PRINZ has a new blog

If you are visiting us here in the hopes of reading the latest PR stories, please visit our new blog, PR Central!

See you there 🙂


September 7, 2009 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Bebo… An Evening of Social Media!

By Romy Grbic

So PRINZ held its monthly networking event last week. Only difference to every other month? A 40-strong waiting list. Why? We used the current buzzwords: Social Media.

The evening consisted of 5 social media ‘experts’ (though they are the first to point out that no one is a social media ‘expert’) discussing how they and their companies are using social media to their advantage. Tim Nichols from 2degrees opened the discussion with a brief overview of what 2degrees is trying to achieve by using social media as their main source of advertising, meaning they can personally engage with their audience. Without actually telling anyone about the launch of the ‘great New Zealand chinwag’ it took only 12 minutes for it to get tweeted about. 2degrees utilises Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – they prefer to concentrate the energy they put into social media where they feel appropriate, rather than spread themselves thinly across all facets.

Duncan Blair was the second speaker of the evening, telling tales of how he has resolved problems that customers of Orcon have had via social media. His words of advice? Take advantage of the free tools that are available, his favourites being Twitter Search, Google Alerts and Icerocket. He also suggests that companies conduct their own social media practices, rather than their PR person doing it for them – to keep the authenticity of their words. How do PR people feel about this?

Last to do a presentation was James Stewart from Made from New Zealand. Made from New Zealand has a vision of bringing all New Zealand businesses online and creating their own ‘social network’. They are building what seems like their own version of Facebook – to connect New Zealand businesses with one another. Very clever stuff, I thought. According to James, the aspects of social media imperative to building your business are a blog, Twitter, Facebook – and of course Made from New Zealand. James closed his presentation by telling us that companies – big or small – should get themselves on YouTube. James is a strong advocate for video marketing and says that even with a small handycam or built in webcam, anyone can break into the YouTube market. And according to him, this is an active one and getting in is well worth it.

All in all it was a very successful evening, bar the fact that one of the panel turned up at the wrong venue – but he did make it to the right one, without missing too much of the action. Delicious food, plenty of drinks, and some very interesting speakers – especially nice for the younger generation to have speakers we can relate to! The videos of the evening are also now available for those of you who didn’t make it at (free viewing for PRINZ members, for non-members to view there is a small charge – please contact the PRINZ office).

August 5, 2009 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

PRINZ and CAANZ Marcomms group

By Paul Dryden

There’s been quite a bit of noise about the new marcoms sub-committee that has been established within CAANZ.

 I met with Rick Osborne to discuss this when I first got wind of it. This move offers an existing group of his stakeholders a voice that they have not had.

 PRINZ membership is composed of practitioners working in all facets of the public relations and communication management space – about 30% being consultants.

 A subset of those is integrated within larger advertising and full service agencies. They remain committed PRINZ members and PRINZ Fellow, Claudia Macdonald who is chairing the CANZ sub-committee says. “The new CAANZ marcoms sub-committee is committed to working collaboratively with PRINZ (and the newly formed Experiential Marketing Association EMANZ) on areas of mutual interest.  This could be anything from professional development courses to profile raising of the profession.  The activities will be complementary rather than competitive and the committee’s establishment is an indication that PR in all its forms is doing well.

 Rather than individual practitioners, the committee represents marcoms companies, through the heads of an agency or marcoms department within a larger agency group involved in marketing communications, ambient, experiential or events.”

 PRINZ has good relationships with a number of other membership organisations including FINZ (Fund raising), IAB (Internet Advertising), Marketing association as well as CAANZ. We have reciprocal rights for events with these groups, and are also talking with them about collaborating on events staged in places like Christchurch and some of the provincial centres.

August 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Measuring New Zealand’s progress

By Tim Marshall

This report is hot off the press from Statistics New Zealand. It is a sort of triple bottom line report for New Zealand as a country and provides a baseline for measuring national progress (ultimately hopefully towards agreed goals.)

I think it’s relevant for PR practitioners who help our organisations contribute to national discussions on improving our lot.

Our conference this year “Kiwi and Proud eh?” had the good intention of creating a national PR plan. In fact, PRINZ members in the public, private and not for profit sectors all work on individual PR plans to progress their respective organisation’s goals – which hopefully are pretty much in line with where the country as a whole wants to head.

This report provides an overarching framework for measuring national progress in a range of areas. It also fits nicely with PRINZ’s sustainability project. For this progress to occur naturally requires communication and stakeholder engagement.

Could this report provide a spark for the national PR plan discussion PRINZ had hoped to ignite at the conference? Would you PRINZ members be interested in a presentation of this report by Statistics NZ either at divisional events or in a webinar?

July 31, 2009 at 1:35 am Leave a comment

Gordon Brown: Communication is key

By Tim Marshall

Communication is key to resolving the world’s problems says British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in a presentation to the TED conference in Oxford.

Brown says the use of powerful new web-based communication tools, when combined with people’s basic desire to help each other, create a unique opportunity to address poverty, security, climate change and economic challenges.

If you ever doubted the relevance of communications, or simply need a little confidence boost when critics query the value of the communications function perhaps you could direct them to this compelling presentation.

July 28, 2009 at 12:48 am Leave a comment

NBR’s website subscriber move and responses

By Tim Marshall

In June PRINZ hosted a very well attended event in Auckland called The Changing Media Landscape. Mark Jennings from TV3, Nevil Gibson from National Business Review (NBR) and Bernard Hickey from gave their views on the future business models for the news media.

Now NBR proprietor Barry Colman has introduced a website subscription model as his approach to making his publication pay.

His move has attracted a lot of flak in comments on the NBR website, a bit of support from Digital Publishing Forum director (and former Magazine Publishers Association president) Martin Taylor and a very detailed analysis from Bernard Hickey.

NBR’s initiative and the responses create a fascinating follow-up for attendees of PRINZ’s The Changing Media Landscape event and other observers of the business challenges facing the news media.

July 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm 1 comment

Conference kicks off with New Zealand in the spotlight

How can we move ‘Brand New Zealand’ into the international spotlight?  That’s the discussion currently underway at Kiwi & Proud.  To follow the discussions, head to the blogs on the Kiwi & Proud network, where each session is being reported.

May 20, 2009 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

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