A 20-year media and marketing veteran, Aaron Perlut is founder of digital marketing and PR firm Elasticity, the crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform Rally Saint Louis, and startups conference StartupVoodoo.
I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that media relations just might be a dying practice. Yes, technology, digital media and consumer information gathering habits have changed every aspect of media and marketing. But at its core, media relations has always been about relationships, and it would appear the perfect storm of the modern media environment and culture of today’s Millennial is going to change the face of PR even further.
Boring or sanguine is no longer good enough. Even sturdy or stable won’t cut it if you have ROI to contend with – and most of us do. Content, and in particular, the tip of the spear on that content, must have something poignant or funny or alarming or dramatic or sexy that speaks to an audience, and drives them to take action and share the fact that they've taken that action.
In the wake of major algorithmic updates named for adorable animals (Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird, to name a few), there has inexplicably been another round of doomsayers decrying the value of SEO, claiming it is all but dead. Yes, SEO has changed, but it's never been more valuable.