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7 Overall

8 Applicability

7 Innovation

7 Style


Don Middleberg adapts key public relations strategies to the new media landscape, transformed by the Internet and wireless communications. He emphasizes the need for response speed and short-term - as well as long-term - planning, since this new environment changes so quickly as to render the future unpredictable. He outlines techniques for getting buzz, which is now a critical element in effective branding. However, this book cannot help but be affected by the dot-com downfall: Many of its examples refer to now defunct companies, or to those who are in deep trouble (and may well be deceased by the time you read this review). Still, if you overlook the problems that come from writing during the Internet reality-warp, recommends this executive guide for its solid PR strategies, which although geared for a high-tech world, are firmly rooted in traditional method.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Internet changed public relations and business communication;
  • What four major issues you face in the dot-com world; and
  • Why PR should support branding, but remain separate from advertising

About the Author

Don Middleberg is the chairman and CEO of Middleberg Euro, the fastest-growing public relations agency in the U.S. for the past two years, with offices in New York, San Francisco and Boston. A noted author and lecturer, Middleberg is an expert in digital public relations. He is co-author of the Middleberg/Ross Media in Cyberspace Study. He is regularly called upon for commentary by numerous magazines and newspapers and has appeared on CNBC, C/Net, CNN, and National Public Radio talking about PR techniques and trends.



How the Internet Changed PR
In the early 1990s, journalists were wary of the Internet. However, since 1996, many journalists have become digitally literate, if only to survive in today’s networked world. Now, large public relations (PR) firms and in-house PR departments try to link wireless...

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