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How to look good on video conference calls?

Coronavirus has brought about numerous temporary changes to the way our routine life works. One of these changes is how important video conferencing has become, in both personal and professional lives. If you’re a PR agency, you have to be very careful about how you look, to both your colleagues and clients because they will definitely focus on how you look.

 

Here are some tips on how to look on point for your video calls:

 

Lighting matters

 

Find a spot at home that is well lit, or else use a small table lamp with a lower colour temperature – move it as close or as far as you need to give you the best lighting. Bright windows behind you are a big NO! They will only cast a silhouette, making you look like a black figure on the screens of your peers. Try not to sit right under a light-source either to avoid shadows under your eyes and keep your laptop at eye level and avoid the much-dreaded double-chin shot.

 

Soundcheck

 

Sit close to the mic or wear headphones. The mic on headphones cut down on background noise as much as possible, so no barking dogs or noisy kids.

 

Choose the perfect seat

 

Try to find a sturdy stool or an upright, sturdy chair on four legs and keep your feet planted on the floor to avoid shuffling. If you’re sitting on a couch or an office chair, make a conscious effort to not slouch or swivel around.

 

Composition is important

 

As with anything that is visual like photography or videography, composition is key – especially framing. Sit at an optimal distance from the screen where people can see your head, shoulders and your chest.

 

Find the perfect background

 

A monotonous wall with nothing too distracting around you would be the ideal background for a video conference with your peers or with a client. With the development of technology, many platforms such as zoom offer a function with which you can change your background to something of your liking. At Vivaldi PR we make full use of this feature on special occasions such as birthdays.

 

Look at the camera

 

Don’t keep glancing to the side to check yourself out, it’s distracting. Try to place an object behind the camera for you to look at, which will give your audience the impression that you’re looking at them.

 

The dreaded nostril shot

 

Make sure your monitor or camera is level with your face. If your laptop is too low, you will end up looking down at the camera – gracing your audience with awkward views of your nostrils.

 

You can practice video calls with friends before you have to take important calls on video, this will help you get a hang of things and get closer to looking on point in front of the camera.

 

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A world even more online

E-commerce will continue its rise in 2020, making buying things easier than ever. AI will seep into more facets of everyday life, helping automate previously complicated problems related to Internet usage. Cloud services and storage networks will become more standard as well. Websites will be easier to create as coding requirements decline. Overall, 2020 looks to be a year full of opportunities for anyone involved in shopping online, from sellers and buyers to digital marketers. However, industry watchdogs are concerned that more privacy protection will be needed.

 

Make life simple

 

Two years from now, over 60 per cent of Thailand’s economy is expected to be digital. Getting all kinds of products and services, from groceries and taxis, to airline tickets and meals delivered to your home, will be increasingly simple and efficient. Moreover, Thailand will focus on fully developing 5G network services. Sectors linked to healthcare and transport in particular are expected to be made more efficient to benefit society, according to the Digital Economy and Society Ministry. The resulting opportunities for e-marketers is unprecedented.

 

Security concerns

 

A new survey of stakeholders in data security indicates that almost three-quarters of companies have in place processes for valuing data. However, less than 40 per cent of these firms report that data usage is consistent, significantly reducing the use of data for generating profits and plotting future investments. The amount of data on consumers is increasing dramatically. However, much better privacy protection is needed and industry experts are calling for clearer guidelines and stricter enforcement in order to build public trust.

 

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The spectacular potential of quantum marketing

The future is now (and then, and both and neither of these things, perhaps). The much-anticipated quantum computer has arrived, thanks to – and this should be no surprise really – Google. While traditional computing is based on zeroes and ones, quantum computing turns this traditional state of “on” and “off” states to the next level. The stakes are high in what this means computers will be capable of doing for us and knowing about us, not to mention assisting and suggesting in purchasing decisions. The rules of traditional computing have just been upended, and the impact on society will be profound.

 

A whole new Google Earth

 

There’s a whole lot of Googling that will help you get your company noticed. Without Google Maps, your visibility is limited – make sure your company is listed and is located where on the app where it is actually situated in the real world. How about your SEO? When you Google for your firm’s name, how high is its placement on the world’s top search engine? What about Google AdWords? Is this increasingly popular service being used to your company’s advantage? While the world has grown accustomed to Google’s gargantuan influence in business and so many other fields, the tech giant’s recent claim of ‘quantum supremacy’ may be the biggest game changer of all. The US has sunk over $420 million into R&D for quantum computing, and the results are beginning to be felt worldwide.

 

The future is quantum

 

Digital marketing will never be the same after the implementation of quantum computing, which takes what have become digital norms and turns up the speed, potential and intensity, in a shocking variety of ways. The market for quantum computing will be estimated to be worth about $5US billion next year. That’s just the beginning. It is predicted that in just 20 years, there will not be sufficient bandwidth and energy required to keep all of the world’s computers running. A new type of computing is therefore needed looking just at this metric alone. Quantum computing is arriving just as it looks most needed. Forecasting and predicting and a range of problems that would had previously taken even the standard computers of today some time to solve, will be done much, much quicker on quantum computers. When quantum computing becomes more widely available to business, the effects on how we buy and sell things – and a whole lot more – will be subject to innovation and disruption cycles like nothing we’ve seen before.

 

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Expecting the unexpected in PR

Reputation repairs are among the most relevant and risky jobs for any PR firm. But while the potential for damage is significant, so too are the chances for turning lemons into lemonade. By focusing on what public relations boils down to – engagingly relating to the public and providing them with key messages reflective of a client’s core principles – the worst can not only be averted, but transcended.

 

Old dogs, new tricks

 

Much of the problem these days relates to the proliferation of things digital. Ideas, especially those of an embarrassing or sensational nature, which tend to spread quickly through social media. Everyone’s a videographer. And a potential part of the paparazzi. Moreover, the newness of digital marketing continues to create opportunities for smallish problems to blow up into artificially big crises. Once the bad news hits, the key to it not allowing it to trigger a more significant, long-term financial problem is often simply making sure a strike force is ready to jump into action. In the information age, disrupting preexisting expectations of perceived job responsibilities and the reluctances to change old ways is essential. The bottom line is worth it.

 

In Twitter we trust

 

If crisis strikes, stay calm and head for cycberspace. Response teams need to be savvy in their pushback on multiple social media platforms to help mitigate unwanted news that actually often ends up being more profitable than formal campaigns. Part of the solution, though, is timeless: know your clients. If you don’t, PR companies are at the mercy of parties who do or claim to. But being knowledgeable about your client’s strong points is only one key part of being prepared. Another, not to be underestimated in the digital age, is knowing how to effectively spread the message and counteract less attractive messages. The old adage about there being no such thing as bad PR is put to the test in ways that would have been imaginable when the expression was coined. In today’s world, the nature of public relations and reputations are very much on the line if your team doesn’t make the most of spreading the good word about your firm online.

 

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Is your business AI-ready?

A complete AI takeover might seem far away, but it is growing rapidly to play a mainstream role in the future of business. Major global corporations have already adopted AI to strengthen their social media and consumer research. Even Thai companies have added AI to their communication process, using chatbots to keep customers engaged.

 

AI has the ability to observe, interpret and evaluate enormous amounts of data. In this process, it can uncover trends and patterns revealing extensive insights into consumers that can easily overwhelm the human mind. It takes seconds to do what a human mind can take days to comprehend.

 

The last revolution that reshaped the PR industry was the emergence of social media. It’s hard to envisage what AI can do for this industry, nevertheless another revolution is on the cards with a potential for us to do much more in a fraction of the time. Businesses need to be prepared to embrace the future when it knocks on our doors.

 

Learn AI and determine whether it will help your business

 

AI has been around since the 20th century, but there’s still a misguided fear among people that it will take all our jobs and change the world as we know it. This can be traced back to the lack of understanding about AI. Knowing what it can and cannot do will give you a clearer picture. In the case of PR, AI is incapable of completing tasks which require a human input like creating long-form content and making a connection with people. However, it can play a crucial supporting role to agencies by providing consumer insights and monitoring campaign progress. It is important to take time to research AI to harness its power to help your business.

 

Now that you know what AI is about, find out the value it adds to your business. The most important aspect from your business’s point of view is ROI. Test the waters with a pilot project adopting an AI tool that you believe could help your business. Experimentation is essential in this era of new technologies.

 

Making sure your team is AI-aware

 

AI can be complicated sometimes but it symbolizes the zenith of technological advancement, unlocking endless potential for businesses. A new era is just around the corner with AI leading the way and to thrive in this era teams must be prepared to welcome the change mentally and in practice. Training workshops, brainstorming sessions to gauge how AI could add value to the business and hiring tech-savvy employees are some of the things that could help your business make a move towards the future.

 

As the world is one-step closer to validating AI on a much larger scale, it is crucial for businesses of all industries including public relations, to be prepared to enjoy the fruits of a potentially life-changing technological advancement.

 

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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 INTEGRATION OF PR AND MARKETING

So, we did scratch the surface of this subject on our last post. Ever since the evolution of everything in and around the digital sphere, Marketing and PR have been working along very similar lines, with parallel goals in mind but few have fully embraced what’s next. Change is coming. “Change” is a petrifying concept to most but with marketing and PR looking to integrate more closely than ever before over the course of the next few years, the best thing for PR and marketing professionals to do is embrace the change that is inevitable and stay ahead of the game.

 

Whose game is it?

 

With rapid integration brewing, we believe that it is an open playing field at the moment . However, PR does have an advantage when it comes to the “human-factor” in communication as we are traditionally the experts in story-telling, which we believe is essential in communicating with people and keeping them engaged on any platform, be it traditional, digital or social.

 

Playground: Thailand

 

Thailand is one of the largest markets in Southeast Asia. The people of Thailand love their social media with recent studies showing that over 79% of the population has access to the Internet and over 71% are active social media users, which is way above the global average of 45% of the population. With these statistics, we don’t see influencer marketing going away anytime soon in Thailand and building lasting relationships with the most aspirational of influencers is the way forward. 

 

When we say influencers, we don’t just mean celebrities. With the continuing rise of social media, we see a vast number of micro-influencers creating an impact. Travel bloggers, Youtubers, fashion bloggers, food bloggers, Tik Tok artists – the digital world is their platform and they are the ones to watch out for right now. 

 

What’s next?

 

The first step to embracing the future for PR is to integrate marketing, social media and digital media and develop communication strategies and campaigns that work effectively for brands online, in traditional media, and face-to-face with consumers. This is something Vivaldi Integrated PR understands full well and we are focused on changing the game and taking the lead in this new integrated world.

 

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Are Airbnb’s still safe?

The Airbnb platform offers a lot of flexibility to both homeowners and renters. It allows people to make extra income by hosting strangers in their home. From the renter’s point-of-view, it allows them to skip the expensive hotels for the comforts of a home. But there’s always a dark-side to freedom and in light of the recent tragedy that occurred at an Airbnb host property, the $31 Billion company was quick to rework its policies.

 

A tragic backstory

 

A homeowner cautiously accepted a request from a renter who claimed her family shelter for a night to get relief from the raging Californian wildfires. But on 31 October, the renter hosted a Halloween party for more than one hundred people in an Airbnb host property located in Orinda, a suburb just outside San Francisco. This led to the police being called several times by neighbours with complaints about the havoc created at the crowded party. Unfortunately, by the time the police reached the scene, all hell was unleashed when a shooter left behind five victims and numerous injuries. 

 

Airbnb’s response

 

The company’s CEO Brian Chesky acknowledged a loophole in its booking system that allows a host home to be used for parties. In a thread of tweets, Chesky summarized the step of a new company policy. He also answered tweets that claimed that his rapid response was an act to clear Airbnb’s name before an IPO. 

There hasn’t been an official statement on the Airbnb website yet, but members received an email about an update to its Terms and Privacy policy.

 

A PR challenge

 

Airbnb is not a corporate hotel chain with its name attached to a list of hotel buildings. It serves as a platform to connect willing hosts with many tourists and travellers. 

Although brands in hospitality are experts at launching and promoting booking systems or loyalty programs, but dealing with a crisis of this stature is sure to be one of the biggest challenges for PR. Airbnb excels at advertising to promote its brand both print and digital but this time it rapidly needs to create a response to the public backlash coming its way. 

This was not the first time an Airbnb property was used as a party house. The company said it is doing everything to find out more about what happened that night, and it is also working to revamp its policies, making it stricter for such violators. Will this help reassure people who list their homes on the platform, as well as renters who want a safe place to stay?

 

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You’re the one to go to

While companies inevitably have on hand official officials specifically tasked with saying just the right things to the right people on the choicest occasions about the firm’s mission, accomplishments and the rosy road ahead, the greater potential for spreading the good word may be through the authentic praise of non-designated spokespeople. It’s the off-the-cuff opinions of employees in varying positions that lend unvarnished, fresh legitimacy to key messages delivered though pre-approved information networks.

 

Keep it real

 

In the Internet era, authentic information has become a valuable commodity. Trusted influencers with a proven track record for providing reliable reviews of products and services are valued for their genuineness, not brand loyalty. Content is king, and anyone providing no-nonsense information are the new sovereigns, whether they are influencers, C2C reviewers or, indeed, employees of companies whose stated job duties may not formally extend into PR duties. But just as passport holders are de facto cultural ambassadors for their countries, it matters who you work for; you’re still part of the team. Indeed, when you’re not be overtly profiting from what you say, your words take on a new currency.

 

Water coolers and social media

 

Just about everyone’s on social media. People posting photos and text on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter generally share details related to one of two things: family and the workplace. Plus trips, which are one of two things: family or the workplace. Companies that wish to profit from the free word of mouth generated by positive online reviews would do well to remind themselves of the basics, that the most successful companies naturally generate satisfied workers, and create positive energy not from PR campaigns, but from the good vibes that such firms intrinsically radiate from being a cool place to work. It is the fundamentals like having an enjoyable work environment, and producing something sellable, that will create conditions not only for a great PR message, but the conditions at home that make it easy to create one. The best brands aren’t built, they simply grow.

 

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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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