My wife, a human resources executive, recently attended a half-day professional development program and was so stunned by the behavior of the other participants that she was nearly (not quite totally) speechless when I asked her about how it went.
“The program content was fine,” she said. “But I couldn’t believe the other ‘so-called professionals’ – they were anything but… Instead of using the time to learn, network and develop relationships with other HR professionals, virtually all of the other participants at my table had, and kept, their faces and their attention buried in their smart phones the entire time.”
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There have been a few events/circumstances that occurred recently, which have prompted me to consider starting a new movement. Who's with me?
“What is it?” you are asking? Well, I would like to propose a new direction/focus to the practice of Public Relations and call it…Common Sense Communications. I think it might better explain what we do and how we personally approach the discipline as it relates to our clients and life in general.
A client called recently with a potential crisis at its facility, which was brought to their attention by a customer. Without providing all the important information to us,... ⇢ read more
By Amy Kossoff Smith, President Write Ideas, Inc., and Editor/Founder of PRCG Powerlines
When you put a group of premier public relations experts in a room for three days, you never know what magic will happen. And this year's conference was no exception. Our theme, "Turn it Up," had multiple applications, including a colorful conversation of best/first concerts, and action-packed sessions on branding, social media, PR strategy, and lots more. The theme, how do we work together to "Turn it Up" for our clients, our individual firms, and most importantly, the incredible collective experience of PRConsultants Group, was prevalent throughout the... ⇢ read more
Whether you tweet, Facebook post, Instagram, Snapchat or shoot Vine videos for yourself or a client, every social media moment matters. Just as the goal of any actor is to be able to tell a story through a character, your brand needs warmth and personification to really resonate and engage.
Not all brands are wild and wacky, but there are plenty of examples of conservative brands who exploded on social in 2015 once they found their “voice”. Check out the Twitter feeds of @oldspice, @tacobell, @MyCascade, @lushcosmetics, @jetblue, @PopChips, @Intel and the SM conference favorite, @Oreo (check out #OreoHorrorStories). It’s okay... ⇢ read more
I have a story I tell college students when I am trying to illustrate the point of how far technology has come, just over the course of my own career, in helping public relations practitioners do their jobs.
I share with them that when I first started working in public relations in the mid-1990s, I would often stand in front of a fax machine for hours at a time, sending news releases to media outlets around the state.
At this point in the story, their eyes glaze over because most of them have never seen a fax machine.
Then, I tell them how... ⇢ read more
If you’re in the media relations business, you’re probably not waiting until trick-or-treaters finish collecting their sugary sweets to start pitching your holiday stories – at least you shouldn’t! It’s never too early to be thinking about how to position your brand, products, people, and programs for the holiday season. In fact, you need to act fast due to long-lead time for several media outlets.
So, grab some Halloween candy, set aside the turkey recipe and use some of these tips to help you get coverage during the holidays:
If you’ve missed the long-lead deadlines of holiday-themed magazines, consider the shorter turnaround times... ⇢ read more
Barb Harris and Sharon Kreher, teamworks communication management, www.teamworkspr.com
We live in an increasingly visual world, where electronic and social media is driving an ever greater need for more and higher quality photos and graphics. In our work with non-profit organizations, we’re seeing many of them scrambling to assemble high-resolution photo libraries that effectively represent their work. Tight budgets generally preclude these organizations from hiring professional photographers, so they rely on the contributions of staff members and volunteers to record their activities and events. The results run the gambit from wonderful candid shots that capture the spirit of their work... ⇢ read more
By Kay Floyd
A Texas gun store owner has found himself in a heated battle with a federal judge that, as it turns out, has nothing to do with guns. Instead, it concerns his Facebook. Yes, that is what I said, Facebook
As reported in the Houston Chronicle, Jeremy Alcede lost his store, Tactical Firearms, and shooting range in Katy, Texas, in a bankruptcy proceeding last year. Over the years Alcede was known for his street signs that showcased his own brand of political commentary, ranging from Obama, to immigration, to former Governor Rick Perry.
On April 3, the judge ordered Alcede to... ⇢ read more
By Deborah Trivitt, APR
I’m not a fan of the recent fad to make a list of the “best,” “worst,” “most,” “least” of anything. I’m pretty sure the people making the lists are arbitrarily picking from their favorites or least favorites to make the list. I doubt any real research goes into the making of any of them.
Recently PRSA Tactics columnist Tim O’Brien, APR, invited me to participate in making the list 4 Myths About Being an Independent Practitioner
As I prepare to begin year 18 as an Independent Practitioner, I can assure you his list is “well-researched, and insightful.”... ⇢ read more
By Lisa Faulkner-Dunne, Lisa Faulkner-Dunne & Associates Public Relations
Social media is a great way to engage your customers and clients, and to share product information and announcements with people who already like you. But, if you’re responsible for handling social media for a client, you know that heartsick feeling when you realize someone you can’t control, with the most tertiary connection to your client or the brand you represent, is about to ruin your weekend. Usually, that’s not even their intent. The offending party makes a bad choice, engages in a poorly thought out prank, participates in a racist or... ⇢ read more
Barb Harris and Sharon Kreher, teamworks communication management www.teamworkspr.com
We increasingly are involved in creating content for our nonprofit clients. They have great stories to tell and they are passionate about their work. As a result, they tend to want to be “involved” in the communication process. These organizations also have a variety of stakeholders – donors, board members, volunteers, staff – who also are dedicated to the cause and want to be involved.
The idiom, “too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth” quickly becomes applicable. So many voices often muddy the waters and result in disjointed message. So, how... ⇢ read more