Public Relations. Welcome to the world of disruption. In little more than a decade, new media, owned media and social media have reinvented the way information flows through business and society. Traditional media ceded audience share long ago to upstart Web-based and now mobile outlets for news and information. Brands now produce their own content. Social media is continually rewriting the way people find, consume and share information. Only by coordinating communications in an integrated way across all of these spheres of influence (traditional, new, owned and social) can a charity succeed with its major gifts fundraising.

PR was never easy. But the evolution of the new and old media and other dynamics such as twists in generational difference and tectonic ad spend changes have dramatically altered the media landscape and therefore how a charity can make its story and mission known. The volume, frequency, and diversity of potentially influential voices have transformed “the press” to include a broad, diverse, real-time, and ever-changing group of voices. This blog and seeks to monitor and put forth best practices in finding and communicating with the influencers that matter.

Media relations best practices can be found at this Charity Spring blog/page on Charity Media.

A very good website on best practices in Charity Communications in the UK (no equivalent in the US) is here.

The very best on PR measurement is here.

Charity Spring Splash on all things having to do with Nonprofit Public Relations.

Media relations require your pitching a compelling story. A good place to start building your traditional media “call list” is here. 

Social media is a key platform for journalists. From cultivating influencers and monitoring brand reputation, social media and the power of 140 characters is now de rigueur in the PR discipline.

Thanking major donors can be achieved in creative ways through both traditional and social media, including video.

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