Sunday, March 30, 2008

Even Spys are Blogging

If you think your organization’s work is too sensitive to blog about. Think again.

The Israeli Secret Service has launched its own blog. That’s right. Spys are blogging.

The blog is authored by four agents, shown only in silhouette, talking about their jobs and recruitment and answering questions from readers. According to the BBC story, the agency is hoping to debunk myths and nurture recruitment.

This is just one more demonstration of the fact that starting an organizational blog doesn’t have to mean revealing all your business secrets. But there may be something related to the work you do that people would be interested in having a conversation about.

It just may take a little creativity. Luckily, that’s what PR people are good at.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

More Resources on Using Twitter

In my last post about Twitter, I suggested you read Dan York’s post, “The 10 ways I learned to use Twitter in 2007... (aka Why and How I use Twitter).” In addition, I’m providing links to some additional resources about using Twitter. (By the way, I found some of these through Twitter posts by my followees and the others through a search in Delicious, another tool I’ve recommended.)

Using Twitter to Help Communities
Blog post by Nate Ritter

From Twits to Tweeple, Why I Embraced Twitter and You Should Too
Five-part series by Jennifer Laycock

Part one gives step-by-step directions on getting your Twitter account up and running.

Part two explains how to send messages and take advantage of the Twitter follow/followers system.

Part three explains how Twitter can help you meet new people.

Part four discusses the power of Twitter in terms of driving traffic and launching viral buzz.

Part five discusses use of Twitter as a news source.

The Big Juicy Twitter Guide
Very useful seven-part series by Caroline Middlebrook

The Several Habits of Wildly Successful Twitter Users
From the Slacker Manager blog

Newbie's guide to Twitter
By Rafe Needleman

Monday, March 10, 2008

PR Director Escamilla Blogs about Client's Humanitarian Work in Zambia

PRSA member and former local television reporter, Randy Escamilla, is currently writing for one of the blogs hosted by the San Antonio Express-News. Randy heads up public relations for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. On Friday, he left with some of the sisters on humanitarian mission to Mongu, Zambia -- the poorest and most remote part of this African nation. They will be continuing their work to save babies from AIDS.

While there, Randy will be sharing stories with us through a blog that is part of the SAEN's "Postcards" blog series.

Read Randy's story to learn more about the Sisters' work over the next two weeks of their trip.

But also take a look at this creative tactic of using a temporary blog to tell a story from the other side of the globe.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Big Ideas, Small Budget – Podcast Online for Non-Profit Communicators

Roughly a quarter of the registrants at our PRSA luncheon today represent non-profit organizations. Thus, I want to let you know about a podcast that went online a few days ago. Donna Papacosta of Trafalgar Communications held a conference call recently about non-profit communications, particularly related to social media. She has turned that conversation into her latest podcast episode, Big Ideas, Small Budget. (Disclosure: The voice with a drawl is mine.)

This is my 20th year working in the non-profit sector. In that environment, it’s easy to get used to thinking small. Ironically, while big businesses are struggling to understand the social change we are currently going through that limits the effectiveness of one way mass communications, many of us in the non-profit world have long understood the value of dialog directly with stakeholders. This wasn’t because we were ahead of the game or anything. We just couldn’t afford to keep up with the big guys.

But the world is changing. Social media tools open doors to us to communicate more effectively with small budgets. But perhaps this is also our time to step up and provide some leadership by sharing knowledge about building relationships based on trust and mutual listening.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Don't miss our next luncheon about the Final Four in SA!

Our next chapter luncheon is this Thursday giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what San Antonio is doing to host a great NCAA men's Final Four showdown this spring.

Details are on the chapter web site -- where you can also register. Come along, it'll be fun.