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Obama: To Press Conference or Not To Press Conference

After getting a bi-partisan tax deal passed, and moving forward with the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of gays serving in the military, some are wondering whether President Obama should hold an additional end-of-year press conference to highlight recent achievements and command media attention that the administration has come out of the midterm elections moving things in the right direction.

Politico solicited several opinions from Beltway insiders. “No need for a year-end presser. We all know what happened this year and everyone needs some rest for the titanic struggles to come,” said Jamal Simmons, Democratic consultant and CBS News analyst. “…It’s a no-brainer for Obama to hold a wrap-up presser, with a strong intro statement to help drive this fresh narrative,” said Gordon Hensley, health-care consultant and former NRSC communications director.

However, we want to know what you think. Sound off in our PRNewser poll.

Poll Outcome: Which Logo Is Worse?

PRNewser posed the question on most people’s minds when the new Comedy Central logo was unveiled last week: Is it worse than the dissed and dismissed Gap logo? Nearly 55 percent of poll respondents said… Yes! The remaining 45 percent voted for the Gap.

After opening the poll, we noticed a tweet or two from people who said they actually like the Comedy Central logo. A big problem is it doesn’t seem fun enough for a station that would air something like the Jim Gaffigan/Hot Pocket bit. Just for laughs, we provide the Gaffigan guffaws below.

PRNewser Poll: Which Logo is Worse?

Good gracious. Comedy Central just unveiled its new logo and it’s terrible.

Lest we forget, we only recently had another logo mishap. Gap introduced a logo (below) that was so bad, the outpouring of disgust forced them to revert back to the old one.

So we ask you reader: Which logo is worse? And you can check out coverage of the Comedy Central unveiling here and a recap of bad logos for the year here. There’s also a launch video after the jump that has the Comedy Central logo, but also lots of funny clips. Actually, there’s one shot of the logo vomiting that’s pretty good. If they can somehow harness that in a still image…

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PRNewser Poll: Will You Use Foursquare or Facebook?

Last week, in anticipation of Halloween, we asked whether Halloween was an important holiday for the PR industry. More than two-thirds of respondents said “Somewhat,” despite the fact that the holiday is a $6 billion business. Those respondents agreed with the statement “Only certain brands can take advantage of the holiday’s PR opportunities.” Those who did execute Halloween campaigns, feel free to offer suggestions and anecdotes in the comments.

In Facebook news, the social network introduced a new deals platform that offers incentives for checking in on its Places application. According to our friends at AllFacebook, “just about every other check-in platform has been heavily criticized for lacking a significant incentive to get users to check-in.” Already, the Gap has signed on to give away 10,000 pairs of jeans. American Eagle Outfitters, Chipotle, and the San Francisco 49ers have also signed on.

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PRNewser Poll: Is Halloween Important to the PR Industry?

Last week, the PRNewser Poll took out its crystal ball to ask whether it’s too soon to look forward to Web 4.0. Forty-two percent of respondents said no, that we’ll be on to Web 5.0 soon enough, while nearly 37 percent said that we still need to fully explore Web 3.0.

Given the ongoing discussion about how to measure efforts on digital media, the next step, may simply be analyzing the information we’ve gathered in order to decide how best to move forward into the next phase of the Web.

On to a topic much less taxing on the brain, this Sunday is Halloween and it looks like the Jersey Shore cast is fiendishly spreading its tackiness nationwide.

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PRNewser Poll: Is It Too Soon To Talk About Web 4.0?

Last week’s PRNewser Poll is closed and the votes are in.

We asked whether KFC was doing damage to its brand with a campaign that put female college students in pants that had the fast-food chain’s Double Down sandwich promoted on the bum. More than 77 percent of respondents said, “No. Most people won’t be bothered by the campaign, so KFC’s reputation is safe.” Good news for KFC, but what does that say about us?

On a different note, the PRSA 2010 International Conference is taking place this week and there are dozens of panel discussions and speeches taking place. One of them, hosted yesterday by Cision SVP Brett Safron, and VP of global business development Kevin McFall, was titled “PR and the Web 3.0 Revolution: You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet.”

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PRNewser Poll: Is KFC Doing Damage to its Brand?

Last week, there was tons of discussion about influence versus popularity. Our poll asked whether clickthroughs determine influence and the overwhelming majority of respondents took the middle of the road.

Seventy-five  percent said, “Sort of. Clickthroughs are just one factor in determining influence.” Slightly more than 15 percent gave a definitive “yes,” and about nine percent said “no.” I’d be curious to hear from those who thought clickthroughs play no role in influence. The comments are open.

This week, we learn that KFC is expanding its controversial campaign that puts the “Double Down” sandwich mark on the bottoms of college women.

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PRNewser Poll: Do Clickthroughs Determine Influence?

Last week, we asked whether social media will overtake traditional media as a primary PR tool.  The numbers are in, and nearly 58 percent of respondents were on the fence, saying “maybe” this will happen.

As we noted in that post, Art Stevens, managing partner at StevensGouldPincus, is convinced this will happen in the next two years. About 19 percent of poll takers  agreed, with slightly more than 5 percent saying it has already happened.

Besides the PRNewser poll, there has been considerable buzz around a couple of items focused on social media popularity versus influence. Vocus partnered with Brian Solis for a study about what determines influence and whether there’s a difference between influence and popularity. Mashable also posted a story on the subject, taking the Kim Kardashian angle. Read more

PRNewser Poll: Will Social Media Overtake Traditional Media as a Primary Tool?

Last week, PRNewser asked how often you meet with your clients and other contacts in-person. Nearly 41 percent of respondents said “Hardly ever.  Most of my work can be conducted in the office, on the phone, or via e-mail.” Surprised? Probably not.

Stats from the The Travel Leaders Group show that about 63 percent of travel firm owners, managers, and agents are seeing an increase in business travel bookings as of August 30, compared to one year ago. But nearly 61 percent of travel managers say that spending hasn’t reached the 2008 levels. And certainly, technology has become a less expensive, less time consuming way to keep in touch.

Still, nearly 35 percent of respondents said that they set aside time each month to meet with contacts. Only 18 percent said they’re meeting with people in-person often. Six percent said they never meet with contacts.

This week’s PRNewser Poll, focused on social media, after the jump. Read more

Poll: How Often Do You Meet With Contacts In-Person?

According to a post yesterday on the Council of Public Relations Firms‘ blog, meeting with contacts in person is still as important as ever. According to the organization, given the business of PR firms, maintaining face-to-face relationships is important.

“Ours is a business of people and relationships; we’re not programmers or accountants.  Because we’re advocates, we need credibility, and gaining one’s trust is best done in person and with a personal touch,” the post says.

PRNewser would like to know your thoughts.

How often do you meet with clients, reporters, and other contacts face-to-face?Market Research

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