Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Ten Clicks for PR Kicks

Okay, so this blog fell silent for awhile there. Not surprisingly, the industry was able to hold itself together without my commentary.

In fact, recent estimates place the number of PR bloggers at 350. That's a whole heck of a lot of flacks with an opinion. It's gotten to the point where you better have a few favorite PR bloggers whose opinions you've decided are most worthwhile or you'll spend your entire day trying to keep up.

While adding my daily opinions to the mix may be tempting, I think it might best serve my readership (hi Mom) to focus on relaying the most usable content from the PR blogosphere - tools, resources and practices that can be immediately implemented for success.

So let me start by catching up from the last few months with some of the top tools that emerged during my blogging hiatus.

Dave Sifry's Updated State of the Blogosphere
Updated on February 6, Technorati's Dave Sifry imparts some excellent statistics that you can use to make a business case for blogging and blog monitoring.

Daily RSS and Digg
Two tools to help you sort through the din of stories and posts out there on a daily basis. Blog post and stories rise in an aggregated list of links based on either rating, in the case of Daily RSS, or popularity, in the case of Digg.

The Bad Pitch Blog
Created by Strategic Public Relations' Kevin Dugan and Richard Laermer of RLM Public Relations, the likes of Gawker, BusinessWeek and CNET have all quoted or commented on the hot new property.

Google Mobile Personalized Home and WinkSite
Robert Scoble has called for all blogs to go mobile in 2006. Here's two ways to do it. Optimize your feed for mobile environments with WinkSite or get RSS feeds on your phone via Google.

MailFeed.org
This site converts email newsletters into RSS feeds in just 30 seconds - a great way to get your organization into the blogosphere in seconds.

Today's Front Pages from Newseum
Great way to scan the world's headlines to get a sense of the news day.

MonitorThis
A great tool that allows you to subscribe to 22 different search engine feeds at the same time - read: no missed client placements.

Steve Rubel's Ten Technorati Hacks
A great set of tips from Micro Persuasion's Steve Rubel for getting the most out of Technorati, the defacto leader in blog search.

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4 Comments:

  • Welcome back Ian

    By Anonymous Drew B's take on tech PR, at 6:59 PM  

  • Thanks, Drew - looking forward to getting back into the mix.

    By Blogger I, at 3:03 PM  

  • I find Blogdigger's list of PR headlines (http://groups.blogdigger.com/groups.jsp?id=85) to be a fairly useful feed for keeping up on great posts (like this one) on blogs I don't subscribe to (like this one). I also have a technorati search for the PR tag in my RSS readers as well. That often yields some interesting stuff.

    If I like the blog (like this one), I'll often subscribe.

    By Anonymous David Jones, at 10:08 PM  

  • Ian - Thanks for the link and the heads up on Monitor This. It looks like a great, helpful tool.

    By Blogger Kevin, at 9:11 AM  

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