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Living in social times: the Financial Times discusses social media strategy | The Drum

Living in social times: the Financial Times discusses social media strategy | The Drum | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Striking the right balance on social media channels can be difficult enough, but what if your brand is behind a pay wall? The Drum chats to the Financial Times’s social media manager Rebecca Heptinstall and communities editor Sarah Laitner about why the brand is still with the times as it celebrates its 125th year.Is there a certain platform you prefer working on?
Rebecca Heptinstall: Twitter is very much the Financial Times’s favoured social network in sheer community size (2.75m) and traffic to FT.com.

That’s not to say that other social networks aren’t important, they certainly are – for example, we were the first newspaper to reach 1m followers on Google+ in July 2012. We’re also figuring out what platforms fit with the brand as and when they pop up – for us it’s less about being everywhere and more about being represented well in a few places....

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Lots of learning and valuable social media insight from an old-school newspaper that gets social.

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Would you rather have a lot of stuff or a lot of time? | Mark Schaefer {grow}

Would you rather have a lot of stuff or a lot of time? | Mark Schaefer {grow} | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

We all have the same amount of time but how we choose to use it makes all the difference.


Our division president, who had a tightly-wound Northeastern disposition, had hired some folks to do landscaping for his yard. They would show up, do good work, and then disappear for several days.  This drove my boss crazy. Finally he could stand it no longer and confronted the worker. “Where do you go on all these days when you disappear?” He asked.


“Fishing.” The worker replied proudly.


“Fishing?” my boss queried.  “Well, why are you only working three days a week?” he asked.


“Because I can’t get by on two,” the worker explained.


Now both of these gentlemen have the exact same amount of time in every day.  But they make radically different decisions about how to spend it....

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A timely and heartfelt post from Mark Schaefer about social media, time management and the choices we make on how to spend our most important finite resource - time.

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Taco Bell and Chobani Claim Early Success With Instagram Ads

Taco Bell and Chobani Claim Early Success With Instagram Ads | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The results reported by Chobani and Taco Bell are in line with metrics Facebook disclosed from Ben & Jerry's and Levi's last December. ...Neither the brands nor Instagram disclosed the spending by the campaigns, an important factor for advertisers considering the platform. The ads are sold on a CPM basis, meaning advertisers pay a fee based on every 1,000 people reached. Salesforce has estimated the average price of an app-install ad on Facebook at $5.68. Assuming a CPM in the range, both campaigns cost in the tens of thousands of dollars....

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This is recommended reading for marketing and content marketing pros. Take note of the excellent advice from the marketing director for Chobani.

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Why the best content is about marketing sideways | Jay Baer

Why the best content is about marketing sideways | Jay Baer | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The most successful content marketing is marketing that transcends the transactions and provides a glimpse into the company's personality, says Jay Baer in this video and short blog post


.Terry: So when a company’s just starting with content marketing, what are some key performance indicators, basic KPIs that they could start with in order to start measuring the effectiveness and success of their efforts?


Jay: It depends on the type of company and whether they’re B2B or B2C or how they sort of track their actual business in the real world. But, generally speaking, I think the best way to look at content programs is to say:“Do people care about it? Is there proof of caring?” And a lot of times you can measure that just anecdotally. You don’t have to necessarily have a whole complicated scheme.


For an example, there’s a company called Life Technologies – a major global manufacturer of scientific equipment. They have this great content program where they take their product catalog and they execute it as a series of YouTube videos that are chained together with annotations.So it’s almost like a choose-your-own adventure product catalog....

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In this interview, Jay Baer offers lots of advice and tips on better content marketing.

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Lydia Gracia's curator insight, Today, 12:57 AM

Conseils sur comment bien démarrer une stratégie de marketing de contenus. Loin d'avoir besoin d'énormes moyens, il faut trouver ce petit plus qui va définir la personnalité de l'entreprise (en tout cas son univers qui sera commun à son public).

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The Urban Legend of Free Social Marketing | AdWeek

The Urban Legend of Free Social Marketing | AdWeek | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When I give advice to CMOs about new social marketing strategies, I often hear the same initial response: But nobody wants to come to my website.


... So while the volume of brand-related content being created — across platforms, by both brands and consumers — has skyrocketed, the volume of content actually being seen has plummeted because of three irreversible trends. 

• Feed Frenzy: There are 7x as many users on social media than there were five years ago. Each of those brands and individuals is creating and sharing more content than ever before, and (thanks to content marketing) we’re also talking more about brands. But brands aren’t just competing with each other — they’re going up against everything from wedding photos to breaking news to (viral-optimized) cat videos....

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There's some important insight here for social marketers who must now figure out how to respond to a drastic drop off in organic SEO on the big social media channels. Recommended reading 9/10

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The Oldest Jokes Meet Crowdsourced Internet Wisdom | The New Yorker

The Oldest Jokes Meet Crowdsourced Internet Wisdom | The New Yorker | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As Professor Mary Beard informed us last week, the world’s oldest joke book, the Philogelos, has been around for thousands of years. And it’s even been online for a few years. But not until last week was it possible to bring the power of Internet crowdsourcing to evaluate those jokes. Not all of them, of course. Just the ten best that I, by the power vested in me as the guy who writes this newsletter, selected.Here are the results....

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Bob Mankoff at The New Yorker crowdsources the worlds best jokes of the past millenia. Fun reading, highly recommended 9/10

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How Twitter Cards Can Help Increase Reach of Your Tweets

How Twitter Cards Can Help Increase Reach of Your Tweets | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Have you implemented Twitter Cards on your site yet?  If you haven’t, you really need to read this article!


Implementing Twitter cards is now essential.


You’ll have heard a lot about search engine optimization, where you optimize your content for Google.  Social media optimization is the optimization of your content for social media platforms, and it’s becoming increasingly important.


What you do is provide additional information to social media platforms to tell them about your content. For example, you might want to tell them you have a good image and give them the dimensions so they can use this image on any posts that are shared....

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Ian Cleary shows how to implement Twitter Cards. Check them out now! Recommended strategy for your website. 9.5/10

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STUDY: Readers Remember Print Placements Better Than Digital | PRNewser

STUDY: Readers Remember Print Placements Better Than Digital | PRNewser | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

A new study from the University of Houston does sort of throw a wrench into that line of thinking, though: it found that readers are more likely to remember things like, say, your client’s name and the products they sell when this information appears in print.


Here’s the key finding: after reading for 20 minutes and being asked to recall as many articles as possible:

  • Print-only readers recalled 4.24 stories on average
  • Online readers recalled an average of 3.35 stories


Interestingly, the gap grew even wider when it concerned the topics discussed in those stories and the main points made. Vox turned it all into a graph if you want to check out a visual representation....

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STUDY: Readers Remember Print Placements Better Than Digital

This is a great point to remember when you are crafting your PR and marketing strategies. And that's an important reminder to digitally savvy up and comers who may be thinking digital-only.

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What It's Like to Be Attacked by Putin's American Flack

What It's Like to Be Attacked by Putin's American Flack | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Investigating the gun industry, Muslim extremists, and high-stakes litigation, I’ve grown accustomed to deadline intimidation from corporate legal departments or an executive’s personal PR squad, but only this week am I getting a feel for what it’s like to be the target when a sovereign nation goes into crisis-communication mode.


Worried about revelations in Law of the Jungle, my soon-to-be-released book about the epic Chevron (CVX) oil pollution case, the Republic of Ecuador’s U.S. public relations advisers, New York-based Ketchum, has sent a six-page, single-spaced memo to Ecuador’s ambassador to the U.S., Nathalie Cely. Marked “reservado y confidencial,” the memo, prepared in Spanish throughout, outlines “difficult questions” the book raises “that negatively affect Ecuador,” and includes an ad hominem swipe. “It remains unclear when and how many times Barrett visited Ecuador or if he interviewed anyone from the Government,” the memo states. “This can be converted into a point that we can raise, but only in suitable settings and among appropriate journalists.”


I obtained a copy of the memo from a helpful noncombatant who works for neither Ketchum nor the ambassador and who requested anonymity for all the obvious and usual reasons. The damage-control document is a peculiar combination of advice on how to discredit the messenger—“this can be converted into a point …”—and admissions that the book raises issues that do not reflect well on Ecuador’s government....

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As the target for a "discredit him strategy" journalist and author Paul Barrett provides insight into the world of multinational corporations, politics and public affairs. I'm looking forward to reading the book.

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37 Point Checklist: How to Create Content That Will Increase Your Traffic by Tomorrow Morning

37 Point Checklist: How to Create Content That Will Increase Your Traffic by Tomorrow Morning | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered if the content you are writing sucks? If no one likes your content, you won’t get any social shares, linkbacks, or traffic.


Whether you write content for B2B or B2C sites, there is an art to content creation.


Follow the tips below, and you’ll increase the likelihood of your content being shared, which will help you generate traffic.


Here is a 37-point checklist that will help you create great content....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Neil Patel's advice is always bang on for marketers. Recommended reading 9/10

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Jedidiah Yousefi's curator insight, September 17, 1:24 PM

This article is spectacular! It gives you 30 some ideas on how to better receive traffic from a business to business scenario or from business to consumer. This can be very helpful in marketing today; especially when there is a need to haul in consumers and to get attention. Here are some of the suggestions that are mentioned in the article :

Limit your paragraphs – ideally, your paragraphs shouldn’t be longer than 5 to 7 lines. This will make your content easy to read.A picture says a thousand words – all text with no images makes content boring.Make your images relevant – don’t use pictures for the sake of using them. Make sure they are relevant to your content.Create an expectation within your intro – once people read the intro, they should know what to expect from the rest of your post.Let your personality shine – from vulnerability to humor, show off your personality. Let your readers get to know you. 

These are all great tips for marketers to use when working on line, posting content, or writing something. One I particularly like is too “have an emotional crack" another wards, be funny and crack a joke. When you are boring, you lose the focus of the people you are trying to PRECISELY get.

 

Jedidiah Yousefi's curator insight, September 17, 1:24 PM

This article is spectacular! It gives you 30 some ideas on how to better receive traffic from a business to business scenario or from business to consumer. This can be very helpful in marketing today; especially when there is a need to haul in consumers and to get attention. Here are some of the suggestions that are mentioned in the article :

Limit your paragraphs – ideally, your paragraphs shouldn’t be longer than 5 to 7 lines. This will make your content easy to read.A picture says a thousand words – all text with no images makes content boring.Make your images relevant – don’t use pictures for the sake of using them. Make sure they are relevant to your content.Create an expectation within your intro – once people read the intro, they should know what to expect from the rest of your post.Let your personality shine – from vulnerability to humor, show off your personality. Let your readers get to know you. 

These are all great tips for marketers to use when working on line, posting content, or writing something. One I particularly like is too “have an emotional crack" another wards, be funny and crack a joke. When you are boring, you lose the focus of the people you are trying to PRECISELY get.

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8 Resurrection Tactics To Galvanize Your Socially Fatigued Audience - SocialBro

8 Resurrection Tactics To Galvanize Your Socially Fatigued Audience - SocialBro | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The old novelty marketing ideas don’t work any more. With over 825 million Facebook posts a day, 7,500 Tweets a second, and at least 86 different social networks with over 1,000,000 users, your audience is constantly bombarded with blogs, jokes, memes, news, reviews, pictures, and other things on social media that aren’t related to your brand. At the beginning of 2014 there were over 180 million websites on the Internet (one website for every 40 people on the planet), most will have social pages churning out posts that compete with you for clicks and attention.


People have such social fatigue that by the time your post arrives in someone’s feed you could be the 200th thing they’ve seen that minute and they’ll move on to the 201st less than a second later.Your socially fatigued customers live in an age where ‘good’ isn’t good enough, and ‘excellent’ is barely remembered.


To truly stand out you need to create a real impact and connect with your audience on a deeper level than just pretty pictures and humour. Here’s eight key components that successful marketers use to turn socially comatose casual browsers into chipper consumers....

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In this excellent post you'll learn why the old novelty marketing ideas don't work anymore. Years of social fatigue have made audiences tough to crack, and these 8 pro tips will help you cut through the noise.

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7 Elements of a Perfectly Optimized Social Media Account [Infographic]

7 Elements of a Perfectly Optimized Social Media Account [Infographic] | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Besides keeping up with the news (and subscribing to your favorite marketing blogs), your first step toward navigating these changes is to understand the basic best practices that work across almost all popular social networks. The infographic below is a great visual representation of exactly how you can optimize every one of your social media accounts. While there are certainly nuances to posting on each social network, these tips are the common thread across all your social media accounts....

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Want to up your game on social media? Check out the anatomy of a properly optimized social post from Ginny Soskey.

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After Selling Out to Microsoft, Minecraft and Its Founder Write the World's Best Press Releases

After Selling Out to Microsoft, Minecraft and Its Founder Write the World's Best Press Releases | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

No surprise that Microsoft just bought Mojang, the company behind the hit game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. We told you about that last week.


The shock is that the tiny team at Mojang — which has fewer than 30 workers — employs someone with the ability to write the world’s best hey-we-just-sold-out letter, directed at the game’s many passionate fans — the ones who will determine whether Microsoft got a bargain or bubble-inflated dud.*


If you’re ever in a position to announce that you’ve sold your company for $2.5 billion, or any sum, you should be taking notes.


Here’s a free head start....

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Peter Kafka says here's how you tell your fans you sold out.

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Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, September 17, 12:12 AM

Well, now, ain't that sweet.

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One Of The Smartest VCs Of All Time Has An Ominous Warning For The Tech Industry

One Of The Smartest VCs Of All Time Has An Ominous Warning For The Tech Industry | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Respected venture capitalist Bill Gurley is sounding the alarm on the startup industry.


In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Gurley says the current environment reminds him of the tech bubble that formed in the late 1990s.


Every incremental day that goes past I have this feeling a little bit more. I think that Silicon Valley as a whole or that the venture-capital community or startup community is taking on an excessive amount of risk right now. Unprecedented since ‘'99. In some ways less silly than '99 and in other ways more silly than in '99.


Gurley adds, "No one's fearful, everyone's greedy, and it will eventually end."


Gurley is a partner at Benchmark. He's invested in Uber, OpenTable, and Zillow. Benchmark has invested in Snapchat, Quip, Yelp, and many more.


Private companies are raising giant sums of money — some as much as $500 million, says Gurley. When you have that much money, you have to spend it, so companies are upping their "burn rate," or the amount of money they're willing to lose to grow their businesses....

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Is the technology market buoyant or is it a bubble ready to burst? this VC is talking bubble.

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College Newspaper Drops Print, First to Operate Primarily on Publishing Platform Medium

College Newspaper Drops Print, First to Operate Primarily on Publishing Platform Medium | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Student editor's response: "I’m so scared and excited I could pee my pants."


Medium now has Substance. The popular publishing platform recently started hosting Substance, a new student publication at Mt. San Antonio College that doubles as a totally reinvented version of The Mountaineer  campus newspaper.


It is the first college media outlet to operate primarily on Medium. Substance adviser and MSAC j-prof extraordinaire Toni Albertson  describes the arrangement as nothing less than “the perfect merge of tech and college journalism.


In a bravura announcement yesterday about the merger, Albertson explained that the impetus behind it was two-fold — mounting staff frustration at the print production routine and growing reader ennui toward the print edition....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

It seems like an obvious move for college newspapers. What's most surprising about this story is that so many still produce a print version of their college newspaper. Expect things to change very fast and notice the sponsorship model for revenue.

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How Small Businesses Spend Their Ad Budgets | WSJ

How Small Businesses Spend Their Ad Budgets | WSJ | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Small and medium-sized business in the U.S. now spend more money advertising on social sites than any other media, according to a survey conducted by advertising research firm BIA/Kelsey.The survey, conducted in July, polled 546 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across the U.S. about how they spend their advertising and promotional budgets. Behind social media, the results suggest SMBs also spend heavily on print and out of home advertising, as well as other online ads including banner and display ads and pay-per-click search advertising.The overall results follow...
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Very surprised that social media spending led the way but expect that trend to grow significantly.
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Get Traffic Through LinkedIn, Blogging Directories | UpCity

Get Traffic Through LinkedIn, Blogging Directories | UpCity | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Get more traffic from LinkedIn and learn whether or not submitting your blog to directories can be seen as duplicate content.


Question One: How can I build more targeted traffic to my website through LinkedIn?


Our Response: LinkedIn is one of the best ways to get online leads for your website and business. As the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn connects like-minded people from all over the world, ranging from professors, lawyers, marketers, and business owners. The best part about this is that you can find your niche on LinkedIn, establish yourself as an authority figure, and bring new potential customers to your website. There are several ways to go about doing this....

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Actionable content marketing advice from Up City.

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Lydia Gracia's curator insight, Today, 1:06 AM

On sait déjà que LinkedIn est la plateforme idéale pour publier du contenu professionnel, mais comment faire en pratique pour que nos blog posts soient lus (en gros générer du trafic ciblé sur notre site) ? Dan cet article on nous explique les différentes voies pour y arriver grâce à LinkedIn... attention! il faut être conscient que sur cette plateforme vous vous adressez à une niche, la communication de masse est donc à bannir en faveur d'une stratégie de content marketing.

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Social Networks Are Driving More Online Sales And Influencing Offline Purchases | Business Insider

Social Networks Are Driving More Online Sales And Influencing Offline Purchases | Business Insider | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

New efforts from Facebook and Twitter should help drive up social commerce conversion rates.


There’s been a lot of hype surrounding social commerce — the idea that posts and ads on sites like Facebook and Pinterest would generate lots of immediate sales on e-commerce sites.


Today only a fraction of retailer's online sales are actually generated directly through a referral from a social network. But the volume of social commerce is growing quickly, in the triple digits in many cases. Overall, social commerce sales grew at three times the rate of overall e-commerce last year.


In a new report from BI Intelligence we break down how social media is impacting retail sales throughout the purchase process — whether a social media user clicks directly from a retailer's Facebook ad to make a purchase, or sees a pin on Pinterest and ends up buying the product in-store a week later. We look at the varied metrics that underscore social commerce performance at the different networks, including conversion rates, average order value, and revenue generated by shares, likes, and tweets.  We also outline the latest commerce efforts by leading social networks....

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In this free Business Insider overview, there are several valuable stats for social marketing pros.

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1994: "Today": "What is the Internet, Anyway?" - YouTube

Some confusion is obvious on the set of NBC's "Today" show, regarding the Internet and the @-sign. This is reportedly footage from between segments that was not originally aired, and apparently dates to January 1994, around the time of the Northridge earthquake (that occurred literally five minutes from where I'm sitting, and which I remember very well indeed). 

Both the video and audio of this clip were in terrible shape when I received it recently -- I've cleaned up both as much as possible, though the quality (especially hue distortion) still definitely isn't anything to write home about.

Don't laugh too hard at Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric. It's easy to forget how relatively recent a phenomenon the Internet is for most persons who use it today!

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Very funny clip and reminder how far the internet now reaches into our daily lives and business.

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You won't remember this post | Vox

You won't remember this post | Vox | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Online readers may have a harder time remembering news stories than print readers, according to a recent study from the University of Houston.


The study got two groups of university students to read the news and recall what they read. For 20 minutes, one group of 25 read a hardcopy of the New York Times, while another 20 read the newspaper's online version. Both groups were required to abstain from the news for the day until the study session, and participants weren't told that they would be tested on their recollection of what they read.


The results: although both groups read similar amounts, print readers remembered an average of 4.24 news stories, while online readers recalled an average of 3.35 stories....

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A new study shows a major difference between print and online readers. Not surprisingly, online readers remember less. We can probably chalk the differences up to the glut of content online, the shorter length and scannable nature of online content and the fact that we are often multitasking or multi-screening as we  read online.

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What’s the Difference Between ‘Strategy’ and ‘Tactic?’ - PRNewser

What’s the Difference Between ‘Strategy’ and ‘Tactic?’ - PRNewser | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Two of the most common words in the flack’s vernacular (next to coffeeare strategy and tactic. 


According to Michael Porter, strategy leader and author of Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance,
“Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of value.”

The conundrum in this industry is that, although you have to think (strategy) before you do (tactic) anything, these two terms are often used interchangeably. It seems “being different” is understanding the difference in the first place."


This should help…


In short, a strategy is a larger, overall plan that can comprise several tactics, which are smaller, focused, less impactful action items that are part of the overall plan. Without a great strategy, there are no good tactics....

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You'd think these days there wouldn't be the need to explain strategy vs. tactics. But just in case you missed the memo in college or university, here it is again. And if you want help remembering it, just remember the paper airplane at the top of this article. Great visual!

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Journalist Reveals Ketchum’s Suggestions for Discrediting Him - PRNewser

Journalist Reveals Ketchum’s Suggestions for Discrediting Him - PRNewser | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

In case you missed it, Bloomberg Businessweek published an intriguing story yesterday by veteran journalist Paul M. Barrett that ran with the headline “What It’s Like to Be Attacked by Putin’s Flack.


The “flack” in question is Ketchum — more specifically D.C.-based partner Kathy Jeavons, who “heads both the Ecuador and Russia accounts” for the firm.


For the record, Jeavons did not personally attack or even contact Barrett. But a source did forward him a talking points document that the firm wrote for Nathalie Cely, Ecuador’s ambassador to the United States. The doc included both well-stated observations about Ecuador’s history with Chevron and suggestions for casting doubt on the credibility of Law of the Jungle, Barrett’s upcoming book on the lawsuit that accuses the company of abusing its relationship with the people of Ecuador....

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In the rough-and-tumble world of politics, multinational corporations and public affairs, there are always plenty of bruises to go around. The original article provides a fascinating look at PR strategy and reputation management. Ketchum's analysis and advice appear sound though ironically as the journalist suggests, they vindicate his own views on Texaco/Chevron's actions at the same time. I expect the book will become required reading for environmentalists, PR consultants and corporate managers.

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5 Social Media Metrics to Convince Your CFO to Double Your Budget | SocialBro

5 Social Media Metrics to Convince Your CFO to Double Your Budget | SocialBro | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Analytical tools can get you the feel good numbers, but they’re also about more than that. They’re about incisive, actionable data that gives reliable feedback on your current campaigns and practical insights to inform your next one. Marketers who think they’ll only get ‘soft’ metrics out of the data either haven’t been using powerful enough analytics tools, or they haven’t been using them properly. Social media isn’t a baby anymore, it has grown into a vital channel with powerful analytics available that can help you find the money amongst the noise.


Intelligent use of social analytical tools means that there is absolutely nowhere for substandard marketing campaigns to hide. Spending on social analytics is expected to grow from $620 million in 2014 to $2.73 billion by 2019.


With a few clicks you can get all the lowdown on how your campaign is performing online, what’s making you the most money, and how to change it if necessary. The best marketers will use this information to streak ahead of their competition with campaigns that are on trend, responsive, and deftly efficient at delivering results that their CFOs cannot ignore. Here’s how you can join them....

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Your CFO isn't interested in likes and follows. They need hard financial figures. Here are the social media metrics that will help you speak their language.

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Screencast-O-Matic - A Great Tool for Creating Screencast Videos | Richard Byrne

Screencast-O-Matic - A Great Tool for Creating Screencast Videos | Richard Byrne | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Over the last few weeks I have published a bunch of how-to videos like this one about creating stop motion movies. I've had at least a handful of people ask me in emails or Tweets about the tool that I use to create those videos. I use Screencast-O-Matic to create my screencast videos.


Screencast-O-Matic is available in a free version and a pro version. The free version allows you to record for up to fifteen minutes at a time (that is plenty of time for most screencasts), publish to YouTube in HD, and save videos to your computer as MP4, AVI, and FLV files. The pro version ($15/year) includes video editing tools, unlimited recording lengths, a script tool, and removal of the Screencast-O-Matic watermark.


Both versions of Screencast-O-Matic include a highlighted circle around your cursor so that viewers can easily follow your movements on the screen. A webcam recording option is included in the free and pro versions of Screencast-O-Matic....

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This is a cool video tool worth exploring for everyone from teachers and bloggers to PR, marketers and content marketing pros.

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Meet the McGill professor who got inside Anonymous | Toronto Star

Meet the McGill professor who got inside Anonymous | Toronto Star | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Gabriella Coleman "lived" online, documenting codes and customs of the infamous hacktivist collective. Eventually, she became their chief interpreter.


...For a bleary Coleman, either way meant a maelstrom. As the world’s foremost — and pretty much only — scholar on Anonymous, she has become the lightning rod that attracts the world’s crackling media whenever Anonymous does something newsworthy, which is often.

Coleman is an anthropologist. Had she been a different kind of scholar, her experience might have been different. But just as traditional anthropologists might live amid a village or tribe to observe their customs,


Coleman spent years “living” online, logging long days and sleepless nights in a quest to understand the language, culture and ethical codes of a notoriously amorphous group. As Anonymous evolved from pranksters to political “hacktivists,” taking on targets from the Church of Scientology to African autocrats, she was one of a tiny few watching courtside.


That perspective has put Coleman in demand, and informs her soon-to-be-published book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous . But it has also pitched her into sticky ethical positions, and often left her exhausted, paranoid, and, after the FBI zeroed in on Anonymous, potentially a target....


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Fascinating story and look inside Anonymous. Recommended reading 9/10

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10 Free Blog Post Ideas - Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}

10 Free Blog Post Ideas - Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow} | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...Over the years, my list of potential blog posts has built up to include 268 ideas, and I began to wonder … just what is down there at the “bottom of the sea?” What was I thinking about four years ago when this pile started to accumulate?


So I started cleaning out the closet. I uncovered some long-forgotten ideas that still ring true … they will probably be resurrected into full-blown posts some day. Others just don’t make sense any more so I deleted them. But there was another list that I want to give to you: Good blog post ideas that I never intend to write.


The following list is up for grabs. If any of these headlines inspire you to write a blog post let me know and I will tweet your post and add a link back to your piece at the bottom of this post as a historical record of what happened. Up for it?...


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Mark W Schaefer issues a blogging challenge. Are you up for it?

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