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Friday Frivolity – The Devil Went Down to Georgia

devil.jpgHow did Johnny beat the Devil in that famous song “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”?

Or did he?

It’s out of order, but read We’re waiting on your answers, Mr. Daniels from Tomato Nation

Then read Thirty Nine Questions for Charlie Daniels by John Moe.

I laughed and laughed.

Hat tip to Sarah Wurrey for tweeting this gem.

photo by irum


Pitched by Kogan – and happy to be

kogan.jpgI got an email today from Rachel

Kneebone at Kogan Page, the official publisher of the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) out of the UK. See excerpt below:

Kogan Page is Europe’s leading independent publisher of Public Relations books. We are the official publisher of the CIPR. We wondered if you might be interested in featuring some of our books on your blog as they should be of interest to your readers.

Follow[ing are] a few of our most successful and forthcoming publications, and more can be found on our website, www.kogan-page.co.uk.

New strategies for Reputation Management – Andrew Griffin (Published January 2008)
Only 31% of people trust business leaders to tell the truth according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Business Ethics. A damaged reputation can have severe knock-on effects on the bottom line, and most corporates value their reputations accordingly. Written by the managing director of Regester Larkin, the leading international reputation management firm, New Strategies For Reputation Management will demonstrate how you can deal effectively with unexpected crises, and what strategies you should be implementing to build your company’s good reputation at other times.

Winning New Business – Richard Denny (Published October 2007)
Today everyone in business is expected to be a sales person, whether they work in the sales team or not. With the growth in concepts like “total marketing”, “living the brand”, and “customer relationship management”, the need for everyone in business to maximise sales and profitability is paramount. Written by Richard Denny – one of the world’s most renowned sales gurus – Winning New Business takes the fear out of selling, showing you just what to do and how to do it.

Public Relations Strategy – Sandra Oliver (Just published. Published in association with the CIPR)
This challenging book reflects the intense discussion that is taking place on the nature of public relations and how it develops and supports management strategy. It links models and theories of strategic management to the PR function and discusses how globalization and the Internet are changing organizational PR strategy.

Creativity in Public Relations – Andy Green (Published 2007. Published in association with the CIPR)
Creative input is inevitably required of the PR practitioner and yet there is a lack of real understanding of the mechanics of the processes involved. By clearly establishing a definition of ‘creativity’, Creativity in Public Relations will help PR practitioners and general readers to get ‘under the skin’ of the creative process and use it to greater effect in their work.

Public Affairs in Practice – Stewart Thomson, Steve John (Published 2007. Published in association with the CIPR)
Public Affairs in Practice explains how public affairs (PA) is now much more than just political lobbying. It examines the methods PA professionals use to make an impact and taking each area of the industry in turn looks at the tools involved in delivering a PA programme. It also highlights the potential benefits of public affairs, such as protecting an organization from perceived threats of new regulation; identifying new market opportunities; and raising the profile of an organization

Our authors are also available for interview or comment, and are often interested in writing topical pieces based on their books.

I’m happy to pass this information along for two reasons:

First, it’s the first pitch I’ve EVER gotten that has anything to do with Public Relations, which, by the way, is the focus of this blog. I mean, it’s even in the title. I thought it was timely and relevant, although she spelled my name wrong (Dear Mr. Amour) and the formatting of the email was all over the place. Too many forwards?

Secondly, I’ve read a few PR books from Kogan and have been very pleased. So, without actually having yet read any of these books listed above, I can recommend them based on Kogan’s reputation. I’ll keep you posted, I’m sure I’ll be reading a few of them soon. If you’ve read any, drop us a line and give us the thumbs up or down.

BlogTalkRadio Adds Social to Internet Radio and Podcasting

At the risk of turning my personal/professional blog into a billboard for my employer, I’m posting this post. I can’t help it, it’s too exciting and also one of the reasons I haven’t posted anything else since my last BlogTalkRadio post.

Today we launched a new site with new features and great new social media components. It adds more “social” to podcasting and Internet radio than ever before.

One of the biggest benefits to podcasting has also been one of my biggest complaints: asynchronous communication and community building. We all love podcasts because they’re “on demand.” We can listen when and where we want. But there’s always been that lack of immediate interaction. Most podcasts I listen to are community based and comment driven, but there’s that gap among when it was recorded it to when it was downloaded and when it was actually listened to and, finally, when it a comment was sent in.

For Immediate Release hosts Hobson and Holtz tackled this problem by having a few SkypeCasts in the past. Those were great shows and allowed the audience to directly interact with the hosts and each other. They had even set up a text chat on the backend.

But BlogTalkRadio does all that for you now. And it’s one of the reasons I joined the team. It brings community close to home. Well now it’s gone one step further and added a social networking component and text chat to the site. Hosts and Listeners can set up profiles, link to each other and build a bigger, stronger community on the network. I’m excited about it. Plus, cool new logo. Check out all the new stuff.

If podcasting was something you’ve wanted to try, but didn’t like the technical aspect of it, try BTR. Live, easy and still delivered via RSS.

Oh, and in full disclosure, I work for BlogTalkRadio if you haven’t figured that out by now.

Update: CEO Alan Levy has a good run down of the new features with a top level perspective.