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Here’s a list of comments I personally make on other blogs on the web.

1. Should Taco Bell beef up its PR response to Filler-gate? by Matt Wilson Thursday, January 27, 2011

I personally haven’t eaten anything with Taco Bell’s “ground beef” in it for several years, and count those that do as brave souls. The fact that their meat isn’t up-to-par does not surprise me, and I don’t think that it surprises others as much as they would leave the company to believe. Taco Bell needs to take a lesson from Domino’s Pizza and change their recipe before they get shut down.

Thanks for the information,

Amber

2. How to get REAL business value from social media in 2011 by Mack Collier Thursday, January 27, 2011

I agree that if businesses are going to use social media they need to do it with specific intentions. You can’t just blindly create a Twitter account for your company and expect everything to turn up roses. You have to pinpoint your audience and most likely go in with a marketing strategy that will get you a good amount of followers. Most importantly, whoever is updating the account will need to know how to use the site and the “rules” of updating through that specific social media channel.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

3. Social media erupts over Kenneth Cole tweet–but what is the real fallout? by Mark Ragan Friday, February 4, 2011

The insensitivity of Kenneth Cole is mind-boggling to me. The fact that people in Egypt are fearing for their lives and that he decided to make a joke out of it is so inappropriate and just proves that he really has no knowledge on the severity of the situation. This tweet serves to make him look ignorant and apathetic, both things that no one really aspires to be.

Thanks for the information,

Amber

4. Do you care more about the Super Bowl or the commercials? from PR Daily Friday, February 4, 2011

As a sports fan and a lover of all things media, I always watch the Super Bowl for both the football and the commercials. For me, missing out on either the game or the commercials makes me feel “in the dark,” on that post-Super Bowl Monday morning. It’s one of the biggest sporting events of the year and also one of the most important days for advertising. I love to engage in conversations about both aspects of the event every year.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

5. Is this commercial hilariously creative or offensive to the blind? (Maybe NSFW) from PR Daily Friday, February 4, 2011

I find this commercial to be completely inappropriate and insensitive to the blind. How it could be seen as funny, I don’t really understand. The entire concept of getting companies to hire blind people because then you won’t have to deal with office rumors (in this case, office affairs) is unprofessional and distasteful.

Thanks for the link,

Amber

6. Social media influence:  it’s not the number of friends you have…it’s the quality by Michelle Sullivan Friday, February 4, 2011

I recently went through my “following’ list on Twitter and stopped following those that never actually tweet. I also stopped following those that I realized were not benefiting me at all to follow. On top of that, I stopped immediately following those who follow me back. I realized that I need to make connections with, like you said, those who have the same interests as I do, especially in the professional world of journalism and public relations (my major).

Thanks for the read,

Amber

7. Justin Bieber gets booed by Madison Square Garden crowd sitting courtside for Knicks-Mavs by Frank Digiacamo Friday, February 4, 2011

I find it kind of pathetic that people feel the need to target a teenage boy in public. I’m personally not even a Justin Bieber fan, but I also don’t think that we, as an audience, can choose to judge celebrities based on their careers. We don’t personally know them and most of what we read about them isn’t even true. It’s not really our place to decide to hate a celebrity (especially one that is so young) and embarrass him (or her) in front of such a large crowd.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

8. Mea Culpa Marketing: Were Groupon’s gaffes intentional? by Adrian Ott Thursday, February 10, 2011

After seeing the “Save the Whales” commercial, I decided that Groupon made these commercials offensive on purpose. It’s impossible for someone in advertising to be that clueless about ads such as these sparking up tension. At the end of the day, it seems like their boldness resulted in a lot of attention for the company, which seems to be all that they wanted.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

9. Groupon’s commercial ‘Exceedingly effective’ : Ad exec by Gennine Kelly Thursday, February 10, 2011

I find it interesting that although people won’t stop complaining about how inappropriate the Groupon commercials were, they keep joining the site. Usually when a company does something offensive, they stop gaining new members and even have some members leave. It goes to show that Groupon achieved what they wanted in running these controversial ads.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

10. Kraft’s Oreo makes Facebook record attempt by Mark Banham Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I think it’s an interesting idea to see how many fans you can get in 24 hours. Oreo might make a record today, but the real question is how long will they be able to hold onto it? After this, I’m sure other companies will try to break their record. It’ll be an interesting additional “competition” between brands.

Thanks for the information,

Amber

11. A bakery gets sweet returns from social-media blitz by Kyle Stock Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I think that social media is the best advertising agent for any company. The attention alone gives enough incentive to create an account for your company and it gives “fans” or customers an easy way to keep up with sales and new promotions. Companies that aren’t into social media really should try to up their game and hire someone who knows how to publicize their company in a way that fits the current day—which is through social media.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

12. 20 tips for mastering an internship interview by Claire Celsi Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I think it’s interesting that handwritten thank you notes should still be sent to your interviewers. It’s something that I definitely wouldn’t have thought of on my own. I wouldn’t think of it because it seems like more of a personal thing to do for someone and because most people don’t give out hand-written anything these days. I will definitely keep it in mind during my interviews in the future.

Thanks for the tips,

Amber

13. The future belongs to Apple by Alan Pearcy Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This is a great marketing tool for Apple. I’m currently in college and the truth is that everyone (even PC users) thinks that Apple offers the best laptops for use in school. I think the main reason is because they are so low-maintenance. If your MacBook acts strangely you can almost always bring it straight to the Apple store and leave with it fixed. You just can’t beat that kind of customer service.

Thanks for the picture,

Amber

14. Who’s winning the Academy Award race–on Twitter? by Michael Sebastian Friday, February 23, 2011

The most interesting pick out of these to me, is that of James Franco for best actor. From what I’ve heard, Colin Firth is a shoe in for best actor and Jesse Eisenberg is a close second. It would seem that the pop culture aspect of Twitter has allowed Franco to come in first.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

15. On Facebook, Girl Scouts sell 400 boxes of cookies–in an hour by Alan Pearcy Friday, February 23, 2011

It only makes sense for the girl scouts to resort to Facebook to sell their cookies! If you think about it, it’s probably one of the last door-to-door services these days and imagine how many cookies they could sell if they set up shop on their own website? People will do anything for some girl scout cookies.

Thanks for the information,

Amber

16. Bull’s-Eye! New report says Target’s prices are lower than Wal-Mart’s by Alan Pearcy Friday, March 25, 2011

I am definitely a Target snob. I only go to Wal-Mart for groceries over Target because of the wider selection (at super Wal-Marts anyway). Besides that, I always go to Target for anything considered an electronic. I simply trust them more than I trust Wal-Mart…plus, there’s Starbucks.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

17. Study: Stock prices linked to companies’ Facebook ‘likes’ and Twitter followers by Michael Sebastian Friday, March 25, 2011

It only makes sense to me that there would be a correlation between social media fan base and stock value. I think that Facebook fans and Twitter followers provide an accurate depiction of how well a company is doing because people generally won’t “like” or “follow” a company unless they really are impartial to it or interested in it. I wouldn’t like a company on Facebook if I didn’t in fact like their products.

Thanks for the information,

Amber

18. Kobe Bryant fires off gay slur, sparks PR firestorm by Kevin Allen Thursday, April 14, 2011

I don’t think that the slur Kobe used is really the issue in this situation. I think that the word he used could be seen equally as offensive as the one that came before it. Young, impressionable kids watch these games and look up to Kobe as someone they want to be like. As a person with that kind of power he should be much more careful of the words he chooses when he disagrees with a referee. Maybe the fine will teach him a lesson, maybe it won’t, but he’ll still be out of $100,000.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

19. Is ‘checking in’ dead? by Kevin Allen Thursday, April 14, 2011

I personally am not a fan of letting the whole world know where I am. I think I know a handful of people who even know what Foursquare is, and only a few of my friends use the check-in application on Facebook. It just doesn’t seem safe to be putting the exact location of your whereabouts on the world wide web, which is probably why checking in never took off.
Thanks for info,
Amber

20. Toddler served tequila at Applebee’s by Rachel LaFlam Thursday, April 14, 2011

I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that a restaurant can make a mistake like this. I heard that the toddler actually had to have his stomach pumped! When serving drinks to children, Applebee’s should already have very distinctive labels in order to not get alcoholic drinks mixed up with non-alcoholic drinks. Personally, I think it’s shocking that they’re talking about enforcing a system for this only after this incident.

Thanks for the read,

Amber

22. The six types of Twitter users by Rachel LaFlam Thursday, April 14, 2011

I love this infographic! I definitely think Twitter users can be broken down into categories like this, but I think the graphic is missing a few. I think I fall somewhere between a smore and a maven because I use Twitter for both social and professional reasons. I’m sure my professional use will increase the older I get.

Thanks for the graphic!

Amber

23. YouTube phenomenon by Christine Wilson Thursday, April 14, 2011

YouTube is one of my favorite web-inventions too! I think it’s a great example of a website that someone just randomly decided to make that paid off (similar to Facebook). It really is crazy to think of how famous one can become just by posting a video of themselves singing on YouTube (i.e.: Justin Bieber).

Thanks for the read!

Amber

24. Study: 60 percent of moms have smartphones by Kevin Allen Thursday, April 14, 2011

This is a very interesting statistic and not one that I have ever heard before. I used to work at a coffee shop and a few years ago I remember one woman that would come in with her two-year old son and she had an iPhone. One time, her son almost walked out of the coffee shop alone because she was paying more attention to her phone than her child. I think over six hours a day on a smartphone is a little much for a mother, but who knows? Maybe they’re using it for their child, but I hope they don’t lose sight of their child like the woman I saw!

Thanks for the read,

Amber

25. How airlines use Twitter–and which one is doing it best [infographic] by Lauren Dugan Thursday, April 14, 2011

I find this interesting because JetBlue is the only airline that I follow on Twitter! In fact, it’s pretty much the only airline that I use and I fly at least eight flights a year since I travel to my university from home for breaks. JetBlue has excellent customer service and flight service so it makes sense to me that they would have the most followers!

Thanks for the info,

Amber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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