New media is forcing the rapid evolution of communications and is reinventing the science of public relations into the art of “personalized” relations. And, with micromedia further refining and improving how we communicate with each other, PR is going to learn the hard way, that the days of blasts and untargeted spam pitching will get us nowhere with today’s influencers.
Stowe Boyd placed a stake in the ground during the Web 2.0 Expo with the introduction of #TwitPitch, a very streamlined way for using Twitter to simplify the process of booking briefings with companies during the show. It forced PR to distill their message in 140 characters, which, in the process, tightened and streamlined the typical elevator pitch. As Stowe says, “I think twitpitch takes the elevator pitch to new brevity: the escalator pitch.”
It worked so well that Stowe has officially decided to only accept PR pitches via #TwitPitch.
In this turbulent climate of blogger and media relations – or lack thereof – with PR people, brevity inspires and dictates forethought and relevance. It’s what PR should be practicing whether it’s 140 characters for 200 words.
PR not only stands for Public Relations, we’re now expanding it to also represent the era of Personalized Relations. This is the practice of matching our stories with the preferences of those we wish to reach. Yes, it’s what PR should have been all along, but it’s not.
Twitter is proving to be a marvelous representation of people coming together online to share and discover new information in ways that weren’t possible, or predictable, before today. It has effectively created a new channel for casual conversation as well as a full-blown broadcast network for breaking news as it happens. For many of us, we’ve heard “it” first on Twitter.
What if Twitter also became a hub for newsmakers and influencers to seek information before the story was officially news? With the globally diverse and connected community, Twitter harnesses the true wisdom of the crowds to ask and receive specific information instantly.
Stowe Boyd and I are collaborating to find and share new and helpful ways of using micromedia, starting with Twitter, to connect journalists, bloggers, analysts and PR/marketing together in an efficient, unobtrusive, targeted, and productive way.
We’re starting with Twitter in large part because Stowe is already proving that the concept works and also, because journalists, bloggers, and analysts are flocking to Twitter – actively using it more than much larger social networks such as Facebook. (see partial working list below). MicroPR will become the epicenter that connects information, sources, and stories on Twitter and eventually across other social networks.
In Stowe’s words…
MicroPR: forcing PR firms to approach us in the open, on open social flow apps like Twitter, and in the small, where they have to jettison all the claptrap of the old press release model. In the open, that can’t lie easily, or they will be caught on it. In the small, they have to junk the meaningless superlatives, the bogus quotes that no CEO ever mouthed, the run-on phrases, the disembodied third party mumbo jumbo, as if the press release were edited by God.
Bloggers, journalists, analysts, send a public message @MicroPR when you want to reach PR professionals. The @tweet will get an auto retweet from the MicroPR account.
In its Alpha form, MicroPR will help channel information, starting as a service for media to source stories, share their preferences for receiving information, announce change of beats, call for speakers or awards submissions, or anything that needs to hit a very focused list of savvy and connected PR professionals.
If you’re asking why you would need to use the service if you already have followers on Twitter, MicroPR will connect you to a broader, more effective network of resources for stories today and in the future.
Examples of usage:
– Reporters looking for help with on story development can send a tweet, “@micropr Need startup recommendations for story on new micromedia tools. Reply via public tweet to @reportername” (112 characters).
– Journalists and bloggers can declare that they do or do not want to be pitched via Twitter and other micromedia tools. They can also announce their specific preferences for contact.
– They could declare what sorts of microPR they want (or don’t want) to receive, and in what mode — @public messages or direct/private.
– A writer can share relevant beats @micropr beats = #social #micromedia #networks #media #infrastructure #hosting.
– Conference and awards organizers can call for speakers or submissions.
– Media can also block certain PR people who are doing it wrong.
– Other services could include scheduling calls and or meetings, etc.
The options, capabilities, and feature-set will expand over time (with input from the community), but in the meantime, MicroPR is an effective channel to connect people to relevant information in order to be more productive. And, it also serves as one of the necessary foundations that will help shape the future of more personalized and effective communications, teach PR professionals how to listen, respond, and pursue more targeted and relevant outreach.
NOTE: PR, please do not send @micropr messages unless you want that note to be broadcast to other PR people. If you want to refer to it on Twitter, please use the hashtag #micropr.
Journalists and Bloggers on Twitter Alpha v1.0
Please note that this list is in the process of being updated and corrected and will ultimately reside on a public wiki. In the meantime, please contact me with changes and suggestions, or if you wish your name to be removed from the list. PR, be sure to follow your favorites.
Warning: Only contact reporters and bloggers using their preferred methods and channels. Do not send spam. Doing so will not only get you blacklisted, but will also get you blocked on Twitter.
Stowe says it best, “On Twitter, I will simply block people that abuse my willingness to have an open dialog about products with PR folks, or basically anyone else, for that matter.”
|Adam Boulton||Sky News UK||93||@skynewsboulton|
|Ana Marie Cox||Time.com||1733||@anamariecox|
|Arthur Germain||Brand Telling||35||@ahg3|
|D Sarno||L.A. Times||103||@dsarno|
|Darren Waters||BBC News||539||@djwaters1|
|Dave Slusher||Evil Genius Chronicles||409||@geniodiabolico|
|Dave Winer||Media Hacker||8760||@davewiner|
|David Lidsky||Fast Company||34||@ASTfan2006|
|David Wescott||Its Not A Lecture Blog||435||@dwescott1|
|Dawn Foster||Fast Wonder||497||@geekygirldawn|
|Dwight Silverman||Houston Chronicle||839||@dsilverman|
|Etan Horowitz||Orlando Sentinel||209||@etanowitz|
|Ginny Skal||NBC 17 Raleigh||413||@ginnyskal|
|Henry Blodget||Silicon Alley Insider||169||@hblodget|
|Houston Chronicle||Houston Chronicle||57||@houstonchron|
|Hugh MacLeod||Gaping Void||5704||@gapingvoid|
|Jemima Kiss||JemimaKiss.com + The Gaurdian||1301||@jemimakiss|
|Justin Beck||SF Chronicle||6||@sfc_justinbeck|
|Kara Andrade||Maynard Institute||120||@newmaya|
|Katie Fehrenbacher||Earth 2 Tech||71||@katiefehren|
|Kevin Allison||Financial Times||92||@kevinallisonft|
|Laura Lorek||My San Antonio Blog||117||@lalorek|
|Lee Sherman||Avenue A -Razorfish||174||@lsherman|
|Lisa Picarille||Revenue Magazine||408||@lisap|
|Marc Canter||Marc’s Voice||668||@marccanter4real|
|Mark Krynsky||Lifestream Blog||326||@krynsky|
|Marshall Kirkpatrick||Read Write Web||2670||@marshallk|
|MG Siegler||Paris Lemon + VentureBeat
|Michael Banovsky||Banovsky Blog||105||@michaelbanovsky|
|Mike Butcher||TechCrunch UK||1627||@mbites|
|Natali del Conte||CNET||130||@cnetloaded|
|Nick Gonzalez||TechCrunch Contributor||228||@nickgonzalez|
|Robert Scoble||Fast Company||22034||@scobleizer|
|Robert W. Anderson||Expert Texture||114||@rwandering|
|Sam Whitmore||Media Survey||250||@samwhitmore|
|Sarah Perez||Read Write Web||837||@sarahintampa|
|Saul Hansell||NY Times||133||@shansell|
|Steve Spaulding||How to Split an Atom||857||@sbspalding|
|The Guy Report||ESPN, Playboy||21||@theguyreport|
|Wayne Sutton||NBC 17 Raleigh||3387||@waynesutton|
I’d also like to specifically thank Chris Peri (on Twitter) for helping us with the process of retweeting and also Todd Defren, Sam Whitmore, Chris Lynn, Brad Mays, and many, many others for contributing to the directory of media actively using Twitter today.
Additional Resources on PR 2.0:
– In Blogger and Media Relations, You Earn the Relationships You Deserve
– The Evolution of Press Releases
– Making Mistakes and Amends in Blogger and Media Relations
– PR 2.0: Putting the Public Back in Public Relations
– Free ebook: The Art and Science of Blogger Relations
– Dear Chris Anderson, an Open Letter to Make Things Right