This week I stumbled upon an interesting study that delves into how marketers go about buying technology for their businesses. While a lot of what’s in there is stuff you might expect, there were a few things that definitely caused me to raise my eyebrows.
Here’s a round-up of PR, tech and marketing articles that caught our eye online in recent days. Includes PR advice for young companies straight from Facebook’s head of tech comms, why tech journos must keep their distance from big brands , the growing importance of long form content, and new guidelines for video bloggers from the Committee of Advertising Practice.
It feels as though there are increasing numbers of media titles targeting marketers right now. And I’m wondering if the extra buzz in the sector is connected to marketers spending more on technology than ever before –meaning publishers can make money selling advertising to marketing tech suppliers.
If you read a newspaper (online or print) or use social media, it’s very likely you’ve come across stories about Katie Hopkins, the reality TV star-turned columnist for The Sun. She’s the one who’s made a name for herself by spouting ultra, un-politicallly correct (and downright inflammatory) views about all manner of issues that are on the current news agenda.
While I agree with last week's NMA story which argued that PR agencies are challenging SEO agencies for work, I think the far bigger trend is in the other direction - mainly because search agencies need to incorporate PR techniques to survive in the long term.
Google’s authorship markup programme means anyone who creates web content can potentially have a thumbnail headshot of themselves appear next to their content in Google searches. Links to the author’s profile page on Google Plus and to other content he/she has produced are also displayed.
These days it helps to be a bit 'geeky' if you work in PR, marketing or advertising, which means you need to find your way around technology. You might even find yourself dabbling in a little coding (geek-speak for programming) as highlighted in the audio boo report (see further down) from BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Take a look at this interesting infographic from PR agency Text 100, based on its study of how journalists are using social media. It reveals they dig through around 2.6 social media channels to research each article and also review official company blogs andl Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube profiles, among other channels, when looking for company background.