When we started Firebrand, I was often asked ‘who is your target client?’ In the first few weeks, I found this an odd question – ‘well, anyone really.’ But it’s one that needs answering if we’re to succeed.
HARO links reporters with sources for articles they are writing. Widely used by PR firms and mainstream media, cases have surfaced where the system has been abused and sources quoted without checking. But why is this happening, and what can be done to stop it?
So here we are in month three of Firebrand. Time to share some more lessons with you.
Firebrand is now a month old. We’re signing up our first clients, hiring our first team members, and getting the systems in place. Agency life is a rollercoaster, so right now after the big climb to launch, we’re accelerating into the drop, hands in the air while screaming something joyously incoherent a few octaves too high for respectability. We’re having fun, so I thought I’d share five lessons learned so far.
After twenty years, I am leaving my PR agency, LEWIS. That’s a long time to work with one firm, especially in an industry where average tenure is about three years. So I thought I’d take this chance to talk about two things – the importance of tenure, and what’s next for me personally.
The role of a marketer or communicator can be stressful. Reputations and revenues are at stake, budgets can be significant, deadlines short, outcomes uncertain and scrutiny high. It’s fun – but it can have its moments. So how do you cope? Here are three ways to manage your stress and avoid a meltdown.
The robots are coming! At least to the journalism industry – specifically earnings and crime reporting. As a fan of automation in PR, I was asked recently what I thought about this trend. Are we all about to be replaced by robots, as we’ve seen in manufacturing? In short, no. Here’s why!
Brand journalism – organizations creating professional content – is a real and significant trend. But what impact will it have on corporate reputations and the media?
NBC has made a number of programing decisions recently, which have attracted strong criticism. Has it lost touch with its moral compass? And what can we learn?
In his excellent book, Drive, Daniel Pink suggests that performance rewards do not work for creative activities. Our motivation for tasks we find intrinsically enjoyable is actually decreased by the presence of a reward for…