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A look into how social media has reshaped the PR industry

It’s hard to ignore social media, especially when its global usership is in billions. Its presence is felt in every industry you can think of, big or small. It has arguably made a huge impact on the communication industry and public relations in particular. The emergence of citizen journalism and more people turning to social media for their daily dose of the news, social media has indeed forced PR to adapt or perish. Here are three ways social media has impacted the public relations industry dearly.

 

Make a big bang

 

Social media is instant and loud. Users generate about four million likes every minute on Facebook, that’s how loud it can get, and that’s just one of the many social media platforms at our service. The only negative to being able to make news viral with a click of the share button is that news gets old just as quickly as it goes viral. Journalists are always looking for the next breaking news and PR professionals have to keep up.

 

On the bright side, with instant connections PR professionals can follow journalists on social media and stay in the loop about their writing style, area of expertise and recent work. This works in favor of PR pros as it not only helps build connections but also make an informed pitch to journalists based on what they see on their social media handles.

 

A crisis could be around the corner

 

Social media provides brands the easiest way to make a blunder in front of their audiences. It just takes itchy fingers and a click of a button, and your brand could be staring down the barrel of social media backlash. Yet another reason keeping PR pros up at night. 

 

Today’s modern PR is responsible for much more than just scheduling interviews and sending out press releases. They are also responsible for managing a brand’s voice and protecting their its online reputation by promoting additional content, creating engagement and monitoring and measuring media. A failure to monitor social media and have a plan in place to respond to consumer feedback – both negative and positive could be a missed opportunity or a large scale crisis.    

 

Influencers – A media phenomenon

 

Social media is not just a platform for professionally trained journalists or your everyday citizen journalist, it gave rise to a whole new breed of journalists called, the new influencer. Being represented by a vlogger with millions of followers on YouTube or a travel blogger with hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram is considered to be the best way to attract more customers.

 

The ever-increasing number of social media influencers with tons of followers means more opportunity for PR professionals and the brands they represent. 

 

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No more visible like counts on Instagram

Earlier this year, Instagram started experimenting with hidden likes on its platform in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. As of last week, this experiment went global. So fear not if you can’t see the number of likes on a post, it just means you’re part of this experiment too. 

 

The experiment

 

It is an interesting take from the social media giant to turn away from likes and views being public knowledge – do users respond to the numbers below pictures more than the pictures themselves?

 

“The idea is to try to ‘depressurize’ Instagram, make it less of a competition and give more space to focus on connecting with people that they love, things that inspire them.” – Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, said during an interview. 

 

With the rise of influencer marketing, likes and views can easily be monetized. It would be interesting to see if any popular influencers notice a significant shift in their like counts, for better or for worse. With that in mind, Instagram also stated that it’s looking for other ways that influencers and content creators can keep their sponsorships intact, even though they are sometimes dependent on like counts.

 

The response – Yay or nay?

 

This experiment has received mixed responses from the world of social media. Some users like Nicki Minaj or not supportive of the idea – she has already said that she won’t take to Instagram to post content because they’re “removing the likes”, in a deleted thread on Twitter she also stated that like counts help validate independent artists. Cardi B weighed in too, saying comment likes cause more harm than likes themselves because they allow people to acknowledge and reward negative comments on positive posts.

 

On the other hand, several influencers have come out in support of Instagram’s decision because of its potential to improve users’ mental health. One of Instagram’s top ten most-followed users, Kim Kardashian West has spoken in favor of this change, calling it “beneficial”.

 

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The social media factor in political propaganda

The need for social media is the only thing growing faster than the number of users on it, but all that you see on there is not necessarily true. It’s no surprise that social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook have become the go-to marketplace for politicians trying to boost their campaigns ever since the rise of digital marketing over the past decade, simply because the political propaganda that’s on there doesn’t have to go through a vigorous fact-check.

 

No more political advertising on Twitter 

 

Growing criticism over deceptive information from politicians on social media has encouraged Twitter to make the first move and bar political advertising globally on its platform. This policy reform will mean that both candidate ads and ads related to political issues will no longer be accommodated on this platform. This change is all set to take effect worldwide from 22 November.

 

Facebook under pressure

 

Facebook recently justified their decision to let political ads run without their interference, terming it as “freedom of expression”. However, the onset of the new Twitter policy means Facebook will be under pressure to fact-check political posts on their platform. Will Twitter’s bold move be a game changer or will Facebook persist with their decision to allow “freedom of expression”?

 

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The unbelievable breadth of Amazon

Over the last four years, Amazon has nearly tripled its total number of employees to become the second-largest US company, and by this metric is outranked only by Walmart. By another benchmark, things are going swimmingly as well: last year the company’s trailblazing CEO, Jeff Bezos, became the world’s richest person. While the company’s South American jungle namesake may have made headlines for less fortunate reasons in recent weeks, Amazon the iconic firm is all about growth, in ways that are nothing short of spectacular.

 

Quirky culture

 

The Seattle-based company deserves a reputation for doing things differently and successfully. A real in-house hit that resonated with customers as well was the Share the Pi scheme, which gave buyers a 1.57 per cent discount – pi, or 3.14, cut in half. Bezos has had a cameo in a Star Trek drama with an alien-chic look, boasts owning a Starfleet uniform and credits the sci-fi novels he continues to devour as a source of deep inspiration about what happens when you dream big, and double down on making dreams come true. Amazon’s re:MARS Conference (Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space) held earlier this year in Las Vegas consciously connects the fantastic with the everyday, fueling both our collective thirst for convenience and our expectations that the once unheard of can be achieved, if we persevere. Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drone is said to be in the final stages of development and will be unveiled in a matter of months.

 

Keeping an eye out on death and taxes

 

The only things seemingly capable of bringing things back down to earth are the mundane matters like taxes. Calls have been made from all sides of the political spectrum for the company’s huge profits to be looked at afresh. But with Amazon’s leadership principles like “never say ‘that’s not my job,’” taken seriously, the future looks assured, as does the firm’s long-term prospects. Amazon’s focus on survivability is best reflected in what its leader calls ‘Day One Thinking’ and how every day should be seen as the first day a company has ever existed. Any day after day one is “Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death,” Bezos wrote to shareholders a couple of years ago. “And that is why it is always Day One.”

 

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Give the people what they want

More than four out of five Internet users have unfollowed a firm. The number one reason for the digital ostracisation, for two-thirds of those who have turned their backs on once favoured firms, is lack of compelling content. The challenge to e-marketers and the companies they represent couldn’t be clearer: know your audience.

 

That’s a lot of information

 

Big data makes it possible now for providers of any kind of product or service to know their customers well. Really well. Such info is not simply available from competent acquiring and using of data on buyers’ preferences, but also available through good, old-fashioned customer outreach, which is also aided and enabled by the Internet. There’s simply no excuse for companies to have a lack of connections to their customers, since their preferences directly impact ROI.

 

Social media, of course

 

The most effective strategies these days for staying in touch with, surveying for ideas from, and offering deals to customers involves a significant online competent, with a strong focus on social media sites. No matter whether this is taken care of in-house, at least partially, or subcontracted out to PR firms, the bottom line is that a digital presence is crucial. Without one, firms risk isolating themselves from the growing ranks of digital natives entering the e-marketplace, and older buyers becoming increasingly savvy at ordering things with their computer without needing to visit shops.

 

Shopping online

 

The technology and e-commerce websites making use of it are making shopping from home or work, or while commuting or on vacation, an increasingly viable and convenient option, for everything under the sun.

 

The customer is always right

 

This truism has taken on new currency, and not so much when there is a difference of opinion, but because now more than ever those opinions are knowable, accessible and sortable. The most in-the-know companies these days are those who can build and sustain unbreakable customer relations based on mutual satisfaction and happiness that fits to a T.

 

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PR ethics for competition and communication

In this final edition in a short series of blogs on how the Public Relations Society of America’s Code of Ethics relates to online-based PR today, the concepts of furthering communication and competition are looked at. On the face of it, the nature of digital realities today make ‘competition’ and ‘communication’ rather synonymous and symbiotic, seemingly forever feeding each other in an endless round of healthy if at times barbed exchanges online, with no communication-inhibiting monopolization in sight thanks to the competitive nature of posts and counter-posts on Facebook, Trip Advisor and the like…

 

Beyond tit for tat

 

…Only that these social media platforms can become self-serving pedestals and alter the nature and purpose of communication carried out on them. The PRSA’s stated commitment to a free flow of information, are checked by societal forces that have always worked to crush competitive forces, for better or worse, which often links with the idea of limited or at least dramatically curtailed communication. Worse, the go-to biggies of the digital age like Google, Facebook and Mircosoft, while officially espousing free expression, have all come up into trouble for hindering the freedoms they claim they stand for. These three titans have faced, and fought, for example, enormous fines from the European Union, and have become accustomed to operating with few to no rivals. The democratizing forces of the Internet have come up against firewalls protecting multinational institutions, which are often the ones setting the new standards.

 

Is there still room for privacy?

 

While Facebook’s CEO famously derided the idea of privacy in the future, and censorship, facial recognition technology and other digital forces coalesce to serve the consolidation of power, signs of counterbalance are found in new messy norms which champion the peer reviews of the little guy and the growth of the next big-time Gen Z influencer. But as long the Information Age police are the information providers themselves, the whole point of digitalupgrades’ are called into question.

 

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Sports influencers making lots of smooth moves

After a slow start compared to other marketing fields, sports marketing has taken off, and shows no signs of slowing down. Industry experts cite a variety of factors for the trend, but particularly the relatively sudden appearance of Gen Z’s financial prowess. This digital native, most socially conscious demographic is expected by next year to be spending anywhere from US$30 billion to over US$100 billion annually. Just as e-commerce platforms and big data are coming of age, not surprisingly, so are the youngsters best positioned to take advantage of new ways of spending income, including sports-related purchases.

 

An e-marketing bonanza awaiting

 

The new earners and spenders of Generation Z are seen as being more pragmatic, supportive of social initiatives, and robustly responsive to campaigns of all kinds that directly appeal to them and appear genuine in intent. At the same time, around two-thirds of marketers of sports events, teams and equipment and see more influencer programs as being vital for their field in the mid- and long-term future. The up-and-coming generation in particular can long expect to be targeted with sports-related campaigns.

 

Great ROI for sports marketing

 

The ROI of recent sports marketing programs indicates that they are very effective in generating profits. Sports marketers in recent studies said this is facilitated by having open relationships with influencers and working collaboratively to ensure that the authentic reach of their influence was optimized in line with client companies’ needs and matching them in turn as closely as possible to the expectations of buyers.

 

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Singapore considers a war on fake news

Singapore’s new draft legislation targeting fake news, while sounding promising on the surface, opens up a range of significant issues and grey areas. “False statements of fact” would be illegal under the proposed law. Anti-censorship critics and supporters of freedom of speech worry that nobler conspiracy theories and strong opinions might be censured along with more blatant mistruths and hate speech, and that at any rate it shouldn’t government being the one with ultimate authority on deciding what gets a pass and what’s deemed unfit to be shared. The differences between misinformation, libel and things best not shared at all are open to question.

 

Who should judge?

 

Whether the likes of Google or national governments are better institutions for making tough judgment calls on what constitutes fake news or false advertising is a legitimate question. Whether news articles, social media posts and advertisements should come under the scrutiny of best practices, more stringent rules and regulations or actual laws is the question at hand. Current regulations in Singapore, as elsewhere, are already used to target certain forms of expression. Under the proposed legislation, additional stiff penalties a fine up to S$100,000 or, up to 10 years behind bars, or both, could be applied.

 

Digital mistruths to be targeted

 

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill certainly gives pause for thought on exactly what might or might not be info which is considered to be “prejudicial”, against “public tranquility”, against the spirit of “friendly relations” with other countries, or “an inauthentic online account or controlled by a bot”. Free speech, with effects on digital marketers’ spicier statements on the products and services they promote, could be muffled out of concern of not wanting to come anywhere close to being on the wrong side of the law. If the proposed law becomes official, digital marketers will likely have to find out for themselves exactly what will be allowed under the law.

 

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When PR gets bloody United Airlines.

United’s calamitous month was merely a high-profile culmination of years of operational mistakes and PR mismanagement. Happily though, it does make for a good rapid-fire study on what NOT to do with your crisis response communications.

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