2012

Social Media: The Key to Transforming Doctor-Patient Communication

Waxing UnLyrical

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.

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.

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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.

When Life Happens

Waxing UnLyrical

Today’s been a big day for me. Because, as you read this, I will have packed up my stuff from MSL Washington DC , and getting ready to have a farewell refreshment with my colleagues, some of whom have become dear friends.

Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

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

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?

Public Relations: It’s Called A ‘Profession’ For A Reason

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I’ve been dealing with a situation for the past few weeks involving a student who thought she wanted to “ ‘be’ in public relations.”. That is, until she found out that she was expected to actually do something besides sit at her desk or go to parties. To quote my hero, Homer Simpson, “D-Oh!”.

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Sock Monkeys Against Cancer Reaches Tipping Point

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for lung cancer). Earlier this month, Jennifer Stauss Windrum wrote a moving guest post on her campaign to generate awareness around lung cancer. If you haven’t yet read it, please do go read it, because she tells her story much better than I ever could.

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

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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 Help a Tiny Torah Scroll Kickstart An Article of Hope

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What could a group of astronauts and the Holocaust possibly have in common? More than you think. And before you read further, there is an ask involved, to help get a very moving documentary to American television screens via PBS and Kickstarter.

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5 Things Small Businesses Need To Know To Avoid The Groupon Curse

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Perhaps it was an episode of Extreme Couponers or the explosion of social commerce sites such as Groupon that sparked my addiction to a good deal, but either way, I’m hooked on them. One night in February I was perusing Groupon and found deals galore capitalizing on the upcoming holiday.

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.

12 Tips to Organize and Run a Tweetathon

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Many of you are familiar with the Blue Key campaign that I’ve been working on since last year for my client, USA for UNHCR.

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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.

Good Customer Service Starts at Your Front Door

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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.

Toon Time: IPO Madness

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Erin Feldman is the marketing communications manager at TouchSystems , a touch screen company based in Hutto, Texas. Her background is in marketing and creative writing, and she riffs about writing right at her blog, Write Right (so write right, don’t make her use her red pen).

Social Media Stock Talk: Five Reasons to Buy Facebook

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It’s official. The biggest news in the history of social media took place Friday when Facebook had its IPO, becoming the biggest social name ever to join the public market.

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.

How to Network On Social Media Without Being a Stalker

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I got an interesting question from someone I know (name withheld on request) recently. I was asked: “I would like to reach out and connect with a professional contact that I have made via Twitter/Facebook /LinkedIn.

10 Commandments of Job Search

PR Job Coach

The employment market in the second decade of the 21 st Century is literally topsy turvy. All of the rules that we have all come to love and respect over the years no longer apply. It is a new day, a new world and all bets are off.

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Startup Weekend (India): Social Entrepreneurship in Action

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So what did you do last weekend? Partied? Slept all day? Relaxed? Took the kids & wife to the Mall? I’m sure whatever you did was interesting but I… … I attended Startup Weekend in New Delhi.

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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. The project.

10 Observations on “Real” Public Relations and Social Media

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Monday, Oct. 15, will see me complete six months since I started at MSL Washington DC. I know many of you have wondered how I’ve been doing, and honestly, there’s no short answer to that question (though if you pressed me, I’d say “mostly good”).

From #HungertoHope on World Food Day

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As public relations professionals, there are a lot of different kinds of things we have to do, and not all of them are fun.

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

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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.

Public Relations: Art or Science?

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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.

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.

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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.

Launching a SMAC!Down: Sock Monkeys Against Cancer

Waxing UnLyrical

Guest post by Jennifer Windrum. NoMo is the ringleader of “SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer”, a gang of monkeys that provides tangible support to those with cancer, reminding them no one fights it alone. Right now, NoMo is just a prototype. But, with your help, NoMo and his SMAC!

Public Relations. It’s Still About The People

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I recently spent the bulk of the day on Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest and the other “usual suspects” marveling at how incredibly much information flows between people around the world by the second.

5 Lessons for Nonprofits from Kony 2012

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The big story last week was Invisible Children’s 30-minute film on Joseph Kony. I mean, you just couldn’t get away from it. I was fascinated; not by the video so much (which I agree was beautifully produced), but by the amount of conversation it generated.

A Letter to My Younger Self

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A few months ago, I came across Nancy Davis ‘ Letter to my Younger Self. It was very touching, and I promised her I would write such a post myself. Seeing as how my birthday is approaching (Sunday!), this is it.

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

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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!!!

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.

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 Strangest Argument I’ve Ever Had On Social Media

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It all began when Michelle Quillin re-tweeted a recent post of mine. It was about remembering to use the headline and first lines to keep readers compelled to read, old and new. A follower of hers read it, and tweeted in reply, “That made me want to vomit.” ” I was totally at sea.

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.