YouTube + WordPress

One of the most powerful ways to communicate is by using YouTube videos embedded into blog posts.  The process is simple.  Record the video.  Upload it to YouTube.  Copy the YouTube video URL into the wordpress blog post (without a hyperlink).  The result is a YouTube video embedded into your blog post.

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“10 things PR pros do” – Claire Celsi

Claire Celsi, a self-described “Public Relations Princess,” is a publicist based in DeMoines, Iowa.  On her blog – which is, like mine, her website, she posted one of the most popular articles reposted by Ragan’s PR Daily, a very widely-read (famous to us insiders) PR blog.   There’s good reason.  She lists the ten most important tasks that a publicist does and describes how what they look like in real life.  PR Princess

1. They shape the debate. Ethanol is a mandated fuel mix in many states. But winning the hearts and minds of the American consumer was the goal. My job was to identify the knowledge level of the consumer, identify strengths and weaknesses, and to use public relations channels to inform the public through a variety of means.

2. They research. Its critical to be able to measure the impact of any communications campaign.  For a retail client for whom we staged their grand opening, we implemented social networking sites and documented calls to help us identify where targeted publicity is driving sales.

3. They write. After identifying key messages, we wrote the key messages into all kinds of documents. We wrote fact sheets, news releases, media pitches, position papers, PowerPoint presentations, op-ed pieces, Web copy, blog posts, and ad copy.  Once you have your core message, ride that pony ’till it drops.

4. They plan special events. The photo above was taken at an event at a Dallas 7-Eleven store. Our second driver, Jeff Simmons, took over behind the wheel after Paul Dana passed away. That event featured two more Indy car drivers, the Secretary of Energy, and ethanol advocates from all over the country. We gave away cheap ethanol and pitched reporters all over the state. It took a lot of time and planning, but it reaped benefits in the local media and taught Texas to pronounce ethanol “Eth-an-ol” rather than “eeeth-an-ol.”

5. They manage crisis situations. When Paul Dana died, the ethanol industry suffered a psychological blow. Not only was the circuit’s most passionate and visible advocate dead, but he died in a fiery crash in the ethanol “E” car. Not a great visual. Moving the organization past this loss and regrouping was part of my job.

6. They talk to the media. I formed relationships with media across the country while working on the ethanol account. It was my job to think of as many angles as possible, so my team worked hard on finding reporters from as many beats as we could. We ended up pitching energy reporters, business reporters, feature reporters, and trend reporters. The most memorable and creative pitch my team did ended up appearing as an AP story in more than 140 different media outlets.

7. They find advocates. There were many allies of ethanol, such as corn growers, industry groups, convenience stores, “Clean Cities” initiatives, and of course, the Indy Racing League. It was our job to reach out to them and form alliances for our client, and figure out ways we could work together.

8. They tell the truth. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, it’s tempting to skip steps, make assumptions, and push the button before the facts are checked. Sometimes the client is asking you to do things that push the boundary of the truth. Sometimes it’s your boss. Don’t be tempted to take shortcuts that will undermine your credibility with your team, client, or employers.

9. They educate themselves. PR Professionals should be among the smartest people on the team. They’re articulate, well read, and care deeply about the subject matter they represent. They keep up on current events, read the newspaper, and know about what’s going on in the world.

10. They use new media tools. There has been much debate about the role of social media in the PR world. Moving forward, I can’t imagine a PR professional doing a thorough job in any industry without using all tools as their disposal.

YouTube Optimization

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We are not going to spend your time in this article explaining why. These are very concise step-by-step instructions on how to optimize your YouTube account to gain the greatest number of viewers the quickest. We recommend you set aside 15-30 minutes per section to carry out these tasks.

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Optimizing Your Account

Create a YouTube account:  To improve SEO results, secure the name of your company as both the username and profile name   [www.youtube.com/users/profilename] = [www.youtube.com/user/CyberspacePublicity].  If the name is already being used, have one that sounds similar.

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Upload an avatar/logo (see ours to the left), give yourself a keyword-rich description, link back to your site in the Website section, share your hometown and dig into the hobbies focusing on activities that complement your business or line of work.

Optimizing Your Video Content 

Video File Name: By default, your video will have a file name like “vid027612″. Rename the video to give it a more descriptive, keyword-rich title that accurately describes the video content in five words or less.  Edit off the three letters after the dot (“.mov”  “.wmv”).  Nobody needs that detail.

 TIP: Do Not Include Business Name – describe the content accurately, clearly, briefly.

Description: Write a easy-to-understand video description that accurately depicts the video content placing a link to your Web site into the video description.

Tags:  Tags are words, not phrases (except for names and brands like Modern Publicity and Paul O’Sullivan) and include all keywords used in the file name/title/descriptions.

Optimize Your Video Channel

Visit your profile page and click the link to edit your channel to include keywords, an accurate description and include a link to your Web site, assign tags and allow comments.  Also,  select the type of channel you’re running to and upload a custom-branded background. (stay tuned to a how-to blog post on this topic).

TIP: To get optimized YouTube tag words without SEO analysis: search out videos in same business category (eg: “San Diego real estate”) ignoring promoted videos. Pick video w/same marketing goals & click “show more” button. Copy and paste their tag words and add your firm’s name, your name, etc. onto your YouTube page. This isn’t as good as our SEO analysis, but it’s much, much better than nothing.

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YouTube "Info and Settings" page

Seven Social Media Tips For Local Government

Increasing Constituent Satisfaction and

Citizen Involvement

 Step 1: Understand how the agency is being portrayed in social media.

A person, business or institution does not have to be an active user of social media to have a social media presence.  People online are already talking about you – the good, the bad and the ugly.  Moreover, for a public agency, there are important topics and issues that are being addressed in social media that government can have a positive role if it is aware of online public sentiment.  So, the first step to engaging in social media is to listen to cyberspace and analyze what is happening.  Continue reading “Seven Social Media Tips For Local Government”