TORONTO--(Marketwire - May 2, 2011) - Marketwire and HubSpot are partnering to present "How to Supercharge Your PR Program with Social Media," a free six-part webinar series designed to help PR professionals ramp up their success in a social media-dominated, ROI-focused world. The series, which begins on May 5, features industry experts Todd Defren, Shonali Burke, Rebecca Lieb, David Bradfield, Angela Sinickas and Paolina Milana, each of whom will cover a different segment focusing on the skills it takes to excel in public relations today. Designed for PR practitioners across all industries, participants will learn how to use social media intelligence to build stronger PR plans, create content and conversations that engage audiences, and tie their PR efforts directly to increased revenue.
According to Paolina Milana, Marketwire's EVP, global marketing, "The practice of public relations has taken a dramatic and exciting turn with the all-encompassing influence of social media. Lines between audiences have blurred while corporate management is placing an increasingly greater emphasis on proving ROI. But this doesn't mean traditional strategies and practices should be abandoned -- it's more about reinventing your role. Successful PR today relies on bridging traditional and new media and learning how to take advantage of the rich tapestry of online social interaction. This webinar series will make a case not only for why public relations departments should assume corporate ownership of social media but also how new tactics and tools can help them more effectively quantify and report on their efforts."
Webcast -- "How to Supercharge Your PR Program with Social Media"
Thursday, May 5: PR: That Was Then, This Is Now
Presenter: Todd Defren, principal, SHIFT Communications
Not everything about public relations has changed, but it's no longer just about media relations. Attendees will discover the new rules of success during this discussion about the five essential skills every PR pro needs to understand and adopt.
Thursday, June 2: Designing a Social Media-Optimized PR Program
Presenter: Shonali Burke, ABC, principal, Shonali Burke Consulting
Attendees will learn how to create a PR plan based on their new-found social media intelligence -- one that engages their audiences, generates leads and includes tracking mechanisms to demonstrate ROI.
Thursday, July 28: Creating Content and Conversations
Presenter: Rebecca Lieb, consultant, author and speaker
PR has gone beyond the press release -- way beyond. It's now about content and conversations, about engaging a target audience with storytelling, education, instruction, advice and entertainment. This session is filled with useful techniques, strategies and case studies.
Friday, September 30: Working Your Plan: Going Beyond the Masses
Presenter: David Bradfield, director of marketing, strategy and analysis, SapientNitro
Attendees will learn how to put their plan into action and refine their audiences, channels and messages. They will also learn essential PR skills for the "Media of the Moment," a model for the future of communications that starts with "context" gained through effective listening.
Thursday, October 27: Assigning Value to Your PR Program
Presenter: Angela Sinickas, president, Sinickas Communications, Inc.
Providing reports on media coverage isn't enough anymore. Driven by senior management's focus on business outcomes, this session will show attendees how to tie their PR efforts directly to generated revenue.
Thursday, December 1: Building a Business Case for PR to Take Back Social Media
Presenter: Paolina Milana, EVP, global marketing, Marketwire & guest presenters
The press release is not dead, and social media is not the "property" of IT, HR, or product development. In this session, a case will be made for putting social media back where it belongs -- in public relations. The session will also focus on demonstrating ROI.
Each session is 30 minutes in length and will be archived for later viewing. All registrants receive access to the archived webinars.
To Register: Click here to register for the entire webinar series -- "How to Supercharge Your PR Program with Social Media" -- or for any sessions of your choice
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