Mary Deming Barber
Comm/PR professional building community within social media; eager to learn and help. Alaska Mom of 2 teen soccer players.
@Shonali I suggested that to her as well. Personally, I would love to be featured. We also talked about her posting some friendly news and photos about the town on her Facebook page. I'm really happy that she's started doing that. She's just not used to doing this so I think it will be baby steps.
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2 weeks, 6 days ago on Sometimes All You Need Is A Fresh Set of Eyes
@Shonali Thanks Shonali. It was a fun morning. She was concerned she was divulging personal information by telling her guests' stories. I told her she really wasn't, especially if she doesn't use names. I don't think that's an issue, do you?
3 weeks ago on Sometimes All You Need Is A Fresh Set of Eyes
I don't know that they even know who they want to be the scapegoat either. That's part of the issue. Reince says something and then another faction says something completely opposite. It's really a mess. I'm all for a third party -- or just avote where the top two candidates move on to the general...but then we'd have to get rid of the Electoral College. That's another post.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Goodbye Republican Party, It’s YOU Not Me
I hear you Jeff. I became independent last August over a similar situation in my locale. But I had been a registered R for 36 years! Like you, the party left me; I did not leave it. I posted the change on my Facebook page and was amazed at the thoughtful and insightful comments from friends on both sides of the aisle. It made me feel better about the decision. Welcome to the crowd of "independents." Together we will change the world...or at least our corners of the US.
I agree with you Jessica and think this week's events have really demonstrated the need for restraint. We seem to feel a sense of entitlement to this information.
I hope you had a great day today. It was fun to chat this morning. Best of luck with your college decision. You know where I hope you'll go.
1 month ago on We need to know now…or do we?
I don't think RSS is dead but that may be because I'm using it differently. I use Reader/Feedly/whatever tool to make sure I'm reading articles my clients need me to read. If I'm not "on Twitter" all day I could very easily miss those.
I also have things in my Reader feed I don't follow on Twitter because, while it's important to read them for my business, I don't care for their Twitter feeds. For me to replace RSS with Twitter would mean I'm only reading those items I choose to read and that means I'm seeing the world through rose colored glasses. Doing so doesn't benefit me or my clients.
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1 month, 1 week ago on On The Death Of Google Reader
@ginidietrich Oh, I agree. It's archaic. Did you read at least the first few paragraphs of the article? Embarrassing to think there are still people who believe it but there are. I don't understand, and then they wonder why people sneak around doing all this work on phones and iPads that get around their systems.
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1 month, 3 weeks ago on Treat People Like Adults and You’ll Have High Productivity
Not supporting this, as you know, but there are plenty of dinosaurs out there who still don't understand social media has a rubies in life, business and especially as a communications tool. Take, for example, the Alaska House who spent the good art of an afternoon discussing opening access to Facebook: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Should-AK-legislative-employees-access-Facebook-4379375.php. Amazing but true...and we elected them!
Good thoughts here Arik that I'm sure your local committee, and other PR award committees will consider. I'm glad to hear you're going to join PRSA again as you know how relevant I consider it. And, I'm sure the Classics committee is always looking for volunteers of your caliber and great ideas for the event.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on 5 ideas to make the Minnesota Classics even better
@ojezap Okay that's what I thought but wanted to make sure. I'm hoping it all works smoothly.
2 months ago on 8 reasons Feedly will make you forget all about Google Reader
@ojezap Interesting discussion. I have the same sorts of apprehensions about Feedly's seamless transition but think it's the best I've seen and wonder what your preferred alternative is?
@HeatherWhaling Darn! I hoped you had some magic bullet but that's what I figured I would do as well. I'll let you know if I find another solution.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Secret (often Missing) Ingredient in Influencer Relations
Great post Heather. I'm experimenting with IFTTT and have a question...I really like your idea of...if I buffer this, then bookmark it. But...how did you decide what to make the bookmark tag? They are specific to each article.
@rajean Thanks for pinning it to your board. I'll check your board out. I have to admit I haven't done as much on Pinterest as I should. But I need to try to make time...for that and G+ and....
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2 months, 2 weeks ago on Public Relations – More than Press Releases
@ayatlin Thanks Angela. We all need reminders don't we. It was fun to see you yesterday. Enjoy your free classes!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Only One Chance to Make a Good Impression
@LisaBrock Thank you Lisa. I'm glad you liked it. If you're interested, here's a link to the livestream of presentation I did at my alma mater talking about the transition from student to professional. There are two parts to the livestream with the first one being lowest on the page: http://www.whitman.edu/student-life/student-engagement-center/internships-and-jobs/networking/social-media-workshop
@ginidietrich It amuses me when stones are thrown by journalists period. My grandmother used to say the people who live in glass houses should not thrown stones. That seems especially true in this case.
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4 months ago on Survey Says: PR Pros Use too Many Buzzwords
I'd like to "drill down" this list to see what else we might extrapolate. We use these big, fancy words because we want to sound important and knowledgeable, but all it does is confuse others and make us look silly. I wish we could all stop.
Having said that, I don't think this is just a PR industry problem. Having sat through briefings for other fields I think each has its own buzzwords and expressions the rest of us don't understand. The military lexicon is especially fraught with acronyms and expressions lay people don't understand. I'll never forget attending a lunch event with my husband to which all spouses were invited. The speaker started out by saying he didn't expect the civilians in the audience (at least half of it) to understand and we'd have to deal with it. Imagine the reviews that event received!
Have a wonderful time as I'm sure you will. Many of us have two homes...at least in our hearts. And I think that's okay. I still call Portland my hometown and have wonderful memories and friends there...and family. I'm guessing that you'll make new memories while you're there that rekindle your India home and that you'll be grateful to return to DC and your American home. We all need to keep room for both places in our hearts so we remember where we've been and what made us who we are today. Have a wonderful time. Try to relax and just go with the flow. Can't wait to hear about it when you return. Merry Christmas!
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5 months ago on Home for the Holidays
Great post Rachel. I've actually had this conversation with several providers and hope some who specialize in health care PR will weigh in as well. The problem is HIPPA but it's also a concern about wrong diagnoses and the threat of malpractice. Many are afraid to dispense advice when they haven't actually examined the patient. At the same time, we're starting to see some movement in these areas, and I believe that will only grow as communication changes.
For example, here in Alaska many dental and medical providers offering tele-medicine to rural providers. This type of service is often life-saving here as it's often the only way services can be provided to these small regions.
It's going to be interesting to watch the growth and changes in this part of the field.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Social Media: The Key to Transforming Doctor-Patient Communication