Ten years ago, the media world was a very different place. The Web was experiencing growing pains and social networks Facebook and YouTube were not yet in their infancy. In PR precincts there was more change in the last decade than probably the previous three decades. So what does the next ten years hold in store for communicators?
Last summer a group of five Klick Health employees travelled to Rwanda for 10 days to check out multiple projects and cooperatives throughout the country, accompanied by three people from one of Klick’s charitable partners, Plan Canada. The crew visited several livestock cooperatives, a few schools, a vocational training center and two water projects, where they realized that the difference Plan and Klick made in various communities was exponentially larger than anyone could have ever imagined.
Yes, press releases often suffer from flowery writing and an overabundance of industry jargon. With practice, PR pros can overcome such obstacles. But there’s no excuse for failing to insert any hyperlinks in your press releases, according to Ben Lincoln, writing director at GolinHarris, who adds that press releases should be treated like a “mini website.
This was inevitable. Twitter has added photo and video items that users see when they log onto the social network from the Web or a mobile device. The move comes just ahead of Twitter’s I.P.O next week, as the company looks to feature more multimedia elements and expand its appeal among consumers.
Building brand reputation has always been a top priority for PR and marketing communications executives. But in our multichannel communications world it has become increasingly important. Customers can communicate their experience with your brand immediately, to a potential audience of millions.
Freud would have a field day on this one. University of Pennsylvania researchers who analyzed Facebook status updates of 75,000 volunteers have found a new way to analyze human personality. It could be yet another and more sophisticated tool for PR pros looking to get to know their audiences better.