The Daily Dog Interviews Marketing SVP Tom Becktold on PR’s Role in the Marketing Process

October 25, 2012

The Daily Dog, as part of their “Exhibitor Insights” video series from this month’s PRSA International Conference, spoke with Tom Becktold, our SVP Marketing, about how PR pros are in a perfect position to drive companies’ greater marketing messages, how social media has given PR a bigger presence in C-suite decision making, and how PR should be guiding marketing and advertising. Check out Tom’s interview with Richard Carufel below:


LA Communicators Share Online Newsroom Best Practices

April 9, 2012

by Warner Boutin, Account Executive & Luis Guillen, Media Relations Specialist, Business Wire LA

Business Wire LA hosted a media panel breakfast event on Wednesday, March 28th examining best practices for online newsrooms.

Business Wire’s VP Web Communications, Ibrey Woodall moderated the panel. Panelists included Brian O’Connor, Director of Marketing & PR, Cunard Cruise Line; Serena Ehrlich, Director of Marketing, Mogreet; Deborah Braidic, Manager Website Content/Internal Communications, Children’s Hospital LA and Amanda Hedlund, Web Communications & Media Relations Specialist, Children’s Hospital LA.

L-R: Amanda Hedlund, Deborah Braidic, Brian O’Connor, Serena Ehrlich & moderator Ibrey Woodall

Based on the recent Bulldog Reporter/Business Wire Communicators Online Newsroom Survey results, panelists discussed anecdotes, challenges & overall benefits of their online newsrooms. Here are some of the highlights of the discussion:

General survey findings:

  • Half (48.4%) of corporate communicators currently have an online newsroom
  • The online newsroom remains a relatively modest investment for most companies
  • Companies are integrating their social media activity into their newsrooms
  • Two most important site features: PR contacts and search module

On building your online newsroom:

  • Stakeholders should come together from the very beginning – O’Connor
  • Corporate communications and web development must be on same page. “We streamlined things early, which prevented the marriage from falling apart down the road” – Braidic
  • Know your audience’s needs. “We make sure our audience can quickly find our latest news” – Hedlund
  • Determine what content your audience wants to see
  • Journalists want quick access to your newsroom rather than searching full site

On making your online newsroom relevant:

  • Customize newsroom based on top 3 most frequently accessed content type:
    • Photos, press releases & b-roll – Cunard Cruise Line
    • Multimedia, PR contacts and all social media content – Mogreet
    • Multimedia, Experts/Physicians lists and protected logos – Children’s Hospital
  • Categorize your releases and list experts as well – Ehrlich
  • Use inbound site traffic to create potential blog posts. “I check the web traffic analytics for blog ideas” – Ehrlich
  • Analyze your online newsroom’s web page stats on a weekly basis
  • Make your corporate blog accessible on your online newsroom

On online newsroom maintenance, crisis communication and security:

  • Every company should have dark site ability, allowing you to prepare pages ahead of time for a potential crisis
  • Dark sites need to be light on graphics and multimedia
  • Some of my clients maintain 10-12 different dark sites for “just-in-case” situations – Ehrlich
  • You must know your target market if you’re going to password protect your newsroom – Ehrlich
  • Password protected content needed sometimes:
    • We don’t want somebody pulling a photo archive on a ship we don’t manage anymore – Cunard Cruise Line
    • Sometimes we’ll use passwords to prevent logos from being stolen – Children’s Hospital LA

For more upcoming local Business Wire events or to see what’s coming up in our award-winning webinar series, visit our events page or follow Business Wire events on Twitter, hashtag #bwchat.


New Year, New Online Newsroom

January 24, 2012

by Ibrey Woodall, VP Web Communications Services, Business Wire Florida

Click here to download the 2011 Communicators Online Newsroom Survey Exec Summary

Hopefully, one of the items on your list of New Year’s resolutions is to closely review the workings of your current online newsroom. Do you have a fully developed and optimized online newsroom? Does it have the expected features? Does it fit well into your overall set of public relations and social media tools? Does it allow you to work efficiently and timely?  If not, do you have the budget to afford one that does?

Based on the results of the October 2011 Communicators Online Newsroom Practices Survey by Business Wire and Bulldog Reporter, the majority of organizations who intended to create an online newsroom in the future expected to do so within the next three to six months. That means that 2012 will be the year that some communicators will finally take advantage of the technology available to them.

In the past, barriers to utilizing an online newsroom have included lack of resources, inability to self-publish content, inability to integrate social media, lack of traffic, lack of analytics, lack of automated posting of press releases, inability to customize or highlight content, and simply the absence of a user-friendly content management interface.

Fortunately, very few of those surveyed felt that the cost of an online newsroom was a hindrance. Both large and small companies pay less than $10,000 a year for a standard online newsroom. Use this number as a parameter when working the cost of an online newsroom into your 2012 budget.

One of the obstacles communicators have had to deal with is one I’ve seen way too often. You won’t find this hurdle noted directly on the survey because it deals with internal departmental control and strife. However; you can imagine or even relate to the situation when you see that most organizations use an internal IT department to create their online newsroom. This may explain why communicators have not been able to self-publish content, automate press release postings, integrate social media, or even highlight specific content.

An online newsroom is a means by which a communicator can perform their job more efficiently, update content more frequently, supply desired material to journalists more easily, and interact with multiple audiences more timely – especially during a crisis situation. It is not just another section within an organization’s marketing website.

Will you be able to use dedicated communications technology to meet the varied demands of 2012? In other words, are you a PR warrior with the proper battle weapons?

Learn more about Communicators Online Newsroom Practices: join us for our free webinar on Tuesday, February 28 at 1pm ET. Ibrey Woodall, VP Web Communications Services for Business Wire, will moderate the panel, which includes Cindy Haas, Director, Corporate Communications, Ryder System; Maggie Jensen, APR, Media Relations Consultant, Securian Fianancial Group; and Mike Trask, Manager of Corporate Communications, Bally Technologies. Register for the free session HERE.


Business Wire’s Michael Becker Takes On Web Disclosure

August 2, 2010

Recently, Bulldog Reporter’s IR Alert published a piece authored by Thomson Reuters’ Steve Roycroft on web-based disclosure and its future.  Michael Becker, SVP, Financial Product Strategy for Business Wire, responds today in an article called It’s Time for the Truth: Let’s Unleash the Facts — a Response to Thomson Reuters’ Web Disclosure Column. If you work in investor relations, make sure you give it a read to ensure you’re getting an accurate picture of the state of disclosure today.


Bulldog Reporter’s 2010 Media Relations Summit Recap

July 1, 2010

by Nikelle Feimster, Media Relations Specialist, Business Wire New York

Business Wire was on-site as an anchor sponsor at Bulldog Reporter’s 2010 Media Relations Summit held on Monday June 28 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. More than 20 top public relations and media executives shared insight and vision about how PR professionals can survive a challenging, yet exciting, future in communications.

BW Director of Global Agency Relations Tom Mulgrew Introduces Keynote Speaker Tina Brown of The Daily Beast

There were five provocative keynote sessions during the Summit. Tom Mulgrew, Director of Global Agency Relations at Business Wire, did an outstanding job introducing the second session titled “The Future of Media: Digital Changes Everything.” Keynote speaker Tina Brown, founder of The Daily Beast, gave her perspective on how consumers’ needs are changing and which business models will sustain media going forward.

The other sessions were:

  • The Future of Public Relations: Seizing the Opportunity
  • The Future of Journalism: Transforming the Fourth Estate
  • The Future of Media Relations Technology: New Tools for Greater Impact
  • The Future of Social Media Marketing: PR’s New Paradigm

The event also included intimate roundtables, which was my favorite part of the conference. Journalists, bloggers, editors, and producers gave insight into how their professional world is changing and how they prefer to work with communicators. I had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with some very impressive writers and editors from The Daily Candy, Crain’s New York Business, Newsday, Epicurious.com, and Food & Wine Magazine. They discussed the media they cover and suggested the best ways for PR professionals to pitch their publications. Sarah Shepard, Director of Sales, New York Region, Christine Corey, Account Manager, New York and Tom Mulgrew each did a fantastic job leading their own roundtable sessions which sparked great discussions. Sarah moderated sessions with Inc.com and Self Magazine,  Christine moderated a session with Bloomberg Television and Tom led a roundtable discussion with Popular Mechanics.

Here are some highlights from the roundtables discussions I participated in:

  • Brook Siegel, Entertainment Editor for DailyCandy, says that DailyCandy “prides itself on covering what’s new and undiscovered or makes life more fun and stylish.” When it comes to pitching, Brooke is most annoyed when someone pitches a story that has nothing to do with what they cover. Another pitch peeve: sending pitches in the mail. If you send her something via email, there is no need to send it via snail mail too.
  • Food & Wine Senior Editor Christine Quinlan thinks that photos with stories are great. 300 dpi is a good size for print, and 72 dpi is good for online.
  • Sylvia Carter, Food Columnist at Newsday, says that PR people should read the publications before pitching them and research the reporters to see what they wrote about in the past. Also, she suggests placing food stories in other sections of the paper. Business sometimes covers food trends from a business angle.
  • Lauren Salkeld, Associate Editor at Epicurious.com, also stressed the importance of being familiar with the publication or website. She finds it insulting when she gets a pitch that is not relevant. She also finds blanket emails insulting. She likes when emails are addressed directly to her.

Business Wire & Bulldog Reporter Ring the Opening Bell at NASDAQ Today

June 25, 2010

Business Wire Bulldog Reporter Ringing NASDAQ Opening Bell

Business Wire was among the representatives for Bulldog Reporter’s Media Relations Summit, which rang the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell today. Sarah Shepard, Regional Manager for Business Wire New York (third from left), was on hand with Fay Shapiro, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Bulldog Reporter, to celebrate with other Summit partners. Business Wire is an anchor sponsor for the one-day Summit, which will be next Monday, June 28 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York as well as online as a virtual conference.

Business Wire Bulldog Reporter Ring NASDAQ Opening Bell

For more information about the Summit, visit http://www.infocomgroup.net/mrs2010. Come by and see us on-site at the conference or at Virtual Booth #8!


Congratulations to Our Netbook Giveaway Winners!

June 16, 2010

June is always a big month for our industry & Business Wire is fresh from the floors of some of the most important PR & IR conferences of the year. At the shows this year, we discussed our two new products, NewsHQ online newsrooms & InvestorHQ online investor centers, and gave away netbook computers at the NIRI 2010 Annual Conference in San Diego, the IABC 2010 World Conference in Toronto and the CIRI 2010 Annual IR Conference in Ottawa. Congratulations to our winners:

NIRI 2010:
Angela Steinway, Integra Lifesciences
Plainsboro, NJ

IABC 2010:
Lynne Heasman, Quit Group
Wellington, New Zealand

CIRI 2010:
Dmitry Kushnir, Agnico-Eagle Mines
Toronto, Canada

Congrats, all! Conference Month isn’t quite over for us yet…if you’re attending Bulldog Reporter’s Media Relations Summit on site in New York or online on June 28, we’ll see you there!


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