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 They’ve been replaced by lead-snagging “bots” asking if I’d like a demo or what “digital transformation” challenges I’m facing, and generic “Contact Us” pages that may or may not lead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.
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!
Over the past few years, conference calls via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other tools have replaced the traditional phone line for conducting interviews. As it turns out, the benefits extend beyond saving on the phone bill.
[SWMS contributor Amanda Orr writes:] There’s a quiet rumbling in the world of PR consultants and tech publicists: media relations is not what it used to be. The change didn’t happen overnight. Perhaps it’s because I’m writing this from my temporary home in Amman, Jordan, surrounded by Roman ruins, but I can’t help but imagine an archaeologist one day in the far off future, excavating a site in San Francisco…
PR pros can learn a lot about Protocol Enterprise as a brand — and about the art of interviewing — by watching the Mar. 9 Protocol Live web event, in which senior Protocol reporters Tom Krazit and Joe Williams interview executives from Google and industrial IoT startup Webee.
On LinkedIn and in an email sent here, we’re hearing that some PR people might be writing both the Qs and the As in Q&As, and busy, lazy targets are publishing them under their byline. Unconfirmed… but sheesh.
We thank Groshelle PR, LaunchSquad, Mockingbird Communications, Praytell, Songue PR, TNS Media Communications and Wildflowers PR for renewing with us, and welcome RedIron PR, Alight PR and AlertMedia to the SWMS family.