Persuasive Picks for the week of 04/04/11

Chrysler TweetThe 7 Worst Twitter PR Fails
The Huffington Post‘s Catharine Smith compiles an entertaining list of the top Twitter-based PR blunders to-date. Prepare to cringe and learn!

Managing elephant-sized social media blunders
Reuters small business writer Deborah Cohen shares an informative Q&A with global brand strategist Jonathan Salem Baker that contains helpful tips on managing social media blunders like this week’s “elephant hunting” video released by GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons.

Top Companies Still Bashful About Social Media Presence
Frank Reed, managing editor for the Marketing Pilgrim, starts off a new blog series with this entry that highlights a recent Ad Age report that revealed less than half of Fortune 50 companies promote their social presence on their corporate homepage.

Report: Social Media Worth the Time
There’s no doubt that executing a well thought out social media strategy takes time. However, you need to stick with it and be consistent in order to reap the rewards. Inc.com‘s contributing editor Courtney Rubin shares some interesting stats around this topic and small business.

Getting real about social media budgeting
This post from Rich Karpinski on BtoBOnline suggests that Salesforce.com‘s recently announced acquisition of Radian6 might be a turning point for marketing teams to really focus on their social spending, and he provides highlights of last year’s Altimeter survey from Jeremiah Owyang to show what an aggressive social budget looks like.

McDonald’s PR Push– Da-Da-Da-Da, Are You Loving It?

In an effort to change the longstanding career image of the low-paying, dead-end work also nicknamed the “McJob”—McDonald’s has announced “National Hiring Day”– a massive hiring spree on April 19. The fast-food giant is hoping to recruit 50,000 Americans—both full and part time– in a single day at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants. Yes, 50,000 jobs– a number that is roughly equivalent to a quarter of the new jobs created in the entire U.S. in March.

McDonaldsAccording to the press release, McDonald’s wants to use the nationwide recruitment to educate potential applicants that the “McJob is one with career growth and endless possibilities.”

With a two week-long PR blitz and ambitious ad campaign launching yesterday—McDonald’s will be showcasing the employees of McDonald’s, hoping to prove that working at the fast-food chain is indeed a desirable employment opportunity. According to Ad Age, “the campaign will appear in print magazines such as People, Us Weekly, Ebony and various ethnic publications, on the fast feeder’s social-media and digital channels, local radio spots, and as point-of-purchase, in-store marketing and on packaging on certain items.”

Interestingly, TV will not be a component for the campaign. “We found that print was the best medium to communicate the story about the brand and the opportunity people have here,” said Tania Haigh, marketing manager at McDonald’s USA.  In addition as part of the social media push, short videos starring employees of varying ranks– from cooks to corporate– will reveal why they love their jobs, in an effort to promote a positive image of working at McDonalds.

Whether the campaign gives the company a competitive advantage or brings McDonalds to the top of the hot jobs list—the company’s goal of redefining the McJob and offering 50,000 jobs in the midst of high unemployment, does raise some questions—is this an image-boosting PR stunt?

Whether you’re loving or hating it— what are your predictions for this campaign? What are some of the campaign missteps? And what do you see as their best moves? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Persuasive Picks for the week of 02/22/10

sara_lee_fb Any Way It’s Sliced, Appeal of Social Media Grows
The integration of social media into marketing strategies continues to march into the mainstream, and this NY Times post provides many examples of big brands that are embracing social media as part of their current campaigns.

9 things I’ll never do again with social media
The Orange County Register’s Jon Lansner asked nine friends to share something that they’ll never do on their social networks any time soon. Some of the responses are entertaining, but they also provide some basic practical advice.

Five easy ways to maximize your social media content
Sometimes the simplest ways to boost the impact of your online social efforts can fall by the wayside. James Gurd from the eConsultancy blog provides five easy things you can (and should) do to help maximize your efforts.

Social Media Makes National Pancake Day Huge for IHOP
Chris Crum from WebProNews shares a look into IHOP’s (International House of Pancakes) use of social media techniques to promote this year’s National Pancake Day.

Digital Marketing Guide: Social Media
David Berkowitz from Advertising Age created this Q&A based social media guide that provides great answers to many common and current questions.

Persuasive Picks for the week of 10/12/09

PR pros drank hard in the 1960s
Get a taste of the the “Mad Men” era and the “three or four” martini lunch with this Big Think video interview featuring The New Yorker’s Calvin Trillin. Trillin explains how the PR and journalism crowd engaged in a liquid lunch just as much as the ad-men did.

Social Climbing: Luxury Fashion Brands Must Embrace Social Media
This Forbes piece by Dana Gers shares her view of how luxury brands are still stuck in older traditional media modes and have yet to make the leap into social media and social marketing. She also provides a few points for brands to consider before rolling out their social media strategies.

The Average American is Gone – and so are Demographics
This post from Paull Young suggests that standard lines of demographics are blurred on the playing field of online social communication. Research results from Ad Age are included to back up his point of view.

7 Reasons Why People Comment on Blogs
Bloggers love when readers comment on their blogs, but what actually triggers a reader to make that response? George F. Snell III from the Hightalk blog suggests seven potential reasons that might send readers to the keyboard after reading a post.

Twitter Sputters Over Spammers and Spitters
If utilized properly, Twitter can be a powerful networking and communications tool, but at the same time it has become a new channel for spammers to run with their mind-numbing messages. This post from Renay San Miguel explains the state of spam (or “spit”) on Twitter and how SPAM legislation might need to be tweaked as result of this new annoyance.

Persuasive Picks for the week of 04/12/09

Magpie logoHow to Sell Your Soul on Twitter and Who’s Buying
The water in the Twitter stream will only get dirtier as it continues to take precedence in the mainstream media spotlight. Spam-based money making marketing schemes are a part of that filth, and Marshall Kirkpatrick chronicles one such abuse that has ties to the likes of Apple, Skype, and Flip.

5 Ways TurboTax Is Reinventing Tax Day With Social Media
Rohit Bhargava of the Influential Marketing blog shares 5 ways that Intuit is leveraging social media to help reduce stress for TurboTax Free Efile users during tax time.

“Social Media” is hype. “social media” is real.
While tons of companies are still struggling with how Social Media fits into their marketing strategy, Damien Basile of the Cause=Habit blog helps readers cut through the hype of it all and see it’s not really as complicated as it seems.

Bloggers Be Warned: FTC May Monitor What You Say
The decline of print media and the rise of “citizen journalism” via blogs is raising a red flag with the FTC. Michael Bush from AdAge.com shares new information on some new potential guidelines that will apply to bloggers and online writers who are compensated to promote or review products.

A Video of Google’s Data Center
Here’s a rare look look inside of Google’s new container-based data center. I had to throw this in just for the “cool geekiness cred.” :) Get your geek on!