Pathos. Sure, it may be a word that you haven’t thought about since half hearing it uttered by a droning professor during a random communications class back in college. But, as communications professionals, “pathos” or the art of emotional appeal, is something we all embrace as a core function of our job. Whether drafting a press release, brainstorming […]

This post also appears on Waggener Edstrom’s Thinkers & Doers blog. Yesterday, Mashable announced Ford’s plan to unveil the new Ford Explorer via a dedicated Facebook page. Typically, Ford would unveil a new design at the Detroit Auto Show but the team decided to capitalize on an opportunity to make their mark around a product […]

The extreme excitement around the #WorldCup had everyone a’ Twitter with supporting their favorite teams. From live tracking to replays, there were a host of Twitter tools that helped create community and channel conversation around one of the biggest sporting events ever. I particularly enjoyed the fun integration of tiny flags that were embedded into […]

Note:  This post also appeared on Waggener Edstrom’s Thinkers & Doers blog. Brandjacked. Though brandjacking is certainly not a new concept, it’s one of those words that can quickly ignite panic in the world of social media. Unfortunately, brands, people and products are brandjacked every day. With the lightning pace and ease by which online presence can be […]

It’s 12:30 on a Sunday morning as I’m drafting this. Mock me later, this is too important. I was out celebrating a friend’s birthday earlier this evening when I saw that @ErikaBitzer had shot @jeremymeyers and myself a reply on Twitter mentioning that she had included us in her last blog post. Quick back story. […]

In part 1 of this series I posted about the core quality that I think serves as the foundation for someone to become an “influencer” – namely trust within their community. The next logical step is figuring out the best way to track these folks down. Every community has talkers, movers and shakers that drive […]

Expert tweeter, pro vlogger, super social networker…you name it. Chances are that you have a slight ego if you consult on social media or generally work in the field of public relations. We’re supposed to be good about communicating why something is good. It comes with the gig. Guilty. Day in and day out, you and your colleagues […]