Grammar Hammer: ICYMI, Catfishing and Brick Have New Definitions

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Oxford Dictionary

The Oxford Dictionary just unveiled the newest additions to their dictionary, and I have to admit that I was caught quite off guard by some of the entries. Apart from some buzz-wordy jargon that I could see in professional writing (pharmacovigilance), most of these words are ones I would only expect to see in more casual styles of writing or slang phrases like “hot diggity” and “spit take,” but I did learn a few interesting new things:

Catfishing- a concept recently made famous by MTV, means “to lure (someone) into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona.”

Brick- what I originally only thought of as a rectangular block made of clay used to build things is now also a reference to early-model cell phones that were large and heavy or to mobile devices that no longer work and just sits there (like a brick).

I also finally learned the meanings of acronyms typically used in text messaging or social media such as:

SMH – shaking my head

ICYMI – in case you missed it

YOLO – you only live once

What are your thoughts on the recent additions to the Oxford English Dictionary? See Oxford’s list here (http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/08/oxford-dictionaries-update-august-2014).

Have a grammar rule you’d like me to explore? Drop me a line at catherine.spicer@prnewswire.com.

Author Catherine Spicer is a manager of customer content services at PR Newswire.

MEDIA News: Media Moves at: Los Angeles Times, American Banker, AP and More…

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Associated Press (New York, NY): Bureau Chief William Kole (@billkole)(bkole@ap.org) takes over the New England News Editor role @ap. And Former AP New England Editor Cara Rubinsky (@crubinsky) moves to Chicago to become the Assistant Central Region Editor. Lindsay Whitehurst (@lwhitehurst) is a new Reporter at the Salt Lake bureau. And Mesfin Fekadu (@MusicMesfin) is the new Music Reporter. Chicago Bureau Deputy Editor Tom Berman (@tombermanap) has been named Central Region Editor.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): Austin Beutner has been named Publisher/CEO of @LATimes succeeding Eddy Hartenstein. Melody Petersen (@MelodyPetersen) departs from the Orange County Register to join the paper as a Reporter covering aerospace and Sports Reporter Mike James has announced his plans to retire after 27 years with the paper.

American Banker Magazine (New York, NY): Marc Hochstein (@MarcHochstein) is the new Editor-in-Chief @AmerBanker.

Bloomberg News (New York, NY): The Street’s Joseph Deaux (@JoeDeaux) heads over to @BloombergNews as a Commodities Reporter.

Entertainment Weekly (New York, NY): Natalie Abrams (@NatalieAbrams) has left TV Guide to become a Senior Writer @EW. And Chris Lee (@_ChrisLee) is the new Writer-at-Large.

Details (New York, NY): Drew Schutte (@werd) joins @DETAILS as Publisher.

Marie Claire (New York, NY): Fashion Features Editor Jessica Minkoff (@JLMinkoff)  has been promoted to Senior Market Editor @marieclaire.

Forbes (New York, NY): Frank Bi (@FrankieBi) has joined @Forbes as a Data Journalist.

Allure Magazine (New York, NY): Lauren Caruso (@laurencaruso_) has been named Senior Web Editor @Allure_magazine.

Food Network Magazine (New York, NY): Sarah Bruning (@sarahbruning) is made Senior Features Editor @FoodNetwork.

Cosmopolitan (New York, NY): More Magazine Associate Beauty Editor Deanna Pai (@deannapai) becomes Senior Associate Beauty Editor @Cosmopolitan.

New York Magazine (New York, NY): Jennifer Vineyard became a Senior Editor @NYMag.

The Intercept (firstlook.org/theintercept/): Cora Currier (@CoraCurrier) is now a Reporter at @The_Intercept. Ryan Tate (@RyanTate) has been hired as a Deputy Editor and Margot Williams (@MargotWilliams) is a new Research Editor at the outlet.

Re/Code (recode.net): Edmund Lee (@EdmundLee) will be joining @Recode as its new Managing Editor starting in September. Managing Editor Kenneth Li (@kenli729) was promoted to Editor-in-Chief.

Vox (@VoxDotCom) (sarah@vox.com): Julia Belluz (@JuliaOfToronto) is the new Health Reporter.

PBS Newshour (Arlington, VA): Sara Just (@sarajust) is the new Executive Producer @NewsHour.

CNN – New York Bureau (New York, NY): Alexandra Field (@AFieldCNN) has been promoted from Freelancer to Correspondent @cnn.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC): Former Boston.com Sports Editor Glenn Yoder (@glennyoder) joins the Post as a Night Sports Editor/Producer.

FOX News Channel – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): Cherie Grzech has been promoted to Senior Director of Politics.

The Jersey Journal (Secaucus, NJ): Deputy Managing Editor Ron Zeitlinger was promoted to Managing Editor @jerseyjournal. This follows on the heels of Editor Margaret Schmidt’s promotion form Managing Editor to Editor.

The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR): Michelle Maxwell (@MichelleAtTheRG) is the new Features Editor @registerguard.

The Luverne Journal (Luverne, AL): Mona Moore (mona.moore@luvernejournal.com) has been announced as Editor.

Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, AL): Former Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum Reporter Joey Chandler (@TFJoeyChandler) has joined @tuscaloosanews as a Prep Sports Writer.

The Paris News (Paris, TX): Maddie Kuhn (@maddiekuhn1) has been promoted to Sports Editor @TheParisNews.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, TX): Phil Terrigno (@philterrigno) has been named High School Sports Editor @lubbockonline.

Douglas County Sentinel (Douglasville, GA): Reporter Ron Daniel has been promoted to Managing Editor here (@douglassentinel). He replaces Mitch Sneed, who is now Editor at the Alexander City Outlook (@alexcityoutlook) in Ala.

The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette (Hilton Head, SC): Executive Editor Fitz McAden has retired after 42 years as a journalist. His resume includes stops in Miami and Columbia as well as these two Lowcountry newspapers.

Fox Sports Midwest (St. Louis, MO): Luke Thompson has been hired at Fox Sports Midwest to cover St. Louis sports. He was previously with The Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville, TN.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO): Stu Durando (@studurando) is switching roles at the paper (@stltoday), from covering Illinois basketball to now handling the St. Louis University beat.

The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA): Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) has joined the paper (@thenewstribune) as a Sports Reporter, covering the Seattle Seahawks.

The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA): Outdoors/Sports Reporter Joe Gorden is putting down the keyboard after more than 40 years @tribunedemocrat and retiring.

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Content We Love: A Press Release for B2B Buyers

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Intermedia CWL

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A Forrester analysis of 30 b-to-b company websites found that 80% were primarily focused on themselves with little regard to the issues that customers might be facing. In other words, a majority of companies are still unsure of how to craft messages that resonate with their audiences, which may be one of the reasons why 51% of marketers told Forrester that their content marketing efforts are only somewhat effective. Laura Ramos, VP at Forrester, strongly emphasizes that “b-to-b businesses should speak about the business issues their buyers are facing, and what can be done to address those issues.”

Forrester’s research highlights the need for companies to channel the customer-focused strengths of PR to make greater headway in their content marketing efforts. A great example of how to combine both forces can be seen in Intermedia’s multimedia news release titled, “The ex-employee menace: 89% retain access to Salesforce, QuickBooks & other sensitive corporate apps.” From the headline to the final sentence, the message is primarily focused on the concerns of Intermedia’s b-to-b audience while establishing the brand’s expertise in information security.

Just a few of the elements that content marketers should make note of:

  • It is without a doubt challenging to create a company website that both promotes products and services but does not appear to be self-promotional, but this branded multimedia news release works around the challenge by familiarizing readers with Intermedia’s visual identity and focusing on a single customer-centric message.
  • The headline of this release draws upon a compelling stat from Intermedia’s survey results to attract reader interest and optimize it for social sharing.
  • A call to action near the top of the release using a trackable link drives readers back to the company’s website and provides data that can help measure content marketing success rates.
  • Downloadable content offers including a video, an infographic, a checklist, and web report present key findings of the survey in different formats that are sharable and cater to the different audience preferences of consuming information.
  • US and UK versions of each content type target the message to regional audiences.

Remember, it’s not just the media that are reading press releases; b-to-b buyers are researching the solution sets that fit their needs far in advance of contacting a sales representative. Intermedia presents a use case of how to write a press release that caters specifically to buyers, which is made more discoverable by the audiences in search of this information through the power of multi-channel distribution.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to incorporate PR into your content marketing strategy, view our on-demand webinar: How to Drive Demand Generation with PR Tactics

ShannonAuthor Shannon Ramlochan is PR Newswire’s Content Marketing Coordinator. 

Grammar Hammer: All Day “Every Day” or “Everyday”?

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everyday vs every day

A suggestion from a loyal reader inspired this week’s Grammar Hammer. Is everyday one word or two words (every day)?

Both variations refer to an activity that occurs on a daily basis. As usual, the best way to determine which version to use depends on the context. If I am discussing the routine activities that comprise my life, I would call those “everyday activities,” because in this instance, “everyday” is used as an adjective to describe those activities.

Examples:

  • I found the best shoes! They are perfect for everyday wear.
  • When it comes to hosting the big holiday meal, I don’t use the everyday dishes, instead I use our finest china.
  • “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” is not a word that you hear in everyday speech.

Remember: when using “everyday,” think of commonplace or ordinary things

If I’m telling you something that I do each day, I would say, “I have to fix my cup of coffee every day before I even think about tackling email.” I’m using “every” as an adjective in this instance to describe the noun “day.”

Examples:

  • One thing that makes my house smell fresh and clean is to scoop the cat’s litter box every day.
  • Every day, I try to walk 10,000 steps.
  • I have an uncontrollable urge to nap every day at 2:41 p.m.

Remember: if your variation of everyday/every day can be replaced with “each day?” you need the adjective + noun formula of “every” and “day.”

Have a grammar rule you’d like me to explore? Drop me a line at catherine.spicer@prnewswire.com.

Author Catherine Spicer is a manager of customer content services at PR Newswire.

MEDIA News: Media Moves at: AP, The Washington Post, Self Magazine and More…

http://prnbloggers.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/agility-logo.png?w=127&h=125&h=125PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department makes thousands of updates to the  database of journalists and bloggers that underpins our Agility media targeting and distribution platform.  Below is a sampling of recent media moves and news from the research team.  Learn more about Agility media targeting here.

PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department provides daily updates on Twitter (twitter.com/PRNmedia).

Associated Press – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): AP Chicago Central Region Editor David Scott (@davidthornhill) moves to DC to become the Political Editor. And AP Honolulu Editor Oskar Garcia (@oskargarcia) moves to the Philadelphia Bureau to become the Eastern Assistant Sports Editor.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC): Health Reporter Sandhya Somashekhar (@sandhyawp) switches beats to become the new Social Change Reporter. Sylvester Monroe (@sylvestermonroe) joins in late August at the Foreign Desk to edit Europe and South Asia news. Moscow Correspondent Will Englund returns to be a Foreign Desk Editor in charge of East Asia and the Americas. Caitlyn Moore (@thecaitlinshow) is the new Digital Features Editor. Former Boston Globe Arts Reporter Geoff Edgers is the new National Arts Reporter. Ex-Star-Ledger Reporter Peggy McGlone (@PeggyMcGlone) is now the Local Arts Reporter.

Tribune Company (Chicago, IL): Tribune Company has rebranded as Tribune Media Company (@tribunemedia)(http://www.tribunemedia.com). The rebranding redirects the shift from print publication to content, broadcast distribution and digital.

The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY): Matt Jarzemsky (@MattJarzemsky) moves to the Deals team @WSJ where he will cover bankruptcy and reconstruction. He previously covered the financial market, IPOs and stocks.

Bloomberg Businessweek (New York, NY): Natalie Kitroeff (@nataliekitro) joins @BW as an Education Reporter.

Bloomberg – San Francisco Bureau (San Francisco, CA): Spencer Soper (@spencersoper) is the new E-Commerce Reporter for @Bloomberg.

Financial Times – Washington Bureau (Washington Bureau): Megan Murphy (@meganmurp) will be the new Bureau Chief in September.

New York Post (New York, NY): Jamie Schram (@jschram71) is now an Investigative Reporter @nypost. She had been the Police Bureau Chief since 2011.

SELF Magazine (New York, NY): Alexandra Postman is named Deputy Editor @SELFMagazine.

Allure Magazine (New York, NY): Jenny Bailly is the new Beauty Director @Allure_Magazine. She previously held the position of Deputy Beauty Director.

Seventeen Magazine (New York, NY): Ariel Nagi (@arielnagi) joins the team @seventeenmag as Web Editor.

New York Magazine (New York, NY): Lauren Kern is now the Executive Editor @NYMag. In addition, Lindsay Zoladz (@lindsayzoladz) is set to become the new Pop Music Critic.

The View (New York, NY): Long-time Producer and Co-Creator Bill Geddie will be replaced by Bill Wolff (@ProducerGuy1) @theviewtv. Wolff comes from MSNBC where he was the Executive Producer of The Rachel Maddow Show.
More Magazine (New York, NY): Nina Judar (@NinaJudar) is set to join @MoreMag as Beauty Director on September 3rd.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): Brandi Grissom (@brandigrissom) joins @LATimes as an Enterprise Editor from @TexasTribune.

Playboy Magazine (Beverly Hills, CA): Marc Bernardin has departed from The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) to join @Playboy as Deputy Editor, Digital.

E! Online (Los Angeles, CA): Sydney Bucksbaum (@sydneybucksbaum) departs from Zap2it.com to join @ENewsNow as a Writer covering the TV industry.

WeatherNation (Greenwood Village, CO): Karissa Sanford joins the team as a Meteorologist @WeatherNation.

Univision Network (Miami, FL): Executive Producer Sussy Ruiz has been promoted to Regional Manager of Broadcast and Digital News @Univision.

Telemundo Network (Hialeah, FL): Mirta Ojito (@MirtaOjito) is the new Director of News Standards @Telemundo and starts on August 25th.

The Marshall Project (New York, NY): Former Seattle Times Investigative Reporter Ken Armstrong (@bykenarmstrong), who also won a Pulitzer Prize, is joining the staff @MarshallProj as a Staff Writer in late August. Ken is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

ARTnews (@ARTnewsmag): Dan Duray (@DurayDan) has joined the outlet as a Senior Staff Reporter.

FitBump (@FitBump): Ingrid Skjong will be the new Editor-in-Chief at the maternity website @FitBump.

Gigaom (@Gigaom): Carmel DeAmicis (@Carmeldea) has started at @GigaOm as Reporter. She will focus on social media and consumer web.

Mashable (@Mashable): The newest Features Writer @Mashable is Rebecca Ruiz (@Rebecca_Ruiz). She will focus on gender, sexuality and equality.

The Denver Post (Denver, CO): Food Editor Kristen Browning-Blas (@Krisbb) has left the paper (@denverpost) after 14 years to teach at Colorado State University.

Design World (Cleveland, OH): Leland Teschler (@DW_LeeTeschler) was named Editorial Director @DesignWorld.

Bustle (http://www.bustle.com): Sara Spruch-Feiner (@sarajanenyc) takes on the Health & Nutrition Reporter gig @bustle.

Health Tech Insider (Brooklyn, NY): Alfred Poor (@AlfredPoor) is the new Editor at this mobile health technology site (http://healthtechinsider.com).

Luxe Interiors + Design (Boca Raton, FL): Managing Editor Aryn Hernandez (@accessoriesdiva) is now the Executive Editor (@luxemag).

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Content We Love: A Great PR Stunt and Press Release Gives Journalists a “Brewed” Awakening

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Consumers look to product reviews as trustworthy insight on whether a purchase decision is worth making, so when a positive product review is written by a journalist, brands benefit from the influence of that media outlet on readers as well as the earned media attention that boosts search visibility. But the reality is there are not enough journalists to cover all the products that companies want reviewed, and unless that outlet is solely dedicated to reviewing products, there needs to be an interesting story angle other than “this product is great” to convince a reporter that it’s worth writing about.

Genuine Thermos used a press release titled, “Genuine Thermos Brand Shipping the Best Hot Coffee Overnight Across the Country,” to promote a clever and bold PR stunt tied to their product that earned them highly coveted positive media attention needed to persuade consumers. The release highlighted their “Overnight Coffee Challenge” Facebook contest, where winners would receive a freshly brewed cup of coffee shipped overnight in a Genuine Thermos with the promise that the coffee would still arrive hot and fresh despite spending hours in transit. Even the journalists who covered the story had to admit it – the stunt worked. Here’s why:

Content syndication as a discovery tool for journalists

Writer Liz Clayton of Sprudge.com, who participated in the challenge, wrote of her experience as a coffee journalist receiving an endless number of odd pitches and what made Genuine Thermos stand out in a good way:

“Working on the front lines of coffee journalism, one gets a fair amount of strange emails from publicists. Do I want to try bouillion-style cubes of coffee? Not really. Do I want to sample some “naturally caffeinated” fruit juice? Might take a pass on that. Do I want the Thermos corporation to, in a fit of truly inspired stunt-istry, overnight me a hot Thermos Brand Bottle of Ritual Coffee from San Francisco to New York to prove how awesome their Thermoses are at keeping drinks hot? Hell yeah.”

Clayton includes a direct excerpt from the press release in her article as well as a link to the website where it was syndicated and found. It’s a lesson for communicators to make note of: telling a story that is genuinely interesting and amplified by content distribution creates more opportunity for earned media.

Storytelling with an exceptional news hook 

In a piece titled “I Drank a Cup of Hot Coffee That Was Overnighted Across the CountryRobinson Meyer, associate editor at The Atlantic, wrote of the stunt:

It succeeded in both senses: The coffee was still hot by the time it reached me, and I am writing about it now…It was, however, an extraordinary PR stunt—well-executed, conceptually simple, and bubbling with zeitgeist. And I accepted the hot coffee for reasons beyond my love of roasted arabica.”

Meyer was so intrigued by the concept that he even traced the coffee’s temperature history from the moment it was brewed to when it arrived at his office to determine the quality of the thermos.

Other qualities worth noting:

A hi-res photo is ready for republishing and adds a human element to this story by capturing the artisanal, hand-crafted attention that Genuine Thermos gives to its product.

Including Facebook and Twitter handle with hashtag drives readers to a desired action, triggers social sharing and the implied links that increase search visibility.

Bold subheads break the text apart into bite-sized pieces that are easier to read.

Kudos to Genuine Thermos on a successful PR stunt and a great press release!

Have you seen an awesome press release that should be featured on Content We Love? Email Shannon Ramlochan at shannon.ramlochan@prnewswire.com

ShannonAuthor Shannon Ramlochan is the Content Marketing Coordinator at PR Newswire. 

The Growing Impact of Visuals on Integrated Communications

Comms RoundtableAccording to Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report, the average article reaches half of its total social referrals within 6.5 hours on Twitter and 9 hours on Facebook. In other words, content grows old quickly, and communicators have only a fleeting moment to make a memorable brand impression on audiences scrolling through an endless stream of information on their newsfeeds. Amy Binder, owner and CEO at RFBinder Partners joined PR Newswire’s Senior Vice President of marketing, Ken Wincko, for an exclusive roundtable discussion on the growing impact of visual communications in integrated campaigns. The conversation explored various case studies and successful tactics that brands should incorporate into their visual storytelling strategies.

Create a steady stream of content

Expertise and time are two of the major challenges that content creators are facing, which can hinder the effectiveness of campaigns. “62% of marketers are building content on a case by case basis,” cites Wincko from a 2014 Forrester report, “but content should create an ongoing relationship.” If content is created on a case by case basis alone, it will only cater to a portion of the complete buyer’s journey.

To navigate these obstacles, communicators can reuse the content they’ve already created and reformat it for different platforms. Sites such as CEO.com are making use of “charticles,” which essentially cut the text of traditional articles in half and replaces it with informative and visually appealing charts and graphs. These charts and graphs can stand on their own on social media, as well as circulated within other types of content such as press releases or email campaigns.

CEO.com Charticle

Take advantage of a trending topic that applies to your brand

Leveraging the popularity of a trending topic is a great way to attract views for your content, but the context of a trending topic has to make sense for the brand to avoid seeming like a forced attempt at getting attention. Binder pinpoints Tide’s recent Game of Thrones themed infographic titled, “A Season of Stains” as a brilliant example of using visuals to spark social media engagement and grab headlines. “The brand leveraged pop culture in an innovative way by taking a trending concept and applying it to their business,” Binder says of the infographic, which was tweeted the day after the television series’ highly anticipated season finale. The context made perfect sense;“memorable stains” highlighted in the infographic such as blood, dirt, and grass that accrue on the battle fields in Game of Thrones are some of the same stains that parents struggle to wash off of their children’s clothing.

Convey your message faster by keeping it simple 

In the precious seconds that brands have to attract the interest of their audience, clear and concise messages are the most effective. “If it’s simple you can scan it and see it at the same time,” Binder explains, “If you want them to grasp the concept as quickly as possible, something has to strike them.” Truvia’s “Keep Calm” meme is an example of very simple-yet-effective visual content. It contains minimal branding, and captures the passions of their target consumers with a short and memorable phrase.

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Your influencers are evolving – know who they are

The types of interactions that companies should have with their customers are greatly dependent on what the business is trying to sell, so there is no single approach to communications that will meet the needs of every brand. This is where the power of strong relationships with online influencers such as bloggers, journalists, analysts, and their respective networks has the greatest impact. Brands should listen to their influencers and gain insight on what types of content they are looking for and learn who can share that content in order to earn third party credibility. Binder reminds communicators that a brand’s influencers can change over time, and their feelings towards certain topics can evolve as well. Effective communicators stay up to date on what those perspectives are and respond appropriately.

Do not oversell

Binder notes that often times, ad agencies that are participating in social media tend to lean towards traditional sales pitches that are no longer effective. “In the debate between advertising versus PR, PR will win,” asserts Binder, “people don’t want to be sold to, they want to be engaged. If they sell, it goes against what social media is all about.”

The standards of visuals are raising now that more rich content is being created, which means that brands need to figure out additional ways of amplifying those messages to stand out. The key is to use visuals as a way to capture a story that is unique to the brand in order to leave a positive and long-lasting impression on the audience.

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ShannonShannon Ramlochan is PR Newswire’s content marketing coordinator. Tweet her your favorite examples of branded visual content @sramloch