PR pro’s new title: content marketer

Public relations executives have morphed into marketers. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of.

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Why? We’re all about marketing strategy now. We’re not just relating to publics but trying to learn how people tick and why they purchase or pass along something.

PR has traditionally been built upon persuasion, but persuasion isn’t accurate. Real-life interaction is, so us “marketers” now talk to consumers in an effort to better understand content consumption. Our job is to drive and create content, not craft company-favored news releases with a lot of fluff. We can’t do that anymore because it’s not authentic, and because it’s not authentic, it’s not interesting. That’s the harsh reality.

More evidence for PR pros falling off the map: take a look at events and seminars PR pros favor. You won’t see us in high attendance at PRSA (I wish it weren’t so); instead you will see the most interesting group if you attend an event like MIMA, where PR meets interactive meets ultra geeky in Minneapolis. We’re starting to learn this geek stuff in our new roles as marketers.

No longer are our days spent pitching media over the phone or email. Instead, we read and aggregate posts that give us glimpses into the lay of the land, and build media lists that feature news outlets with blogs.

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