June 27, 2013
This year’s two-day Digital Impact Conference, themed “Social Business: Strategies for Success,” kicked off this morning at the New York Hilton Midtown.
After welcome remarks from PRSA President and COO William M. Murray, CAE, Danny Sullivan, founding editor of Search Engine Land and Marketing Land gave the opening keynote address, “The New Face of PR: How to Tap the Power of Search Engines and Social Media.”
Sullivan began his presentation by demonstrating how to use the new Google Glass and spoke on how connectivity will be critical for communicators going forward.
He noted that while he is not a PR professional, he’s been a journalist for 20 years and received many pitches, so he has “thoughts to share on the world of search and social.”
He discussed the ongoing Paula Deen PR crisis and told the audience to realize the difference between “stories read and seen on social media. Know what you said and why you retweeted it,” he said.
“Social media is media,” Sullivan said. “It is first-tier media. It’s not after-thought media; it’s not echo-chamber media. It’s not for discussing real media.”
He noted that The New York Times has more followers on social than those who subscribe to the actual print version. So ask yourself: “Are you using social media to talk directly to your audience?”
Your fans may be able to help and support you within a few seconds like Deen’s did. But be careful — search is also media, and people can reverse-broadcast what they want to hear, he said. Provide links and “speak Web” rather than sending a PDF of a press release.
“Don’t get cute. Live or die by your headline. Honesty is content. Get rid of buzzwords. Do your research. Be a good PR person,” Sullivan said. He closed by offering the audience a list of what he thinks good PR people do:
Amy Jacques is the managing editor of publications for PRSA. A native of Greenville, S.C., she holds a master’s degree in arts journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Georgia’s Grady College and a certificate in magazine and website publishing from New York University.
Email: amy.jacques at prsa.org