This blog was created for my Public Relations class and this particular post is in a way a review of the semester so far and just my opinion of social media and how it affects PR professionals. Which is unfair because I’m not a PR professional, just college kid in a PR class as of now in fact I’m not sure I’m going to pursue PR yet. But as is assigned I need to give my opinion of the tools we have used so far and how it relates to PR. So here is a quick synopsis of what we’ve used to far.
WordPress blog: You get to practice your writing, reach out to people, spill your thoughts. Verdict: Very Useful
Twitter: Similar to blogging in that it’s a message that you can put out to the public, more accessible than blogging though. Limited space to put on a message, but quick and easy to use. Ability to see what people you personally care about have to say at any given time. Verdict: Very Useful (even if I hardly use it)
This weekend Austin was hit by a huge event, the Dayglow tour, which promises the “World’s Largest Paint Party.” I was bombarded by fliers over the last week or so for the event and even had some of my friends go to it. The event’s coordinators used Facebook to run ads for it setting up a fan page for the event to get the word out.
The word of mouth was incredible since I’ve been in Austin the only thing that I would say compared to this is ACL and SXSW, pretty good considering it’s a relatively new event starting back in 2006. They had to have a good public relations team behind the party to be so successful. Dayglow proves the importance of social media in today’s society with its popularity growing. It’s pretty impressive for the messiest party you will find.
Getting used to this idea of new media is difficult for a lot of companies that innovation comes as some kind of culture shock. Brian Solis, a world-renowned author in new media, wrote an article on the integration of social media into today’s business world and how it is helping companies move forward during a shaky economy. I just started taking a public relations class and have learned some of the fundamentals that coincide with basic, successful public relations. Solis’ article stood out to me because it pushes two-way communication in business. It’s a simple concept, work with consumers to have better products or services, which makes them happy because they’re heard and they get what they want which also helps corporations because they sell their product at a higher rate.
For years I saw myself as a journalist, striving to become the next young ESPN analyst, but that’s become even more difficult than before with the combination of newspapers slowly dying and the incredible emergence of blogs. But it has helped evolve things in social media and I’m started to realize jobs are disappearing like I once thought they’re just changing, and hopefully for the better. Social media guru, Larry Weber, posted a video explaining the importance of the evolving social landscape, and how keeping up to date can improve media relations between corporations and consumers. It’s obvious that we’re not in the middle of just some fad when Brian Solis and Larry Weber are endorsing this new trend. So with that this blog is born to try to master the cutting edge of the public relation industry in one of its simplest forms.