This week David and Paul talk about how we deal with having mutliple notification mechanisms. In our professional lifetimes we have seen the rise and now fall of having universal email access to our contacts — now we have IM, Twitter, texting, and even the phone to juggle. Part of the problem is that email is notoriously poor at sending large files (and woe become anyone who sends large files to us without asking prior permission). The two discuss their own personal communications differences, what PR people have to do to get the word out to the media, and what makes sense for each medium.
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David spent election night flipping back and forth between the news coverage on television and various information sites on the Internet, seeking out background information on the results and candidates. He began thinking about how the Web is changing the way people consume news. PR pros need to assume that readers and viewers will constantly want to check facts and seek background on events in real time. How does that change the way they package information?
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Eastman Kodak Company has been transforming itself from a maker of film-based products into a comprehensive maker of imaging products and services. With a growing line of digital photography, output and online services, the company has been trying to remake its image through multiple channels, including social media.
Kodak maintains blogs devoted to products, photography and the business of graphic communications. It’s also active on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other direct-to-the-customer channels. The social media conversations are based on contributions from some 70 corporate bloggers, who provide a constant stream of information about the company, its markets and its customers. Krista Gleason joined the company a year ago after a career in government and she is learning to apply blogging to the company’s public relations efforts. In this interview, she talks about how Kodak manages multiple blogs, chooses people to represent it online and the remarkable freedom it provides its staff bloggers to write about what they choose.
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