5 Lessons for Nonprofits from Kony 2012

Waxing UnLyrical

One of the primary criticisms is that the Kony 2012 video doesn’t accurately represent the current state of affairs in Uganda and the LRA , not to mention the fact that Kony hasn’t been in that country in a while. ” Kony 2012 did that in spades.

Case Study: Blogger Outreach for Oxfam America’s International Women’s Day 2012 Campaign

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One of the most fun projects I’ve worked on recently was Oxfam America’s (OA) International Women’s Day (IWD) 2012 campaign. write their own blog post to promote IWD 2012.

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Terms of "Undearment" -- Words You Should Strike from Your Career Content

PR Job Coach

In this age of personal branding and virtual knowledge, we all struggle with how to best describe our value, and the talents and abilities we bring to the party. And as we know instinctively, no amount of hyperbole or word inflation will mask our true character to people we know and who know us.

Careers -- How to Change Horses Mid-stream

PR Job Coach

If your heartstrings are resonant with the folks mentioned in this New York Times article Lost in Recession, Toll on Underemployed and Underpaid you no doubt understand the challenges inherent in job search.

How to Achieve Guilt Free Interviewing

PR Job Coach

You have worn a furrow deep into the carpet as a result of pacing back and forth in your office pondering how to prep for the upcoming job interview. You struggle mightily understanding the company’s balance sheet and profit and loss statement.

Why Buffer, HootSuite and Post Planner are the Holy Trinity of Managing Social Media

Waxing UnLyrical

When it comes to staying on top of social media, one of the big challenges we have is to find the social media tools that will help us achieve a happy medium between curating, listening, engaging and producing content. Frankly, I think that medium isn’t all that happy.

How to Make Facebook a Career Book

PR Job Coach

The revelation that companies are asking potential employees for Facebook passwords got me thinking about how Facebook has rapidly evolved as both diary and biography.

Good Customer Service Starts at Your Front Door

Waxing UnLyrical

Seems like I had only just written about “ little things ” that make a big difference for my own blog when I recently experienced an example of a small gesture that, to me, made a big impression.

Social Media: The Key to Transforming Doctor-Patient Communication

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Your child has come down with a rasping cough. You put on your Dr. Mom hat, jump online and feverishly Google their symptoms, you check social media to see if any of your friend’s children are sick.

7 PR Lessons Komen for the Cure Didn’t Know It Was Giving You

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I’ve been fascinated by the way the Komen drama – over its new grant policies resulting in withdrawing funds for most of the Planned Parenthood programs that were formerly recipients – has been unfolding. Kind of like watching a train wreck, isn’t it?

Using Social Media to Make People Feel Special

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A social media lesson from hibachi. The other evening, my husband and I tried a new Japanese restaurant that’s opened in our ‘hood. It bills itself as “hibachi steakhouse and sushi.”

Understanding Paid, Owned and Earned Media

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Guest post by Geoff Livingston. The concept of converging media continues to heat up, most notably with marketers discussing the dynamics of blending paid, owned and earned media.

Picking up on #measurePR (May 2012)

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Here is your transcript of the May Day 2012 edition of #measurePR ; and. Here is your transcript of #measurePR on May 15, 2012 , when Rebecca Denison was our fabulous guest on the chat. Which isn’t bad… Picking up on #measurePR (May 2012).

The Anatomy of the Perfect Pitch

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That’s a teaser, of course. Because there is no such thing as the “perfect pitch.” ” There are terrible pitches, there are so-so pitches, and there are very good pitches. But to me, a perfect pitch would be one that secured every single story it was aiming for.

MeasurePR Enters 2012

Waxing UnLyrical

Last week we held the first #measurePR chat of 2012. Here is the complete transcript of the first #measurePR chat of 2012 , and I hope we’ll see you next week: 12-1 pm ET on Tuesday, January 24 , when Alan Chumley will be joining us. MeasurePR Enters 2012.

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Public Relations: Art or Science?

Waxing UnLyrical

I have to start with the caveat that this title is not original. I recently had the opportunity to participate in an amazing Tweetchat ( PRStudChat ) for public relations students, professionals, and professors with this exact name.

PR and Change… On the Edge of Tomorrow

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I’m sure this will come as a ginormous surprise for all of you…. I love what I do for a living. For you “newcomers” to Waxing UnLyrical, I’m a public relations professional now teaching the next generation(s) of PR pros. Sometimes I say, “Been there; done that.” But that’s not true.

The True Secret of Networking and Making Business Connections

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I returned a couple of days ago to the DC area after a whirlwind trip to San Francisco and the 2012 PRSA International Conference. I hope I’ll have the time/mind space to write more about my experience(s) there, but this is something I’ve been thinking about, and wanted to share.

The Evolution of the News Release: My #PRSAICON Infographic

Bad Pitch Blog

Part of my presentation on media relations at #PRSAICON focuses on the news release paradox. It''s seemingly got its own gravitational pull as one of the most mentioned tools in our industry. Yet it''s little more than a simple format that hasn''t changed much -- in more than a century.

Reference Rules of the Road, Rigorous, Reliable, Respectable and Repeatable

PR Job Coach

So you finally passed muster in the 15 interviews you endured at ABC Company over two weeks. You are exhausted. You lost about eight pounds, sweated bullets and are in the final throes of that seemingly elusive job offer. Now comes the hard part.

L-O-V-E for Social Businesses on Valentine’s Day

Waxing UnLyrical

So… looking through this blog, I realized that this is the fourth Valentine’s Day Waxing UnLyrical’s been around … can I get a W00t?! W00t!!!

How to Use Networking to Get Working

PR Job Coach

There is no debate what so ever, networking is the chief avenue to landing a new job , hands down. And the plethora of tips, tactics and tricks to network are limitless on the web. Just Google the term networking and you are likely to be inundated with information on how to do it and profit from it.

Tweet After Death: How to Use Social Media to Live Forever

Waxing UnLyrical

I don’t believe in ghosts. I know, that seems rather snappy and off-handed to say, so immediately like that, but I don’t. I’m not saying I don’t have views on the universe, spirituality, whatever …. I just don’t believe in ghosts.

5 Steps To Set Up Your Measurement Program

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Last week I was in Orlando, Fla., speaking to the PRSA chapter on measurement. No, I didn’t go to Disney World, but I did have a terrific time.

Creating Great Video Without the “Shoot”

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Guest post by Sue O’Hora. Video is a wonderful tool for telling a compelling story. It can be valuable for SEO , useful as a straight-forward marketing tool , and increase the reach of your message via social media in countless ways.

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How Facebook Could Become Irrelevant

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After surpassing 1 billion users this past month, Facebook has become an institution that appears to have some staying power. But there is a lingering issue that threatens Facebook’s dominance even more than advertising revenue and stockholder discontent.

Tragedy Inspires Most Tasteless Pitch Ever

Bad Pitch Blog

You won''t be surprised to learn that the Bad Pitch blog was the last thing on our minds during the horrific shootings in Aurora, Colorado. Like the rest of the nation, we took pause and our thoughts went to the families of the victims.

Online Newsrooms in a Content Marketing World

Bad Pitch Blog

Are online newsrooms still relevant? Spoiler Alert: Richard and I agree that online newsrooms are still relevant -- when they''re done well. But their relevance has shifted. And there are many ways this relevance could increase.

Marketing in the Round with Gini Dietrich

Waxing UnLyrical

So, you know how I was in New Orleans last week for Counselors Academy ? You already know I had a terrific time and learned so much.

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The Serious Goings-On Behind The Social Networking Scene

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I just got an email from a very smart professional whom I happen to like a lot. We met on someone’s blog, followed each other “home,” and now see each other on social platforms pretty much daily.

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3 Hacks for Editing.pdf Files and Images

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Our job requires us to work with a lot of documents and images. So h ere are tools you can use to edit.pdf files and images if a graphic designer''s not the best option at hand. Bend Portable Document Files To Your Will Anyone that''s wanted to edit a.pdf file knows how frustrating it can be.

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3 Ways National Media Use Social Media to Find Sources

Bad Pitch Blog

We''ve seen some interesting examples of how journalists are sourcing stories via social media. Here are three national journalists using three different social media platforms to get things done. And in this MLK edition, we''ve also got some tips for being a better source via social media.

Why Facebook’s New Timeline for Pages Will be More Useful Than You Think

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Like it or not, if you administer at least one Facebook Page, you’re trying to get ready to face the music next Friday. Because that’s the day – March 30 – when its new Timeline format will go live on all brand/business pages.

The Intern and the Executive Coach, Part I: Clueless

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This is a true story. I received this email about a month ago.

Why Gamifying Giving is the New Thing

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Guest post by Ifdy Perez. Nonprofits are constantly trying to develop dynamic ways to engage their supporters and, more and more, are leveraging social media as the quick-and-easy way to issue a call-to-action and get an immediate response. However, this takes planning a strategy.

5 Social Sites That Aren’t Facebook

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Guest post by Kate Endress. Facebook has been struggling since its IPO in May. Its stock has been almost cut in half, GM dropped a $10M ad deal, and Google is nipping at its heels with the purchase of Wildfire. Facebook was not initially built to monetize; it was built to go viral.

Managing Negative Comments in Social Media

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Guest post by Yvette Pistorio. If you work as a social media manager or online community manager you see these all the time … negative comments. When you see them you try at first to plan how to respond, but sometimes have a strong urge to react. The best tip I can give: don’t take them personally.

Public Relations. It’s Still About The People

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six months early, immediately segued from Intern to Account Coordinator with Boston-based The Castle Group in January 2012, and walked across the stage to receive her diploma in May.

On Thought Leadership in Public Relations

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Guest post by Craig Pearce. Thought leadership is widely practiced by organizations seeking to differentiate themselves from peer organizations, enhance their reputation and gain consistent coverage in targeted communication mechanisms.

How Do You Like Them (Infographic) Apples?

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Guest post by Jim Dougherty. There’s a line in the chorus of Nicki Minaj’s song “Starships,” where she sings “hands up and touch the sky.” ” I know this for two reasons: #1 because it’s on the radio all the time, and. #2