Mastering Social Media

The Facebook Dilemma

It seems as though Facebook has businesses between a rock and a hard place: their audience is on Facebook and wants to interact with brands there.  A community of loyal and engaged fans is considered to be a valuable asset.  But, as more brands jump on the bandwagon and post content, space in the fans’ [...]

LinkedIn Adds Image Sharing on Mobile Devices

The power of visual content continues to catch on. Even if you had the time to write a thousand well-crafted words, your audience probably doesn’t have the time to read them. And we process visuals much faster and retain the message better when an image is part of the package. LinkedIn gets this – now [...]

How Journalists Use Social Media to Report the News

A new report from the Indiana University School of Journalism shows how US jouranlist are using social media to report the news.  Based on online interviews with 1,080 U.S. journalists conducted during the fall of 2013, the new report updates previous findings and adds new ones concerning the role of social media in journalism. Key [...]

How To Market Your Business Using LinkedIn

If you are a business professional and not currently on the social networking website LinkedIn, you are missing out on a valuable marketing opportunity. Unlike other social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn is purely a professional network with a sole objective of connecting professionals for success. There are now over 200 million [...]

Men Closing the Social Media Gap

  I am sure this is no big surprise, but two recent studies have found that women are more active in social media than men. I can already hear the comments about how women love to chat and share. But the disparity between the sexes is closing – after fairly slow growth over the past [...]

How to Write a Press Release in 2013

  Webinar August 28, 2013, Sally Falkow APR and Lisa Buyer discuss the new Google rules for writing a press release Register here Back in 2006 a few very smart PR folk recognized the need for PR content to be found online and that search engine optimization would become a necessary PR skill. Unfortunately, the [...]

Twitter is Getting Ready to Woo Journalists

Twitter is already playing a large part in the news industry: it’s where many people find breaking news and it’s where journalists go to locate sources close to a breaking story. And they want to do more. They recently posted this job opening: Twitter is playing an integral role in the evolution of the news [...]

New Facebook Design Taps into Trend for Visual Content

Facebook’s recent announcement about their redesign of the news feed is based on the trend for visual content.  The percentage of posts that contain images has doubled in just over a year. Photos on Facebook get 53% more likes and 104% more comments than a text post.  Posts that include a photo get 120% more [...]

Create and Optimize Visual Content: a new PR skill

Forbes called the rise of visual content the breakout trend of 2012. As early as 2007 Jakob Nielsen’s eye tracking studies showed that images attract attention.  And attracting the attention and interest of a visitor to your newsroom or brand content online is vital in this overcrowded content world. Here are a few stats to [...]

6 Social Media Skills You Need in Marketing and PR

According to an article in Forbes, whether you’re just starting out, or you learned your Marketing skills years ago and need to get up to speed, these six skills are essential: How to build and nurture an online community. Researching new social media tools and platforms – the “next big thing.” Blogging – planning content, [...]