I’ve worked alongside some of the best investor-relations professionals in the business. They are smart, focused and often jaded about the value that public relations can bring to the party. And in many cases, quite frankly, they are right.
Every year, thousands of marketers, agencies, media providers and buyers, branding consultants, industry press and even the occasional PR practitioner converge for four days of speeches, seminars, schmoozing and hyper-networking at the Association of National Marketer’s (ANA) Masters of Marketing Conference.
Hard to believe, but 2014 is just around the corner. Planning is underway, budgets are being set and it seems that marketers will be pivoting their focus next year to meet the demands of the digital consumer.
Seeking to more fully integrate the digital world into its newsgathering, Fox News Channel recently rolled out a new newsroom that is stuffed with massive touchscreens and a 38-foot video wall that can be controlled with a Wii-like remote.
“Click.” Did you hear that? That’s the sound of a switch turning on as PR professionals realize they can make revenue gravy.
More and more business leaders are coming to terms with the fact that—in the age of multi-channel, social communication—they require public relations professionals to help them better understand important information and trends created by open digital conversation.
As the partial government shutdown drags on Democrats and Republicans are waging a fierce communications battle—with all the free publicity that politicians can muster—regarding which party is responsible for the stalemate. But for the majority of PR pros who for the federal government, communication is pretty much off limits.