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Trip Report: Three Views of How Social Media Can Work

Amber and I recently attended a Corporate Leaders Breakfast organized by California Lutheran University centered on the hot topic, "Embracing Social Media for Business." The panel of social media experts came from three different marketing scenarios: a web-based business, a social media agency and a large corporation. They all brought different perspectives to the use…
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Three Steps for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Having a hard time getting started on a difficult (or uninspiring) writing project? Overwhelmed by the technical details? I recently read an article in the PRSA newsletter that really helped clarify for me how to get organized and get going when I’m having “writer’s block.” Process is really important in a writing project. Common traps…
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Writing for Wikipedia: Easier Said Than Done!

This year on its 10th birthday, Wikipedia was reported to have 17 million entries in more than 250 languages. Often one of the top results in Google search, the power of having a Wikipedia page is undeniable. However, getting your business, no matter how small or big, onto Wikipedia can prove to be a daunting…
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The Mischaracterization of PR

Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman Public Relations, recently posted Marketing 3.0 and the Mischaracterization of PR, where he comments on a new book written by Northwestern Business School Prof. Philip Kotler, one of the foremost authorities on marketing. Here are the excerpts Edelman takes issue with: "We have observed that many companies undertake socially responsible…
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Pitching to HARO: What You Need To Know

It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to get the facts straight with a handful of HARO reporters and be enlightened on the art of successful (and not-so-successful) pitching. We had the privilege of hearing from three reporters who source stories from HARO, who write for such publications as the AOL “weird stories”…
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Take it from Iron Man, Your PR Needs Some Emotion

  [caption id="attachment_56" align="alignleft" width="231" caption="Iron Man not Gold-Titanium Man"][/caption] “Iron Man, that’s kind of catchy.  It’s got a ring to it.  I mean it’s not technically accurate, because it's a gold, titanium alloy, but its kind of evocative imagery anyway.” – Tony Stark, Iron Man Iron Man is catchy.  Gold-Titanium Man not so much. …
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