Sunday, November 22, 2009
So out of his pocket, he took his wallet (or lack thereof). It really was his credit cards, health insurance card, drivers licence, birth card and a few other non-descript cards and some cash, held together by a blue rubber-band. It was actually quite refreshing to see Ori’s non-wallet – and likely the fist time I had ever seen a wallet (or lack thereof) like Ori’s.
Now it’s not that Ori is some kind of urban bum (au contraire). He actually is really sophisticated, maybe even urbane – but that’s his style. He wanted something thin that would be as unobtrusive as possible, and that’s good thinking. Nothing could indeed be thinner than a non-wallet.
So, what’s the notion of simplicity got to do with PR? Actually a heck of a lot, and it is coincidental that I noticed this just last week. You see, I meet with a lot of companies, all looking for complex PR solutions. And there really is no such a thing. Simple is best. It works and it generally is less expensive than complex. Now, I’ve just gotta get these complex thinkers to think simply (and believe me)
Oh, one more thing - Ori, I may be getting rid of my wallet too … simple is always better
Thursday, November 5, 2009
So I am talking with Sophie Boyko yesterday (http://www.sophieboyko.com). We met at a seminar given by Tim Rooney (http://www.rooneyearl.com) in September. Sophie, an interesting lady is likely an excellent sales trainer in addition to being an entrepreneur.
So during our phone banter, while driving (sans Bluetooth) we were both comparing notes as to what's been happening since we met. I had seen U2 and am seeing Roger Hodgson this weekend. Sophie had seen Kiss ... ALL great bands.
Then the topic turned to business of course. I started talking blogs and Sophie started talking hiring ...
Turns out Sophie is interested in starting her own blog and I am interested in hiring. So we made a bet with one another.
By the end of this month, Sophie will have her blog up with at least 2, 300 word entries and I would have made the ideal candidate a job offer.
We'll meet for lunch toward the end of this month (the non-performer pays) and compare notes. Track our progress at this blog, or Sophie’s at blog.sophieboyko.com.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Here’s some points we made in response to their concerns
Employees will waste time with social media.
Some large corporations block their employees from accessing the internet altogether. Others try to block employees from accessing personal e-mail or social networks such as Facebook or Twitter during office hours. In May 2009, there were some 34 million smartphones in North America. That's a lot of internet access available - everywhere -- and employers can't stop their employees from accessing the internet on breaks, at lunch or in the bathroom
Workers value and need internet access – and its value is far greater than the threat of lost productivity. Companies can make policies and rules about personal use of the internet, but blocking it during work is just stupid.
Haters will damage our brand.
“What about the haters?” is what I say. “What if people say bad, mean, nasty things about our brand?”
Well, be honest with yourself, there may be things you need to change about your brand, and in that case, thank them sincerely for letting you know what they are. Then – make the necessary changes.
If you have built an online community that includes people who don't hate you, that community will defend you and handle any problems with respect to people that you think “hate” you.
We'll lose control of our brand.
Reality is that every person with a computer has the tools to make their opinion about your brand heard by others. They're already talking about you. You can no longer be in absolute control of your message.
Your workers are talking about you in closed Facebook groups to keep you out so they can talk about you in peace. Your customers are e-mailing, using Twitter and Facebook, and – the evergreen -- calling their friends about their experience with your brand. You don't have control. You might as well join the conversation. At least that way you can influence what is being said.
We're scared of giving away corporate secrets or that information on social networks will affect our stock price.
Nonsense. If you don't already have a social-media policy, you should create one now. If you don't trust your employees to talk to customers, or to represent the brand, you have issues far greater than looking at social media. You don’t need us … you need to look at your hiring and training practices.
We’re scared we’ll be sued.
Oh puh-lese. Change your meds!