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Driving Brand Journalism Through Social Media (Pt 1)

This week we bring you a special three-part post co-written with Tim Gray, content strategist at online marketing/web design firm Blue Fountain Media. Tim believes that brand journalism is indeed the future of PR–and that the best way to promote a brand is to create that crucial content yourself and promote it via social media.

The first step on the way to making brand journalism work: abandon the self-centered approach to messaging that formed the basis of the traditional PR playbook.

  1. Move beyond the standard PR mindset

For decades, brands bombarded customers with me-first messages pushing “my product, my service, my plan…that you the customer now have the pleasure to purchase at my command”. This approach worked because customers didn’t have too many options when searching for information. It doesn’t work any longer, because most web surfers will quickly abandon your page unless you present them with compelling, easily accessible stories that truly engage, entertain and inform.

The “if you write it, they will come” maxim feels a little too simple though, doesn’t it?

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Is ‘Brand Journalism’ the New PR?

PR professionals: Do you consider yourself content providers? How about reporters? Bloggers? Are we getting close? OK, here’s the question of the day: Instead of struggling with media gatekeepers to win coverage and attract wandering eyes to your brand, should you simply become the media? Instead of providing access to key personalities and emailing quotes for a big story, why not just tell the story yourself?

According to Blue Fountain Media strategist Tim Gray, the best way to promote your brand through content is to create it—he sees the PR industry moving quickly in that direction, and Bazaar Voice’s 2012 “social trends report” backs him up.

Of course you’ve heard about the ways in which an increasingly interconnected media world makes traditional advertising less effective than ever; most viewers/readers will skip those pesky sponsored messages when given the choice. The appeal of creating your own content delivery system is obvious–and more than a few brands have started doing just that.

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Q&A with Jacquie Ottman: Improved ‘Green’ Products ‘Held Their Value’ Through the Economic Recession

Orlando Bloom with a Toyota Prius. Photo: WireImage

Prior to the economic meltdown, brands all over the place were intensely focused on marketing “green” and eco-friendly products to consumers who had developed a heightened awareness about environmental issues. With tough economic times, there was concern that a focus on value meant this environmental concern would be pushed aside.

We spoke with Jacquelyn Ottman, founder of J. Ottman Consulting, a New York-based ad agency, and author of the new book The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools, and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding about how to market “green” in 2011.

For tips, read our Q&A after the jump.

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