light football fan, I'm one of those PR/marketing folks who watches the big game for the ads. It started during my first job after college at DDB Needham Advertising. As a newbie in the ad scene, I'd "yes ma'am" and "no sir" all day to the many levels of management above me as I scurried between departments, toting creative storyboards, thick research reports, and media analyses. But the night of the Super Bowl, our class of Assistant Account Executives got to sit around bowls of salty chips and pizza and play CEO as we analyzed the creative genius (or lack therof) of the ad debuts.
A few (ahem) years later, I still relish watching the ads through a PR &am ... ⇢ read more
I had a recent encounter that affirmed what I already knew: While social media is not a replacement for other forms of engagement, it can be an excellent door-opener for relationship building. I was tweeting @jlevans about a social outing, and I referenced a possible adventure in Houston’s incredible Museum District. I received a response from the brand-new Editor of the Houston Business Journal, Candace Beeke (@candacebeeke). Candace, also a Mom, asked me for a parent review after my visit. Did I know there was a new Editor at HBJ? Of course, I make it my business to be aware of the comings and goings in the journalism world in my market. Had I thought ... ⇢ read more
By Amy Kossoff Smith, Write Ideas, Inc.
Full disclosure here - I'm a journalism grad and proud of it, so I'm hardly proud that the headline of this blog post starts with an "ing" word. That was a cardinal sin in journalism school. But realizing that they taught us writing, broadcast, and editing on manual typewriters before the early computers came in (ooo, ahhh!), I realize, things have changed...a lot! So why not break the rules a little in exploring this tactic...
A few years ago, "going viral" would have made you crave your flu shot or a face mask. Now, it's the "wild, wild web," and social media, and marketing tactics are taking over our pro ... ⇢ read more
By Sam Sims, Jones Public Relations, Inc.
The dramatic influx of social media websites is overwhelming at best, but what this should show communicators is trends. Take for example the trend for real-time micro updating – doesn’t sound as appealing as saying Twitter in a conversation. But, seeing how Facebook incorporated micro updating (known in Facebook as “status updates”) into its platform is undeniable. How are we to make heads or tails of all of this?
First ask this question: What barrier does the site/technology remove?
If the site removes a barrier for its users to comm ... ⇢ read more