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By: Jennifer Devitt on December 11th, 2011

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The Importance of the Web In Public Relations


SYDCON is thrilled to welcome Gini Dietrich CEO of Arment Dietrich & author of the amazing Spin Sucks as a guest blogger today! YEAH! If you are not familiar with the Spin Sucks blog, go there immediately after you read this, you won't be disappointed!

The last time public relations was defined was 1982.

A lot has changed since then.

There is this thing called technology that is changing the PR industry every day, let alone in the last 30 years. PRSA is in the middle of redefining PR, which is great. But it's not allowing for things PR professionals need to incorporate into their skill sets. Things such as web development, mobile marketing, search, and optimized content.

The web, it turns out, is extremely important in the job of a PR professional. Much more important today than it was even three years ago.

It used to be your website was an online version of your corporate brochure. But times, they are a changin'. Your website now needs to be a living and breathing thing that changes daily, if not multiple times a day.

We used to have paid media (advertising) and earned media (media relations). Now we have owned media, which is the content you produce and distribute.

Owned media is great because, if you can write in an engaging and conversational way, while adding value, you no longer have to depend on media buys and influencers and journalists to tell your story for you. You can do it yourself.

PR professionals have always had to be good writers. Writing for the web is not a new skill, but is a twist on the types of writing we've always done. Rather than it being newsworthy or polished, it becomes a conversation. Rather than it being a way to shout messages, it becomes a dialogue.

The web is redefining the way we do our jobs and it's up to us to keep up. I imagine a world where the web is creating 90 percent of our business opportunities, while the remaining 10 percent is still focused on the important face-to-face meetings.

If PR professionals don't soon figure out how to use the web to their advantage, the industry, as a whole could die.

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, the author of Spin Sucks, the founder of the forthcoming Spin Sucks Pro, and the co-author of the soon-to-be-published Marketing In the Round.