By Francis Moran
When I moved to Ottawa in the late 1980s to head up the national capital office of what was then Canada’s largest public relations firm, the Internet was not yet even a gleam in Al Gore’s eye. My mandate was to build the company’s then-non-existent federal government business, and that usually meant large-scale, big-budget, multi-disciplinary communications efforts in support of major policy issues of the day. Unlike the current administration, where virtually all communications efforts are partisan propaganda masquerading as helpful information, the Conservative government at that time seemed to understand that it had to explain what it was doing if it was to secure a social license for what it was doing. And in that pre-Internet age, that meant print. Maybe some radio, possibly TV if it was a really big campaign, but mainly print.
Before I actually won any of those big contracts to develop and implement a six- or seven-figure campaign, I got my foot in the door by conducting audits, or evaluations, of past campaigns. Auditing past efforts required me to compare the outcome of the campaign to the stated objectives, determine whether the material produced had said the right things and whether it had said them to the right audiences.
By Daylin Mantyka
It’s Friday — which means that it’s time for the weekly roundup. This week we have informative content from Fast Company, socialnomics and Spin Sucks.
First, is a post on how startups can compete in a crowded industry when they are not physically located in either Silicon Valley or New York City, followed by a piece on big Twitter mistakes by big brands. Third, we’ve selected an interesting post on how technology is shaping innovation in the workplace for both better and worse. Last, we look at how the PR industry can come across as a less spammy.
4 lessons your startup can learn from a rust belt incubator
Launching a startup is risky business. Even more so when you don’t live in a bustling startup metropolis like Silicon Valley or New York City. In this article, Rebecca Greenfield visits a new Buffalo incubator, Z80, and shares some of the characteristics that these startups have in common that will help them succeed within this competitive landscape.
By Daylin Mantyka
Last month’s contents were newsworthy and informative. Leading the pack was Francis Moran’s post on angel investors and crowdfunding, followed by Maurice Smith’s post on the definition of “Digital Media.” As always, we had some great contributions from our guest bloggers on presentation skills, leadership, government policy makers and entrepreneurs, among others.
In case you missed any of it, here is a handy recap of our posts, as ranked by the enthusiasm of our readers:
November 14: Angel investors can’t sit on crowdfunding sidelines, by Francis Moran
November 13: ‘Digital media’ evades easy definition, and so proper measurement, by Maurice Smith
November 11: Join Startup Canada for an entrepreneurial invasion of Parliament Hill, by Francis Moran
By Daylin Mantyka
Friday has rolled around yet again, which means we’ve compiled a short list of the top articles we read and loved over the week. Grabbing our attention were posts from Spin Sucks, Fast Company, Social Samosa, memeburn and velocity.
Why newswire services don’t work (and when they do)
In this article, Kate Finley questions the value of newswire services. She states they may be useful in some limited circumstances but mostly she is finding little value for her clients. Most of all, she says, newswires are not earned media. What do you think: Are newswire services worth their effort in this day and age?
What not to do when growing your company, from a CEO who’s done just that
Les Kollegian is the CEO of an award-winning communications agency and has had his share of ups and downs. In this article, he recounts five pitfalls he experienced during the growth of his company and then provides insight on how to avoid them. One of the five lessons learned was, “Don’t rush the hiring process.”
By Francis Moran
When radio first came on the scene, getting the little box with its seemingly-magical mechanisms that plucked sound waves out of the air to actually make noise required users to know how radio worked. For most early radio adopters, it actually required them to build their own radio sets. As time went on, though, knowing how to operate a radio became common knowledge, and nobody had to be taught how to do it. That didn’t mean that the builders of radios and the programmers of good radio content became obsolete; it just meant that pretty much everybody knew how to use the tool while others, the experts, were still valued for their ability to build the tool and make it useful.
I used that analogy in a Facebook conversation yesterday that was prompted by my posting a link to an article that suggested that the job of social media expert will become obsolete as “youngsters (who) are already immersed in platforms such as Twitter and Facebook … enter the job market familiar with social media.” The article quoted Workopolis vice-president of human resources Tara Talbot, “People will need to be even more literate with social media just to get in the door and it will no longer be something that absolutely differentiates folks.”