Voce Student Weekly Reading 9/2: NatGeo a Top Social Media Publisher, Twitter Testing Favorites in Stream & More
“National Geographic is the king of the social media jungle, according to a top 10 list released by Shareablee. The New York-based digital data company has ranked NatGeo as the most effective publisher in the social space for the month of July, with 46.4 million engagements on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.”
Voce Insight – While this certainly isn’t the entirety of their strategy there’s a lot to be said about taking advantage of steady access to amazing photography. National Geographic sits on a treasure trove of high-quality pictures and so is perfectly positioned to thrive on a social web where visuals are the native language.
“Social media now represents an opportunity for PR practitioners and marketers to establish themselves as strategic leaders, with one eye on business goals and the other on budgets and resources.”
Voce Insight – You can’t get to the top without working your way up from the bottom. An effective social media strategist should be knowledgeable about the processes across all levels of the business. You can’t build a successful social media strategy if you do not know the ins and outs of the business, and what their specific customer needs are.
“As pointed out by a few people yesterday and this morning, including Re/code’s Peter Kafka, Twitter looks like it is testing a feature that makes favorites (faves, if you prefer) appear in other people’s timelines…just like a retweet.”
Voce Insight – This might be the first move Twitter makes to a more algorithmic Timeline, and many have pointed out that Twitter’s FAQ has already been updated to include things like this. But while it’s already causing much hand-wringing among power users, for whom this is a major change, it’s something that could help Twitter attract and maintain more new users and clear up some of the confusion that often keeps them from participating.
“The ice bucket challenge’s phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign’s progress on July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1 million new donors in what is one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history.”
Voce Insight – The ALS Ice Bucket challenge’s success is due in large part to the online connections of many people, rather than any one individual or public relations executive. The fact that it’s difficult to trace the origin of this viral sensation underscores this point nicely.
“The challenge today for public relations is adjusting to the constant drum of news from social media and mobile. No longer are episodic, big budget launch campaigns the ticket to success. Instead, brands must widen the net and maintain an always-on presence. This means using a combination of third-party validation, along with branded content and social.”
Voce Insight – Though reaching out to a select number of influencers with your message is certainly important, it should be remembered that the end goal is always to get the greater public talking to you and amongst each other.
“With 92% of companies using social media in their hiring efforts, job seekers can’t afford to overlook social as a vital resource in the job search. While you’re busy job searching, employers are leveraging online resources to find candidates just like you.”
Voce Insight – Treat your job hunt as a client project (you’re the client!), using social media as one of your primary means of communication. That way, you’ll be able to reference your skills in the interview, and companies will see them as more than words on a resume.
“Work is stressful, especially for PR pros. It’s in the nature of the job, and the stress is well-documented. According to Forbes, the PR professional has the world’s sixth most stressful job, keeping company with enlisted military personnel and airline pilots.”
Voce Insight – A short memory for failure (remembering only the lessons learned) and an always optimistic mind frame are imperative for success in PR. Stress is going to visit you during your PR career, but so will success. Sharing both with your colleagues will keep you even-keeled.
“Microsoft Excel is one of the most-used tools at a public relations agency, but I spent little time in it as an undergraduate and instead focused on writing and learning AP style.”
Voce Insight – While having an education in PR is beneficial, there are many things you don’t learn in college that could benefit you for a career at a PR agency. Microsoft Excel is an extremely vital program that is used in agencies, and it’s good to know how to use it before entering the work field. Money matters! In undergrad, most college students aren’t taught how to manage reports and budgets. In reality, it’s important to know how to navigate finances.
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