6Wunderkinder, the Berlin-based developers of the task management app Wunderlist, are making a play for the big time. They just released an updated version of Wunderlist Pro with two new upgrades that the company hopes will propel them into the same realm as other widely-used, cross-platform apps like Evernote and Dropbox.
If you’re just getting started with your SEO strategy, then producing content may seem overwhelming, foreign and hugely time consuming. While it is time consuming, it is possible to fit the responsibilities in your daily work flow by developing good habits and using a social collaboration and project management platform.
Take a listen to my most recent webinar with SEO.com, “Social Collaboration: SEO and Content Marketing’s Missing Link.”
Here’s what I know, businesses, especially enterprise, must become social, internally and externally. The more employees work from mobile locations, the more they need a way to effectively and efficiently manage their work. And, work doesn’t only apply to what they do while “on the clock.”
If you’re expecting lots of practical tips like in part 1, you might be disappointed. This time I’m taking a few steps back to focus on a bigger issue that prevents us from using collaboration to enhance PR efforts — the glorification of busy.
When you’re constantly checking email, social networks and the like, it’s tough to be productive. If you’re not productive, you probably don’t have time to effectively promote yourself. In fact, the majority of small business owners I talk to tell me they wish they had more time to promote their work and connect with customers. How can they do it with their current work flow?
Before you can work on finding time to “do better” public relations, you must let go of “busy.” For the majority of us, “I’m busy,” is our default response when someone asks how we are doing or what we’re doing. We say it so much that we no longer remember a time when we weren’t busy and we constantly feel as though we’re in a rush. Once we start the bad habit of “busy,” it takes a conscious effort to stop.
Instead of telling others how busy you are, focus on telling them something you’ve accomplished, or, better yet, a passion project you’re working on. Stopping the glorification of busy starts with you.
That means there are a heck of a lot of tasks related to each aspect mentioned above. Working better together with customers, peers, media and other stakeholders will determine your long term success.
What do I mean?
Check out Jerry Doyle. He is about to revamp his entire website so that listeners and hosts can collaborate. The new site is powered by community engagement, eliminating one-way comments. He is extending the value of comments to create community. The back end is powered by Tracky and allows him to identify “doers” and curate them into private goal-oriented groups. He’s completely changing the game with social collaboration. Giving his listeners a chance to truly interact and share potential content with others is a huge public relations win. Here’s a sneak peek of an interactive portion of his new site, under development:
It’s not just about websites, though. You should have more efficient processes put in place in order to manage your PR tasks. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite social collaboration tips and tools for you here (feel free to add to the list).
Coopetition is alive and well. Too often people think that they can’t work together mainly out of fear. Fear that someone will steal their idea, fear that the other person’s products will be more successful or other fears. I have a different view, in this case the cooperation and collaboration will ultimately benefit both of us and, more importantly, impact the lives of the most precious resource, our children. I encourage all of you to think and work collaboratively. You never know what you cook up that will change your life and the lives of others.
Social media marketing maven Ted Rubin (@tedrubin) has coined a concept that we love: Return on Relationship (#RoR). It’s about building authentic relationships with colleagues, customers and your social circle. His recent Mashable article is about brand advocacy. We love the concept of give-give as the new marketing and by building long-term authentic relationships, we can learn more from each other.
“This give-give cycle is the new marketing. It’s important to allocate resources to building relationships with the people who believe in a brand and want to share it with their networks. Then take that from give-give and evolve it to learn-learn. That makes it sustainable.
…Simply honor your customer relationships, because that’s where it all starts. Build it into your culture and the DNA of your brand. Recognize the value of relationships and invest in them because true advocacy cannot be developed without them.”
By developing a culture of collaboration you will find that you continue to do what you do, a little better. You’ll be able to do more with the people who are important to you and make better use of your time.
***DISCLOSURE: I am currently serving as the Chief Evangelist for Tracky. Any reference to them in any post is part of my mission to spread the word about social collaboration.***
A few weeks ago, Jennifer Gosse (@jennifergosse) and I had the privilege to speak with the attendees of The Evolution of Women in Social Media conference (@evoconf). Our four-hour training session focused on The Evolution of PR: A Culture of Collaboration, Connection and Community. Over the next few weeks I’m going to offer best practices and tips in order to help you make more out of your time spent with social media.
Here are a few of my fave tips from our session:
Tips on how to evolve your PR with social collaboration
The best tips from participants in the training session Jennifer Gosse (@jennifergosse) and Sarah Evans (@prsarahevans) gave at #evoconf in July 2012.
TIP: Create tasks that launch when a news piece runs about you/your company.
After the hard work of getting a media placement is done, it actually isn't. Add tasks like: thanking the writer on their site and via email, adding large placements to your email signature line and website, etc...
TIP: Remember it's "relationships before tasks."
Part of the power of collaboration is that it forces you to interact with others. When more people are added to the mix, the more essential it is to have a strong relationship. Focus on relationship tasks throughout the collaboration process.
TIP: Always think "social visual" when creating content.
We live in the age of Pinterest, Fancy, Instagram and the like... As my friend Jason Kinzler says, "If your idea of PR is sitting in front of a desk and opening a Word doc, you're seriously out of luck." What images can best help tell your story?
Get familiar with ifttt (@ifttt) (www.ifttt.com). Set up recipes to alert you via text message, phone call or email when media make a specific action (e.g. blog post).
When your friends make the news, we make sure you know. Newsle tracks news about your friends and professional contacts across the web. You'll never miss an important story about someone you care about.
TIP: Stop the glorification of busy.
It's tough to eliminate the word busy from your lexicon, but you might want to consider it. Productive people are the ones getting things done (#gtd) and the "busy" often don't remember how they spent their time.
TIP: Make Instagram work for you.
To monitor and collaborate via Instagram, use Statigr.am (or Hootsuite) from your desktop. Create lists of bloggers, journalists and influencers.
Setup free PinAlerts in seconds, and
receive email notifications whenever
someone pins something from your website.
TIP: Remember the 4 C's for productive collaboration
TIP: Use Tracky as your tool for open social collaboration
If you need to work with more than one person or have a task with a lot of details, use Tracky to get it all done.
Have a tip you’d like to include? Go ahead, it’s a collaborative list about collaboration.
***NOTICE: I am currently serving as the Chief Evangelist for Tracky. Any reference to them in any post is part of my mission to spread the word about social collaboration.***