Tag: online reputation

How do you measure the value of modern PR?

Posted by , 25/06/14

The rise of social media and continual seismic change to the traditional media landscape demands that PR be more flexible than ever in measuring its worth.

But what does that mean for traditional PR efforts? Is an emphasis on securing coverage in the national press still the holy grail of PR activity?

Average value equivalents (AVEs) 

We’ve come a long way since the industry default of determining PR’s value by calculating the value of comparable paid advertising. In today’s landscape, totting up the equivalent ad spend of PR placement bears little or no relevance. Not only does overlaying advertising cost metrics against something completely different tell a somewhat meaningless story, it also fails to take into account the power of influence on brand messaging, or the impact and merit of subjective third-party opinion.

Big splash vs measurable data

Of course, every business will have its own set of objectives. A half-page article in The Guardian might in itself hold enough thought leadership and brand awareness value for the average marketing director. Speak to the FD, however, and there might well be an entirely different set of priorities. How, for starters, does national coverage trickle through to measurable business results?

From content to customer 

With the current emphasis on content and storytelling, many businesses naturally demand tangible proof that investing in coverage delivers business worth. And indeed, with the right measurement tools in place, PR activity can be tracked from key influencers and media lists through to traffic generated by each piece of coverage, moving on to calculate percentage conversion when visitors hit your site. Savvy businesses that are investing in high quality content have options to track the value of each piece created with laser precision. Links to downloadable content, for example, are invaluable tools for tracking exactly where content enters the sales funnel and what sales it generates. More »

Password security tips for company social media channels

Posted by , 03/07/12

Password security tips for company social media channelsWith the proliferation of social media channels in use by brands, the recent security breach at LinkedIn, where over 6 million encrypted passwords were stolen and published online, has been useful if only to raise important questions about security of password data.

For individuals, advice for improving security is straightforward and we can put in place a set of procedures -including creating a different password for each social media account, using random characters – no real words, and using a minimum of 8 characters as well as changing passwords regularly.

However, for brands with numerous social media channels, blogs and websites accessed by a team of staff members, the advice is not so straightforward and is obviously a concern, since unauthorised access to accounts could put a company’s brand at risk.

For example security risk factors are inherent in situations where, many employees have access to some or all company social media channels which are constantly in use and regularly updated. Passwords are keyed in to access accounts on a daily basis, shared amongst staff and within many departments.

Passwords can be forgotten which may prompt an email with password information to colleagues, meaning passwords could be exposed on portable devices with the result that a company will have no control over where password data is stored or forwarded. Sometimes a senior staff member may hold all the passwords and when leaving the company, forgets to hand over all password data. More »

Qantas takes flack for social media response to grounded flights

Posted by , 02/11/11

Qantas takes flack for social media response to grounded flightsAustralian airline Qantas has been rapped for its ineffective social media response to the recent grounding of its fleet over a pay dispute.

Tweets posted by the company have been slammed as wooden, corporate and lacking in empathy, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Qantas will reimburse the difference between the cost of the new ticket (in same cabin of travel) and value of the refunded Qantas ticket,” read one remarkably concise tweet, failing to offer a human voice at a time of major chaos and upset for many customers.

Word has it that although Qantas generally demonstrates successful Twitter marketing, the social media team had been effectively “gagged” by senior Qantas staff with a corporate message to deliver, yet little experience of using Twitter.

In response, numerous Twitter accounts have surfaced with the sole aim of blasting Qantas, with chief executive Alan Joyce bearing the brunt of the flack. More »

When websites go feral..

Posted by , 25/11/10

As Coutts Bank found, one website, batting against your brand, can have a disproportionately negative effect on your online reputation.

You may have 10,000 happy customers but it only takes one motivated, IT literate one to turn feral and as generation Y matures, there’s only going to be more of them.

Assuming the website is legitimate and can’t be taken down through legal means – or negotiated with, there is still something you can you do.

The main issue is stopping negative sites appearing directly under your main brand site in Google search results. SEO focused content creation can push the offending site far away enough from the main search results to have little associative impact on your brand.

Adding content about your brand is a good thing to do in any case, not just building a bulwark against attacks but establishing the brand as a thought leader in their respective field and providing material for social media marketing.

In that sense, the famous phrase ‘publish and be damned’ perhaps needs reversing for the online world – ‘publish or be damned.’

33% of global CCOs not prepared for online reputation threats

Posted by , 02/11/10

A new survey has revealed that 33% of global chief corporate communications officers (CCOs) say that their company is not prepared for a social media based reputation threat – a worrying statistic as the report adds that 34% of CCOs say that their companies experienced an online reputation threat during the past 12 months.

Findings from the annual survey ‘The Rising CCO’ III, indicate that as online threats to corporate and brand reputations have increased, so too has the importance of communications officers possessing the necessary crisis management skills. 61% of CCOs currently consider crisis management skills as important, compared to only 33% in 2007.

Social media is identified as the most critical challenge as well as the greatest opportunity in the year ahead, with 54% citing social media experience as key for communications staff. Social media and blogging are expected to be the fastest-growing functions in communications departments in the next 12 months, rising from 28 percent in 2008 to 41 percent in 2010. More »

Callaway is the most loved golf brand online

Posted by , 17/06/10

Callaway is the best loved golf brand online The NetBase Brand Passion Index, which measures the intensity of consumer passion for brands among users of online communities reveals that consumers of a golfing bent are most passionate about Callaway a golf club brand.

TaylorMade is the next most loved brand, followed closely by Wilson and Nike.

While Nike Golf and Callaway are the subject of an equal amount of chatter, Nike is merely liked while Callaway inspires real passion.

Despite the negative publicity, Tiger Woods does not appear to impact the passion level for the Nike Golf brand. In fact, golfers express little negativity towards any of the major brands.

Titleist gets the least amount of love, but is still generally liked. Personally I hate them, keep losing the pesky things! More »

Furlong PR in the news – CorpComms Magazine 15/6/10

Posted by , 15/06/10

FTSE 100 get an ASBO

Over three quarters of FTSE 100 companies lack basic social media tools such as a blog or an RSS feed, according to a new survey by UK PR company Furlong.

See full article here: http://www.prweek.com/uk/news/1009924/City-agency-digital-comms-chief-warns-FTSE-100-companies-act-now-social-media


Ignoring online reputation is like making out a blank cheque

Posted by , 01/06/10

Coutts bank accountI remember dating a budding actress at university who at some point in our ultimately doomed relationship, pulled out a square, white chequebook with old fashioned writing on it – very different to the animal patterned Nat West ones most students were sporting in those days.  I remember being impressed and slightly intimidated by it, as I was by her if I’m honest. She explained it was a Coutts chequebook –the Queen’s bank – that her Stepdad had given to her.

At that time in the late eighties, Coutts had a rock solid, exclusive reputation which any self- respecting yuppie wanted a piece of. Legend had it that you needed half a million in cash minimum before they’d consider letting you in the door. As with many of the aspirant financial clubs of the eighties, the lack of information available about them just added to their mystique and cache.

Just as the red Porsches and matching braces have all but disappeared from the City, so the era of such corporate reputations, locked tight in a marble clad safety deposit boxes, have gone. It’s not just the high profile Madoff, Enron and Lehman scandals that have shaken public belief in financial institutions but on a micro level, through the internet, reputations now rise or fall on what customers are saying online. More »

Asda turns to Mumsnet social network to enhance reputation

Posted by , 21/04/10

The influential parenting site, Mumsnet, is playing an increasingly active part in social debate, with George at Asda becoming the first retailer to seek approval from the site’s members before putting a potentially controversial product on its shelves.

Whatever we think of this as a PR move – and it’s an interesting one – it serves to underline the impact that key social networking sites can have on brand reputation. Mumsnet receives more than 1m unique visitors each month. Its discussion boards attract about 20,000 comments daily. Even the upcoming General Election has been dubbed the ‘Mumsnet Election.’

George at Asda, Boden, House of Fraser, Mothercare and Start-rite have all signed up to the site’s ‘Let girls be girls’ campaign, after members expressed concerns about products on sale in high-street stores. It aims to get retailers to agree to end the ‘premature sexualisation of children though their products and marketing.’

Writing in his Editor’s comment this week, Gareth Jones of Marketing magazine is sceptical as to whether Asda’s decision represents an intelligent PR coup. “Mumsnet is a hugely powerful force that brands should seek to harness but, in this case, it seems George at Asda may be going a step too far,” he says. More »

Microsoft topples Google as 2010 Business Superbrand

Posted by , 24/02/10


Microsoft has knocked Google off its top spot in the 2010 Business Superbrands survey.

Google, ranked first in the two previous surveys, changes places with Microsoft who were in fifth spot last year.

New entries to the top ten include BlackBerry, 42nd  last year and British Airways, back to eighth from its worst position last year – 36th. Rival Virgin Atlantic however, also appears, above BA, in fourth position.

Revealing the fall-out from the financial crisis, the list of the top 10 biggest fallers includes UBS and Morgan Stanley, with the Royal Bank of Scotland falling out of the top 500 altogether.

Proving that a re-brand can have a positive affect Aviva, More »

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