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Friday, March 20, 2015

FIR Presents Inside PR #404: Media just keeps on changing…

FIR Presents Inside PRMartin here. And while this may be episode 404, we’re not sending you to a page like this…

State of PR

On today’s show we talk about a couple of things: the ever-evolving media landscape and a new app that could turn citizen journalists into live TV reporters.

First – media: GigaOm, the tech analysis, publication announced it was shutting down. There’s been much written about them and why it happened. Here’s a quick recap:


That same week, the Toronto Star told readers it’s shuttering its paywall on April 1 and letting anyone access its online content free of charge.

We share our take on GigaOm, what it takes to run a business and how mainstream media’s trying to keep up.

Gini says it’s hard to figure out a workable paid content model and believes we’re on the brink of a content exhaustion point.

I suggest what we perceive success from the outside very differently than what you see when you’re inside and privy to the whole story.

Joe offers a business lesson and comments that venture capital doesn’t like slow and steady growth, but that you can build a business patiently and organically. He references Danny Sullivan’s post on Medium (shared above).

Then we chat about Meerkat, a live video streaming app where you send the feed directly to Twitter. In fact, Joe was testing it during our podcast but since the video is ephemeral, it disappears when you’re done, so you won’t find his feed.

Live streaming, of course, isn’t new. But the simplicity of using Meerkat means it could be a good tool for citizen journalists to witness events or capture breaking news. Have you tried it yet? What was your experience?

And what do you think about the state of media, social media and citizen journalism? We’d love to hear from you.

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You can also reach Inside PR’s hosts by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or join the InsidePR Google Plus community or Facebook group. InsidePR is on Twitter at @Inside_PR. You can send us an instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

Thank you to the people behind Inside PR: Our theme music was created by Damon de Szegheo; Roger Dey is our announcer. Inside PR is produced by Kristine D’Arbelles and Ashlea LeCompte.

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Posted by shel on 03/20 at 01:12 PM
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

FIR Presents AMP Up Your Social Media #47:Dino Dogan and Effective Content Marketing on Social Media

AMP UP Your Social MediaDino Dogan is the CEO of Triberr, a SaaS solution that makes media buying in blogs, podcasts, and videos easy, scalable, and effective. His past exploits as a network engineer led him to working with people and then towards his company Triberr. Triberr distributes content thereby hitting the most important success indicators, like number of shares, traffic, and engagement. Dino recently joined AMP UP Your Social Media’s host Glenn Gaudet to discuss content marketing on social media.

“Write an article directed and targeted at a single person. The ‘fly on the wall’ effect is powerful!”

Dino discusses tips for effective marketing in social media:

  • Search engine optimization is big. SEO works for transactional-type interactions. For instance, Google can filter results to what folks are looking for. But if you want to set up an ecosystem around your brand, then it’s a completely different ballgame.
  • Bogging gets people to take interest. Users are drawn to groups (or ‘tribes’ like Triberr) the same as they would be in real life. Blog often, share others’ posts, and comment to get the group engaged and magnetic.
  • Get employees engaged. Utilizing your employees can help fill the void in creating groups of people to talk about any given subject. They help get the ball rolling to successful social media campaigns.
  • Keep learning every day. Blogging is an evolving part of social media, and stay open to learning new tactics as the market changes. Keep in mind that many things will stay the same as well!
  • Own your blog. It’s great to have a social media presence, but make sure that your content goes back to your site because you own and control that. For Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc, you’re merely ‘renting’ that space.

Dino DoganAbout Dino Dogan

Dino Dogan is a recent US Citizen from Bosnia. In his spare time, he dabbles in mixed martial arts as well as singing and songwriting. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theological Studies from the University of Sarajevo and has also touched interests in dog training as well as psychology. He funnels his interests into different blogs—all of which can be found online!

Dino would love to hear from you! Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter or dinodogan.com.

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Posted by shel on 03/19 at 04:04 PM
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

FIR Presents AMP Up Your Social Media #46 with Lew Sabbag on Content Marketing in Social Media

AMP UP Your Social MediaLew Sabbag has 25 years of marketing experience and now works with businesses to improve their content marketing strategies. Currently, he is the VP of Social Media and Community for the American Marketing Association in Boston. Lew recently joined AMP UP Your Social Media’s host Glenn Gaudet to discuss content marketing on social media.

“There is a great deal of opportunity to be more effective, be more efficient, and be both!”

Lew discusses tips for effective content marketing in social media:

  • Have a presence that allows your company to be seen as ‘people.’ Show folks that there’s a friends and family side that is behind your company. Show when you work with the community to connect with other users on a more intimate level. This gives your client base a more comfortable way to communicate and engage with your company.
  • Create local pages for large companies. When your brand involves many businesses under one name, it’s best to have local brick-and-mortar offshoots to have their own social media pages in addition to the brand page. You can answer local-specific questions, tame the ‘trolls’, and give local-specific information.
  • Give quick responses. Customers get frustrated quickly when businesses don’t give a quick response. You’ll likely see ranking improvements as customers find themselves interacting more reliably with your company on social media.
  • Change your message across platforms. As you localize the content better, you’ll find that you can customize your content better as well. Humanize your efforts and keep variety across your social media platforms, as they’re likely addressing different crowds.
  • Find the right person for the right answer. Have a list of approved answers for questions. When you find that your locality can’t confidently answer standard FAQs, then it might be time to thank them for their question and funnel that question to someone higher-up.

Lew SabbagAbout Lew Sabbag

Lew values going out and helping the community and hails from Reading, MA. He’s also partner to a company called Business +1 and has a wide variety of side jobs aimed at helping the community with their marketing efforts. In Lew’s own words, ‘Here’s to helping people, learning, doing the RIGHT thing and having FUN along the way!’

Lew would love to hear from you! Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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Join the AMP Up Your Social Media Google Plus community or Facebook group. You can send us an instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

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AMP UP Your Social Media is sponsored by:

  • GaggleAMP - Empower your employees, partners and resellers to amplify your social media.
  • SafeLinks - Know when your links on social media messages fail before you lose out on the people clicking on them.

The FIR Podcast Network is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide.

Posted by Glenn Gaudet on 03/17 at 11:26 AM
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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #799: March 16, 2015

FIRQuick News: External CEO engagement is now a mandate, Facebook is shutting down FriendFeed, Netflix releases another awesome native ad, Quartz experiments with shades of grey to distinguish facts from hearsay; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Apple Watch will usher in the ‘reimagining’ of content marketing, say agencies; Dan York’s Tech Report: NTEN and Bryan Person, Meerkat, and more; the brand potential of live-streaming apps like Meerkat; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments in the FIR Community on Google+; using Apple Watch in the enterprise workplace: Salesforce has an app for that; Igloo Software promo; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network; a multilingual approach to social media may be necessary for multinational companies;

Neville will be at WordCamp London next weekend; music from Two Gallants; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report for March 16, 2015: An 82-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and Concord, California, USA.

Links to websites, blog posts and other content we discuss in the show are posted as Delicious bookmarks to facilitate your connection with the discussions and sharing of that content.

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So, until Monday March 23…

Posted by neville on 03/16 at 07:30 AM
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

FIR On Strategy with Andrea Vascellari, Episode 21: March 14, 2015

Strategy A clear scope it’s critical to a project’s success. In this episode we will understand what the scope is, why it’s so important and then I’ll share with you an actionable methodology that you can use to define the scope of your projects more effectively and efficiently.

Here you can find the description of what’s discussed in this episode. If you feel a bit lost, if you are new to this, or if the topics seem to be too complicated, don’t worry. You can take your time and listen to the show while you follow this post that I have already prepared for you.

This will also save you time because you don’t need to take notes or write down everything I say in each episode: I already did it for you.

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About Your Host

Andrea VascellariAndrea Vascellari is an award-winning digital marketing consultant and keynote speaker in the online communications industry.

With over 15 years of professional experience and a deep understanding of marketing and communications, including public and media relations, Andrea helps organizations integrate new technologies and social media communication into their organizations by building dynamic relationships with shareholders and other key audiences.

Connect with Andrea on Twitter: @vascellari.

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Posted by AndreaVascellari on 03/14 at 01:43 AM
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Friday, March 13, 2015

FIR Presents Inside PR #403: PR has an HR problem

FIR Presents Inside PRYes, PR has an HR problem.

There are two things at play:

  1. A recent Bloom & Gross study shows there still is a salary gap between men and women in the PR industry…sometimes as much as $42,000 per year.
  2. A CIPR study shows there is a major threat to the PR industry because of the lack of digital skills at the very senior levels.

On the first, we are an industry that is female-dominated. It’s anywhere between 73 and 85 percent female. And yet…

Most of the most senior-level positions, particularly inside PR firms, are held by men.

As male business leaders, I challenged Martin and Joe to think about how they hire—and compensate—their female employees. It led to a nice discussion.

The other issue at play is the lack of evolution in the PR industry, particularly at the senior levels.

Paul Sutton shared the following screen grab in his blog post, “Experience Can’t Be More Than Skill in PR. Can It?

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The industry, has a whole, has a very low barrier to entry. That’s a problem. It’s also a problem that anyone with a computer considers themselves a communicator.

And now we have to contend with the digital communications experts that all are younger than 30 years old because the most experienced practitioners haven’t learned the new skills necessary to take the industry to a new place.

The conversation gets a little heated—not because we disagree, necessarily—but because we are passionate on the topic.

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You can also reach Inside PR’s hosts by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or join the InsidePR Google Plus community or Facebook group. InsidePR is on Twitter at @Inside_PR. You can send us an instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

Thank you to the people behind Inside PR: Our theme music was created by Damon de Szegheo; Roger Dey is our announcer. Inside PR is produced by Kristine D’Arbelles and Ashlea LeCompte.

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Posted by shel on 03/13 at 01:17 PM
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FIR on Higher Education #30: David Meerman Scott on Leveraging Slideshare and the New Rules of Sales

Author and speaker David Meerman Scott has used Slideshare quite successfully to market his latest book. His presentation entitled The New Rules of Selling has generated over 172,000 views and a ton of social engagement. Consequently, this has led to a strong sales numbers. On episode 30 of FIR on Higher Education, David discusses this approach and shares tips on how academics, marketers and communicators can leverage Slideshare.

He also explains the principles of the news rules of sales and service, such as “authentic storytelling sets the tone” and “content is the link between companies and customers.” We are all in the business of selling something to a certain extent. You won’t want to miss out hearing David’s viewpoints about the new rules of selling. In fact, David’s insights are so relevant and insightful for a higher education audience, that I exceptionally had this interview transcribed. You can access it here.

In our tips and reports section, I outline the importance of university communicators mobilizing their colleagues to be brand ambassadors and highlight my new free Cheat Sheet Series that is now available. Technology correspondent Harry Hawk discusses Campus Pack’s podcast technology.

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About David Meerman Scott
David Meerman Scott is an internationally acclaimed strategist whose books and blog are must-reads for professionals seeking to generate attention in ways that grow their business. Scott’s advice and insights help people, products and organizations stand out, get noticed and capture hearts and minds. He is author or co-author of ten books – three are international bestsellers. The New Rules of Marketing & PR, now in its 4th edition, has been translated into 26 languages and is used as a text in hundreds of universities and business schools worldwide. It is a modern business classic with over 300,000 copies sold so far. Scott also authored Real-Time Marketing & PR, a Wall Street Journal bestseller, Newsjacking, World Wide Rave, and the new hit book The New Rules of Sales & Service. He co-authored Marketing the Moon (now in pre-production as a feature-length film titled The Men Who Sold the Moon) and Marketing Lessons from The Grateful Dead.

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Kevin AnselmoKevin Anselmo is the Founder and Principal of Experiential Communications, a consultancy focused on education. He helps brands within academia - whether individual or corporate - communicate with stakeholders. He also is the creator and instructor of the Media Training for Academics program.

Previously, Kevin was Director of Public Relations for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and prior to that managed the media relations for IMD Business School in Switzerland. In addition, he was an adjunct communications professor at Nyack College in New York.

Currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Kevin lived and worked in Switzerland for eight years and in Germany for two years. He has led public relations initiatives in various countries around the world.

Find Kevin on Twitter: @kevinanselmo.

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Posted by Kevin Anselmo on 03/13 at 05:51 AM
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