Inside PR 494: Creativity and Long Bike Rides by the Lake

A recent post by Gini Dietrich on Digital Distraction and Creativity provides our jumping off point this week. We talk about he importance of times when our minds are “in neutral” for creative thinking and serendipitous inspiration. For Gini, it’s long bike rides. For Martin, it’s long walks. For Joe, it’s shaving and the shower. It may be something totally different for you. But whatever it is, it’s important that you make time to enable your mind to free associate and generate new ideas.

Just a couple years ago, Canada’s Antispam Law (CASL) forced marketers everywhere to revise their approach to building mailing lists, as marketers everywhere discovered that, if they captured any  Canadians in their lists, they had to clearly indicate the intended use of the data and provide people with a clear opt-in for the list, not an opt-out.  And failure to comply with these standards could lead to legal action and fines.

Now publishers and marketers around the world are gearing up for Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which compels a similar rethink about the way that data about people is collected, including cookie data. And, similar to CASL, living outside of Europe is not a shield against the regulation. It’s effect and the truly sizeable financial penalties that can be levied against those who violate the regulation can be applied to anyone anywhere if the capture data about Europeans.

Finally, we discuss research from Pew that underlines the relentless erosion of television news consumption, that is leaving it as a medium consumed by older, less educated, less wealthy Americans. No wonder I see so many drug ads on CNN! And this trend leaves PR people scrambling to reach audiences in the new online places they habituate.

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Inside PR 493: Return of the Ink_stained Wretches?

This week’s conversation was sparked by a comment from  Monica Miller, who wonders  how the flow of sponsored content and content originated by companies and published by communicators affects media credibility. This leads us to a discussion of the limits to sponsored content, new models for journalism and the possibility that local journalism may be linked to a more traditional blue collar model than it is to the television-fueled celebrity salaries of recent years.

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Inside PR 492: Is 2018 the year that AI will take over my job?

Artificial intelligence was a hot topic amoung communicators in 2017 and it’s something to continue watching and exploring in 2018. Clearly, it will have an impact on the nature of the work we perform. It will destroy many existing jobs, especially those involving repetitive, data-based tasks. But, for those who are lucky and prepared to innovate, it also holds the promise to create new opportunities.

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Inside PR 491: To Bot or not to Bot

On this week’s episode of the the Inside PR podcast, Martin Waxman interviews Fatima Zaidi about the chatbot a couple of Toronto-based firms created for TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival. This led to a partnership with TIFF. Smart marketing for the firms involved. A good way to explore the leading edge of the communications practice. And something that more firms should try.

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Inside PR 490: When an apology just isn’t enough

Gini Dietrich, Martin Waxman and Joseph Thornley discuss two topics on this week’s Inside PR podcast:

  • Can Snapchat be fixed? It is a great service with the right set of users, but just a terrible user interface? Or do its problems runs deeper?
  • The outing of sexual predators gives us pause to examine how you can respond to the unconscionable. What do you want? An apology? Or a commitment to change? Are either sufficient alone or even in combination?

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Inside PR 489: People before Platforms

We talked to one another for 42 minutes to plan the podcast before we started to record. At the end, we’ve decided to take the pressure off by saying that this is a recording that is not remarkable. Just three friends, three communications professionals talking about issues of importance to us. The responsibility of the big platforms, Facebook and Google.  Their begrudging appearance before Congress, an appearance that makes that case that government has levers that, just by their existence, keeps the big players in check. If Congress had not persisted, we never would have gotten the real picture about what was going on with Facebook, Google and Russian interference in the US election.

Yep, Facebook and Google are media companies. Publishers that makes judgements through the algorithms they deploy just as surely as humans do. Have they become too dominant, too focused on their own commercial interest, to realize the original dream of people connecting with one another in a meaningful, positive way?

And what’s the impact of a few dominant players on innovation? When they buy new innovative companies when they haven’t yet fully realized their potential.

That may not be a remarkable discussion. But that doesn’t make it unimportant.

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Inside PR 488: Make that a Pizzum to go

Consumer Beware

Does Amazon have a problem with Bot reviews? Are your purchase decisions influenced by the reviews that you read on Amazon? Just like fake news and fake people on Twitter and other social media platforms, we need to be constantly skeptical about what we read and see. The number one rule of online reviews? Do your research before you click. Consumer beware.

Influencer Disclose

And when it comes to endorsements, the FTC makes it clear that influencers really must disclose any paid sponsorships or promotions connected to any of their social media posts. This is something about which PR professionals should be constantly mindful. However, we all can point to examples of PR people who post about client-related matters without any disclosure. We’ve all lapsed on occasion. But its’ essential that we keep this top of mind and observe the rules. Influencer disclose.

Come for the Content. Stay for the Team

Would you join the PR dream team? Gini has created the PR Dream Team as an online PR support community. Since launching in beta in February, PR practitioners have joined to learn from one another and help one another with common issues and challenges that we all have. Come for the content. Stay for the team.

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Inside PR 487: What makes it worthwhile to attend a conference

When it comes to conferences, is less really more?

It’s conference season. And, like you, we want to get the most out of the conferences we attend. And we have become more demanding of the conferences we attend, given that we can get so much great content via Webinars and online courses.

So, let’s talk about why we attend conferences. What are they good for? How do you get the most out of them? Should conference organizers offer a different experience, based on facilitated discussions drawing on the expertise in the audience?

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Inside PR 486: Terry Fallis tells stories

Think about what you heard yesterday. Do you remember the facts that you heard or do you remember the stories that you were told?

We’ve come a long way since the days when corporate executives were rehearsed in the art of “bridging” in order to keep returning to their predetermined key messages. Authenticity didn’t count as much then as it does in the art of social media.

Terry Fallis‘ career in communications has reaches back to those days. But he left them behind to be an early pioneer in social media (He was the original co-host of Inside PR). And along the way, he began writing. Six novels later, he’s an award winning best-selling author who advises executives and public figures on how to communicate effectively in the era in which we all have a voice.

Listen as he talks with Joseph Thornley about the importance of narrative and story telling.

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Will this discussion get us into trouble?

Google’s HR problem

We offer our take on the James Damore memo on gender diversity and how Google handled it. Will this discussion get us into trouble? Will you unsubscribe? Will you judget us harshly?

Google expands speech recognition

News that Google extended speech recognition to an additional 30 languages and locales, serving an addition 1 billion people, underlines how rapidly Google is preparing for the era in which we will be interacting with our devices primarily by voice commands.

 

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