I’ve had to have a chuckle at my expense at not quite being prepared for even the slightest increase in online visibility. Let me explain. As the ever-curious learner I’ve found myself in multiple post-grad study environments throughout my communications career. This time, as I wade through the complex and intense landscape of a digital marketing course, the embarrassing datedness of this blog and another I have, made me wonder if I should just come clean with my first world problem of time poverty. Afterall, how better to tell you given if you’re here, you’ve probably clicked on a standard text ad – because I know for sure that my blog inertia would not have me ranking. I get it Google!
It’s the businesses that can assess their culture’s health that have a tendency to produce the best work. It’s the teams, lead by values driven leaders where ego has no part to play, that are the happiest and most productive. Collaborative management, consumer focused products and services, marketing communications which target dialogue and engagement as central to achieving objectives, satisfied and inspired employees – today these form the blue print for business success. Interesting that whichever way you look at it, it all starts internally.
“My definition of a dickhead is a person whose ambition for themselves or their own career is greater than their ambition for the project or team.” Rhys Newman and Luke Johnson, No Dickheads! A Guide to Building Happy, Healthy and Creative Teams.
I came across this in my inbox today. A subscriber value-add from Fairfax. Quite nice. Raw and passionate. Believable. Senior journos explaining the meaning behind their craft, what drives them and its importance to contributing to social good. Journalism must be independent. It’s Fairfax’s mantra – ‘Independent. Always.’
Few professions can offer the same amount of integrity and purpose. But if you’re a communications person, as I am, and work in public relations dealing with the media, listen to their words closely.
Unless you are approaching your media relations with the same energy and intent to impart knowledge and information that is useful, relevant or interesting – I’d have to agree, you’re treading dangerous waters if you want to catch a serious journalist’s attention.
“For every one journalist there’s probably about a dozen PR people who are trying to hide the truth, says Adele Ferguson.
Don’t be one of them, I say.
Consumers are brand curators in this integrated, experiential, social screen age. What are the questions brand owners need to be asking, and to whom?
The sheer number and complexity of meanings assigned to the word ‘brand’ is a modern marketing dilemma. Add to this consumer expectation of the role we expect brands to play in our lives, and how we want them to behave, and you’ll hear dissension in the ranks.
Most communications problems tend to be complex.The following probing questions may help you to generate even greater ideas for your next communications task. Perhaps you’ve devised a system already, but you can never ask too many questions, right? Click on the following link to view – Communications questions