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In public relations we are constantly monitoring news relating to our clients that we sometimes forget to keep up on our own industry. In order to help you with your weekly dose of industry news, I’ve included this week’s top PR articles below. 1. What SOPA Means for PR Professionals (Ragan’s PR Daily) SOPA was a major industry topic this week, with a large amount of websites, including Wikipedia, protesting the act. It’s interesting to see how this act influences public relations. Read more [...]

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It’s one of the Ten Commandments of PR: transparency. Apparently the Coghlan Consulting Group didn’t get the memo. Back in September the PR firm came under fire after the LA Times uncovered that Coghlan was affiliated with fake news site, News Hawks Review, and had been shamelessly promoting their client Central Basin Municipal Water District of California on the site. Coghlan has an agreement between Central Basin’s public affairs office which promises promotional stories “written in the Read more [...]

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We We We So Excited

by Affect Team on September 15, 2011

As we often do, several of us here at Affect were discussing press release language yesterday – reflecting on the some of the bad drafts we’ve seen, and the overuse of certain words (“innovative”, “leading”). One word that came to mind for all of us was “excited”, so I was, well, excited to see this new tumblr blog created by Mashable’s Todd Wasserman: “Everyone’s Excited in Press Releases.” Fed up with seeing the word “excited” used over and over in standard press releases, Todd says he reached Read more [...]

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Where the tourists go, the flyers will follow. I’ve learned that during my lengthy Midtown commutes.  My journey to work takes me through some heavy trafficked tourist areas, and on any given day, I dodge at least 20 people trying to hand me something. Sightseeing tours, restaurant coupons, nail salon deals.  You name it, there’s a flyer in my way. To me, they’re all the same – I blow by them as quickly as possible – but to businesses, it is a real opportunity to get the word out, especially Read more [...]

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With Internet Week 2011 winding down in New York City, we wanted to ask someone who saw about as much as of the week’s festivities as one person could. Here’s what you missed, and what you need to know about this year’s Internet Week from guest Stephanie Grayson, an experienced communications professional and friend of Affect’s. A PR or Advertising person attending Internet Week walks into a bar…. No, it’s not necessarily a joke that requires a fill-in-the-blank answer. There were Read more [...]

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It only took nine days on Twitter for the Secret Service to learn an important lesson about the immediacy of social media. On Wednesday, an employee for the Secret Service — thinking they were logged in to their personal account — posted a tweet to the Service’s account that read, “Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering.” The tweet created quite a buzz before it got deleted, as it got passed around Twitter through numerous retweets and screen shots. Fortunately Read more [...]

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Whether you’re in public relations or a related industry, you’ve likely attended your fair share of networking events. Mingling with the crowd and making worthwhile connections isn’t easy. Here are some tips for working a room: 1) Plan Your Intro. When approaching someone you don’t know, think about an opening line (just don’t ask them if they come here often). A tried and true approach is to inquire about their connection to the organization hosting the event. 2) Engage the loner. Read more [...]

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The Business Insider decided to throw us PR folks a bone today and tell us exactly what they want and don’t in a pitch. Really, their requests are pretty simple…there are only two of them. #1. Have an actual story….about topics they cover, not just about your client #2. Send a quote…they don’t have the time to interview your expert, so just send what they’re going to say Seems simple enough, but apparently they’ve been getting a lot of mass, widely irrelevant emails from PR people Read more [...]

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Like millions of Americans, I was up late this Sunday night watching, mouth agape, as the news of Osama bin Laden’s death was announced. When I came into work Monday and scanned the blogosphere, I saw, as expected, massive amounts of posts about the event itself, how President Obama handled the address, and more details into bin Laden’s last moments. What I wasn’t as prepared for was the phenomenal amount of information about the way in which the news was communicated. As a PR professional, Read more [...]

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Given my obsession with the royal wedding this week (well if I’m being honest, the past three months), it only made sense for me to find a way to actually learn from the event that has taken over every news medium across the world. As I sit here and consistently refresh the homepages of several news sites, I have been wondering what it is about this wedding that has the entire world, including myself, so invested. What makes this event different from all the other important, if not more important, Read more [...]

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