Blogger Engagement #2

18 12 2008

It is widely agreed that bloggers and podcasters dislike getting press releases; well, so do most journalists that I have met.   If we want to engage with bloggers we must establish certain things.  Are they relevant to us in terms of reach and authority?  Are we relevant to them, is what we are pitching well targeted, will they be interested and do they accept pitches at all?  Many bloggers do not.

If we have overcome all of these hurdles I firmly believe that we can talk to many bloggers or podcasters in the same way as we approach journalists – by e-mail and by telephone and on the odd occasion by actually meeting.   So is this new form of public relations just the same as the old?  Well, some bits of its are and some aspects are entirely new. 

The world is considerably more complex but the traditional skills of a good PR person are particularly useful in this new environment where much of the media has become socialised.   In addition to pitching ideas offline we can have  conversations with bloggers very simply just by adding a post or a comment to their blog.   Remember that this is a conversation in public and that mostly they will talk back.

Pirate Radio

3 12 2008


Radio has been available in a number of different ways and across a range of platforms for some time.  Podcasts are essentially radio downloads that aren’t broadcast in a traditional sense (although they may have been). The Director of the Radio Academy, Trevor Dann is in no doubt that radio and podcasts are essentially the same thing.  “I think it’s important that it’s called an Internet radio programme and not a podcast or audiostream because we shouldn’t define the content by the form of delivery.”   

Podcasts are incredibly cheap and easy to produce and simple to make available.  The key however is content.  It is easy to assume that because it is a low technology environment anyone can create a podcast.   As PR people we should need to place a value on the experience of people who have honed their skills in the highly competitive broadcast environment to help us create podcasts that our audiences will choose and want to listen to.

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