Saturday, December 13, 2014

FIR on Higher Education #24: Roland King on Op Ed Writing

Roland King, a consultant for PhairAdvantage Communications, is in the midst of analyzing every opinion editorial (op ed) written by a university president this past year. He’s analyzed over 350 op eds and gleaned some best practices and trends. (The following link details more about the university presidents op ed project). On FIR on Higher Education #24, Roland shares some of these insights. We discuss:

- what goes into a good op ed
- examples of university presidents who are skilled at writing op eds (Franklin and Marshall University President Dan Porterfield for one)
- getting op eds placed.

If you’re an academic or administrator looking to write up op eds, you’ll definitely want to tune in to this episode. Ditto if you are a communicator / PR professional supporting colleagues in the op ed writing process.

In our reports section, I discuss the Financial Times and IE Business School’s new joint venture in the custom education space, and Harry Hawk talks about the future of higher education based on insights he heard from a talk led by Prof. Cathy Davidson.

About Roland King
Roland H. King is Senior Strategic Communications Advisor at PhairAdvantage Communications.  He most recently served as Vice President for Public Affairs at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) in Washington, D.C., for 15 years, retiring in 2013. 

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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 and is currently designing an online media training program for academics.

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.

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Posted by Kevin Anselmo on 12/13 at 06:31 AM
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Friday, December 12, 2014

FIR Presents Inside PR 393: Our naughty or nice PR list…

FIR Presents Inside PRMartin here. This week, it’s Gini and me. Joe’s on the road traveling home.

And in the spirit of the season we thought we’d share our PR naughty or nice list for 2014.

First up: naughty.

And the lump of coal goes to…Edelman.

Really? Why?

Well, a Canadian company, TransCanada, hired the venerable agency to build support for a pipeline that will transport oil from Western Canada to refineries in the east. But when the agency recommended secretly using third-parties to attack the pipeline’s opponents and a document with the strategy was leaked to Greenpeace, TransCanada fired Edelman over ethical concerns.

Does this sort of program sound like a whisper campaign to you? It does to us.

Gini has written extensively about why whisper campaigns and other unethical tactics hurt PR. She likens the process to that of broken telephone, where what the last person hears is often very different from what was said at the beginning. Gini says that rather than sneaking through the back door, the profession should be open and honest. What do you think?

Now for our nice list.

Gini posed a question on Facebook asking people to nominate their suggestions the PR win of the year. She got a lot of replies including the Ice Bucket Challenge, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift (Gini’s selection on SpinSucks) and WestJet.

We chose WestJet for an imaginative follow up on its successful Christmas Miracle video. Once again, the company borrowed elements of classic holiday movies and showed, in an emotional way, how much they care about their customers and community.

Here’s the 2014 WestJet video.

And here’s the one from 2013.

Which PR programs would you put on the naughty list? And which ones would you qualify as nice? We’d love to hear what you think.

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Posted by shel on 12/12 at 03:15 PM
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Media Bullseye Roundtable 2014.22 with Guest Co-Host Jen Phillips

Media Bullseye Roundtable

Jen Phillips of 4L Strategies joined the Roundtable just before Thanksgiving in the U.S. to discuss a variety of topics of interest to public relations and communications professionals.  Among the subjects we explore include:

—Uber. Enough said.
—New Forrester research that suggests that Twitter and Facebook may be a waste of time and money for many brands.
—The ongoing question of whether comments are dead on blogs and news sites.


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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 12/12 at 07:15 AM
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

FIR B2B #20: Indium’s Awesome Engineers

FIR B2BIn this episode:

News & Trends

A new study finds that online customer reviews are just as important to B2B marketers as they are to B2C marketer. The finding underscores the need for B2B companies of all types to have influencer review programs.

Jon Spenceley, Community Marketing Manager at Vidyard, write an interesting piece entitled “The Optimal Length for B2B Videos Throughout the Funnel.” He suggests that while top-of-the-funnel videos should be limited to 90 seconds or so, lower-funnel videos can run much longer. It all depends on what kind of content the prospect is looking for.

Facebook is clamping down on overly promotional material in its network. The objective is to get marketers to pry open their check books, but this campaign might also drive more companies to use Facebook primarily as a customer service tool rather than a marketing instrument. Facebook also plans to launch a social network for use behind the corporate firewall, possibly as a test of a backdoor play against LinkedIn.

Twitter search now includes the entire Twitter history, which is awesome!

Special Guest: Rick Short, Director of Marketing Communications, Indium Corp.

Indium, a maker of metal alloys for high-tech manufacturing, has one of the most creative and successful inbound marketing campaigns we’ve ever seen. It focuses on connecting engineers to the highly technical customers they serve, with Indium experts helping customers solve problems in exchange for contact information. It’s paying off so well that the company can afford to increase its focus on lead quality because it has more than enough leads in the hopper.

Rick Short championed the "From One Engineer to Another” more than five years ago. His perspectives on the role of marketing as an enabler of conversations rather than a messaging firehose is one more marketers need to hear. The success of the program certainly confers him with credibility.

Check out Rick’s blog.

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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.

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Posted by Paul Gillin on 12/11 at 09:19 AM
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FIR Presents Inside PR #392: The algorithm called journalism

FIR Presents Inside PRWe start this episode with a burning question from Gini: Is lasagna pasta – yes or no?

Joe and I both say yes. And so Gini, armed with the information she desperately needs, is ready to take on her dinner menu. That is, unless you, our listeners, think otherwise. Please let us know.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Joe starts the show talking about the notion of who makes news decisions – editors or algorithms. This was sparked by an Emily Bell speech and spawned a discussion online as well as several posts, including one by Jeff Jarvis.

In her talk, Bell contends journalists, who once controlled the determination and distribution of news, have lost their hold or maybe they’ve been supplanted. Their replacements? In digital channels, many editorial decisions are made by people fine-tuning algorithms or the algorithms themselves.

Martin says on the editorial front, we’ve traded one concentrated group of publicly-traded companies (media) for another (social networks as new media).

Gini says there’s so much info out there that until something’s been confirmed by the fourth estate, we tend not to believe it. Traditional media is the filter.

Joe contends PR is in an ideal position to bridge the gap between journalistic decision makers and the way algorithms pick content. And by seeing both sides of the coin, we can still help get news in front of people either though media or their feeds.

And that’s where understanding influence and influencers comes into play. Martin mentions a new type of influencer: a young video game player with an engaged audience who was featured in an article in the NYTimes. And the profession needs to refine its approach to public relationship-building to take this into account.

Are algorithms the new equivalent of editors – we don’t know who/what they are and yet they make many decisions? Is that a good or a bad thing? We’d love to hear what you think.

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Posted by shel on 12/10 at 12:51 PM
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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy, Episode 52: December 9, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and MichaelIn this episode of Thought Leadership with Mitchell (#TLL) we interview Brian Fanzo (@iSocialFanz).

Brian is a proud Dad of 3 girls, he was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa now living in Arizona.

He is a currently the Partner and Chief Digital Strategist at Broadsuite   helping enterprise technology companies utilize new technology such as Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud Computing to be more productive and become more involved in their communities as a social business!

Brian FanzoHe has 10+ years experience managing, deploying and training enterprises and small business on technology solutions ranging from cyber security, community management, internal collaboration, digital marketing, video conferencing and social business.

As a technology and social business strategist he presented at numerous technology conferences as well as quarterly presentations for the Federal Government Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as on-site in Iraq and Afghanistan for the United States Army.

Brian Architected, deployed and managed Social Business solutions for the Department of Defense, United States Army, Defense Information Systems Agency and multiple Small Businesses.

As a successful leader in enterprise software deployment, digital training development and community management he has the unique ability to relate and lead teams of technology subject matter experts to execute on comprehensive business strategies utilizing analytics to prove ROI.

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.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #785: December 8, 2014

FIRIntro: Marking a milestone with an eighth #twitterversary;

Quick News: Agencies can’t ask staffers to casually tweet nice things about clients, mothers staged a public breastfeed protest outside Claridge’s Hotel in London this weekend, who’s watching videos and on what devices?, Netflix testing a ‘tweet me a reminder’ feature; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Seven attributes of CEOs who get social media; Dan York’s Tech Report: dark social traffic, Firefox webRTC, observations about Wire, and more; are we ready for the rise of messaging apps?; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments in email and in the FIR Podcast Community on Google+; social media marketing: it’s all been said before, says Augie Ray; Igloo Software promo; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network; the culture of content;

Music from Special Guests; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report for December 8, 2014: An 85-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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 December 15…

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