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MyRagan: social media and legal?

This post is in regards to a question @ MyRagan “Can Legal, communicators reach accord on social media?” (read article)

This is a very complex question, mostly formed by the understanding that legal and communication operate under two entirely different models. For the most part, legal is a risk based model and communications are an opportunity model. While segments of channel occasionally have similar goals, they rarely agree on much of anything.

The only real time that legal and communicators will connect is when the two niches reach a like-minded adoption point.

Right now communicators are being thrust through a speedy evolution. I’m sure many would say they are “hanging on to a rocket for one hell of a ride”

Lawyers are often 18 to 36 months behind the rocket, watching as it shoots into the sky and pondering the thought “what are we going to do about all this smoke?” Read more

Search Engine Conquesting, the brand battlefield

This article is originally from August 2007. I decided to dust it off, simply because it was correct two and half years ago and continues to highlight an important trend regarding how search engines and businesses interact online. Once you understand this concept, several other more advanced ideas regarding online reputation and brand management begin to have a clearer picture (such as search reputation and brand value)

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

When most people think of the word “conquesting” they probably think of roman soldiers claiming Europe or Celtic barbarians ravaging peasant villages. While the term may invoke memories of epic stories, it is also beginning to see a revival in the online marketplace. Conquesting in regards to marketing is when a competitor purposely places advertising and brand message side by side with similar businesses. In the real world conquesting has been around for years in grocery stores where like-minded products are side by side or in retail malls where cell phone booths are packed within arms reach of one another. In print media conquesting often took the form of advertisers purposely buying strip ads near larger competitive ads in an attempt to leverage the competitors larger ad. Read more