Posts Categorized: Public Relations Strategy

“Checkbook Journalism” From a PR Pro’s Perspective

By Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow, PRSA This blog post first appeared in PRSAY In an age of declining journalism standards, where anything goes and credibility is in serious question, it’s about time we see a network take the high road and announce it’s going back to the true practice of journalism. According to The Daily Beast, ABC News division president Ben Sherwood has decided the network will do just that and no longer pay for interviews or images, a practice called “checkbook journalism” that has become all-too-common in recent years. ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider told The Daily Beast: “We can book just... ⇢ read more

Discount Designer Clothes: Definitely PR Genius

By Amy Kossoff Smith, President, Write Ideas, Inc. Despite - or because of - this recession, there's still clearly a hearty appetite for designer duds at discount prices.  Target's recent launch of Missoni, an upscale Italian label with wild, colorful, geometric patterns, was a huge success on many fronts.  Even though their website crashed from the sudden surge in traffic, I'd call it a PR success story for lots of reasons. Lydia Dishman reported in Forbes (The Genius of Target's Missoni Madness) "Two full hours before Target threw open doors...to offer rabid fashionistas a lower priced collection of haute Italian label Missoni...the... ⇢ read more

Common Legal Errors in Social Media Marketing

By Brendy Barr, President, Brendy Barr Communications, LLC Beware of the Tweet that could result in legal repercussions!  Many professional communicators are launching into social media marketing campaigns and not considering the legal mistakes they may be making.  This oversight could result in fines and/or a disruption in the client’s business. So before you post that next photo or conduct a sweepstakes on Facebook, read this blog on Write Speak Sell by attorney Kyle-Beth Hilfer about the most common legal errors in social media marketing… Click here to read full post.... ⇢ read more

Mistakes To Avoid When Promoting Your Company

By Claude M. Gruener There are many pitfalls to avoid when promoting a service, idea or product to the media. Don’t lie.  It might have worked at times before the internet and its vast immediate resources appeared, but today telling a lie is almost a sure guarantee of failure.  If you don’t tell the truth, you are certain to be found out by a reporter.  On the reverse of the coin, you must let a reporter know if he or she made a mistake in their reporting. Don’t expect a purely self-serving news release to be run.  Buy an ad instead.  Reporters are... ⇢ read more

Optimizing Fan Engagement for Brands

By Brendy Barr, Brendy Barr Communications It’s no question that Facebook has become a tremendously powerful vehicle for promoting brands and businesses…for those who are doing it right.  Successful social media marketers know that posting status updates for a company is not the same as updating a personal Facebook page. If you want to optimize fan engagement, you need a strategic plan; you need to know how and when to post content to maximize its effectiveness.  This recent blog posted on mashable.com offers some great insight, tips and findings from a new report from Buddy Media…  Improve Engagement on Your Brand’s Facebook Page... ⇢ read more

Media Training – Yes, you need it!

By Brian Knox, Vice President, Zeppos & Associates, Inc. – Milwaukee, Wisconsin As a former television reporter and anchor, it continues to amaze me at how many people just don’t take the time to think things through before a media interview or plan how they’ll respond if confronted by reporters on an issue.  As PR professionals, you’ll find many firms like ours offer their own unique counsel and proven techniques to help prepare clients for a variety of media situations.  Lessons learned from media training programs can help an individual for a lifetime.  Yet, there remain those who scoff at the... ⇢ read more

When Traditional Media Won’t Cover Your Stories

By Brian Chandler, APR, President, Commonwealth Public Relations Is Traditional Media Dead? It’s a question that many PR people are asking these days, so here are some insights into what I have personally experienced during my day-to-day practice in public relations. My short answer to the question is “no,” at least for now, and here’s why. Traditional media is changing and adapting to social media and Web 2.0, just like the rest of us. Major corporations, nonprofits, small business and others are all working hard to figure out what works best to drive profit through the Internet. This diversification is allowing traditional media to... ⇢ read more

If Facebook could bring down a country it can for sure bring down your company

By Margaret Nathan Strategic Communication, Inc. According to the buzz coming out of SXSW (South by Southwest), this was this year’s mantra.  And I have to admit probably nothing is truer.  It’s hard for me to believe Facebook and Twitter could start a revolution, but it did and that’s now history.  But there is something else that can bring down a company.  As we move past the financial crisis and things begin to grow again as they appear to be doing however slowly, companies and brands need to quite saving their way to profit.  I’ve worked through more down turns than I... ⇢ read more

Spring Cleaning Leads to Identity Overhaul

By Barb Harris, teamworks Finding ourselves with a bit of free time this winter, teamworks got an early start on our spring cleaning…by going through files, cleaning up hard drives and then, tackling the corporate identity overhaul we’d been discussing for some time. Now, spring has sprung, and our new identity has us re-energized and refocused on what we really want to do. Seems that Harvey Mackay from the Arizona Republic has the same idea…. Click here to read full article.... ⇢ read more

Let Your Audience Drive Your Plan . . .

By Ann Bouchard, President, Bouchard Communications Group/Matrix Manager There is no question that marketing, advertising and public relations are all disciplines that help businesses grow.  Yet so much has changed in the past decade,  that communications professionals (who now have more options and strategic directions to choose from than ever before), are feeling overwhelmed and under informed. Gone are the days when businesses created one message and broadcasted it to the widest audience possible, in hopes of achieving a 1-3% response rate. Today, everything boils down to reaching the right audience, with the right message, at the right time and through... ⇢ read more

Crisis Communications – Do You Have a Plan?

By Susan Hart, Hart PR When Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords woke up on a Saturday morning in January, I'm confident it didn't occur to her, her staff, area law enforcement and local media that she and others would be fighting for their lives in a matter of hours, with some losing that battle. The tragic event prompted us to question many things, and for public relations professionals, one question should be whether or not our crisis management plans are current. What kind of crisis communications plan does your organization and/or clients have? This isn't a "yes" or "no" question - it's a question of depth... ⇢ read more