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Twitter is a Platform for PR Best Practices via the Tweets of Salvador Rodriguez of @Reuters

Twitter has become just as entertaining as a comedy special on Netflix. The happenings around the world and chaos in Washington, D.C., have opened up a whole new profession for serious business reporters – comedy writing. I use Twitter to monitor what reporters are covering more than I use it to post things of my own, so it’s not difficult to miss some of the commentary from reporters projecting their humorous opinions about trends and breaking news. And when it comes to PR advice, reporters also share strong opinions there too. One of my favorites to follow and retweet come from Salvador Rodriguez, an enterprise and cloud-computing reporter for @Reuters. I don’t have much to pitch him on behalf of my clients, but I do enjoy his musings about some of his interactions with PR reps. But before we start, warning Tweet #1: Don’t address him as Slavidor, because he will…

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Social Media, Writing, Writing Advice

When to Choose Vanilla Ice Cream over Rainbow Sherbet

I had lunch yesterday with Katie Wagner who owns Katie Wagner Social Media in Orange County, California. Our lively conversation over veggie burgers about posting content on social media turned to how creativity in writing can often get in the way of communicating a client’s message. We agreed that there are times when creativity works and other times when it’s better to just be straightforward – even when vanilla does not seem as exciting option. To understand the advantages of straightforward writing, look no further than The Elements of Style, the “writer’s bible” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White that was originally published nearly 100 years ago. Strunk and White say: Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not…

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Social Media is Not For Everyone

Sometimes it seems like everyone who has created Facebook page has hung out a virtual shingle claiming to be a social media consultant. There is no denying that that social media is here to stay, and that it’s important for everyone to understand the impact social media has on our businesses, and how we make connections and broadcast our news. And lawyers seems to be the biggest targets for social media experts; mostly because the legal profession has been slower adopt online trends. These consultants bang their drums and tell lawyers how social media allows busy lawyers to stay in touch with their networks, revive old relationships, approach potential clients, establish trust, display their personalities and discuss current issues. But it is not that simple. All of those things are not true for all types of social media, and also not true for all attorneys. What those consultants fail to…

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