Wikipedia & PR: Friend or Foe?

WIkipedia founder Jimmy WalesShortly before Christmas, I ran into an old friend who oversees social media for one of the big-branded management consultancy firms. He confided in me that he was having an issue with Wikipedia.Wikipedia wouldn’t grant him editing privileges, as a PR person, even though the information on the site about his employer was inaccurate.…… Continue reading Wikipedia & PR: Friend or Foe?

PR/Social Predictions: Who Got it Right?

I decided to take a look back at the PR/social/marketing pundits’ predictions for 2011. Fortunately the wiki I created a year ago to crowd-capture the more prominent of these prognostications remained intact.Below are those skewed to or posted by PR professionals (even though I admit that PR, as a discipline, has bled across the entire marketing communications…… Continue reading PR/Social Predictions: Who Got it Right?

PR Redefined

Over the weekend, I received an email from Keith Trivitt who (literally) manages PR for PR’s sake. He’s the in-house communications pro for PRSA, the industry’s trade association. Keith tipped me off to a new campaign by the organization that hopes to “modernize” the definition of public relations in a world where social media has…… Continue reading PR Redefined

PRSA Refreshed

I had a chance to catch up with the leadership of PRSA this week over a noisy, but superb Italian meal overlooking New York’s Columbus Circle. Joining me were the organization’s incoming chairperson and CEO Rosanna Fiske, president and COO Bill Murray and PR associate director Keith Trivitt whom I know from his former life…… Continue reading PRSA Refreshed

The Social Season

So many new media confabs, and no clones available to attend them. I thus decided to stay local to audit Stowe Boyd’s inaugural Social Business Edge event held at Fleishman Hillard’s New York offices yesterday.I had a chance to hear Mr. Boyd’s overview of the business world’s new social order, the acerbic and entertaining wit…… Continue reading The Social Season

PR, Integrity and Yelp

<!– The logos depicted in this widget are the property of the respective corporations listed. –>I just installed the mobile app of Yelp on my new Blackberry Tour. What’s great about Yelp is the quantity of its crowd-sourced reviews, which, theoretically, allows for much greater accuracy about the subjects being scrutinizing. There’s nothing like discovering…… Continue reading PR, Integrity and Yelp

Where the PR Jobs Are

One of the topics that surfaced during the roundtable I moderated yesterday on “social media and communications” at the Real-Time Communications Conference in New York revolved around blogger engagement – to do or not to do.Now the digital pundits will invariably advise anyone who’ll listen, to always engage a disgruntled blogger no matter how far…… Continue reading Where the PR Jobs Are

Flack Flap

Apparently the name of this blog caused a little kerfuffle among a few members of the PR Counselor’s Academy.In a string of comments, one Beltway-based “counselor” took umbrage with the idea that PRSA would have the audacity to invite a PR pro who pens a blog with this particular name to moderate a PRSA panel…… Continue reading Flack Flap

Distance PR Learning

As a credentialed blogger intending to cover last month’s Always On Conference in New York City (before client work took me out of town), I noticed that my e-mailbox rapidly filled with all sorts of inducements to meet with this or that tech entrepreneur.Few indicated any modicum of familiarity with the editorial essence of this…… Continue reading Distance PR Learning