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THE CORPORATE ANNIVERSARY FORUM: CARMEN FERRIGNO OF SAINT-GOBAIN

Forum Produced by Milestone Marketing

Doug Simon (@DSSimonDoug), CEO at D S Simon Media caught up with Carmen Ferrigno (@SaintGobain), Vice President of Communications at Saint-Gobain at The Corporate Anniversary Forum. Saint-Gobain recently celebrated its 350th anniversary, and Carmen shared with us some advice for achieving that kind of longevity.

Some of Carmen’s VlogViews: 

“The biggest thing is to realize that this is about the future. You can use the past to reference who you are and where you’re going but ultimately, you’ve got to pivot. So, the ability to set that context, and then move toward who you are and who you’re going to be is really the purpose of it.”

“I think the idea of doing favors and helping people, putting yourself in their positon is the most important relationship management to a live scene. If you go into this trying to help other people, you’re going to have a wealth of goodwill. You’re never going to know when you need it. But when you do it will be there, and that’s the bank you’ve been building.”

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THE SCIENCE OF CHANGING PEOPLE’S MINDS WITH CHRIS GRAVES OF OGILVY PUBLIC RELATIONS

Doug Simon (@DSSimonDoug), CEO at D S Simon Media spoke with Chris Graves (@CGraves), Global Chairman at Ogilvy Public Relations about changing people’s minds and changing misconceptions from the Capitol Communicator PR Summit. Chris breaks down the science behind changing someone’s mind through storytelling.

Some of Chris’ VlogViews:

“Instead of attacking you with facts of why you’re wrong, I tell you a story of somebody a lot like you who is struggling with this concept privately and trying to figure out what to make of it…By hearing this story and by living the story…then you have a little bit more hope through this empathetic process that they’ll be more vulnerable to changing their minds.”

“If you look at tracking studies over the last forty, thirty years you will see an unending rise in cynicism, decline in empathy, unending decline in trust, and rise in distrust at the same time. So if you see that kind of environment, people don’t want to be tricked or fooled. So if you think about anything from native advertising to influencer marketing, you have to be careful that you’re doing it for the right reasons and with the right techniques.”

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FTC NATIVE ADVERTISING GUIDELINES AND SPOKESPERSON DISCLOSURE WITH PAM JENKINS OF POWELL TATE

Doug Simon (@DSSimonDoug) CEO at D S Simon Media spoke with Pam Jenkins (@PamJenkins1), President of Powell Tate at the Capitol Communicator PR Summit about her conversation with Mary Engle of the Federal Trade Commission. They spoke about native advertising and spokesperson disclosure.

Some of Pam’s VlogViews:

“The most important rule of the road is to make sure consumers know what they are seeing is paid not editorial.”

“I think you have to expect that if you are trying to hide something or paying someone and not disclosing, eventually that will be learned and the worst thing to happen to your brand reputation is for that to be discovered after the fact.”

“This is the first time the FTC is talking to our industry and it shows how the industry has evolved.”

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Influencer Report 2016: New Opportunities to Earn Media with Custom Content

Achieving your public relations and marketing goals is increasingly dependent on your ability to earn media. While it seems like it’s harder than ever to do, there are more opportunities than ever before.

That’s according to our Influencer Report 2016 and that’s where Custom Content Media Packages™ come in. The idea is to use narrative storytelling concepts and create custom video for specific broadcast and online journalists who are pre-pitched and want the content you will be sharing with them. There is great demand for this content—especially online.

Our D S Simon Media Influencer Report 2016 found 71% of online media outlets use outside video content and 80% will either post, air or share your entire video. Even more interesting, 79% of them want content from brands and 76% want it from non-profits.

Custom Content Media Packages(TM) are efficient to create and can be highly targeted to reach a specific media market or consumer ready to make a buying decision. These packages are scalable and can reach a nationwide audience in the millions. It’s a great tool to maximize exposure from trades shows and conferences. The video that is created also feeds your social media eco-system driving more media coverage.

You can download a copy of the survey at D S Simon.com/Digital

How Can Your Campaign Connect with The Desired Audience

Danny Robinson, Senior Vice President, The Martin Agency USA discusses the judging process at the NY Festivals with Doug Simon, President & CEO of D S Simon Media.

“What we do needs to connect to an audience; part of what’s critically important in the process is strategic focus, and the strategy before the work is developed.  So that you know that you’re connecting not just with an audience but with the audience you are trying to talk specifically to.”

“Part of the job is to get people to pay attention, and Ted Ward who is the Geico client, he looks at work and always asks; do people think that this is an ad for insurance and if the answer is “no,” then it’s interesting to him.”

 

 

Why Being authentic is essential for communicators

FRANK BODIN, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Havas Worldwide Switzerland joins Mike Bako of D S Simon Media from the NY Festivals to discuss industry trends and what the creative process was like to pick winners for this years Festivals.

“It’s a good trend when there is no trend (among the winners and applicants), we had a lot of diverse, fantastic campaigns”

“The good thing is it’s not a trend so in each category you find new standards”

“Being authentic is essential for communicators”

“When you walk on the streets, too often you see the same, same, same, but here we see exceptional creative answers on normal briefings.  That is why I like being a judge on such a jury, for me it is always a good learning experience too.”

“For me, (being a judge) is also a very good learning experience in how to answers boring briefings, how to find new fresh ways to solve a problem.”

How You Can Be True to Your Brand

Lisa Fedyszyn, Associate Creative Director, Droga5 and Doug Simon, President & CEO of  D S Simon Media appear at the NY Festivals to discuss what goes into the judging of award winning campaigns at the Festivals.

“I don’t think it matters what medium it’s in, whether it’s in film to activation to PR as long as it’s grounded in an insight that is based on a truth to the brand, if it’s emotional or even makes you laugh or cry and makes you see things in a new way.”

“It’s the little details that get it there, that separate it.  So whether that the copy writing that makes it feel authentic, or an idea that’s so brave that you know that they had to push the client to get it there and to get it as good as it is.”

 

 

What Does it take to be a brave client?

FADI YAISH, Regional ECD, Impact BBDO UAE speaks with Mike Bako of D S Simon Media from the NY Festivals.

“There were more brave clients this year. I’m not talking about just good, award-winning ideas, I’m talking about clients who took a leap of faith with their agency to deliver outstanding creative work for that is so impactful and effective for their business.”

“It doesn’t matter that it takes time, what matters is that we get there, and we are getting there.  I think it’s a good base, and the more agencies of the world and clients of the world do brave work the more clients and agencies will be doing it.  These amazing, brave pieces of work didn’t come from the expected areas, agencies, or networks, they came from different parts of the world, from different agencies around the world and from different business sectors.  This was the most interesting part of it all.”

“Creativity is coming from different sectors so it’s more contagious.  If someone does something, the people that are most concerned with what is done will be asking themselves “why can’t I do the same?”  This is how every person, every corporation, every entity, pushes the others.  When somebody does it, then its good for everyone else because one after another starts raising the bar.”

How Integrating Newsworthy Video Into Your Social Channels Can Drive Media Coverage

Integrating newsworthy video content into your social media channels and distributing it can increase the quantity and quality of the media coverage you receive. That was among the key finding of our Influencers Report 2016. The report was developed from a survey of nearly 200 online journalists.

Among the key findings:

93% of television producers rely on networking sites to find leads on content
92% of online journalists at newspaper sites do
Facebook is used by 93% and Twitter by 92%. You tube isn’t far behind at 59%

Is your online content driving the media coverage you want? Do you need a content audit to determine its “MediAbility?” Are you utilizing Custom Content Media Packages to target content to specific journalists and online media outlets?

The survey also found that 59% of online media have taken stories pitched to them via social networking sites.

You can download a copy of the survey at D S Simon.com/Digital

D S Simon Media and Talkwalker Team Up to Tackle Earned Media In New Survey

D S Simon Media and Talkwalker are releasing a new joint survey that will provide valuable insight on how public relations and communications teams are earning media and the analytics that they are using to measure results.  Todd Grossman, CEO of the Americas at Talkwalker and D S Simon Media CEO and President, Doug Simon sit-down to discuss potential challenges of earning media and how earned media can increase your ROI.

If you would like to take the survey just click here: Brand Video Survey

VlogViews:

“It’s becoming even more challenging to actually earn your media, to create a good enough story. I think organizations have recognized how powerful a tool it is so there more effort to get those limited spaces, limited outlets that are credible.” – Doug Simon