In late July, news broke about Google’s “Link Schemes” updates in Webmaster Tools to devalue links in the anchor text of press releases distributed via paid services. Most PR or SEO practitioners who have distributed online press releases in the last 10 years should be familiar with the function.
As a PR professional who has helped educators nationwide become media spokespeople and advocates, I am only too aware that the reasons for the disconnect between teachers and the press are complex. I also know that the media is a powerful lever that can help shift the poor public perception of teachers, a change that is long overdue.
Video conferencing has become one of the most convenient ways to meet with clients. Whether it’s a matter of convenience or time constraints, web meetings are fantastic options. They are quick ways to start discussions, and some are absolutely free.
Often, these roadblocks are found in the form of off-the-cuff phrases that are meant to encourage, correct or redirect the discussion—but in fact, they do the opposite.
Earned and owned media no longer work in a vacuum. Sure, we’re PR pros who can get product placement in the right media and demonstrate our social media mastery to spark attention about our message. But, in reality, our network can only extend so far.
The real world, and perhaps a touch of maturity, eventually teaches all of us that making it offers more substance and less stuff. The same is true for us PR folk.
Breaking into a new category is not always easy in the world of communications. So much of what we do is predicated on our category expertise, and so often we rely on that experience to inform our creative thinking for current and future clients.
Social media is not only here to stay, it’s set to evolve at a rapid pace as brands begin deciphering the best ways to use it. Nonetheless, hype can drown out utility as marketing managers and agency partners forget that social platforms are merely a tool just like any other channel.
If you were to Google “social media and public relations strategy,” millions of articles, blog posts, videos and other resources would pop up on this popular subject. Journalists, new influencers and well-known authors continue to write on this topic.