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VLOG of the Month: Media Takes “Hands Off” Approach to FTC Native Advertising Compliance According to D S Simon Report


SPOKEies™ Deadline Extended to Halloween

The deadline for the SPOKEies™ has been extended until Halloween! Awards are a great way to showcase the great work of your agency or in-house team so enter now to honor the best in-house spokespeople from both non-profits and corporations.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Click here to enter!

How to Manage an Online Brand with Mark SooHoo of Burson-Marsteller

Mark SooHoo, Managing Director of Digital Health at Burson-Marsteller spoke with Doug Simon, CEO of D S Simon Media at the “How to Manage an Online Brand and Reputation” panel hosted by PRSA NY and gave his take on how to manage an online brand. Both Mark and Doug were panelists at the event. Mark touches on the need for analytics and tailoring your message for the appropriate audiences. Watch below.

Mark’s VlogViews: 

“It has to do with real deep listening and real analytics on what are people searching for? What are people talking about online? How am I mining that information to appropriately tailor the stories that your audiences want to hear?”

” One of the things that we focus a lot with our clients on is moving from KPIs like tweets and likes and retweets and things like that, moving more toward how am I truly achieving business objectives?”

How to Manage an Online Brand with Megan Harris of SYZYGY

Doug Simon, CEO of D S Simon Media spoke with Megan Harris, Managing Director of SYZYGY and fellow panelist for the “How to Manage an Online Brand and Reputation” PRSA NY event about managing an online brand and reputation. Megan discusses the importance of brand continuity online and personalized messaging to targeted audiences. Watch below.

Megan’s VlogViews: 

“You need to really make sure that you have brand continuity in every shape and every form and every kind of message that can be distributed through various channels and different pieces of content that take different formats.”

“A great thing that we do in digital marketing and technology and that does the heavy lifting for us that technology does is personalized messaging. Now with real-time bidding with paid media, even paid social, you can serve different messages to different audience segments that are very relevant and useful.”

How to Manage an Online Brand and Reputation

Doug Simon, CEO of D S Simon Media and Scott Steinberg, tech expert and CEO of TechSavvy Global are teaming up with the Public Relations Society of America for a panel event on how to manage an online brand and reputation at Burson-Marsteller New York offices this Thursday, Sept. 14th. In advance of the event, Doug and Scott discuss what they think it takes to build a positive online reputation. Watch below.


Click here for more information on the event and to register for this Thursday’s panel, click here. 

D S Simon Media Releases Brand Authenticity Survey 2017

If you want an authentic brand, make your CEO accessible to the media. That’s one key finding of the Brand Authenticity Survey 2017 from D S Simon Media. 74% of journalists surveyed said an accessible CEO makes a brand seem more authentic. It also pays to get your CEO out on social media. 82% of reporters, producers and bloggers get story ideas from social media the survey found. There is also a significant opportunity for message control with video content featuring your CEO. 81% will link to or post unedited video provided by third-parties.


Click here to find out more and download a free copy of the survey.

With Ad Budgets Tightening, Influencer Marketing Offers an Alternative

The front page of today’s Wall Street Journal heralded a major decrease in ad spending by some of the world’s largest consumer goods companies. As concerns emerge about the effectiveness and trustworthiness of digital ad placements, more consumer goods firms are turning towards influencer marketing to reach their key audiences.

Doug Simon, Founder & CEO of D S Simon Media, gives his take on alternative approaches communicators should be considering including the importance of turning internal leaders into influencers for their organizations. Watch.

Spokeies™ University with Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich, lead blogger at Spin Sucks and CEO of Arment Dietrich, spoke with Founder of The SPOKEies™Doug Simon about authenticity in leadership communications. She also touched on the importance of using data to drive results and attain business goals. Watch below for more of Gini’s insights.

Key Quotes:

“When you create owned media, or content, it allows you to really become your most authentic self.”

“We have a gigantic opportunity out in front of us to use data. Data from our website, data from our customer relationship management software, data from all points of entrance into our site that gives us that validation.”

SPOKEies™ University with Lorraine Schuchart

Lorraine Schuchart, Founder and CEO of Prosper For Purpose and current board President of the PRSA Cleveland chapter, spoke with Founder of The SPOKEies™Doug Simon. Lorraine provided her useful tips on working with in-house spokespeople and touched on the role of authenticity in communications. Watch below to find out more.

Key Quotes:

“We typically train our clients to be their own spokespeople. I prefer to stay behind the scenes to give the clients the confidence and the tools that they need and then to let them loose.”

“I think that authenticity is first and foremost. To always tell the truth, to have messages, to stay on point, to role-play.” Lorraine on her tips and guidance for the most effective spokespeople. 

SPOKEies™ University with Kristy Wallace

Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network spoke with Kristina Doytchinova, Marketing Manager of D S Simon Media about empowering women in the workplace and the importance of women establishing themselves as influencers in their fields. Kristy provides valuable tips and best practices on how women can boost their public profile and grow their professional influence.

Key Quotes: 

“Women as influencers add more voices to the conversation. We have thought leaders who are coming up with unique perspectives and opinions, solutions, innovation, around problems that involve all of us.”

“I think a good thought leader and a good spokesperson and influencer is listening to the conversation as well, and then able to respond to what they’re hearing out there.”

SPOKEies™ University with Tina McCorkindale

The SPOKEies™ Founder Doug Simon speaks with Tina McCorkindale, President and CEO of the Institute for Public Relations. The IPR is a non-profit organization that conducts research that matters to the public relations profession including digital media, marketing and analytics. Tina gives her thoughts on the critical role internal spokespeople play in an organization’s success and the importance of credibility.

Key Quotes:

“Your in-house spokesperson is probably one of the most important people to both your internal and external audiences because they are the ones who give your stakeholders trust in what you’re doing. They’re the ones who also help promote your message.”

“Credibility is absolutely critical. If you don’t have a credible spokesperson your organization’s reputation could be affected, your message may not be disseminated.”