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Gaining Insights – Following the 2011 PRSA International Conference

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Colleen Flood*

prsa-logoThe 2011 International PRSA Conference kicks off in Florida tomorrow through Tuesday, October 18th.  Will you be there? Join Johna Burke, senior vice president, BurrellesLuce, for a workshop on ROI and Storytelling in the Digital Age. And to help get you thinking about storytelling, read the October 2011 BurrellesLuce newsletter in our free resource library.

For those of us not attending this year, myself included, there are ways to experience the conference without being there in person. 

Here are just a few of the ways I plan to capitalize on what surely will be an educational week of professional development:

  • Twitter:  Follow the hashtag #PRSAICON to check out tweets from sessions Twitter users are attending.  There’s sure to be live tweeting.  I know the BurrellesLuce team of @gojohnab, @tressalynne, @cldegoede and @_laurenshapiro_ attending the conference will be tweeting under this hashtag.  You may also want to follow the Twitter handles of some of the conference’s speakers. I also set up a column in my BurrellesLuce social media monitoring tool (Engage121) to keep tabs on all these tweets.
  • ComPRehension Blog: This is the official blog of PRSA and will be updated with conferences blog posts, podcasts, interviews and other news related to the conference.
  • Flickr:  Another source I will check out is the 2011 PRSA International photo stream on Flickr to view event photos.
  • Facebook:  While their doesn’t appear to  be an official page setup for the conference, I still plan to monitor PRSA’s Facebook fan page for interesting tidbits, along with some of the local Florida chapters.

I look forward to “listening” to the conference from New Jersey…How are you going to make the most of your virtual, conference experience this year?

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*Bio: Colleen Flood has been a sales consultant with BurrellesLuce for over 12 years and is eager to become a more integrated part of the social-public relations community. She primarily handles agency relations in the New York and New Jersey metro-area. She is not only passionate about work, but also about family, friends, and the Jersey Shore. Twitter: @cgflood LinkedIn: Colleen Flood Facebook: BurrellesLuce 

How Do You Bridge the Gap Between LinkedIn and Twitter?

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Gail Nelson
A recent Mashable blog post outlined the different ways to apply Twitter and Facebook to your social media strategy and described how the author, Soren Gordhamer, uses each platform. For B2B marketers, though – many of whom have grown up with LinkedIn – that social network remains important.

I started to wonder, with Twitter gaining traffic every day, how do PR and marketing pros balance their use of LinkedIn and Twitter? I ran a quick, one-question poll earlier this week on both LinkedIn and Twitter, and this is what I found:

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As expected, the preferences of the 58 folks who answered the question at the time of this post differed a bit based on whether they accessed the Twitter poll or the LinkedIn poll.  For example:

  • More than half (56 percent) of the Twitter poll respondents used both, but preferred Twitter.
  • LinkedIn respondents were more likely to say they used both and found them equally useful.

(For those of you looking to run a poll on these services — perhaps more scientifically than I did – consider using LinkedIn. It has good free tools and, for a fee, the ability to target the right people inside and outside of your network. But for a full-fledged survey, I still like SurveyMonkey. )

For insight into the Twitter versus LinkedIn issue, I asked two successful users of both services to weigh in.  

Kent Huffman, CMO at BearCom Wireless and author of the soon-to-be launched SystemicMarketing.com (Twitter: @KentHuffman LinkedIn: Kent Huffman), has built a large community of marketers. Here’s what he had to say:   

“I spend about the same amount of time on Twitter and LinkedIn. Twitter has been a great tool for finding like-minded professionals and initiating relationships. By contrast, I’ve found LinkedIn and its associated groups to be ideal for sharing more in-depth conversations and relating on a deeper level. Both forums have helped connect me to some awesome people who have become great colleagues and even better friends.”

Johna Burke, Vice President at BurrellesLuce and Southern Region Chair for IABC (Twitter: @gojohnab LinkedIn: gojohnab ), said:

“I find them equally useful, but my contacts are different on both networks and I use them for varying purposes. There are significant distinctions in how I share and engage on each network. I update Twitter more frequently and send and receive on average 25 direct messages each day. I have an average three emails daily through LinkedIn, but then talk – yes “old school talk,” – to at least a couple LinkedIn contacts each week.

“That said, there is still some industry cross-over in both networks and when there is something relevant I will post an update to multiple platforms via ping.fm. There are other services, but this is the one I have found to be the easiest for me.”

As for me, I have found that as the time I spend on Twitter has accelerated, I check LinkedIn less often.

How do you participate in LinkedIn and Twitter? Are you phasing out one in favor of another? What is the best use of each?

Some Tweet Stats For Communicators

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

If you are like a lot of people, you are having debates about the value of Twitter and the level of engagement needed as part of your communications strategy. At the AMEC Measurement Summit in Berlin, Germany I had the johnaberlin.jpgpleasure of meeting Dr. Nick Koudas, CEO of Sysomos, who recently conducted some analysis of Twitter “An In-Depth Look Inside the Twitter World.”  

The study reveals some fascinating data about demographic and keyword trends to consider when developing your strategy and offers some support for engagement. The Sysomos study doesn’t define the “sphere of influence,” the holy grail I believe we need to fully leverage social media efforts, it definitely provides a step in the right direction. The research should help make the communication role easier since success is more likely when we have a good baseline of knowledge. With this information your organization can make the most impact in social media.

While in Berlin I had the pleasure of conducting a video interview with Dr. Koudas. The audio isn’t great, but for those of you interested he shares some insights from the study.

One last personal note: Based on this study I’m proud to say BurrellesLuce tweeters (@gail_nelson, @valeriesimon, @dfriez, @tressalynne, and @gojohnab) are above average in most areas.

PR Tweet Power

Friday, March 13th, 2009

PowerEarlier this week, I attended PR News’ Media Relations Next Practices Forum at the National Press Club. Attendees were encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag, #MRF09 and live tweet about the event. About two dozen attendees were tweeting. #MRF09 was in the top 10 hashtags that day. Now, that’s power to the PR People!

Here are a few of the informative tweets from the forum, including some from my BurrellesLuce colleague Johna Burke, @gojohnab. Please be sure to check out the full hashtag  search, as well.

smittyPA: #MRF09 “take the digital road less travelled” says Cody. Don’t just comment on big news!

clynnpete: “Keep your clients close and keep the client’s clients closer – Face to face is key in the digital age” – Steve Cody #mrf09

dfriez: Prepare the last question emphasized again. Bragale used her own experience of using the last sound bite many times at AP. #mrf09

dfriez: We have a hard time going from pitching to participating. We need to listen. #mrf09

gojohnab: #mrf09 there is such a thing as bad press. We all need to realize it. There are times when clients should stay quiet.

dfriez: Pitney says to hold off responding sometimes to negative blog postings. A good response is to call them. #mrf09

jmascott: Virtually no difference between under 50 / over 50 population in use of online communities. #mrf09

robinhlane: Monte Lutz strongly recommends not altering or editing Wikipedia entries #mrf09

web20blog: Relations with the C-suite are critical if you are measurements are going to have impact. #mrf09