The new rules of PR 2.0, something this week’s moderator Brian Solis spends a lot of time with. Public Relations pros have built their careers being the voice BEHIND the Brand. Then comes the social web. With the social web, a new age of public relations “faces” are appearing from all over within companies. Starting their own blogs, taking to Twitter to streamline customer help issues or using Facebook to sell product, these social pioneers are re-defining “Public Relations” in its traditional sense. They are coming from customer service, product management, research, operations and even the cleaning crew. This new age of PR pros are taking a different approach from their brethren of past, they are now out in FRONT of the Brand.
Being in front of the Brand is changing the dynamics of what PR is and does. Think about this:
- When you are pushing your message to the public, it creates a sense of trust. “I don’t have any reason not to believe your soup is now lower in sodium and therefore better for my health, Right?”
- It’s not until you engage with that consumer and create a cycle of communication that you begin to get a sense of ownership. “Hey girlfriends, Joe from Soup Co tweeted me with about a new recipe and asked if they should use grilled chicken or roasted for their New & Improved soup coming out next month. We all need to try it”
The difference between old PR and marketing and the new age of PR is significant. It’s taking the broad messaging back to micro-messaging looking to build their following one happy customer at a time. So what’s the downside to the new rules of PR 2.0? Do you gain trust if Susie from marketing is talking to you about the recent drug interactions of your new Pharmaceutical instead of the research PR messaging? It probably depends where the message is coming from and the sincerity of it that helps to align your feelings of the Brand and where you trust that Brand in the perspective of your family.
So that’s the topic this week, aligning the personalities of your brand and your new breed of “PR” pros. Carrying the discussion this week is Brian Solis who has been at the head of this discussion since the mid 1990′s. He is one of the leading voices in this field and will certainly add his share of nuggets into this conversation.
Aligning the Brand Personality with the Personality of the Individual Representing the Brand
Q1: Who do you trust more? How do you know when the brand is talking or when the person behind the brand is?
Q2: What happens when the personal Brands become larger than the Brand they represent? How does that affect your loyalty in the brand?
Q3: Are you more apt to engage in a relationship with the brand, based on the person behind the brand? If that person leaves, do you leave to?
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