Digital PR brain for hire - public relations, content marketing. social media & SEO consultant. Author. Feisty word nerd. #PRprochat founder.
I blog about digital public relations at rockthestatusquo.com.
Great post, Amy! I get that request ALL THE TIME - and it's usually entrepreneurs with no marketing budget or those in networking groups like BNI that have to do a set number of intros every month. They are sometimes so focused on intros that finding actual connections that are useful flies out the window!
I have learned to be very careful about accepting these, getting more detail before I agree and screening out the time wasters.
If it's a referral from a friend or client, though, I always fit them in.
6 days, 22 hours ago on Dear Amy: The #SMEtiquette of Brain-Picking
@KarenD.Swim Very true! Although many journalists don't distinguish between the two when they complain, right? They lump us all together.
Plus, how journalists receive a pitch is VERY different than how a blogger reacts.
Thanks for your comment!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rock The Pitch #7: </br>The Anti-Facepalm Formula
Whoot - tell it, sista!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on The “I’m Busy” Badge of Pride
@DavidFrerker Thank you so much, David! I really appreciate the warm fuzzy comment and am glad to help. =)
1 month ago on Pitching For New PR Pros: The Magic Is In Understanding Who, Not Just How
@ginidietrich @CarrieMorgan Absolutely! What was your first thought in response to the Edelman piece?
1 month ago on Newsjacking Gone Wrong: Four Simple Rules to Heed
Great point, Clay! Many companies respond to a negative review out of emotion, adding fuel to the fire, instead of putting out the flames. Even if you are dealing with a client that simply can't be pleased, responding with an attitude of making things right in a reasonably transparent manner reflects well on a company.
1 month ago on Bad Reviews: A Crisis or a Blessing?
I completely agree that people went too far with newsjacking the Robin Williams story - I was compelled to write about it too, once I read the Edelman post. I also included a pitch sent to Amy Vernon that was making its way around the community with a very, VERY lame tie-in.
Sometimes, I wish people would act with more sensitivity and taste!
@Michelle Vroom Very true! Marketing to new (and existing) members really helps them get full value out of membership. Social media would be the ideal platform to do that, IMO. Thanks for your comment!
1 month ago on Five Digital Tactics That Would Bring Fresh Life To PRSA
@AmyVernon @DavidBarton Some excellent points, agreed, and I also like to play the devil's advocate. I think we both are, just on different sides of the fence. It's an interesting conversation, isn't it?
If the tone had been different, without using the flippant "seize the day" headline tied to benefiting from something horrific and so clearly click bait with hopes of landing new business, it would not have been a noteworthy post.
I also absolutely agree that their post reinforces the idea that PR professionals are idiotic with dubious morals who will do anything to land a story. There are all levels of inexperience and incompetence in any profession. PR is no different - it just happens to be more visible since we work directly with media, who are sometimes only to gleeful to write about it.
That being said, I stand by my position that it was a tasteless, poorly timed post. I appreciate your comments very much, David and Amy!
1 month, 1 week ago on Newsjacking Tragedy
@KristelCuenta1 Great points, Kristel - thanks for your comment!
I totally agree there was nothing clever about it. Tasteless posts and pitches like that fuel the badmouthing about PR pros that goes on. I wish more people would think through their actions from other people's perspective.
I expanded on this a bit more on LinkedIn - ow.ly/AfrVS
1 month, 1 week ago on How to Create an Online Newsroom That Journalists Love
@corinamanea I can just picture that pile of new notebooks toppling over! It'd make a great tattoo. LOL
1 month, 2 weeks ago on How to Capture Blog Post Ideas
I'd do nothing but write!
@AnneReuss I like to email myself, too. I do it with hyperlinks to revisit later, too. =D
@ginidietrich @CarrieMorgan Meeeeee, too. (said with emphasis)
While I wouldn't want a big ole dog, I'll take the barrel of booze! A glass of wine does miracles for conjuring up fun headlines. Gini, thanks for including me in this post. :)
@Shonali Thanks, Shonali! I let her know the day of the chat. It's probably related to Heartbleed. =)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on PR Metrics Deconfuzzled.
@ginidietrich @CarrieMorgan @belllindsay Thanks, ladies!! It will run this Friday, barring any more disasters this week.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Seven Step Process for Media Relations
The spam issue is especially significant, because many people still distribute press releases by using the BCC field in Outlook. This doesn't give journalists an opt-out.
My solution? No more mass blasts. Send each journalist the press release individually, prefaced by a short tailored pitch offering a unique angle to your news that fits their needs and interests.
It resolves the spam issue while instilling some best practices behavior and drastically improving your placement rate. If you are sending a custom pitch, hopefully, you'll look at that reporter first to make sure they are a relevant fit to your news, and craft a pitch that fits their needs. Not yours.
It also makes sure you don't have a huge list of journalists not relevant to your story. Who wants to pitch hundreds of reporters? You'll slim down your list to the ones that really matter. Another best practice. =)
2 months ago on Seven Step Process for Media Relations
@JoeCardillo @CarrieMorgan @ginidietrich @Eleanor Pierce I can see it now! It just begs for a snarky meme! Argh, but conscience intrudes, dang it.
BE KIND. We must remember to be kind!!
@KirkDGM @CarrieMorgan Aha, thanks for clarifying! Some people use the word "translation" when they actually mean "repurpose." Go for it - just don't translate the entire thing, please. :-D
2 months ago on The Art of the Perfect Press Release Follow-Up
@ginidietrich @Eleanor Pierce LOL - do it!! #littletroublemaker
Oh, sure, Gini, blame it all on me! ROFL Love, love, love your article!
Can you email me a great (or terrible) pitch you or your team has received? I need fodder for my Rock The Pitch column on Fridays. http://rockthestatusquo.com/category/rock-the-pitch/
@KirkDGM I'm not sure what you mean by a translation, but you are welcome to use a paragraph or so with a link back to the full article here, or summarize it however you like in your own words. I'd prefer that you don't use more than 10-15% of the actual copy, however. Thanks for asking!
@Craig McBreen Thanks for the comment, Craig!
2 months, 1 week ago on Public Relations, Steampunk Style
@mkornow Marge, thank you so much for telling me that! So many people don't take the time and I really, really appreciate it.
If you ever have questions or topics you want me to write about, shoot me an email or tweet. =)
@AbbieF @CarrieMorgan Abbie, this article refers to the national level, not local or district. Please don't take offense.
My thought is that there is much room to create an online social media resource where chapters can share best practices, ideas, information and resources that would help other chapters be stronger - a single leadership resource and idea sharing platform that all might benefit from. Think of it as national conference online. Maybe that is something I can help create?
I'd also like to see a monthly Google hangout or chat happen where members can talk about their membership and give input. Give them a voice to help shape the value they get from belonging. Learn what is coming up in the next month. Get local chapters or districts the tools they need to hold the same chat at their level for their members, even. What do you think?
To your point about communications from national - even though I have the settings fully enabled, I have never received any communication since last year, so we are trying to get that fixed.
I look forward to finding out what I don't know so I can keep writing about progress and shifts at PRSA. I'm an advocate, if we can get the doors of communication and receptivity open across PRSA, and hope to help make the organization stronger than ever.
These conversations are an AWESOME start. =)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Five Digital Tactics That Would Bring Fresh Life To PRSA
@mdbarber Love your response, Mary, thank you.
It is absolutely expected to have challenges. I'll take you up on your offer that I won't regret volunteering. Perhaps I can spearhead coordinating a brand ambassador program of member volunteers to help share the load? I think there are dozens of members across the country that would clamor to get involved, if we can harness that power to help the organization.
Would you mind emailing me at morgan (at) rockthestatusquo (dot) com? I'd love to talk to you on the phone if we can schedule a call. =)
@tressalynne I was fully opted in with the correct email address. That doesn't seem to be the issue.
@amandalhill214 Can you share a little bit about what made you get your APR, and how it might have helped you?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Five Digital Tactics That Would Bring Fresh Life To PRSA
@amandalhill214 Hi, Amanda! Thanks for your comment.
@AHalberSherm You are so right - that IS a terrible shame. For any industry, the primary trade association should absolutely be the #1 place to find learning and career resources. And for all levels of experience, not just newbies!
It is fascinating how the conversation all seems to be revolving around the minor details instead of the three elephants in the room: horrendous social media (we need a PRSA community manager full-time), stronger visibility from PRSA in critical industry conversations, and collaboration between chapters.
The right community manager with blogging skills could be absolutely incredible in doing ALL of those things.
@AshleyOakes Oh, I totally get that! The free online webinars are completely fantastic - but so much back-end work with no front-end promotion! It's a shame.
With the right effort, I'd estimate 20-40% of members could be doing at least one webinar each month and that attendance would grow a thousand percent.
@AbbieF Perfectly handled, I'm rolling over for a belly rub. Abbie, you are simply awesome and a great example to all of us. Thank you.
@MarinaR I'd love that, Marina! Give me a few weeks to get through the health crisis with my dad, who has brain cancer and came out of a coma a few days ago, then I'll circle back.
In regards to your comment about payments, my point wasn't about the cost, it was about questioning if the value is worth the cost.
For the SIG group, I know the person in charge and have been chasing information since last September. I've asked to be on the list at least three times but always seemed to find out after the fact. Bummer, and now the year is over. Things move far too slowly for an industry in such massive flux. The point behind that was that members should not have to work as hard has I have over the last year to take advantage of the benefits.
My goal of this post was to kick off some important dialog, so thank you for chiming in!
@tressalynne I thought I had carefully gone through "My PRSA" but I'll take another look to see what's up. Thanks, Tressa! You are fantastic. :-)
I have no doubt that many of the local chapters are doing fantastic things - would love to see PRSA have a social media forum or platform that really allows dialog between the chapters. How fantastic would that be!?!
@dbrody Hi, Deborah, thanks! I love the idea of letting the dialog happen, since that creates the kind of change our industry needs. Those resistant to the winds of change break and are swept away.
Your point about solo practitioners is interesting. It would be cool if PRSA did a member and industry survey segmented by the type of practitioner (agency, solo, non-profit, etc.) and title, really delving into where they aren't getting value from membership and their suggestions for new programs. Or use social media as a platform to drive deep into this kind of dialog. How awesome would that be?
One of my favorite marketing brands is Hubspot for the fabulous job they do with content marketing. I'd like to see PRSA move that direction and be run more like a business, instead of a nonprofit.
@ggSolutions123 Change starts with those who speak up, right? Thanks for your great comment. =)
One more thought - why can't we make local PRSA events occasionally free as part of membership, and monthly speaker events only available to members to give them a sense of exclusivity and value? That could boost value of the membership quite a bit, too.
The local Arizona Interactive Marketing Association does something similar and it works very well. The monthly events are free for members and $45 for non-members, and the turnout is fantastic. Annual dues are only $250.
My apologies for announcing this so late - I've been out of the office for over a week with my dad in the hospital. But for the book giveaway... it goes to Sue Kern-Fleischer! Congrats, Sue, and thanks for the great input. =)
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Wire Services Adrift In Heinous Headlines, Crappy Copy & Invisible Visuals
@JoeCardillo I'm so sorry you lost your mom that way, Joe. Cancer sucks.
We are all human, so we can't help but let our personal life trickle into our professional one in hundreds of ways, big and small. Kudos on being willing to admit not knowing - that is one thing that seems to bind the smartest people together... a strong sense of curiosity that moves them forward into new and interesting things, and an ability to admit what they don't know, but then spring forward into learning the answer. I wish everyone were that way. :-)
Thanks for your wonderful comment!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Lost Friendships and Lost Customers
@Dmurrow Nice!! So what do you think - should we use storytelling in press releases, or stick to just the facts?
3 months ago on Wire Services Adrift In Heinous Headlines, Crappy Copy & Invisible Visuals
@Malcolm Atherton Hey, Malcolm - can I email you a few questions on the difference between a content advisory, media advisory and press release? It would make an interesting post.
@SueKern Fleischer I run into that quite a bit, too, where companies won't spend the extra to include an image - even when you explain the difference it makes in placements, they just won't do it. Crazy! It's like being penny-wise and pound-foolish.
@NatalieBering Thanks! How do you feel about using storytelling techniques within a press release?
Not a single comment on my use of fugly? How disappointing!!
3 months ago on Rock The Pitch #2: The New Product Press Release
Great post! Removing dates does NOT make content evergreen - I think it hurts more than it helps.
3 months, 1 week ago on Social PR Mistake: Removing the Date from Blog Posts
@Kevin_Raposo Would you say that pitching for a product review is different in any way than other kinds of pitching, Kevin?
3 months, 1 week ago on Rock The Pitch #3