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Last week was a whirlwind of PR awesomeness. We had the pleasure of attending the 5th annual PR Summit in San Francisco (thank you Shaun Saunders), the Publicity Club of New York’s New Media Influencers Luncheon (thank you Peter Himler), and the first round of AirPR’s PRTech Awards in NYC (thank you Mediabistro and Porter Gale).
Curious about what hot topics are being discussed across the country by PR pros, media, marketers, and technologists alike?
Of course you are.
Below you will find three PR trends that permeated every event, oh-so-tweet-worthy PR tidbits, and the individuals leading the PRTech evolution that should definitely be on your radar.
Let’s kick it off with the trends, shall we?
#1 – Data must be used to drive marketing and PR decisions
No longer can PR rely on purely anecdotal or observed data. For the first time ever, companies and publishers have insights into what is working in terms of content and messages and PR professionals across the globe are now required to use data to drive and optimize their efforts.
#2 – The role of PR is finally getting the credit it deserves due to technological innovation
The lines are blurring between social, content, media relations, media buying, and analytics with PR assuming more responsibility in all of these areas. PR is breaking out of its silo and establishing itself as one of the most important layers in any organization. Technology and measurement is helping cement PR’s seat the table as a key business driver and decision maker.
#3 – Social, content, and measurement are the 3 elements shaping the future of the PR
This trifecta demands that PR rock at the intersection of the strategic insight and creative thought. From social and blogging, to partnerships, thought leadership, contributory writing and beyond, PR pros must create relevant communication in real time and ensure all pieces of content marketing are connected, supportive and of course, driven by data.
And now, in case you’re looking to quote bomb Twitter this week, we’ve got you covered.
From PR Summit in San Francisco
- “To better relate to people…Write an amazing story first and then fit your company in later.” – John Rampton
- People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. Start with the “Why?” not the “What?” – Jill Rowley
- “We are programmed to pay attention to things that violate our expectations.” – Ben Parr
Anyone who knows me, knows I have two pro-crushes:
Not necessarily in that order.
I’d like to point out that I’ve never met “Stevie-J” (that’s my pet name for him) in person, but I did see him speak at a conference once: it was definitely a nerd soul connection, at least on my end. I’ve also tweeted to him a few times, only to be completely ignored – but it’s cool, I know he’s super busy and probably, no definitely, thinking about my tweets even if he’s non-responsive.
Bill, on the other hand, I have the tremendous pleasure of spending time with on a somewhat regular basis – as he has been advising AirPR even before I took my place at the proverbial table. P.S. I happen to know and adore Bill’s wife so this is all totally kosher. My gushing about “The Tancer.”
A lil’ bit about Bill (beware: you may develop a crush too!)…
#1 – DATA GEEK: As the world’s preeminent expert of online behavior, he’s spent the last 10 years analyzing a sample of 10 million Internet users and what they do online every single day. In other words, he lives and breathes “big data.” He is also the general manager of global research at Experian Hitwise.
#2 – PATTERN FREAK: He studies 5-8 million search terms every week to reveal insights into online behavior patterns. These patterns, in turn, are used to help businesses find customers, anticipate trends and improve performance.
#3 – MEDIA CHIC: Last but not least, he’s is the author of New York Times Bestseller Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters — Unexpected Insights for Business and Life. His analysis of the online landscape has been quoted extensively in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and Business Week.
While data may be Bill’s main jam, what he finds most compelling are the stories derived from what people are searching for: The quantitative front-end to the qualitative back-end, if you will. Continue reading…