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Hiring a Social Media Strategist – Essential Skills & Talents

Lee Odden on Oct 12th, 2011     Guest Posts, Online Marketing, Social Media

Command Center[Note from Lee: TopRank Marketing has been working with PRWeb for nearly 5 years and their Director of Public Relations, Frank Strong (Now serving in Egypt  - stay safe!), couldn't say enough good things when they hired a new Social Media Community Manager, Stacey Acevero: Smart, passionate about the industry, highly motivated, sense of humor and a true fan of the brand, Stacey has embraced her role as the social media voice of PRWeb in many ways, from blogging to running #PRWebChat.

Stacey Acevero Many businesses are investing in their social media expertise by adding Social Media Strategist and Community Manager positions. To get an idea of what skills companies should look for,  I asked Stacey to share her first-hand insights with our readers.]

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Lee Odden

3 Things You Should Know About the New PRWeb

Lee Odden on Jul 12th, 2010     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Online PR, Press Release Optimization

new PRWebAs a longtime customer of PRWeb, I’ve seen many changes over the years. The oldest optimized press release I could find of mine that’s still online dates back to mid 2001 and in the years since, it’s been an evolving relationship moving from customer to consultant.

From the days of talking new features as a super user with founder David McInnis to our current role as search and social media consultants, the focus on innovation and serving customers has always been a mutual focus. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Vocus Product Manager for PRWeb, Jiyan Wei, Director of Online Marketing, Meg Walker and Vocus CMO Bill Wagner as well as other members of the Vocus team and they’ve been working very hard to make an array of substantial changes to the PRWeb platform to better serve customers.

Lee Odden

B2B Search Engine Optimization: Focus on Content SEO

Lee Odden on Apr 30th, 2010     B2B, Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Other Events, SEO

MarketingProfs B2B Forum is coming up quickly next week and I will be presenting about an hour of essential search engine optimization tips and insight specifically for B2B web sites along with Vocus Product Manager of PRWeb, Jiyan Wei.

There’s a tremendous opportunity for B2B marketers to leverage SEO to increase prospect acquisition and to facilitate after the sale support and upgrades.  Most B2B marketers create a substantial amount of content to guide prospects through sales cycles that are much longer than companies selling consumer products/services.

Lee Odden

The Role of News in Blended Search – Observations & Best Practices

Lee Odden on Mar 29th, 2010     Guest Posts, Online Marketing, Press Release Optimization

We’re starting this Spring Break week off with a very rare guest post.  Jiyan Wei is Director of Product Management at Vocus, Inc. where he drives product platform strategy and roadmap execution for PRWeb. I’ve presented on panels with Jiyan several times at search marketing conferences, talking about the virtues of search, social media and public relations, finding him to be a very strategic and smart marketer. We’ll be co-presenting at the upcoming MarketingProfs B2B Forum in May on Content Optimization and Marketing.

In this post, Jiyan discusses the progression and importance of news content in blended search:

Once upon a time, Page 1 had a special meaning for PR practitioners and business owners alike.

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SESNY: 5 Tips To Optimize Press Releases For Search

TopRank Online Marketing on Mar 24th, 2010     Online Marketing, Online PR, Press Release Optimization, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

TopRank Online Marketing has been working with PRWeb providing SEO consulting services starting in 2008. PRWeb was founded in 1997 to help small businesses and communications professionals leverage the web to share their news directly with the public. As part of this process PRWeb lead the way for the “direct-to-consumer” press release, enabling companies to communicate their news directly to customers, prospects, analysts and the media.

During the past decade, PRWeb has reshaped the traditional press release and changed how companies large and small distribute news. Innovations of PRWeb over the years include:

  • Search engine optimization (SEO) for press releases to increase the visibility of news in search engines like Google and Yahoo!
  • Social bookmarking tools like trackbacks and bookmark links to take advantage of the explosion in social networking
Lee Odden

7 Answers to News SEO Questions You Should Know

Lee Odden on Feb 11th, 2010     Online Marketing, Online PR, Other Events, Press Release Optimization, SEO, SEO Tips

Recently I was invited to give a basics webinar on optimizing news content  for search.  The intersection of search and PR/communications are obviously something quite familiar.

The outcome exceeded all expectations thanks to the excellent promotions by PRWeb and SEW plus Mike Grehan’s smooth handling of moderator duties amidst technical difficulties. Over 7,000 people registered, there were over 400 questions and 650 Tweets using the #prweb hash tag during the webinar.

The way it goes with many webinars when you’re invited by an organization to participate, is that the topic and title/description are determined beforehand. The speaker adapts themselves to that.  This presentation content focused on optimizing writing for the web with a particular emphasis on optimizing content common to public relations.

Lee Odden

PRWeb Podcast Rocks!

Lee Odden on Nov 9th, 2006     Interactive Marketing, Interviews, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Online PR, Podcast Marketing, Podcasting, Pubcon, TopRank Agency News

Our public relations firm consistently uses the PRWeb Podcast service for our clients, but I’ve not taken advantage of the service very often for our own PR efforts with TopRank.

Yesterday for the second time ever, I personally used PRWeb’s Podcast service that’s available when you select a $200 or higher option for press release distribution. As with the first time, I was totally impressed.

The process is pretty simple. You order a press release to be distributed and pick the $200 level. As you go through the process of enabling or activating the various options for the release, you’ll have the option of scheduling a PRWeb Podcast. Pick a date and time that works for you and you’ll get an email with the phone number and access code.

Lee Odden

PRWeb CEO Explains Decision and Enhancements

Lee Odden on Oct 17th, 2006     Interactive Marketing, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Online PR

After announcing that PRWeb was going to discontinue their free press release distribution service, there was quite a bit of buzz in the search marketing and PR blogosphere. Some people considered it as suspiciously financially motivated and too soon after the acquisition by Vocus. However most people, myself included, believe this is an excellent move for PRWeb.

Too many companies were abusing the free wire service to send out less than credible announcements. I’ve always believed that the credibility of the newswire is almost entirely dependent upon the quality of news releases that they distribute.

I sent a few questions to PRWeb CEO David McInnis to get a more formal response and clarification on what was behind the decision to discontinue free press release distribution, whether PRWeb will start charging for their other free services and to ask about some of the new features coming out including an ebook publishing service and enhanced press release metrics.

Lee Odden

PRWeb Discontinues Free Press Releases

Lee Odden on Oct 12th, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Online PR

Big news from PRWeb’s David McInnis to all PRWeb account holders last night.¬† Free press release distribution will cease as of Oct 23rd.¬†¬† The new packages are as follows:

SEO – $80
This is the distribution level that has set the standard for search engine optimized press release distribution for the last five years. In order to provide a difference for our $80 users, we’re making some clear changes we believe will provide beneficial differences between SEO and the next level.
* To reduce noise, we’re creating a dedicated page for our $80 product. Less competition on the page means more visibility.
* We’re also streamlining the submission process for this level, reducing the time it takes to upload your press release on PRWeb.
SEO with Social Media – $120
This package incorporates all of the SEO features from the “SEO” distribution, plus all of PRWeb’s social media features including our patent pending TrackBacks/PingBacks and PR Tag Clouds. Other features available at this level include Technorati tagging, ‚ÄúQuotables,‚Äù and social bookmarking. (If you haven‚Äôt taken advantage of these new features, I encourage you to turn them on. Your press releases‚Äô performance improvement can be significant). Also look for your release in Pheedo‚Äôs RSS and Blog network. First-page positioning on PRWeb is guaranteed the day of your release.
Advanced Online Visibility – $200
This distribution option gives you access to all of the enhanced SEO and social media functionality, coupled with new tools including our exclusive eBook creation utility and our newly enhanced statistics. We have spent the last year re-thinking and re-vamping the way we measure online visibility. Our Advanced Online Visibility program gives you incisive leadership in your media campaigns, the broadest toolset and the very best positioning on PRWeb.com.
I hope to talk to David McInnis about more details including revised press release statistics later today.
Lee Odden

Interview with PRWeb CEO David McInnis

Lee Odden on Aug 14th, 2006     Interviews, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Online PR, Spotlight on Search

David McInnis
PRWeb is best known for being in the news distribution business. With the acquisition by public relations software firm Vocus last week, PRWeb has bumped up it’s own presence in the news. During the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose last week, I had the opportunity to talk to PRWeb CEO, David McInnis about the Vocus acquisition and what lies ahead for PRWeb.
What prompted the acquisition?

Lee, I will probably blog about this more in depth this week on the PRWeb blog. We have been talking with Vocus for well over a year now. The timing was not right until recently for a few reasons. First, I felt that I had a lot left to accomplish (read try) with PRWeb before I handed the reigns over to someone else. I wanted to do these things on my own to see if I could execute a few new enhancements on my own dime and vision. In the last year alone we have really changed the practice of PR.

Lee Odden

PRWeb Acquired by Vocus

Lee Odden on Aug 7th, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Online PR


A big day for PRWeb! It’s been difficult keeping this under wraps, but Vocus, a public relations software company, has acquired press release distribution service, PRWeb in a deal worth $28 million.

“The internet has led to a dramatic increase in the number and types of media outlets and other website destinations from which consumers and journalists get their news,” said Rick Rudman, President and CEO of Vocus, Inc. ‚”PRWeb has fully developed the technologies, features and pricing model to enable organizations of all sizes to maximize their online visibility and to exploit the potential of this new communication channel.”

I will be interviewing David McInnis and possibly Rick Rudman and will post when complete.

Lee Odden

PRWeb Sub-Domain Mapping for RSS Feeds

Lee Odden on Aug 7th, 2006     Online Marketing, Online PR, Press Release Optimization, SEO Tools

PRWeb announced today that they are now offering a service that will allow their press release distribution clients the ability to map the company domain name to the RSS feed of the release hosted by PRWeb.

When you submit a press release through PRWeb and associate that press release with a RSS Group in the PRWeb control panel, the release is then published as part of an RSS feed. This feed url can be pinged to the RSS search engines and also used in an auto discovery tag for RSS feeds in the company web site. That way RSS enabled browsers and feed readers can automatically detect the company press release RSS feed and subscribe to it, even if they do not have a blog.

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