Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FIR Presents Inside PR #380: Digital Reach with Cision

FIR Presents Inside PRThis week we have a special guest in Heidi Sullivan, the senior vice president of digital content at Cision. She is here to talk to us about Digital Reach, a new offering from the PR media database company.

You know how you go to research a competitor, a blogger, or a journalist and you check out their numbers? You check them out on Compete and on OpenSiteExplorer and in a media database such as Cision to figure out what kind of authority they have and where your influencers might lie.

The problem, of course, is sites such as Compete are not completely correct. I checked out Spin Sucks there, just to see how accurate it is and it’s off by more than 20 percent.

Enter Digital Reach.

It takes a site’s unique visitors and combines it with the social shares it typically receives. This gives you a UVPM, or unique visitors per month, which is more accurate than anything else out there.

Listen to her describe what communicators can get from Digital Reach, what she did as her first job in the business (which makes me laugh because many of us have been there), and how you can get started.

I’m off to test it for some of our clients now.

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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 07/30 at 04:20 PM
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Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 33: July 30, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael

Dorie Clark (@dorieclark) is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press and Fortune, she is the author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), which is being translated into Russian, Chinese, French, Polish, and Thai.

Clark consults and speaks for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the World Bank, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, the Ford Foundation, Yale University, the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the National Park Service.

Dorie ClarkClark, a former presidential campaign spokeswoman, is an adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She has taught marketing and communications at Tufts University, Suffolk University, Emerson College, HEC-Paris, Babson College, the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business, and Smith College Executive Education. She has been named to the Huffington Post’s “100 Must Follow on Twitter” list for 2013 and 2014, and to the #Nifty50 list of top women on Twitter.

She has also guest lectured at universities including Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Georgetown, NYU, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the University of Michigan. Her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review Guide to Getting the Right Job and the Harvard Business Review Guide to Networking, and she is quoted frequently in the worldwide media, including NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC.

Join us 11 am PT / 2 pm ET / 7 pm GMT on Saturday every week. The show blog is Thought Leader Life.

Any comments or suggestions for the show please send them. Thank you for listening and if you like what you hear, please leave a review on iTunes! 

This episode was sponsored, in part, by THiNKaha.com, helping experts become thought leaders.

You can connect with Mitchell at MitchellLevy.com, @HappyAbout on Twitter, or join his Thought Leadership Best Practices Group on LinkedIn; and with Michael at MProcopio.com, on Twitter:@MichaelProcopio; or LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/MichaelProcopio.

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Posted by Michael Procopio on 07/30 at 09:13 AM
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FIR B2B #13: Why Online Influencer Marketing is a Waste of Time

FIR B2BPaul again anchors the podcast solo this week. In this episode:

News & Trends

There’s good news and bad news for marketers in this week show – mostly good news. FierceCMO has an interview with Gartner’s Laura McLellan in which McLellan discusses research that indicates that companies are redirecting budgets from sales to marketing in recognition of the fact that more early-funnel work is being done independently by customers. That’s marketing’s sweet spot. Top executives are clearly coming around to the understanding that marketing matters, particularly as customer referrals become a critical lead generator. But that means marketing needs to own the customer relationship, and they’ll have to fight sales and customer support for that privilege. Nevertheless, we could be entering the golden age of marketing, she suggests.

The news isn’t as good from Forrester Research, which reports that only 14% of respondents to its survey rated their content marketing efforts as very good. Most said they’re doing only a fair to middlin’ job. Forrester lays the blame squarely at the feet of marketers, saying they’re too beholden to their thought leadership comfort zone and don’t give buyers enough of the case studies, technical advice and research that drive decisions.

Special Guest: Nick Hayes of Influencer50

Special guest Nick Hayes agrees that marketers are too reluctant to engage with customers directly. Pressure to prove ROI and use of marketing automation tools has created a culture of statistical accountability in which the only activities worth using are the ones that boil results down to a number, he says. Incredibly, most marketers he has spoken to say they wouldn’t attend a dinner with the top influencers in their market because the results couldn’t be quantified.

Hayes is particularly skeptical of influencer marketing, the hot new trend that tries to convince people with big online presences to promote products to their friends and followers. Hayes and his colleagues at Influencer50 have been on a multi-year campaign to convince people that online influence is overrated in B2B markets. His 2007 book, Influencer Marketing, makes a persuasive case for devoting much more attention to policymakers, consultants, academics and even competitors.

In our interview, Hayes draws a distinction between true influencers and social media “noisemakers” and offers advice on how to find and cultivate the influencers who really matter.

Follow Nick’s blog, The Buyer-side Journey,.


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About Your Hosts

Paul GillinPaul Gillin is a veteran technology journalist and a thought leader in new media. Since 2005, he has advised marketers and business executives on strategies to optimize their use of social media and online channels to reach buyers cost-effectively. He is the author or co-author of five books, including Social Marketing to the Business Customer (2011), the first book devoted entirely to B2B social media marketing. He is also a social media trainer and coach at Profitecture, a training firm for B2B companies and their channel partners.

Allan SchoenbergAllan Schoenberg is based Vice President, Corporate Public Relations and Communications at TIAA-CREF in New York. As part of the firm’s Enterprise Communications team within Marketing, this role helps the team drive firm-wide corporate communications, employee communications, reputation and crises management, social media, CEO positioning and public policy communications. He has more than 20 years of experience in B2B communications, including his work for Accenture, Edelman Worldwide, Fleishman Hillard and CME Group..

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Posted by Paul Gillin on 07/30 at 08:46 AM
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Media Bullseye Roundtable 2014.6 with Guest Co-Host Mark Story

Media Bullseye Roundtable

In this episode of the Media Bullseye Roundtable, Mark Story, author of Starting Your Career as a Social Media Manager, joins to discuss three topics:

—The role of trust and storytelling in sponsored content based on new research by the Internet Advertising Bureau and Edelman Berland.

Wikipedia’s temporary ban on anonymous edits from the U.S. House of Representatives and the overall approach of that popular site to conflicts of interest.

—The question of whether the PR industry is ripe for disruption, as claimed by Anna Ruth Williams in a piece for Ragan’s PR Daily.

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Chip GriffinChip Griffin serves as CEO of CustomScoop, a media intelligence company he co-founded in 2000. CustomScoop provides a cloud-based subscription service that monitors, measures, and reports on traditional and social media coverage for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, public relations agencies, and small-to-medium sized enterprises. For two decades, Chip has worked in the public relations arena, including service in public and private sector organizations. He has co-founded more than half a dozen companies, and he writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of technology, media, and communications. He is a graduate of American University where he is President of the Alumni Association and a member of the School of Public Affairs Advisory Council. Chip lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons.

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Posted by Chip Griffin on 07/29 at 05:45 PM
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FIR Interview: Photographer/Social Activist Angus Malcolm on Online Communication and Fundraising

Warwick Rowers 2012 calendarAngus Malcolm has been behind the creative force behind the Warwick Rowers naked calendar, Warwick Rowers describes itself as a large and highly active sports club with substantial ambitions. This year the club is attending over 20 competitions across the length and breadth of the country during a 40-week racing season. Whether novice or experienced, male or female, as a member of Warwick Rowing, athletes can expect to participate in a determined and enthusiastic rowing programme.” The Naked Calendar is a fundraiser, with calendars featuring nude pictures of rowers that have been a viral success.

In this interview, FIR contributor Harry Hawk interview Malcolm about the role social media played in the calendar’s success among other topics, including fundraising, online communications, and helping to fight homophobia.

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About our Conversation Partner

Angus MalcolmWith a background in social activism, healthcare and media production, Angus Malcolm now specializes in promoting personal empowerment and social change through innovative approaches to communications. In particular, he focuses on how we can use viral media as both consciousness-raising and fund-raising tools.

His best known project at the moment is the Warwick Rowers range of calendars and films, which he produces.  These feature a group of predominantly heterosexual male college athletes in the UK’s equivalent of the Ivy League. For six years, rowers at Warwick University have been stripping naked for calendars and films that are popular with gay men as well as women.  The athletes undress to prove the point that we can all be comfortable with a diverse sexual culture that embraces all sexualities.  Alongside production of the Warwick Rowers products, he is currently focusing on establishing Sport Allies, a charity to challenge homophobia that is being funded from the sales of Warwick Rowers products.

Malcolm divides his time between homes in London and Southern Spain, and also travel regularly for his work.  Recent projects have taken him to South Africa, California and Australia, where a Sydney gallery hosted an exhibition of his photography.

Connect with Malcolm on Twitter at @Angus_Malcolm
Connect with Harry Hawk on Twitter at @hhawk

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FIR on Higher Education #14: Best Practice Media Training Tips from Des Dearlove

What does it take to be a top management thinker? Among the criteria is the ability to be an excellent communicator, says media trainer, former journalist and Thinkers 50 co-founder Des Dearlove on FIR on Higher Education #14.

In this episode, Dearlove provides insights on the following:
- Why media training is important for academics
- How to conduct a media training session internally
- Tips professors can do to sharpen their message
- How professors and PR professionals can contribute to Thinkers 50 (global ranking of management thinkers)

In our reports section, I share some opinions on how to generate press in a media market like Brazil. I also integrate a sound byte from Mariela Castro, founder of Communications Advisors in Sao Paulo, on how PR professionals can pitch research from their institutions so it resonates with Brazilian editors and reporters. Contributor Harry Hawk shares about using Vine in the classroom.

About Des Dearlove

Des Dearlove is one of Europe’s leading business commentators and an expert on leadership communication. A former columnist to The (London) Times, his work has appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, including the Financial Times, the Industry Standard, Business 2.0, and Handelsblatt. His books are available in more than 20 languages.

With Stuart Crainer, Des founded Suntop Media and the consulting firm CrainerDearlove. Des and Stuart are the creators of the Thinkers 50, the first global ranking of business gurus, and the editors of the bestselling Financial Times Handbook of Management. Des is a Visiting Professor at IE Business School, in Madrid, a former contributing editor to the US based magazine Strategy+Business, and an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University.

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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 teaches communications and public relations workshops to different individuals and groups.

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 07/29 at 09:15 AM
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Monday, July 28, 2014

FIR presents AllthingsIC with Rachel Miller episode 9 July 29 2014

AllThingsICWelcome to the ninth episode of All Things IC with Rachel Miller.

In this podcast Rachel looks at “pompous” management communication and their impact, discusses the hunt for the Top 30 under 30 IC pros from the Institute of Internal Communication, examines Microsoft’s “Hello there” memo and rounds-up the latest events for professional communicators to attend.

You can find full notes to accompany this episode via Rachel’s blog www.allthingsic.com/fir9 so you can grab a cup of tea, sit back and relax and enjoy the show.

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Rachel Miller I’m Rachel Miller, MCIPR, PG (Dip). I’m an internal communication and social media strategist who consults, speaks and blogs on all things internal communication.

In 2014 I was awarded the inaugural Best Individual Contribution to Internal Communication award from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR Inside). I was named one of the UK’s leading social business influencers in 2013, and was a finalist for CIPR Outstanding PR Professional of the Year (People’s Choice).

Since 2009 I’ve written my own blog which led to Econsultancy recognising me in 2012 as one of the Top UK female bloggers. I was named in PR Week’s Top 29 under 29 professional communicators in the UK list (2009).

Every company is different and a one size fits all approach to communication simply doesn’t work. Though my business, All Things IC, I have the pleasure of working alongside companies to help them achieve communication excellence.

Find Rachel on Twitter: @AllthingsIC.

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