Social Media vs. The Basics

February 23, 2009

PRSSA National Forum Article

I wrote an article for PRSSA Forum, check it out!

I interviewed a Professor at Auburn University, Robert French, and the Founder of Caffiene Communications, Bryan Lemonds.


PRSSA Free Webinar

December 10, 2008

PRSA is offering FREE WEBINAR: “Don’t Be Faceless: Learn 7 Essential Social Media Techniques for PR Success”

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Social Media Policy

December 4, 2008

Melanie McBride posted a template, and encouraged her readers to “[Steal This] Personal Social Media Policy.” Since she has this licensed under Creative Commons, I’m sharing it with you here.



[a work in progress]

1. Connecting: Introduce yourself and tell me why you want to connect

I would love an introduction from new people, but I dont have to have one. If its college friends that I may have been introduced to previously, then no. But if its on Twitter or LinkedIn, then yes. Please introduce yourself and the connection that we have for me to add you.

2. Follow, add, friend: Come on In!

I friend immediately if I am going to friend or add someone. If it takes time, you are probably in Limbo and I feel bad giving a straight rejection…but its coming.

3. Privacy, boundaries and safety: a-b-C your way out of it!

I prefer to have only professional information, with harmless personal information out there. I dont mind if you see the pictures from my weekend out, as long as they are pictures that I would show my Grandmother. In fact, I dont take pictures that I wouldnt show her, so I guess Im safe! I dont post or write information that should be kept private; I feel that its my responsibility to protect that, not my networks.

4. Signal to noise: Tweet much? Not me…

I am not as active as I have been on Twitter, due to other Social Media interests such as Facebook and blogging (writing and reading) so I really dont mind.

5. Personal data and sharing: Network!

I would love to connect professionally, but that’s it.

6. My networking needs and uses:

Facebook is mostly personal/ organizational with PRSSA

Twitter is professional/ educational

LinkedIn is only professional

I dont use MySpace.

7. Your criteria here: Be Kind, Rewind

Just like any other courtesy based policy, be kind and professional. I dont need to know your personal business and I dont need you in mine 🙂


I <3 Time Warner

December 3, 2008

Why have I written a ton of posts on a separate page about Time Warner? Im sure in a blog full of random PR student information, this question has come to mind. Just to fill you in, I have a final project in my PRCA 3331 Corporate PR class that I chose to do on Time Warner. I would rather blog than write a term paper, so here it is! Check out the page (up there to the right) Time Warner- a positive online presence!

M. Piper

Groundswell- No Other but Time Warner

December 3, 2008

GroundswellWhat Is Groundswell?

It’s a book by two Forrester analysts with practical, data-based strategies for companies that want to harness the power of social technologies like blogs, social networks, and YouTube. Featuring 25 full case studies, a complete road map for social strategy, and data from around the world. Learn more about the book, download an excerpt, or see our reviews.

So that was just so that you know where I am coming from when I talk about the Groundswell, which is just a wave of Social Media that has hit and is not going to wash away. Time Warner is using the Groundswell in that it is a huge part of the Groundswell already. Time Warner works through websites for a vast amount of its company. Entertainment has jumped on the Groundswell wave with full force, with Time Warner right in the middle of it.

For example:

 I can read about my movies, television shows, and other entertainment on

I can read celebrity gossip and news on

I can access the latest fashion on

I can search directions for my next trip on

Everything that Time Warner does is online as well as in the traditional versions of TV, news, and magazine, etc. Also, Time Warner interacts with its audience through questions and comments features. They provide social networking sites online like The Groundswell is popular with many Corporations and Companies these days, but when I think about the sites and aspects of the Groundswell; I think of who? No other but Time Warner!

Economy Depresses, Time Warner Restructures

December 2, 2008

“Challenge unlike we have seen before”


According to an article by the Financial Express, Time Warner faces challenges because of the recent fall in the economy. It plans to restructure, which will cut approximately 600 jobs.

“Industry conditions have been challenging due to the financial crisis, which has produced sharp decreases in advertising spending. This is expected to continue through most of 2009,” Time Inc Chairman and Chief Executive Ann Moore wrote in a memo on Tuesday to employees that was obtained by Reuters.

She said it was a challenge “unlike any we’ve seen before.”

There has been an increasing decline in advertisement spending in U.S. magazines and newspapers. People would rather read free information online than buy it in print. (Here we are reading and writing blogs as they speak!)

This will affect popular magazines, but they will not be closing any of them at this time. The information is not permanent right now, changes differ from day to day with each decision made. The number of employees cut may be between 300-600. The company is also talking about selling their AOL unit to Yahoo.

The positive aspect of this restructuring will be that they will have more opportunities to focus on their Internet-based publics. The plans are to categorize the 24 magazines and websites into three umbrellas: news, style and entertainment, and lifestyle properties.

Positive for PR majors: “Time Inc also will create an advertising sales and marketing group to handle sales across all of Time’s magazine brands, something Moore said was critical because of the difficult ad sales environment. The unit will be run by Stephanie George, also a Time executive vice president.”,20812,1008327,00.html

Time Community Warner (Community is their middle name)

December 2, 2008

Community Involvement

There was so much to say on this topic that I just provided the links to this area of I will say that my favorite part of the community involvement area is that Time Warner provides employees with up to five days of paid leave to participate in community volunteer or charity work. What a great way to help out the community in which Time Warner is involved! Also, what a great way to nourish all aspects of their employee’s lives!



Education and the Arts


Employee Engagement


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