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By: Kelly Ahern, guest blogger
With its chic simple lines and easily distinguishable monogram it is not hard for one to become entranced in all that is Louis.
Surrounded by the earthy smell of fresh leather, you are invited to step into a world of class and luxe sophistication. No wonder the French conglomerate has yet to lose its seat at the top.
This year marks the 5th Anniversary of BrandZâ€™s Top 100 Annual Report.
Millward Brown Optimor created the BrandZ Top 100 ranking system as a way to identify the world’s most valuable brands, based on dollar value, of course. The role of a brand is vital, especially in todayâ€™s unsteady economy, consumers need a brand that they not only admire but one that they trust.
Well when it comes to luxury, the people choose Louis Vuitton.
This yearâ€™s report named Louis Vuitton the number one brand in the luxury sector. Besides its refined appeal and sensible style, what makes Louis stand out? [Read more...]
Being on Twitter means you can speak your mind under the presumptions that everyone is willing to â€˜share,â€™ be merry and kick it back just like you.
Believe it or not, if you are conscious of what you say, how you say it and how you choose to relate your message, 90 percent of the time, Twitter can make you a better writer, advertiser and planner. That, or it can take away any serious credibility you could earn. Yes, I said, â€˜earn.â€™
Twitter seems to be everywhere these days. Sam Champion and Chris Cuomo (and they are obsessed) from Good Morning America are on it and so is Oprah.Â But what’s all this tweetness about? And how can you, as a public relations professional, get “in” on all that Twitterful action?
1. Set up a Twitter Account
Simple and easy to do.Â You cannot have a piece of the action, if you have no pie to throw around.
2.Â Understand it
Originally started, and used, by people in the technology and social media industry, Twitter has emerged as a premier social networking site. Facebook has even tried to buy it.
Messages (aka “tweets”) are 140 characters long. Be concise, be direct and say what you mean. Twitter streams in real-time, which means as it happens, you’ll find out about it.
Twitter is a great way for public relations professionals to keep in touch with the latest trends. Whether your topic of choice is news, social media or straight PR, there is something for everyone as long as you know where to look.
4. Direct & Real
The beauty about Twitter is that because it is in real time, it also can serve as a great tool for direct and prompt customer service. Just two days ago, the Hyatt hotel brand’s CEO, Mark Hoplamazian, announcedÂ the debut of a Twitter concierge service.
5.Â Networking & Establishing
Think about it this way: PR PEOPLE = SOCIAL = TWITTER
It’s pretty simple: extroverted, social behaviour is a common trait between the two. Therefore, Twitter is the perfect place for public relations professionals to network with other PR pros, but also to establish themselves as experts in their field. This, however, doesn’t just apply to PR people it can apply to anyone who is driven, passionate and knowledgeable about what they do.
For example, every Monday night from 8-10 p.m. ET I participate in a TweetChat (a chat via Twitter) called @Journchat. Run by, @PRSarahEvans, it’s a weekly chat for communications peopole by communications people. The thing is, it doesn’t end there. There are thousands of other chats like this on Twitter, you just need to know where to look. (see #9)
6. I am human, I come in peace
Just like everything else on the Internet, there is an ample amount of bots and spammers alike. Twitter is no exception to this. Therefore, in order to make yourself legitimate, make sure you include your real name andÂ a photo of yourself. (For your own personal safety, DO NOT post up your phone number, home address or personal email.)
Be creative and be unique. Your Twitter likeness doesn’t need to go overboard with a ton of colours and graphics, but it should reflect who you are and what you do.
For example (click images to see Twitter pages):
Also, here are some specs to keep in mind, when making your custom background etc.
While, these may seem like strange measurements, they actually are rather simple and allow for almost every resolution to see your information.
What good is putting a whole lot of information out there, if it only gets cut off?
Stick to basics — Name, Blog and/or Website Link and a one sentence description. Think in terms of 140 characters.
7. Share! Share! Share!
While, we all want to get our messages out there, Twitter isn’t a repositoryÂ for press releases.Â Share pictures and links to information and items you find interesting as well as your own. Remember people — public relations is all about the LOVE. It’s a two-way communication street.Â (Thank you professor Shipka!)
8. URL shortners
140 characters ISÂ NOT a lot of space to communicate your ideas. And we’re PR people we like to talk. Most of the time, unlike our journalism counterparts, we can’t get our point across to you in less than 140 characters. But guess what? Twitter is going to make us do that.
Choose your words carefully and wisely.
This is the official search for Twitter. It’s a great resource to find out if people are talking about you or the brands you represent as well as what they are saying.
After setting up a Twitter account, venture to the search tool to get a feel of what you need (or need not) do.
But remember, it is always important to be PRoactive, rather than reactive.
10. Applications to Manage
Right, so, you now have Twitter, you know how to search for your brand, and heck, you may have created more than one account, so now what?
You get an application to help you deal.
Now get going! There is a whole new world of social media out there for you to explore!
Sasha Muradali runs the â€˜Little Pink Bookâ€™ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations and an M.A. in International Administration.