When people came up for air last week long enough to discuss something other than the tribulations of Misters Comey and Trump, a few of them spoke about Apple’s new HomePod. That was our cue to ask communicators if their brands are invested in voice activation. We also wondered if it’s time for communicators to begin making significant investments in voice activation.
If you’re a PR professional and you’ve never had the opportunity to work a SXSW show on behalf of a brand, you should definitely add it to your career bucket list. There’s the sheer geography of SXSW—every street is lined with branded facades as companies take over venues for experiential marketing stunts. Not to mention the volume of social media and social ads that pump through every channel.
Messaging apps like WhatsApp and Messenger (both part of the Facebook family) are powerful platforms that are now being used by more and more people. As mass adoption occurs, the tipping point makes it justifiable for brands and services to invest in the development of bots and AI. And judging by this week’s SXSW, that tipping point isn’t far away.
Agencies of the future are not just service agencies. They don’t merely represent and provide counsel for brands. Instead, agencies of the future must also have distribution platforms, which provide data and qualified links, increase creativity, improve testing capacity and short-cut outreach efforts. If an agency is not actively constructing, acquiring or collaborating on distribution platform strategies, then its future may be short-lived.
Professional communicators give, give, give on behalf of their brand and their brand’s audience. Little time is left over for asking themselves the WIIFM question. How often do they focus their communications skills on building their own public profile and enhancing their own reputation? What are they doing to make influencers of themselves, and would they know where to start?
Each year at this time we ask communicators what issues loom large for them in the new year. Last year integration, mobile and content dominated (PRN , Nov. 16, 2015).
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