This is one game that's easier to play than avoid.
We're all guilty of overusing tech industry buzzwords. And why not? They play a useful role as common shorthand that (conveniently) confers an aura of "cool" to those fluent in the lingua franca of 21st century business.
But as the tech industry recovers from CES, many of us are finding ourselves feeling buzzword burnout over what feels like an egregious level of noise pollution emanating from Las Vegas last week.
“Disruptive.” “Influencer.”“(Anything)-Hacking.” “Unicorn.” I'm sure we've heard them all this week, many times over.
Never mind that some of this lingo could be headed for limbo faster than Kim (or any other) Kardashian can “Break the Internet.”
“Unicorn,” for instance, is quickly morphing into “unicorpse,” as concerns grow that companies like Gilt, Tango and SFX Entertainment may prove emblematic of some of these hard-to-find beasts with billion-dollar valuations may ultimately fare.
In the meantime, we found some catharsis in a piece last Monday by Shawn Paul Wood in PR Newser, lamenting some of the most irksome buzzwords found in news stories and press releases.
When we mentioned the article in the GEN WOW LinkedIn Group, member Rick Wootten, senior director of global marketing for Seagate, mused about... Read more
Milk, it does a body good. We all know this to be true. But what does it really mean? Well, if you think about it, it’s a saying that could be easily transferred to the PR industry. Making milk a staple of your daily diet is just as important as embedding strategy and goal-oriented results into your PR “diet.” As digitally savvy and progressive as the PR industry has become, there are still so many PR agencies that define success (for their clients) by the sheer number of items checked off as “completed” each month. And that can often result in empty “wins” that do nothing to drive the client’s long term business goals, both from a brand awareness and lead generation/nurture perspective. To me, that’s the sign of a lazy PR agency. But to point the finger blindly at lazy PR agencies isn’t fair either.
As someone who sits in-house within a brand to oversee the PR and communications strategy, it’s up to the PR agency’s clients to hold them accountable, identify multiple goals and results that actually align with the caliber of media outlets relevant to the industry and lay out a roadmap to grow the client’s PR ROI.... Read more
So you have some money to spend on a communications campaign? Great! It may surprise you to know that the amount of money you have to spend is not as critical as how fast you spend it.
Here’s the thing. In documentary production we are able to make a nice chart of how money is spent. If you view it as a timeline, you’ll notice something right away. At the start – when it is just you and an idea – things are pretty cheap, but as production continues – adding a crew, an editor, composer, and graphics - things get more and more expensive. If you need to make changes at the beginning, it’s cheap. If you need to change something at the end, it is not cheap.
Now, when you look at communications and PR, most people turn that formula on its head. People seem to think like movie moguls who want their blockbuster movie to ‘open big,’ so they blow an enormous amount of money on the opening weekend, the premiere, the launch, the one-time media release, figuring that if you make enough noise at the beginning ... Read more