Are you spending more time on LinkedIn these days?

LinkedIn has become more important to news consumers and creators in the last three years, according to our 2014 Social Media News Survey. Survey respondents this year were more active on LinkedIn, had more connections, and more of them named the professional social network as a top place to follow, share and post news and information than in 2011. Click now for the specifics!

Online Newsrooms Level The Playing Field for SME’s

We’ve all heard it said that size matters in just about everything - CEO’s are, according to research, taller than most other folks in the company. And according to the Harvard Business Review, companies with short, simple names attract more shareholders, generate more stock trading, and perform better on certain financial measures than companies with longer, hard-to-process names. But when it comes to news and information management via an online newsroom, it seems one can throw company size out the window.

Are we getting comfortable with social media tools?

Our just-released 2014 Social Media News (SMN) Survey suggests media users have, in the last couple of years, become more habitual in using social media tools and networks for viewing, creating and sharing news and information. Click to read more!

A Secret Little Trick To Immense Online Newsroom Success

Want to know a little secret? As Forbes contributor Bruce Kasanoff points out, if you’re not Coke or Pampers you don’t need a mass audience. Now take that thinking to your online newsroom – if you’re not Coke or Pampers, you probably don’t need to reach every media outlet in the free world to have a very successful media relations program and online newsroom.

Three Great Tips for Online Newsroom Managers (not written by us!)

A recent article in Intelligent Utility Magazine’s online edition featured a story about Oncor – the largest electricity distribution and transmission system in Texas. It was interesting to us from the perspective of a big company with a massive payroll using the online newsroom to solve a big corporate communications problem. Go figure!

Marketing Your Message: Price (Think Cost!)

E. Jarome McCarthy and his disciples probably spent more time pondering the “price” ingredient of the marketing mix than any other variable. After all, it’s the one thing we can, at least in theory, completely control. The product is not selling? Put it on sale! Running low on inventory? Raise the price! It’s much more complicated than that, of course. But you get the idea.

Marketing Your Message: Promotion (Think Collaboration!)

Historically, promotion is the one area of the marketing mix where public relations played a key role. But the traditional focus of promotion within a company’s global marketing plan was on the company’s product or service – the iPhone or the manicure - not the actual product of public relations, which we decided earlier is content. 

Marketing Your Message: Place (Think Convenience!)

So, if we’re agreed that the product PR produces is content, the question becomes, “how do we get our content to the customer, the media, the analyst, the stakeholder, the shareholder?” Obviously, the traditional channel was through traditional media: 1) write press release; 2) send press release to media list; 3) pray for editorial benevolence. But today, with all the changes in the media landscape mentioned above, editorial benevolence seems a fool’s prayer.

Marketing Your Message: Product (Think Content!)

E. Jarome McCarthy described a product as simply the tangible, physical entity that you may be buying or selling, or the service you may be providing. Buy an iPhone, that's the product. Have your nails done, that’s the service. Simple! Or is it? What product does the public relations profession manufacture? What service does it provide direct to the customer? How is the product produced? Is the product what customers want or need? What about functionality, styling, quality, safety, packaging, accessories and warranty?

Marketing Your Message: What E. Jerome McCarthy Never Told You In His Book

E. Jerome McCarthy conceptualized marketing as a big cake – a mix of ingredients that, when proportioned correctly and baked at the right temperature for the right amount of time, produced big profits for the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. You 101. The 4 Ps – product, place, promotion, and price?

So what does all this have to do with a front-page placement in the New York Times? Well, maybe nothing. But it has everything to do with how public relations is moving into the participatory culture of content marketing via the online newsroom. See for yourself in our blog series Market Your Message.