PR Professionals: [Tired] Energizer Bunnies

Multitasker? You’re hired. It is evident that PR professionals are the champions of multitasking. In a constantly evolving industry, PR professionals are invariably thinking about enhancing their client’s brand. How can I boost their media relations?  What pitch is going to entice the media? Minute after minute, second after second, PR professionals are energizer bunnies, quickly thinking outside the box and juggling many projects… all at once.

But, how many times do you only focus on ONE task? Cue the crickets. I know; it’s easy to be consumed with a million different tasks, and not prioritize one task over another. According to Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at the University of California–Irvine, “We’re in this environment in the workplace where it’s a structure that’s set up by the technology that makes it really difficult for people to monotask.”

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Earworms and Engagement: How to Reach your Audience and Drive Action

We all know the jingles and phrases that get stuck in our heads for days after hearing them. Anyone remember that narwhale commercial from Sprint a few years ago? Here’s a reminder if you missed it; you’re welcome.

Many brands are still resorting to “earworm” tactics in an effort to give their message staying power. But how often do you remember the point, or call to action? I spent at least five minutes searching for “the narwhale ad” before I sat down to put this together. I had no memory of who or what the ad was actually for.

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Storytelling: A PR Parable

There’s no doubt that the rise of social media and mobile marketing is making it harder for brands to tell their stories, when the average person’s attention span was 8 seconds in 2015.

That’s one second shorter than a goldfish, according to a study conducted by Microsoft.

Perhaps these goldfish, or any fish, have a lesson for marketers to learn.

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