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Posts Tagged ‘Deep Focus’

Here’s Your Favorite ‘Hack-to-Flack’ Twitter Wedding Proposal

When we first saw this social media wedding proposal yesterday we thought “that’s too personal to blog”. But then we realized that ABC News tech journalist Joanna Stern tweeted it not only to her now-fiancee Michelle Barna of Deep Focus but also to her 35,000 followers.

It was literally a case of a “hack” proposing to a “flack” over Twitter. Oh, and the flack said yes.

Also: it was far smoother than our own proposal.

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What Does the Publicis/Omnicom Merger Mean? (Part 2)

Yesterday we shared some of the many third-party predictions and analyses of the Publicis/Omnicom merger and what it will mean to the future of the advertising and marketing industries. To recap: On the financial front, industry revenue totals will probably stay steady—but the organization of the game will undoubtedly change.

The next question: what role will PR firms and professionals play in this new arrangement?

Richard Edelman believes that PR will act as “part of the supporting cast” in this ongoing soap opera in order to back up the newest and biggest players, Digital and Data. In other words (via The New York Times), it’s all about the mega-agencies chasing Google to reach more targeted users via Big Data number crunching.

Yet, despite this hyper-focus on math nerds, Edelman writes that individual “thought leader” voices within the PR industry will grow even more valuable as they bring crucial “small data” research and insights to the table that no Google analytics study can provide. Jack Marshall of Digiday even argues that the role of Big Data has been overstated because the numbers ultimately belong to clients, not agencies (and that the whole thing is really an accounting issue).

Back to our main query: how dramatic will the change be for PR?

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What Will ‘The Future of Storytelling’ Look Like?

Charlie Melcher has been upending traditions and expectations in the publishing industry for more than 25 years. He first broke onto the scene in a big way with Madonna’s notorious “SEX” book, and his company Melcher Media published a string of successful titles ranging from Eminem’s autobiography to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” before Melcher was forced “out of [his] comfort zone” in 2009 by a market that continues to push the industry in a digital direction.

Melcher Media’s first significant digital project was creating an app tie-in to Gore’s most recent book, “Our Choice”. After the app ruled the iTunes store for a few weeks and received both a David Pogue write up in The New York Times and a design award from Apple, Melcher became more fully invested in the idea of “reinventing the book for the digital age” and turning traditional narratives into multi-media experiences.

Melcher has some big ideas about the future that extend well beyond the world of traditional publishing and into the basic practice of storytelling, or the human desire to share and re-share personal narratives that touch us, move us, and even infuriate us. This Friday, October 5th in New York’s Snug Harbor, Melcher Media will host a one-day summit titled “The Future of Storytelling” to begin the complex task of turning those ideas into reality—and you’re invited.

This won’t be your conventional media gathering;

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Shorty Awards Are Open For Entries

Last night, the Shorty Awards, the annual honoring of the best and brightest in 140 characters, hosted a cocktail party where they announced the opening of the industry awards for entries. Among the categories: Best Use of Social Media in Real Life (“IRL”), Best Use of a Hashtag on Twitter, and a few new categories, like Best Social Media Manager.

The marketing jury, which judges the industry awards has also doubled in size. Among those on the list are Stephanie Agresta, Weber Shandwick‘s EVP, MD of social media; Andy Morris, founding partner at The Morris King & Company; and Ian Schafer, CEO of Deep Focus.

This is the fourth year for the awards.

Roll Call: Edelman Scoops Williams from the BBC, M Booth, and More

BBC’s director of communications, Ed Williams, will be leaving the news organization to join Edelman as CEO of the firm’s U.K. business. Williams will step down from his post in October; his first day with Edelman will be October 31. He will report to the EMEA CEO, Robert Phillips, and become part of the company’s EMEA leadership team. He joined the BBC in 2008 and has previously worked with Reuters and Brunswick.

Shira Zackai has joined M Booth as broadcast director. She’ll be handling media engagement across the agency’s accounts, reporting to the media director, Martha Cid. She has previously worked with Steinreich Communications, Hill & Knowlton, and with asset management firm Alliance Bernstein.

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Guest Post: Three Takeaways from Mashable Connect

Mashable hosted its invite-only Mashable Connect conference last Thursday through Saturday (at Disney World in Florida!), with execs across media, digital technology, and communications in attendance.

Our invite was lost in the mail, but Rob Longert, senior digital media strategist at M Booth, was there to fill us in on some of the goings on. Mashable also gives readers a peek here.

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