LOVE Viral Videos!

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“David After Dentist” has over 87 million hits on YouTube! Now, that’s what I call a viral video!

This simple video grabs the attention of millions because it showcases a cute boy and he adds humor into a very unfortunate dentist experience that no one wants to go through. My favorite part of the video is when he sits up in his booster seat and screams at the top of his lungs and then falls right back down to this seat! I couldn’t stop laughing!

One of my favorite viral videos is “Talking Twin Babies.” Check it out! It has over 19 million hits on YouTube.

I think that it is absolutely hysterical because the video captures two babies having a legit conversation. I think the video proves that babies have their own language and they are able communicate with one another.  No one else can understand them, but they seem to be having a good time together!

Another one of my favorite viral videos is the “Bed Intruder Song.” It has over 78 million hits on YouTube!

This video has been one of my favorites for a long time! The song lyrics tell a story that was originally a live news report. The news report isn’t funny by any means, but when they created the video to lighten up the situation and add some humor, I couldn’t help but laugh!

Antoine Dodson, the star of “hide your kids, hide your wife” lyrics, has become a viral video celebrity! He was a guest on MTV for the ball drop in Times Square on New Years Eve and he reported that gets paid thousands of dollars to make appearances at clubs.

Who would have ever thought that a viral video could make someone famous! It’s about time that we all start making videos and uploading them to YouTube, in hopes that we will some day become famous!

Checkout Kneale Mann!

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Our Professor Barbara Nixon does it again! She proves that you can truly form friendships and establish business partners just by connecting through social media.

I watched another 20-minute video interview between professor Nixon and Kneale Mann. Mann is from Canada and they have never met in person, but have talked several times through blogging.

I learned many interesting things about social media from the interview!

Mann talks about Twitter being a micro-blog. Every time you tweet about a company or every time a business tweets, they are essentially starting a mini blog.

People need to understand that the purpose of Twitter isn’t just a status update like Facebook. Use Twitter to your advantage! Focus on the message that you are trying to spread, not the amount of followers you have. If you are tweeting valuable information, you will gain more followers.

Mann also gives great information about blogging. It’s important to blog about topic that is important to you.

Blog about an experience that you had or something that people can relate too. If you blog about something that your passionate it about, the flow of your writing will come naturally.

Blog comments are also really important in the world of social media. They are essential to the writer because it motivates them to keep blogging.

Professor Nixon has already taught me a lot about leaving blog comments and Mann solidified the importance.

I know that blog comments need to give the writer valuable feedback, rather then  information like, “Great blog!” You also don’t want your blog comments to be too lengthy.

Just like Martin Waxman said, it’s vital to proofread your writing, especially when it pertains to blogs. You will lose credibility if your blog comments have misspelled words or grammar mistakes.

I highly recommend this video interview between Professor Nixon and Kneale Mann! It really makes me look at Twitter and blogging in a totally different way!

Palette Public Relations Inc.

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Martin Waxman, president and co-founder of Palette Public Relations Inc., gave a great 25-minute interview with professor Barbara Nixon. Waxman offered valuable information about PR and how to be successful.

Palette Public Relations Inc. was founded on 3 Pillars:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Energy
  3. Integrity

Waxman explains the importance of simplicity because its important to always do everything that you can to make your life and your client’s life easier.

Every company needs energy and motivation. Don’t give up until you get the results that you’re looking for.

Integrity is one of the key characteristics that a company needs. It is important to be up front and honest with your clients.

In this interview, Waxman talked about traditional media versus social media.

He used the example of what he would be looking for if he were to hire a potential candidate for the Palette Public Relations team.

  1. The candidate would need to have the traditional skills of PR
  2. They would have to have an understanding of social media
  3. They would have to be knowledgeable of PR professionals
  4. Be on Twitter

Waxman talked about the importance of blogging and the impact that it can have on your readers. He was even looking to hire someone, but decided against it when he noticed all the grammar mistakes and spelling errors in their blog. You become less credible when you have mistakes in your blog.

He  also gave great advice about social media monitoring. If you type a company’s name and then the word “fail” into a search engine, the company can see if people are writing negative things about your company all over the internet.

I would recommend this interview to any student who is striving to be a PR professional. It really makes you aware that traditional media is still very prevalent and social media is continuously expanding with new technology.

PROpenMic…Get Connected!

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WOW! PROpenMic is amazing! It is a social network where students, faculty and PR professionals can connect and learn from one another. It’s like Facebook, in the sense where you can update your profile, add friends, upload pictures and videos.

PROpenMic has many features, but I am going to share my top 3 favorite things about the website.

1. The job and internship tab is very beneficial to college undergraduates and graduate students.  PROpenMic provides links to indeed.com and jobster.com. The website also provides a “TwitJobSearch” that maps out jobs in North America, Europe, East Asia and Africa.

2. PROpenMic allows you to share videos with one another.

The first video I watched called “Selinah Has Aids” caught  my attention because the heading states that it is Persuasive, Creative, Worth Your Time. You can also watch the video on YouTube.  It is sad, but very touching.

3. Participate in all of the events!

The events are conferences and workshops that take place all over the world. PROpenMic provides places, dates of when the conferences take place. The conferences and workshops offer information about pubic relations, social media, networking and blogging. They provide you with helpful tips that can help your company capture the attention of its audience.

PROpenMic also offers webinar events. A webinar is used to conduct live meetings or presentations over the internet.

I have to say, there is only one thing I don’t like about PROpenMic. In my opinion the main page is very cluttered.  There is so much going on that it was a little overbearing when I first created my account.

Even though the main page is a little overwhelming,  I am able to explore the site and learn more about the PR world! I will definitely visit PROpenMic often!

Facebook vs. Twitter

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Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? Before I started taking PR Strategies I had a Facebook page, but I didn’t have a Twitter account. I didn’t see the purpose of Twitter and I swore that I would never make one.

Now I consider myself to be an active user of both social media sites! Both Facebook and Twitter  have social and professional benefits.

Benefits of Facebook:

1. You can connect with family and friends

2. You can share picture albums

3. You can chat through instant messaging

4. You can promote upcoming events

5. You an create fan pages

6. You can network

Benefits of Twitter

1. You can create hash tags that allow people to follow trending topics

2. You can share links that connect to other websites or social medias

3. You can share pictures

4. It’s easier to navigate

5. People tend to respond more quickly

6. You can network

Now, after reading the benefits I’m sure you can come up with a whole list of cons for Twitter and Facebook. I think the most important thing to understand is that no matter your preference, they are both used in the professional PR world! Take the time to explore each site and apply them to your life!

Checkout this YouTube video on “How to Link Facebook and Twitter Together.”

#Winning?

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Charlie Sheen is one of the hottest commodities in the media right now, grabbing the attention of millions. His crazy actions and popular Twitter page aren’t going unnoticed.

He is definitely working the social network, and going down in the Guinness Book of World Records for gaining over 1,000,000 Twitter followers in just 24 hours. Now with over 2,000,000 followers, Sheen is becoming an even bigger star then he already was.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve been entertained by his “winning” and “tiger blood” messages, but I feel like the media is causing his behavior to escalade with all the attention they are giving him. He obviously wants to get a reaction out of people and he’s doing a great job at it!

Here are 3 examples as to why Sheen is a walking public relations campaign:

1. He has certainly defined his presence in the social media world.

2. His nonsense videos have gone viral

3. Everything he does has a purpose behind it.

According to E! Online, he has also recently signed a deal to market “winning” t-shirts.

There is no doubt in my mind that Sheen has a PR team behind him, helping him craft up ideas to keep him popular in the media. I’m wondering though, how long do you think people will put up with his antics before they get tired of him? What extreme measures will he go to, to keep up his reputation? It’s a scary thought when you think about it!

Check out part of Sheen’s Good Morning America interview that has over 6,000,000 hits!

What’s all the Buzz About Reality TV?

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Every TV station I flip to have new hit reality TV shows. You hear more hype about reality TV shows than sitcom shows these days.

Yes, there are popular sitcoms like Glee and Modern Family, but reality shows like the Bachelor, American Idol, The Real Housewives of “Practically Every City” and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (just to name a few) are sweeping the networks.

I’m wondering, are production companies coming up with reality TV shows because they have lost their sitcom creativity?

Reality TV “supposedly” shows real life situations that can be very entertaining for people. For example, ABC is on its 8th season of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition because people are so touched by the life changing experience that struggling families get by being rewarded with a brand new home.

Now, the reason why I say “supposedly” is because there are also shows like BRAVO TV’s The Real Housewives (which I love). Some TV critics refuse to watch reality shows like these because they say that they are pointless.

In my opinion I think we can learn from reality shows like the Real Housewives because it shows the not so glamorous side to these rich women’s life. Many of these women live by the saying more money, more problems!

Because these people sign on to reality TV they are constantly in the  public eye and they have gained so much attention from the media.

Bethenny Frankel from Real Housewives of New York has gained 396,212 followers on Twitter because of her words of wisdom on food, health and fitness.

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