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Enough Already: Getting the Social Media Release All Wrong

After spending a week writing “Social Media Killed the Press Release Star,” which painstakingly explains in great detail the need to improve the content and overall relevance of PR and press releases as well as putting a microscope on why the hell a social media (or let’s just call it “an overhauled”) release WILL exist, people still don’t get it.

Good friend, Stowe Boyd wrote an interesting post that I’m afraid is drawing the wrong kind of attention to an important movement…the need to improve PR and fix everything that’s wrong with the press release.

Social Media Killed the Press Release Star

A New Year is upon us and I think I’ll start off the New Year with a rededication to the Social Media Release (SMR), the Social Media Club, and why the hell all of this will matter to marketing, communications and PR professionals this year.

The truth is that somewhere along the way, a few of those who “got it” embraced it as their own, those who are just now learning about it are “not getting” it, and a few of us, are tirelessly working to get everyone up to speed for the betterment of traditional and social media press releases.

Social Media and PR 911 – Stop the presses!

It’s not social media if the rest of the PR industry isn’t socializing…

I was a last-minute invite to the Bulldog Reporter Advanced PR Technology in Practice event in San Francisco on Friday to discuss Social Media and successful examples in today’s PR landscape.

I joined Sally Falkow, a fellow Social Media Club member, and Eric Schwartzman, on the “Brave New World of Social Media” panel.

Topics included:

Social Media Club Forms Working Group to Develop New Standard for Press Release

On the heels of its official launch, Social Media Club (SMC) formed the Media Release Working Group to begin development of the hRelease , a new standard for modernizing the traditional press release for a Web-centric world.

The Media Release Working Group will work closely with the Microformats community, while evaluating other technologies such as XPRL, XBRL, and NewsML to establish a standard way of organizing, tagging, distributing, and sharing ‘official’ organizational communications among blogs and other online communities. The group intends to present an initial draft specification on November 2nd at the Society for New Communications Research Symposium in Boston.

New Media Release NMRCast #7

I joined Chris Heuer, Tom Foremski, and Shel Holtz for the latest edition of the NMRCast (New Media Release) for Shel’s award-winning For Immediate Release (FIR) podcast. This was a interesting and informative episode that not only discussed the future of the NMR but also current examples by Todd Defren, Shel Holtz, and my agency, FutureWorks, as well as Todd‘s recent post regarding Top 5 Principles of Social Media News Releases.

NMRCast #7 - “Real-world implementations” is available online here.

Social Media News Releases

Yesterday, Todd Defren ran a short, but sweet, post to help PR pros “stop and think” in order to develop more successful SMPRs .

  • Democratize “Access”
  • Ensure “Accuracy”
  • Embrace “Context”
  • Build “Community”
  • Be “Findable”

I also added an idea or two, and in my discussion with Tom Foremski , the list is far from complete, but it is off to a great start…so stay tuned for updates.

  • Write “intelligently”
  • “Eliminate” hyperbole

Six Degrees of Social Media


Today I spent my day at the SocialMediaClub HQ working on the official announcement for the working group dedicated to developing a new, social media aware standard for press releases.

This is exciting stuff and I really believe that this is the sign of many new things to come that will (and already is) fundementally changing the PR industry and its targets.

New Media Release NMRCast #6

I joined Chris Heuer and Shel Holtz for the latest edition of the NMRCast (New Media Release) for Shel’s award-winning For Immediate Release (FIR) podcast.

NMRCast #6 - Business Wire Joins the Group is available online here.

Content summary: Just a brief update about the status of the working group, Chris’s efforts to attend the XPRL working group meeting in London, and Business Wire’s involvement.

Participants: Chris Heuer, Brian Solis, Shel Holtz.

NMRCast #5 – On Air with "For Immediate Release" Regarding New Press Release Template


Last week I joined Chris Heuer, Shel Holtz, and Tom Foremeski for the latest edition of the NMR (New Media Release) for Shel Holtz’s popular For Immediate Release (FIR) podcast.

The NMRCast #5: “The Content Episode,” is available online here.

In This Edition:
New Media Release wiki
Free Josh Wolf wiki
XPRL working group website
Google Groups mailing list for New Media Release discussion (please join!)

SocialMediaClub.org to Build a Community for Social Media Professionals

I’m very excited to be part of this movement. The first event is tonight at 6 p.m. If you can make it, please RSVP.

Event details:
Social Media Club Meeting #1
Begins: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 at 6:00 PM
Location: 857 Maude Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043

It’s official! SocialMediaClub.org (SMC) launched today for the purpose of elevating Social Media to a higher level of professionalism. The organization will bring together different groups of social media practitioners such as bloggers, podcasters, publishers, journalists, students, artists, developers, marketers, and PR professionals.

ABOUT ME

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. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold 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. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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