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I‘m in PR: What’s the Big Idea?

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They huddle around a conference room table. The lights go dark. The 35 mm slide projector floods the screen. It’s backlight shines an eerie glow on the presenter’s lower face. This is not just some an ad man (or woman). It’s the sermon from the mount. Or maybe Dracula.

Content Curation’s Last stand?

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Quora recently sent me an email asking about my favorite content curation examples. Image from Pixabay. In years past, answering this would have been a layup (I suppose that’s why I was on their list). Now I was strangely stumped, even disinterested. It’s not that I’m out of touch.

Is it time to Rethink our Faustian Bargain with “Free”?

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There is legislation brewing in Europe that could upend digital media. They’re considering making the major platforms like Google, Facebook et al, pay copyright fees for all the content that they now freely distribute and monetize.

Building Bridges to Media and the World in Jerusalem

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Addressing the JVP meetup with Pnina Ben Ami. I traveled throughout Israel over the past 10 days and visited many parts of the beautiful country. Each place was more awe-inspiring than the last. But Jerusalem really stood out, for its history, mix of cultures and religions, and sheer beauty.

Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

Learn how to find and use influencers and advocates to gain buyer's trust on your behalf.

Startup PR Myths Busted, via NY Tech Meetup

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The NY Tech Meetup mail list is a great way to keep up with the local tech community and make connections. Every day founders, developers, service providers, journalists and VCs hold forth on a range of tech and entrepreneurship topics. It’s a noisy list, and the debate can get heated.

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Sparks Fly at Publishers and Platforms Meetup

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I love to check out reports from Tow Center for Digital Journalism and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. They cover the intersection of news and digital media and can be a great resource for PR pros and digital marketers.

Lin Pophal on the Evolving Role and Field of PR

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I’ve known Lin Pophal for years through her work as a writer for eContent , HR Executive , and others; have pitched her client stories and my own thought leadership topics (I’m in her eContent story on content curation tools ).

Pitch about Nothing – Good PR or Con Job?

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I came to PR in a roundabout way, via engineering, marketing, sales and IT consulting. When I finally landed in PR ( at the agency where I still work today), I learned I was good at this. But key experiences along the way led me to wonder what it means to do a good job in PR.

Cyber Tech brings Intrigue, Ethical Challenges to PR

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Tech PR is usually not about life or death issues. Yes, we do start revolutions – but with a small “r”. Governments aren’t toppled, or blood spilled from our work. The field of cybersecurity technology is a different animal, however.

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NewsWhip’s Benedict Nicholson on Social Data to Boost PR

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In my last post , I explained that social media data can be used to bolster PR efforts.

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Top 15 Free PR Ideas to Grow Your Online Business

You've got a great idea, you've built your killer team, and you've maybe even gone through the first round or two of funding.

How Stone Temple Kills it with B2B Marketing Videos

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I first learned of Stone Temple and their great work in SEO and digital marketing through an acquaintance, and interviewed CEO Eric Enge for a post on Maximize Social Business awhile back.

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PR Golden Turkey Awards

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I thought I’d bring back a feature this year that I haven’t done in awhile – my PR Golden Turkey Awards. Sound Opinions, one of my favorite podcasts inspired this year’s theme. Their November 18 episode focused on Turkey Pardons.

Tell Human Stories when pitching ICOs: John Biggs of TechCrunch

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I attended the ICORating Investment Summit in New York last week. It was a day of great sessions and panels featuring journalists, investors and those behind successful ICOs. One session I was especially interested in was John Biggs’ talk on marketing.

Social Tools Summit Wrap

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I attended and really enjoyed the Social Tools Summit in Boston earlier this week. Neal Schaffer and Brian Mahony produced a great event; kudos, and thanks again for inviting me to speak there. It gave me the chance to hear from a range of speakers, including vendors and users.

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Are PR and Branded Content Fake News?

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I attended a meeting of the NY Internet Society that featured a panel of media experts, journalists, and a Silicon Valley lawyer.

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5 Questions You Should Get Answers to Before Your LMS Implementation

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To clear your doubts regarding LMS implementation, we’ve compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Learning Technology LMS

Tech has an image problem. How do we fix it?

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I am a PR guy. I build brands and polish images. My industry is technology. It is not my client (well, companies within tech are). But if it were, I’d say there’s a problem. Namely I am getting tired of all the articles slamming the tech industry, and painting it with the same brush.

Trump Gets Schooled in PR

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The PR field should love Donald Trump as he teaches lessons about the power of earned media. I’ve been at many social gatherings when the conversation shifts to the campaign, and all eyes turn to me, seeming to challenge/blame: “C’mon PR boy, spin this!”

See You at Social Tools Summit Next Week

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I am very much looking forward to Social Tools Summit (#SocialTools17) in Boston next Wednesday, where I will be moderating a panel on branding and thought leadership.

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In Defense of “Fake News”

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More people are wondering about the weird crap that mysteriously appears in their news. Is News Today too Much Like the Magic 8 Ball? feeds. How much is fake news? Did disinformation tilt an election? What are Google and Facebook going to do to clean up the mess?

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3 Surefire Open Spaces Marketing Tactics

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Last month I explained the Open Spaces Marketing concept. Basically, it is about getting your customer’s attention by avoiding noise and going where competitors aren’t. I also shared a tip that should be especially effective for those who work in the tech sector.

Facebook Unfriends News, and it’s a Shame

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I had to smile when I read that Facebook’s reducing news content in the newsfeed. Mark Zuckerberg wrote on their blog “our time is better spent bringing people closer together… public content… is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other.”

Jennifer Johnson Schools on PR and Positioning at NYETM

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I attended and really enjoyed last week’s NY Enterprise Tech Meetup , which focused on marketing. Jennifer Johnson , the keynote speaker, was a real dynamo.

The Art of the Linguistic Kill Shot

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I am writing a post that I hope will start a meme and crowd sourced effort to turn our president’s famous weapon on himself. It’s the “linguistic kill shot.” ” Trump has perfected the art of name calling.

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Is this the End of the Big Tech Reveal?

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There are a few proven ways to make a splash with tech product news. One does not involve any PR sleight-of-hand – the news gets attention on its own merits. It so disruptive and interesting that the media just have to cover it. Pretty rare but it happens.

Israeli Startups Join Axis Innovation at NYSE

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I had the great pleasure of attending an event hosted by Axis Innovation this morning at the NYSE. It featured presentations from nine hot Israeli startups and culminated in a visit to the floor of the exchange, where we watched the opening bell ceremony.

Open letter to Media: Please get this Blowhard to Shut up Go Away

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I am getting a little tired of all the media hyperventilating about a certain Republican presidential candidate; you know the one with the dead rodent looking thingie on the top of his head. There is a numbing sameness to the reports: “Listen to what he just said!”. Subtext: “Isn’t that outrageous?

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ICOs, the new Press Release for a Blockchain World

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Crowdfunding burst onto the scene years ago giving startups a way to not only raise money but also build buzz. I wrote that platforms like Kickstarter were the new tech PR press release. Now another form of crowdfunding is rising to prominence.

Lessons in Tech Branding from Rock Icons

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Inspiration can come from funny places – if you are in tech marketing, perhaps you’ll like the following story about branding, which offers lessons from the world of rock music. The Music and Branding Connection. I am a big fan of podcasts, and like listening to them while jogging.

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PR for Dummies, via Trump and the Mooch

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The Trump presidency is the gift that keeps on giving when it come s to educating the masses about PR (I know this might seem myopic but hey, I’m trying to look on the bright side), Those in the field can appreciate that most people don’t understand what we actually do.

What to do when PR hits a Pay Wall

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PR folks know the feeling. You put a press release over the wire – and then duck. Not necessarily because of all the press inquiries that come in (wouldn’t that be great)? You duck to avoid the flood of offers from pay-to-play opportunities.

Latest PR Tactic: Publishing on Platforms

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Cross-posted on Hack the Feed. Back in the day (“the day” being about 10 years ago), we had a simple message for PR clients who wanted to get in on the social media and blogging action. It was: “Go forth and blog too. Master the channels that are accessible to all.”

It’s the End of the Truth as we Know it – is PR fine?

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It’s like we went to sleep in late 2016 and woke up with a post-election New Years, fake news, post-truth hangover. Before, we generally believed in the sanctity of truth and reason. Now nothing seems real, and it is hard to know what to hold onto.

Trump is sucking the Air and Fun from PR and News

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There’s tension in the PR and media worlds, between the stories we’d love and the ones they want to write. Good PR is the art of finding common ground. Your client or company gets mentioned, the journalist likes the result, it’s a great article, and everyone goes home happy.

Prepare for a Reshuffling of the Internet Deck

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In my last post I wrote about the house of cards called today’s Internet, and new rules that could shake things up. The European Directive threatens to force social media platforms and others to pay a link tax to copyright holders and guard against uploading of such content.

3 Ways to Blow out Influencer Marketing Results

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When looking for the right influencers, it’s tempting to focus on the big fish, the ones with huge followings. Most think that size matters (as I’ve pointed out, influence is not just a number ).

Social Tools Summit Wrap

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I enjoyed attending my third consecutive Social Tools Summit event in Boston last week, where I moderated a panel on branding and thought leadership. It was great to take a day and get caught up on the state of the art in social media.

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New Group Aims to Study Impact of AI and Algorithms on Society

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I’ve had many great conversations with my friend and PR authority Toni Muzi Falcone about the impact of technology on the field and society at large. Recently he told me about a new effort that he helped conceive – DigiDig – a website and citizen-led group dedicated to studying this area. Flack’s Revenge has covered tech in PR extensively, and my companion blog Hack the Feed covers algorithms in communications.

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Trump, Tinder, Press Offender – New Rules of Taking on Media

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Media battles are nothing new. Back in the ’70s Nixon famously said “the press is the enemy,” and kept a list. But up until relatively recently, most have opted not to pick fights with those who buy ink by the barrel. This seems to be changing.

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4 PR Lessons From Comedy via Seinfeld and Stern

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I’ve always been a big fan of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and like to tell the story of how my friends and I were heckled by him in the 80s, before the eponymous TV show made Seinfeld a superstar.

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Tech startups, Want to Go Big? Get PR Help, for the Love of God

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When giving advice, it generally helps to have real credentials, such as professional experience in a field.

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