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Baseball Showing Empathy For Its Spanish-Speaking Players
March 31st, 2015 by Doug Bedell
The New York Times has a wonderful story about how Major League Baseball “has been working with the players’ union on an initiative this season to encourage every team to have a Spanish-speaking interpreter to help players communicate with the largely English-speaking news media in their native language.”

Broadcasting, Via Twitter, on Whatever You Want to Present
March 30th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
Well, now we can watch live-video events unfolding on Twitter via the Periscope or Meerkat apps. That’s got to mean something in terms of PR opportunity, and we’ll see what develops in that regard. Meantime, here’s an account of the two apps that make “every smartphone the camera crew — a crew that is already on-site, ready for you to cut over to their live feed and take you to the scene as the story develops. I doubt,” adds Jeremy Porter on Journalistics, “we’ll see the same skepticism from the journalism industry that we saw when Twitter came to market.”
The Digital PR Skills Crunch
March 27th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
From Grand Rapids comes a timely commentary on something we’ve been wondering about — the human reality of a skills gap in the shift to digital PR. Older folks in PR firms are apt to lack the knack of digital discourse and display. “The issue is twofold,” writes Adrienne Wallace in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, “Senior level executives in public relations firms lack the technological skills to both perform and measure digital tactics for a company and so do millennials.”
Uber and Lyft Leave Taxi Comms in the Dust
March 27th, 2015 by Jeannine Wheeler
Whether you’re a frequent Uber rider or have only used the ride service once, you might have concerns about your personal safety, physical or financial. To put your mind at ease, Uber has an aggressive communications program that includes frequent emails to customers highlighting features, videos...
PR and Advertising 'Integrating' – On What Terms?
March 26th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
PR Newser has a post about integrating public relations and advertising, about how that needs to happen in light of the new digital communications scene and “clients’ demands to do more with less.” Well, maybe so, but values are at stake...
A Look at Facebook's Play for Publishers
March 26th, 2015 by Mike Bush
Sometimes, what’s old becomes new again. In case you missed it, the New York Times quoted anonymous sources saying that the New York Times would be moving its content into Facebook’s new publisher platform (presumably, the anonymous sources were legit and not something someone overheard an intern discussing...
Crisis Communication Distilled – Nothing ’New’ About It
March 25th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
We looked for the “New Rules for Crisis Management in a Digital Era” and found nothing “new,” really, in the tried and true rules of good crisis communication that are listed there, except that we’re now, indeed, in a digital era. The thing is, folks often don’t take the requirements of effective crisis management seriously enough. An organization needs to have a crisis management plan and to drill on it regularly...
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