The public relations industry has changed dramatically during the past five or so years. Unfortunately, not all professionals have caught on, or up, to those changes.
I’ve encountered these scenarios too many times to count: More seasoned professionals refuse to budge out of their “this is how we’ve always done it and it works” mentality. Middle of the road professionals understand how PR has changed, but can’t quite figure out how to bring the old together with the new. And, new and soon-to-be new professionals think they’ve got it all figured out, but they don’t. Not even close. I’m talking to you, dear student, who put “social media expert” on the cover letter you sent me.
You don’t have to be a big, “sexy” consumer brand to see successful results on social media. Companies in the professional service industry are embracing social media as part of their integrated marketing and communications strategy and driving successful results, too.
Need proof? Just look at life insurance brand, New York Life. The 169-year-old company has received accolades from digital media publications like Digiday and Social Media Today for its genuine approach to social media.
This week, I had the great opportunity to sit down with the CEO of a well-known Michigan brand for a brief chat about social media, media relations and marketing. During the course of our conversation about social media and how it could move his company forward, he shared a thought regarding social media authenticity that stuck with me:
By its nature, a university is a hub of knowledge: High-level thinkers and academics make up the largest portion of employees. Professors bring a foundation of knowledge and practical expertise in a myriad of topics, from business ethics and bee-keeping to 17th century French fashion and astrophysics.
And they are not just dusty academics – they are artists, scientists, historians, inventors, musicians and writers – in short, experts in nearly everything under the sun. In my experience as a media coordinator for a university, leveraging university professors as expert media sources is critical to building awareness and distinguishing your academic programs.
Last week, the Social Media Club Detroit (SMCD) crew gathered atop Detroit at Coach Insignia for a high-level look at the evolution of automotive social media through the eyes of the Big 3 – General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler.
After catching up with old friends and making new ones, the powerhouse panel took their seats to be guided by Identity’s very own Nikki Little as the panel moderator. Stimulating conversation and intriguing insight for the evening was provided by:
At Identity, we believe great marketing has the power to change the course of history. Great work is not just an expectation. It’s our business model. We live it and breathe it daily. You can check out some of our great work and case studies on our website. This post is part of a continuing series in which we provide additional commentary from the case studies featured on our site.
Black Friday continues to be the biggest shopping day of the year and serve as the unofficial kick-off to the holiday shopping season. With virtually every retailer looking to garner the attention of shoppers, separating companies from the rest of the pack has become increasingly difficult for retailers—making it that much more important to find unique ways to engage shoppers. We did just that with Brighton, MI based Green Oak Village Place (GOVP).