2009 PR People Awards: PR Blogger of the Year

On December 1st, 2009 PRNews hosted its 2009 PR Awards honoring those who have made a substantial and resonating impact in the world of new and evolving Public Relations.

According to the latest issue that details the awards as well as the winners:

Much like corporate America, PR is undergoing a sea change in how it does business. As traditional media shrinks and online/social media grows, a new breed of PR professionals is coming into its own. And although the word “integrated” is used way too often when describing the perfect campaign, it’s still a word that resonates. So what drives the perfect communications mix? People. Tweets and YouTube aside, PR is still a vocation dependent upon people and their creativity, innovative thinking and leadership. Those strengths perfectly describe the winners of PR News’ PR People Awards and the Hall of Fame inductees in this issue.

I was humbled when I learned that I was nominated for the Blogger of the Year category.  I was even more surprised when heard on Twitter that I had won. Thank you to Sally Falkow and Steve Radick for the alert.

As published in the latest edition of PRNews:

His tireless quest to improve and enrich his field makes Brian Solis a model of excellence as a public relations communicator. Author of the PR 2.0 blog at www.briansolis.com, this sought-after author and speaker has been covering developments in communications during our age of increasing technological dependence, while creating them himself since the mid-90s. As an entrepreneur he founded the PR firm FutureWorks, which continues to provide guidance to technology companies at all stages of their growth.

Updated on a daily or near-daily basis, PR 2.0 covers some of the most urgent themes professionals face across all practice settings. In a recent week, Solis touched on Twitter’s trending topics; the evolution of search influence in social media; the death of the blog (an exaggeration); the future of the embargo; and a detailed analysis of where social media has traveled over the past half-dozen years and where it may go in the next. Solis has been recognized for his consistently forward-thinking posts, and his blog is ranked in the Ad Age Power 150 list of leading marketing bloggers.

I wasn’t able to attend the awards ceremony  unfortunately.  I was preparing for travel to Germany (where I’m writing this post now) and Paris.

Just in case I won, I was asked to prepare a short acceptance speech of which I’ll share with you here:

I couldn’t be here with you today because I’m actually immersed in my next blog post…writing about the incredible volume of innovation and collaboration fueling the social economy.  OK, maybe not…but I am continually focused on and inspired by the evolution fueled and led by some of the very people in this room today.

Social Media isn’t killing PR, it’s offering us a chance for a renaissance. While I’ve worked in PR since 1991, it wasn’t until I started my company in 1999 where  my focus and passion was defined. It was then that I decided to prove that there was a business model for new media and digital communications. And, almost 11 years later, we’re just now beginning to realize its value and promise.

Over the years, I’ve simply documented what I’ve learned, experienced, and studied. This blog ties psychology, sociology, and real world strategy together in a way that’s  understandable, practical and executable (and also measurable). I aspire to help make sense of the rapid evolution that unfolds before us. But like you, I too am a student of new media.  So, thank you for your support…and, thank you for your role in putting the public back in public relations. Happy Holidays…

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  • http://www.thelettertwo.com Ken Yeung

    That's great news! Congratulations on your award…well deserved!

  • http://jlnawan.blogspot.com/ J.L.Nawan

    CONGRATULATION Brian! You deserved it. I've learned a lot from your blog and your continuous information on the PR profession and business. Happy Holiday.

  • Ramaget

    Congrtas -Well done Brian – but who else could it be than the man who thought of inventing “PR2.0” ? 😉

  • http://thefuturebuzz.com AdamSinger

    Well earned, Mr Solis!

  • http://twitter.com/managementsushi Bernie Ritchie

    Well done Brian! Couldn't be anyone else! No one else comes close enough!

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  • mlbaldwin


    Congratulation on winning PR Blogger of the year at the 2009 PR People Awards . It's much deserved!

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  • http://twitter.com/sharisax Shari Weiss

    I wanted to start with the word AMAZING, but I'm really not amazed that you won . . . only amazed at how much you know and how much you learn and how much you share. Thanks, Brian, looking forward to another year's worth of great posts!

  • http://www.briansolis.com briansolis

    Thank you everyone! It means a lot! :)

  • http://corporate-videos.my zuwairiaiman

    i support you.. keep up the good job as a blogger

  • kristibeckman

    Nicely done, Brian! Congratulations!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Jericles Jeremy Fischer

    Congratulations, sir. It couldn't have happened to a nicer, more deserving individual. Well done.

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  • darabell

    Great been reading this for a while. Congrats….

  • http://twitter.com/jdlasica JD Lasica

    Belated congrats, Brian, very cool!

  • http://twitter.com/mixedunicc mixed.uni.cc

    Congratulation on winning PR Blogger of the year at the 2009 PR People Awards .

  • http://twitter.com/mixedunicc mixed.uni.cc

    Congratulation on winning PR Blogger of the year at the 2009 PR People Awards .

  • manishfusion

    I've never left a comment, and rarely I comment on other blogs but I read you everyday, and often more than once a day.

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Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. More so, he humanizes technology’s causal effect to help people see people differently and understand what to do about it. He is an award-winning author and avid keynote speaker who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation and innovation.

Brian has authored several best-selling books including What’s the Future of Business (WTF), Engage! and The End of Business as Usual. His blog, BrianSolis.com, is ranked as a leading resource for insights into the future of business, new technology and marketing.

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