Disney: Better or Worse?

I’m sure the Disney fans have heard the news about the princesses but for those of you who don’t know. Disney made to decision to “update” our princesses. They went from the classics that we know and love to layers of makeup, curly locks, and glittery outfits.

As a huge Disney fan, I am not an advocate for their new choice. Many of the designs don’t represent who the characters are or what they stand for.

Either side you choose, it is definitely an interesting move for them, especially with all of the self-esteem issues around now.

Well now they have decided to change one of the key faces of the company: Minnie.

Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz poses with Minnie wearing a dress by Lanvin fashion house and designed by Alber Elbaz, at the Eurodisney Parc, in Marne la Vallee, east of Paris, Saturday, March 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

I don’t fully understand the change but what really stumped me was the fact that the outfit has signature aspects with more of the designer in mind than the character.

All these changes are affecting the face of Disney but how are they affecting them? Are these good or bad? What do you think?


What I wish I knew before Blogging…

With all the hashtags going stray, many of them are still being used to actually interact with others in conversation. Some are local conversations and others can be national or even international.

On Sunday March 10, 2013 I participated in one of the largest conversations on twitter: #BlogChat. Before that, I took part in maybe one or two chats and this was very educational. I started this blog earlier this year and the topic of the night was great! What did you wish you knew when you started blogging? There were so many influential bloggers that it was sometimes hard to keep track of the conversation.

I learned that Self Hosting is the way to go if I stick with blogging. It seems to be better for design and easier to mold to the author’s needs. It is also good for keeping all your content together… especially if the host site sells.

I also learned about the pros and cons of including my own images, the beauty of expressing my own ideas and allowing followers to come to me, conversational v. informative tone, and even the simple joys of brain storming ideas for upcoming posts.

If you want a transcript for the chat just click here. Blog Chat starts around 9 pm every Sunday evening.

Even with the conversation, there is still more that I can learn. With research I stumbled across a site that showcases 58 ways to transform your blog. The site touches on basics, improving usability, integrating social media, forming strong connections, enhancing your content, and more. There are also many more sites out there as resources. Just as I plan to do, you should check them out and transform your blog.


Reacting to SM Press Releases

Social media seems to be taking over everything. The book “Share This” touches on the topic of social media press releases in a couple different chapters.

I’ve tried the journalism thing and I seem to like it. I’ve only really covered sports knowing that I will need to dip into the PR side and actually write a press release scares me. A lot about the PR world scares me but I guess that’s part of what I like.

Being a journalist has been comforting  but taking that next step will be a tad difficult. I’m sure that writing my first press release will be intimidating but I’m ready. I’m not prepared for the social release though. The chapters touched on a lot of the very different elements.

Short Headlines. Links. Quotes. Multimedia. Infographics. Social Networking Sharing and Bookmarking Tools. Email Sharing Button. Creative Commons License Contact Information. RSS Feed. Image Gallery. Search Facility. Tag Cloud. Coverage Archives. Corporate Calendar. And more.

The list could go on forever if we really wanted it to. Just imagine the time it would take to get everything started though. After the second, fourth, seventh, and more, you would get used to it. That very first one scares me.

The hardest part though would have to develop genuine relationships. I have no idea how hard it is to push a release but it sounds difficult. I love meeting people but I feel bad getting to know someone just because I would have a hidden agenda. This was brought up in class and we decided that that’s why relationship are developed WAY early on.

As much as this all scares me, I know it will continue to scare me. It’s the truth and I acknowledge it. I just hope that it make me happy when the time finally comes.




Social Media Training

Pinterest is a site that I check on a daily basis. Whether it’s for food recipes, crafty projects, ideas for my next shopping trip, but recently I’ve been following more companies. One specific follow was for PR News.

They have 23 boards but they aren’t cluttered with thousand of pins. Each board is also very specialized. Among all the food on Pinterest, PR News has a board dedicated to tips. It’s filled with fun info graphics and other.

Useful ideas.One specific info graph is all about how to train employees. I’ve learned a bit about social media guidelines but this info graph goes a bit farther. It’s one thing to provide  a framework for employees but it goes one step further to train them as well.

The training would be a good thing for Eastern Michigan University, especially with all the sites that are outsourced. Our brand is so in your face but what would the result be if one of our own managed our twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.?

Finding out that we outsource our media, I’m starting to wonder what other companies and universities use the same approach and if anyone actually trains their employees.

As for the rest… check out the info graph and their pinterest all for yourself. I’m sure you’ll learn something.


Do you have etiquette?

When people are finding out about deaths on social media sites, we’ve gone to far.

Serial Entrepreneur, columnist, mentor, and investor Ilya Pozin posted etiquette tips and everyone should take his lead, or at the very least read through them.

Targeting a specific audience should be the first thing on any company’s mind. I that isn’t there then what are you doing??

Will anyone actually care what I’m posting, well besides me? Many of the teenagers now (and even adults) REALLY need to check this one out. I admit that I can be guilty of this sometimes but no one cares about the pop you just drank or how you walked into the next room. Tell us something of substance.

When I post, will it offend someone and does it matter? It helps to know who is watching you, but just to save problems in the end… don’t post anything offensive (unless it’s your job).

Should social media followers see this? Or should I find another place to state this? Let’s go back to the deaths… no one should find out about deaths or even happy things directly from sites. Some people should be called, visited, anything but SNS.

The next one goes back to a lot of recent teenagers. How many times have I posted today? If you are posting every couple of minutes, it’s pretty good to guarantee that its excessive and no one really cares.

In a world of spell check… not many people use it. Use It.

Even though some profiles are private, anyone and I mean ANYONE could see what’s posted. Screenshots can and will be taken and hey will live on forever. Will you be okay with that?

Vagueness is also a no-no. If you post it, followers and friends should be able to understand what’s going on.

Emotional dumping posts are everywhere and they should all just go away. There are much better outlets for those, like a diary.

If I cnt understand wut u r sayn bc u post lik dis, Delete it and stop. Even teenagers should stop typing like “teenagers”. It’s a bad habit to get into.

Fast reaction or well thought? One could get you into trouble so stop and think about it for a minute.

This final one goes along with the emotional posting. Am I just venting? Is it something that I should really share?

These are just my takes on his etiquette tips but people and companies should definitely try at least a couple out.