If you’re responsible for brand communications, then you’re expected to be an SEO expert as well as a great content creator. Yet SEO may still be somewhat of a mystery to you. If that’s the case, it might be because you’re getting stuck on what’s often the first recommendation from self-proclaimed SEO experts: Identify smart keywords and use them in your content.
Stories by Steve Goldstein
You’re about to lead a pitch meeting with a new client, or present your PR measurement results to your CEO. Has your mouth gone dry? Butterflies fluttering in your stomach? Voice reduced to mouse-squeak level? You may never be able to quell those butterflies—even Frank Sinatra suffered from stage fright—but you can practice certain exercises to get your voice ready even if your stomach may never follow suit.
Nervous about speaking in public and worried that it’s holding you back in your PR career? Help is on the way. Effective public speaking is the subject of PR News’ June 23 webinar, which will feature presenters Leticia Ebb of Northrop Grumman Corp., Jonathan Rick of The Jonathan Rick Group and Dan Weckerly of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board.
How many times today did you click “send,” “post,” “tweet” or “publish” without submitting your work to a thorough read-through? Perhaps as many times as you clicked those buttons. You know you’re playing a dangerous game. You might as well be walking across a city street blindfolded. Try printing out and using this quality-control checklist for PR writing, and be sure to add your own writing peccadilloes to the list.
You just presented your latest PR measurement dashboard to the C-suite. The result: a boardroom full of blank faces and no questions. This is not a good sign. It’s very possible that the problem is not the effectiveness and usefulness of your team’s communications efforts. The problem may be the dashboard itself.
Scenario: You’re a veteran PR pro leading communications for a suddenly hot start-up, and you’ve just gotten a request from a broadcast network for a live interview that day with your 22-year-old CEO. These tips for managing body language during a broadcast interview are going to come in might handy.
While there is much agreement on the wisdom of working with influencers on behalf of one’s brand, the hard work of finding, vetting and developing ongoing relationships with them can be daunting to the uninitiated. Dell’s Konnie Alex-Brown offers some tips to help you select those highly trusted subject matter experts who could have a real impact on the success of your brand messaging.
Even those PR pros who are experts at researching a particular journalist’s beat and outlet and successfully land an interview for their company’s lead spokesperson—say, a CEO—can aggravate time-strapped journalists if that spokesperson is ill-prepared or has a defensive attitude.
Finding and developing content stars among a brand’s employees and customers is something Southwest Airlines knows a little bit about. Brooks Thomas, who plays a key role in Southwest’s social content strategy, will be sharing how-to’s and some case study examples of his brand’s star-making process in his keynote presentation on June 6, 2016, at PR News’ Digital PR & Marketing Conference in Miami Beach. He offers some quick Southwest-style tips here to help you develop your own cast of content stars.