Artwork by Hugh McLeod of Gapingvoid
All too often I hear from proactive people that want to engage in social media, but don’t necessarily know where to start. Then there are those who do participate through blogs, social networks, and other social tools, but aren’t quite sure how to tie it all together into a bona fide business-oriented campaign.
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There have been a series of interesting posts, comments, and opinions regarding why PR doesn’t work and why so many CEOs have a bad taste in their mouth at the mere mention of public relations.
Industry veteran, financier, and marketing evangelist Guy Kawasaki sparked the latest thread with his post, “The Top 10 Reasons Why PR Doesn’t Work.” Kawasaki then followed up with DIY PR, a guide to “do it yourself” PR penned by Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin.
Adding to the library of funny, interesting, off-the-wall, and popular Web 2.0 generatrs, badges, and widgets, MyCoolButton lets you choose the size, color, font and text for shiny new buttons, then download it for use on your site.
There’s actually cool applications for these buttons…in this case I’ve created a fancy new button to make it easier for you to subscribe to the PR2.0 feed.
For those interested in a small collection of of previous 2.0 accessories, see below.
In Part I, I stated that all things 2 dot oh were now the cattle call heard round the world for marketers to update their service menu, increase prices, and start offering a brand new, shiny set of new media services – most at the expense of the companies they represent.
Yes, it’s true. We are a fickle impatient bunch of early adopters looking for things to be there when we need them and work like we want them to. We do have patience with cool, new technologies and apps, but that patience quickly thins when it is tested too frequently.
Yes I am a fan of Twitter. But, using Twitter can be frustrating at times. All too often, I’m forced to wait, sometimes without satisfaction, in order to hit the site when I’m away from text or IM updates.
This Thursday, I’m joining Mr. Phil Gomes for a session on Social Media and how to raise public awareness using social networks at the PR Online Convergence conference in Los Angeles.
I’ll be joining other PR and Web marketing leaders including, Eric Schwartzman, Jamie O’Donnell, KD Paine, Linda Zimmer, Sally Falkow, Mike Manuel, and none other than Jason Calacanis.
With Social Media Releases (New Media Releases) in the spotlight again, I felt this was the ideal timing to introduce you to the Video News Release (VNR) redux. Ready or not, start brushing up on flash, screencasting, video production, online video networks, and Web marketing.
The social media news release is rallying support. And more importantly, examples and discussions of usage are percolating throughout the blogsphere among PR practitioners and bloggers alike.
It’s no longer a matter of if, nor when, but now a matter of practice and evolution in order to determine success and failure.
In an impressive move, PRWeek EIC, Julia Hood, responded to the blogstorm of negative coverage about the magazine’s edict that PR was entering the 3.0 era.
My original article is here.
Instead of directly addressing the arguments and points of contention circulating in the blogosphere, Julia explained the rationale behind the 3.0 moniker, “Sometimes editors fall so in love with their ideas, they neglect to properly explain them. Judging by some of the blog posts about our ‘Public Relations 3.0′ agency business report cover line, that seems to be the case here.”
Almost within 24 hours of going on record stating that we will (should) not see anyone referring to PR 3.0 anytime soon, PRWeek runs an article about how the industry is entering a new age: PR 3.0. Hat tip to Constantin Basturea.
Excerpt from my post, “And let me point out, that there will not be a 3.0 or any other rev numbers, unless there is another tremendous evolution, fusion, or breakthrough in the practice, science, and art of communications.”
Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research firm focused on disruptive technology. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. Solis is also globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. His new book, What's the Future of Business (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold and flourish in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. Prior to End of Business, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.