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Meet The Wikipedia Whisperer, David King

SWMS contributor Bob Scheier writes: A company’s Wikipedia entry is often one of the first to come up in response to a Web search, and might get more exposure than its Twitter, Facebook or other social media account.

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Bob Scheier: ‘Hey Vendors! Put a Media Contact on Your Web Site!’

I’m finding that a surprising number of vendors have removed or hidden the “media contact” links on their sites. They’ve been replaced by lead-snagging “bots” asking if I’d like a demo or what “digital transformation” challenges I’m facing, and generic “Contact Us” pages that may or may not lead to someone who can respond to a media request.

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Discover the Empowered CMO Network

If you know of female CMOs seeking professional development with a twist, point them toward the Empowered CMO Network. Founded in 2017, the Empowered CMO Network has 950 members and counting — almost exclusively based in the US.

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AI Will Write Your Pitches — Soon

Tired of writing pitches and press releases? AI writes copy these days. This month we used Copy.ai to promote the fictitious Wazoolie Pro, “a hypnotizer that convinces prospects to buy products and services they don’t need.”

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Zoom Wiped Out the Whiteboard — It’s Time to Bring it Back

In a Zoom world where it’s all video and words, organizations may wind up missing the good old whiteboard. PR pros surely spent lots of time in conference rooms, sometimes forgetting to check whether those markers were truly dry erase markers — not standard magic markers — before they started scribbling. Whoops!

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Pitch Tip: Three Kinds of Value

Relationships are the key to PR success. How many times have you heard that? In our experience, they are “a” factor but two others stand just as important. Let’s explore them.

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