Mar 102008

On Wednesday I attended a Media 2.0 event sponsored by PR Newswire. Michael Pranikoff, PRN’s Emerging Media director gave an animated and informative presentation to a full house at the JW Marriott on Pennsylvania Avenue. In addition to solid background information on the newest 2.0 trends, Michael put a lot of focus on free online tools that can help a company take advantage of social media. So, I’ll try to do the same in this post.

Video — learn to use it. Michael used the example of a FLIP video recorder, $100 from Costco. Play around with editing software and get to the point where you can post some clips. Why should the 12 – 24 demographic have all the fun?

Understand where your company stands online — there are free tools like and to see how popular your site is, ranked by Google PageRank, bookmarks, number of links, Technorati rankings for blogs. Give either a try and check how you’re doing.

One tip was very interesting to me — using to determine what terms people are using to bookmark your site.  This gives a view to how people are thinking about your site, and more importantly your product or service. This type of exercise, along with other free tools like can refine your company’s keyword advertising campaigns.

Blog measurement site like and can identify who is blogging about your company. And by analyzing who they are and how many people link to them, you know who the influencers are and can focus your outreach on them. Of course you better do it well — simply sending these people PR content won’t work. You’re looking for a conversation, not just targets to add to a distribution list.

Every 5-7 months, the blogosphere doubles in size. Many of those blogs become dormant and never attract an audience. But others pull in readers in numbers larger than the mainstream media sites. Technorati reported that in Q4 2006 22 of the top 100 media sites were blogs, not media sites: 

Establishing ROI for online efforts is often difficult. Michael quoted a London School of Economics study that tried to quantify the value of managing your reputation online. The study was from 2005 and focused on very large companies, but the numbers were impressive — excerpt below:

In cash terms, for the average business in our analysis, every 1 point increase in word of mouth advocacy (net-promoter score) correlated with an £8.82 million increase in sales.

In terms of percentage growth, a 7 point increase in word of mouth advocacy (net-promoter score) correlated with a 1% increase in growth (1 point increase = .147% more growth).

A 1% reduction in negative word of mouth would lead to £24.84m additional revenues; every 2% reduction in negative word of mouth correlated to just under 1% growth (a 1% reduction = .414% more growth).

24.84 million pounds is about $50M US! The companies researched were credit card, automotive and airline companies in the UK — drop me a comment if you’d like the full report.

Some of these tools are more immediately applicable to b2c, unlike the b2b and b2g clients that Strategic handles. In fact, some online measurement tools like don’t work for sites with traffic below 2,000 unique visitors per month. But these 2.0 tools and applications are becoming increasingly important for companies of all sizes.  

  3 Responses to “The World of 2.0 — According to PR Newswire”

  1. I, too, attended this event but in Boston (PR Newswire and Michael). It was EXCELLENT and I can’t even begin to tell you how much of the information I have put into my professional and personal web life. Amazing. Bravo, PR Newswire! We need more events like this. Thanks for blogging about it!

  2. I have visited this site on many an occasion now but this post is the 1st one that I have ever commented on.

    Congratulations on such a fine article and site I have found it very helpful and informative – I only wish that there were more out there like this one.

    I never leave empty handed, sometimes I may even be a little disappointed that I may not agree with a post or reply that has been made. But hey! that is life and if every one agreed on the same thing what a boring old world we would live in.

    Keep up the good work and cheers.

  3. Suzanne — thanks very much for the comment! I’m so pleased you’ve been enjoying the Triple W.

    There’s nothing more exciting for a new blogger than feedback. Hope you continue to visit and enjoy.


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