Easing the Responsibility of Blogging

You’re interested in sharing your insights into communications challenges and issues with the world. That’s a great start. But are you really ready to take on the responsibility a weblog brings? Because it isn’t one you should take on lightly. Writing a successful weblog is a time-consuming affair … This initial welcoming and warning is

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NY Times Admires Brand Bloggers & Consumer Evangelists

In a presentation I gave last week, I spoke about the passion that many people feel about their technology choices as a key reason why our technology clients who are not aggressively pursuing a blogging strategy need to tap into this conversation.  Of course, passion can be positive or negative and being in the world

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Starwood Launches a Katrina Online Relief Auction

I recently came across a great travel/advocacy campaign sponsored by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide (up from October 20-27).  Taking the idea of donating your frequent flier miles to the next stage, the site features an online auction with more than 800 travel related items including a "Carolina Getaway with tickets to a pro football

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The Storyteller Instinct at We Media

Attending the We Media conference last week, one key theme began to emerge for me from the many insightful panels  — that the "storyteller instinct" is the driving force behind much of the change happening in the media industry today.  Consumer generated media, in large part, is driven by individuals’ need to tell their stories. 

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Sneak Preview: Ogilvy PR BlogFeeds

As part of our sponsorship of tomorrow’s WE Media Conference in New York, we started thinking about how we could offer something of value to the conference attendees beyond a typical brochure about our services. The conference aims to explore the ways in which new forms of communication are changing the way that we converse

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Chrysler's Firehouse: Corporate Blog Gone Wrong

Perhaps aiming to avoid the mistakes of Dell in ignoring Jeff Jarvis’ blog comments and experience, Chrysler PR chief Jason Vines has taken a wide swing in the opposite direction, lashing out at Steve Hall of Adrants in response to his (justified) posting about the new Firehouse.biz blog as being "stupid, illogical, idiotic and insane." 

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Apple Unveils New iPod Phone & iPod Nano

As expected, an hour ago Steve Jobs announced at Apple’s press conference that the company will launch a new iTunes phone through partnership with Motorola and a mini-ipod which he termed the "iPod Nano" and described as thinner than a pencil … You have to hand it to Apple, they know how to hype up

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360 Degree Digital Influence

Though I consider myself a marketing-guy at heart … the past few years of my career have been spent working first in advertising agencies, and most recently in a large public relations agency.  Ok, I know they’re all connected – but today I’m glad that I’m in public relations.  With the rise of blogs, and

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Lessons from Dumb Spokesperson Campaigns

In the PR world, I have witnessed no better way to throw hundreds of thousands of dollars down the drain than to pay some expensive and questionably effective spokesperson to do a range of marketing activities, satellite media tours, and limited half-day appearances.  True metrics supporting celebrity spokesperson choices are often difficult to find.  As

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Yahoo Taps Celebrities to Blog about Cancer

In a fascinating combination of blog culture and pop/celebrity culture (something Yahoo is getting better and better at – probably thanks to Terry Semel) – the new Blog for Hope is a partnership between the site and the American Cancer Society designed as a 30-day event which enlists the help of celebrities such as Sen.

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