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VLOG of the Month: Ray Kotcher of Ketchum


Media Strategies and Insights for Business Owners: Doug Simon on Bold Talk Business Radio

Doug Simon, President & CEO of D S Simon Media, appears with Donna Anselmo on Bold Talk Business Radio, to discuss media and public relations strategies for business owners. They also discuss the findings of the D S Simon Media Influencers Report and how business owners can utilize the findings to increase share of voice in their industry and drive revenue.

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Michael Smart on How Video Content Can Drive Your Media Outreach Plan

Michael Smart, Media Pitch PR Coach, of Michael Smart PR joins Doug Simon to discuss the value of using video during your media outreach efforts, changes in the way journalists accept produced video, and the findings of the D S Simon Media Influencers Report.

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Michael Smart on the value of earned media:

“You get much more of a credibility boost when it’s earned rather than paid.”

“Links are way more valuable than the traffic they send back to you site or your video. The higher value comes in the message they send to Google and the other search engines that or, a very trusted URL in Google’s mind; that this site values this content, so that’s a key signal to serve it up higher when we do our Google searches.”

“The act of creating social media helps PR people strip out the bad habits that were beat into us when writing news releases for the wire, when we can write a Facebook post or tweet in the same voice we use for our personal feeds.”

Michael Smart’s biggest takeaway from the Media Influencers Report:

“The dominant majority of media outlets that will accept outside produced video. That’s a relatively new phenomenon. When I was a newspaper reporter, we couldn’t ev

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What are the most common mistakes CEOs make when it comes to communications?

Doug Simon, President & CEO, of D S Simon, offers analysis on the most common mistakes CEOs make when it comes to communications.

The three problem areas:


Don’t assume you can have total control over media coverage or that the media cares about your self-serving story. Don’t assume you can have zero engagement and then be trusted when you have to speak during a crisis or make a significant announcement.


Failing to align your internal and external communications A huge mistake is not taking ownership of what is communicated internally or being authentic in this communication. The vacuum will be filled and given the power of social media, your employees can become a negative force when not engaged.

Strategy: plan execution and logistics. This is the area where CEOs create the most problems. Here’s a sample:

*    Not connecting PR to business objectives

*    Not defining the CEO role in the plan

*    Ego issues

*    Failing to utilize video effectively–video feeds social media

*    Wasting money on resources you don’t know or trust

*    Failing to

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Role of the CEO in Communications

Ray Kotcher, Senior Partner and Chairman of Ketchum, discusses the role of the CEO in communications with Doug Simon, President & CEO of D S Simon Media on VlogViews.

“There is no doubt that communications drives success in an organization.”

“Each CEO is going to be different. They are going to have their individual styles and individual approaches. They are going to drive communications differently. The CEO’s who understand communications are going to be successful in driving business.”

“Something that is not often thought about early in the process is making sure that you have alignment in your organization. Making sure that people understand where you as a leader see the organization going, what your priorities are, what the strategies are, and getting people aligned behind you. The single most important thing that communications can do inside that company is driving that alignment.”

“Each CEO is going to view (communications) differently, they are going to approach it differently, they are going to structure communications differently. It will be very much based on their own individual approach.”

“Different CEO’s have diffe

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How Savvy CEO’s Can Drive an Organizations Bottom Line

Dorothy Crenshaw, Founder and CEO of Crenshaw Communications, joins Doug Simon, President & CEO, of D S Simon Media to discuss the role of the CEO’s in your organizations communications plan and how a strong communicator in the C-Suite can drive the bottom line.

“Today’s CEO needs to be very PR savvy because a CEO that is knowledgeable about PR and really knows how to engage with media and stakeholders if like money in the reputation bank.”

“Video is a gift. You can use video to get the corporate story, a personal point of view, or a change out there.”

“In a substantial company he or she is likely to have a corporate communications team, PR director, a full team ready to assist, but they sometimes don’t involve that team early enough. They wait for something to happen and then they say “Please fix it for us.” It doesn’t work that way. You need to be engaging and to be employing your PR team as a partner whether it’s internal or external. They need to be involved from the get-go so that you can plan the strategy and the proper role of that CEO.”

“(On social media) you can engage with stake holders, with corporate partners, and others through social media. It feels like it is one on one. You can show leadership through

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Using Video to Earn Media

Martin Waxman, President of Martin Waxman Communications, and Doug Simon, President & CEO of D S Simon, discuss the value of video in earning media and why trust continues to be an issues for the public relations industry.

“Trust is a big issue for our industry. What a failing for the profession. Why aren’t we there to do our job and help them (journalists).”

“I think too often PR people think of earned media as earned print media or earned broadcast media, but there is a lot of value in earned digital media.”

“How much more data do we need to see to understand the opportunity in video and using video as earned media.”

 More information:

Twitter: @martinwaxman
Linkedin: martinwaxman

Doug Simon on Reuters: Fantasy sports giants play defense

DraftKings and FanDuel have banned their employees from playing fantasy games amid allegations of insider information. What are the communications and marketing issues for both sites? Doug Simon, President & CEO of D S Simon, offers analysis on REUTERS.

To watch on REUTERS click here.

The Role of Storytelling in Brand Communications

Catherine Mathis, Senior VP Chief Communications Officer, of McGraw Hill joins Doug Simon, President & CEO of D S Simon, to discuss the role of storytelling in brand communications and how to connect with your customer base. From the AirPR PR Tech Awards.

Catherine’s VlogViews:

“Our minds are made from narrative. From the time we were little and our parents read stories to us to now in corporate America (storytelling) is a very effective way to get across what you are doing at your company.”

“The people that are the very best at what we do in communications know and understand their businesses inside and out. They know the competitors, industry, products, that’s the way they are able to tell wonderful stories.”

“We (McGraw Hill) are going through an extraordinary transformation from print to digital. We are a 125 year old company that is basically a digital startup. Our job in the communications depart is to tell that story.”


What is the role of the CEO in your PR plan:

“We have a fabulous CEO who is articulate and knows the industry, issues, and products inside and out. For us he really is the face of the company, both externally and with employees.”

“If there is one thing that I have learned in my career is t

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The Art and Analytics of Brand Storytelling

Richard McGill Murphy, Editor in Chief of Global Marketing, joins Doug Simon, President and CEO of D S Simon on VlogViews to offer insights into how HP is using data to drive brand storytelling. From the AirPR PR Tech Awards.

Richard’s VlogViews:

“Marketing is about data, increasingly it is about using data to inform really good storytelling.”

Who is the audience for the content you create:

“Who is this going out to? Is it going out to the C-Suite, to the IT decision maker, to people in general?  All that informs the kind of stories you tell and the way you tell them.”

More information:

LinkedIN: Richard McGill Murphy

Twitter: @DSSimonDoug


What CMO’s are Thinking About

Sheryl Pattek, VP, Principal Analyst Serving CMO’s, of Forrester joins Doug Simon, President & CEO of D S Simon to discuss what CMO’s are thinking about and how they are trying to understand consumer behavior.

“What we see as being on the minds of our CMO clients is thinking about how the marketplace is changing where empowered customers are really driving the needs for marketers to adapt their strategies to be more customer centric than company or product centric. They are rethinking their approach to be outside in rather than inside out.”

“CMO’s are also struggling to integrate this omni-channel approach and understanding customer behavior by having that singular view of customer behavior across all those channels.”

“Align your communications and your approaches to be on the right channels, with the right content, at the right time in the buyer’s journey to match up what you are doing with the buyer’s needs.”


Website: Forrester Research

Twiiter: @DSSimonDoug

Bio: Sheryl Pattek

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