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  • Mexico Eyes Foreign Energy Investment
  • Concerns Grow Over South China Sea Reserves
  • Travel Insurance Policy Questions Regarding Travel to Libya, Egypt or Algiers
  • Selecting a Digital Marketing Agency
  • Home Assessment Value vs. Market Value
  • Flipping a House
  • Should You Trash or Donate?

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  • Business Reporter - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Anchor/Reporter - Indianapolis
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  • Grammar Hammer: AR! A Pirate Argues About 'Presume' vs. 'Assume'
  • Media News Highlight
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Mexico Eyes Foreign Energy Investment
Gabriel Ruiz
Attorney
Thompson & Knight in Monterrey
"Incoming President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto has ambitious plans to open the nation's energy sector to greater foreign investment in the offshore oilfields in the Gulf and untapped shale reserves along the U.S. border. Mexico needs the outside capital and the technology to truly take advantage of its holdings, or risk becoming a net importer of crude within a decade. There are signs that the state-owned oil company Pemex recognizes the need for greater flexibility and commitment to collaboration in its contracting, but there's a delicate balance that still needs to be maintained between the financial risk to investors, the pricing caps imposed by Pemex and the political realities facing new government leadership."
This year, Ruiz served as lead attorney to domestic and foreign companies in securing two integrated service contracts in Northern Mexico with Pemex.
News Contact: Barry Pound, barry@androvett.com or +1-800-559-4534

Concerns Grow Over South China Sea Reserves
Andrew Derman
Attorney
Thompson & Knight in Dallas
"Offshore energy reserves in the South China Sea are projected to hold up to 3.79 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 213 billion barrels of oil, but tensions are escalating as several Asian nations continue to argue over territorial claims to those holdings. There is a fear that exploration and production will be delayed as countries seek to unilaterally develop jointly claimed territorial areas. Through cooperative agreements, countries can agree to disagree over the delimitation of their borders, while developing oil and gas reserves for the benefit of their people. Our goal is to generate meaningful and productive dialogue and support peaceful resolutions for the entire region."
In October, Derman will serve as chairman of an economic summit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Representatives of more than 50 countries are expected to attend.
News Contact: Barry Pound, barry@androvett.com or +1-800-559-4534

Travel Insurance Policy Questions Regarding Travel to Libya, Egypt or Algiers
Jim Grace
President and CEO
InsureMyTrip.com
"We don't know how many insured travelers have upcoming plans to one of these 'hot' areas, but it's safe to assume that many are now wondering if their travel insurance policy will provide sufficient coverage and protection for events like this. Travelers should understand what they have purchased and what may be the best protection for their trip, given recent events and their potential for impacting travel."
InsureMyTrip.com is making its Customer Care insurance experts available to any and all travelers with questions or concerns about their policy, whether they've purchased from InsureMyTrip.com or another company.
InsureMyTrip.com is an online travel insurance comparison site.
News Contact: Vikki Corliss, vikki.corliss@insuremytrip.com or +1-401-773-9210

Selecting a Digital Marketing Agency
Hassan Bawab
Founder and CEO
Magic Logix, a global digital marketing agency headquartered in Dallas
"Selecting a digital marketing agency is a tough decision for corporations because the field is new enough that factors continue to emerge. Not only do common criteria like experience, results, client service practices and capabilities come into play; but also how well the agency's recruiting practices, workflow processes and strategic partnerships integrate to allow the agency to fluidly deliver the kind of customized service that will allow the level of complexity and creativity that businesses need in today’s competitive digital space. Signs of the highest quality service providers include the ability to make open disclosures about project management and workflow approaches, recruitment policies and partnerships."
News Contact: Jeannie Lewis, jlewis@magiclogix.com

Home Assessment Value vs. Market Value
Kristin Brown
Realtor
Coldwell Banker
Brown can explain the difference between assessment and market value on a home: "The assessment value of a home relates to how much the local government places property taxes on the home. This value is determined by county and town specific calculations to determine the percentage of your home value that can be taxed. There are various factors that help determine the assessment value of a property, such as the home's condition, size and land value -- to name a few. In some municipalities, the assessment value of a property may be based on calculations that include an estimate on market value or the last sale price. Market value, on the other hand, is the dollar amount that the home is estimated to sell for in the current market. The market value of a home is calculated by looking at comparable local homes for sale, including the square footage, amenities, location, condition of the house, as well as local market conditions."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, faith@exposeyourselfpr.com or +1-617-797-9869

Flipping a House
Jim Lowenstern
Broker and Owner
Castles Unlimited in Newton, Mass.
"Flipping a house is not for everyone, but for those savvy enough to know how to do it successfully, it can be very lucrative. For starters, make sure you understand the ins and outs of buying a home. Next, make sure you know the current state of the market -- is it on the uptick or the downswing? Make sure you add enough money into your loan to do the repairs necessary and make sure you know how to do the repairs. Cheap labor is always a good idea if you need simple tasks done. For example, college kids can paint. Once the repairs and makeovers are complete, then you are ready to stage for resale. Getting in over your head is easy, so make sure you have all the necessary information upfront."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, faith@exposeyourselfpr.com or +1-617-797-9869

Should You Trash or Donate?
Peggy Patenaude
Realtor
Prudential, Howe and Doherty in Andover, Mass.
"If you are downsizing, and you have decided to clean up the clutter in your home, you may be wondering what to trash and what to donate. How do you know? A good rule of thumb is to call the charity you are considering donating to, and find out if they will take the item you wish them to have, and ask if they will come pick it up. If they are not able to pick up a large item, and you don't own a truck to move it, you may be better off trashing the couch or piano. Another question to ask is how used is the item? If the couch is 10 years old and has been drooled on by Fido, the kids and the company, chances are the charity will say 'no thank you,' but if it is an antique chair in need of some love you'd like to part with, they may be thrilled to have it."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, faith@exposeyourselfpr.com or +1-617-797-9869

 

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  • GRAMMAR HAMMER: AR! A PIRATE ARGUES ABOUT 'PRESUME' VS. 'ASSUME': ProfNet Editor Grace Lavigne debates about the correct usage of these two words: goo.gl/KoM6P

 

  • MEDIA NEWS HIGHLIGHT: ProfNet Editor Evelyn Tipacti shares articles and stories from media and journalism that may be of interest to industry professionals: goo.gl/Ig3Oq

 

  • FOCUSING ON ENTREPRENEURS FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Veteran financial writer Melissa Preddy from the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism shares story ideas and resources for business journalists: goo.gl/3GTXL
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Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:55:06 -0500 http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/09/17/expert_alerts:_energy_investment,_digital_marketing,_real_estate,_more http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/09/17/expert_alerts:_energy_investment,_digital_marketing,_real_estate,_more ProfNet is a free service that provides journalists, bloggers, authors and other writers with links to experts and story ideas on the topics they cover. You'll also find links to job opportunities and other news and resources we think you’ll find useful. To receive these updates by email, send a note to profnet@profnet.com with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.

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EXPERT ALERTS

  • Mexico Eyes Foreign Energy Investment
  • Concerns Grow Over South China Sea Reserves
  • Travel Insurance Policy Questions Regarding Travel to Libya, Egypt or Algiers
  • Selecting a Digital Marketing Agency
  • Home Assessment Value vs. Market Value
  • Flipping a House
  • Should You Trash or Donate?

MEDIA JOBS

  • Higher Ed Reporter - Hayward, Calif.
  • Business Reporter - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Anchor/Reporter - Indianapolis
  • Reporter - Harrisburg, Penn.
  • Editorial Writer - Dallas

OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES

  • Grammar Hammer: AR! A Pirate Argues About 'Presume' vs. 'Assume'
  • Media News Highlight
  • Focusing on Entrepreneurs for Hispanic Heritage Month

 

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EXPERT ALERTS

Expert Alerts are listings of ProfNet members who are available to discuss timely news topics. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact their media representative at the end of the listing. You can also find Expert Alerts online at bit.ly/pncalerts

Mexico Eyes Foreign Energy Investment
Gabriel Ruiz
Attorney
Thompson & Knight in Monterrey
"Incoming President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto has ambitious plans to open the nation's energy sector to greater foreign investment in the offshore oilfields in the Gulf and untapped shale reserves along the U.S. border. Mexico needs the outside capital and the technology to truly take advantage of its holdings, or risk becoming a net importer of crude within a decade. There are signs that the state-owned oil company Pemex recognizes the need for greater flexibility and commitment to collaboration in its contracting, but there's a delicate balance that still needs to be maintained between the financial risk to investors, the pricing caps imposed by Pemex and the political realities facing new government leadership."
This year, Ruiz served as lead attorney to domestic and foreign companies in securing two integrated service contracts in Northern Mexico with Pemex.
News Contact: Barry Pound, barry@androvett.com or +1-800-559-4534

Concerns Grow Over South China Sea Reserves
Andrew Derman
Attorney
Thompson & Knight in Dallas
"Offshore energy reserves in the South China Sea are projected to hold up to 3.79 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 213 billion barrels of oil, but tensions are escalating as several Asian nations continue to argue over territorial claims to those holdings. There is a fear that exploration and production will be delayed as countries seek to unilaterally develop jointly claimed territorial areas. Through cooperative agreements, countries can agree to disagree over the delimitation of their borders, while developing oil and gas reserves for the benefit of their people. Our goal is to generate meaningful and productive dialogue and support peaceful resolutions for the entire region."
In October, Derman will serve as chairman of an economic summit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Representatives of more than 50 countries are expected to attend.
News Contact: Barry Pound, barry@androvett.com or +1-800-559-4534

Travel Insurance Policy Questions Regarding Travel to Libya, Egypt or Algiers
Jim Grace
President and CEO
InsureMyTrip.com
"We don't know how many insured travelers have upcoming plans to one of these 'hot' areas, but it's safe to assume that many are now wondering if their travel insurance policy will provide sufficient coverage and protection for events like this. Travelers should understand what they have purchased and what may be the best protection for their trip, given recent events and their potential for impacting travel."
InsureMyTrip.com is making its Customer Care insurance experts available to any and all travelers with questions or concerns about their policy, whether they've purchased from InsureMyTrip.com or another company.
InsureMyTrip.com is an online travel insurance comparison site.
News Contact: Vikki Corliss, vikki.corliss@insuremytrip.com or +1-401-773-9210

Selecting a Digital Marketing Agency
Hassan Bawab
Founder and CEO
Magic Logix, a global digital marketing agency headquartered in Dallas
"Selecting a digital marketing agency is a tough decision for corporations because the field is new enough that factors continue to emerge. Not only do common criteria like experience, results, client service practices and capabilities come into play; but also how well the agency's recruiting practices, workflow processes and strategic partnerships integrate to allow the agency to fluidly deliver the kind of customized service that will allow the level of complexity and creativity that businesses need in today’s competitive digital space. Signs of the highest quality service providers include the ability to make open disclosures about project management and workflow approaches, recruitment policies and partnerships."
News Contact: Jeannie Lewis, jlewis@magiclogix.com

Home Assessment Value vs. Market Value
Kristin Brown
Realtor
Coldwell Banker
Brown can explain the difference between assessment and market value on a home: "The assessment value of a home relates to how much the local government places property taxes on the home. This value is determined by county and town specific calculations to determine the percentage of your home value that can be taxed. There are various factors that help determine the assessment value of a property, such as the home's condition, size and land value -- to name a few. In some municipalities, the assessment value of a property may be based on calculations that include an estimate on market value or the last sale price. Market value, on the other hand, is the dollar amount that the home is estimated to sell for in the current market. The market value of a home is calculated by looking at comparable local homes for sale, including the square footage, amenities, location, condition of the house, as well as local market conditions."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, faith@exposeyourselfpr.com or +1-617-797-9869

Flipping a House
Jim Lowenstern
Broker and Owner
Castles Unlimited in Newton, Mass.
"Flipping a house is not for everyone, but for those savvy enough to know how to do it successfully, it can be very lucrative. For starters, make sure you understand the ins and outs of buying a home. Next, make sure you know the current state of the market -- is it on the uptick or the downswing? Make sure you add enough money into your loan to do the repairs necessary and make sure you know how to do the repairs. Cheap labor is always a good idea if you need simple tasks done. For example, college kids can paint. Once the repairs and makeovers are complete, then you are ready to stage for resale. Getting in over your head is easy, so make sure you have all the necessary information upfront."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, faith@exposeyourselfpr.com or +1-617-797-9869

Should You Trash or Donate?
Peggy Patenaude
Realtor
Prudential, Howe and Doherty in Andover, Mass.
"If you are downsizing, and you have decided to clean up the clutter in your home, you may be wondering what to trash and what to donate. How do you know? A good rule of thumb is to call the charity you are considering donating to, and find out if they will take the item you wish them to have, and ask if they will come pick it up. If they are not able to pick up a large item, and you don't own a truck to move it, you may be better off trashing the couch or piano. Another question to ask is how used is the item? If the couch is 10 years old and has been drooled on by Fido, the kids and the company, chances are the charity will say 'no thank you,' but if it is an antique chair in need of some love you'd like to part with, they may be thrilled to have it."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, faith@exposeyourselfpr.com or +1-617-797-9869

 

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MEDIA JOBS:

Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: bit.ly/pncjobboard

See more listings here.

 

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OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES:

Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at profnetalerts@prnewswire.com

  • GRAMMAR HAMMER: AR! A PIRATE ARGUES ABOUT 'PRESUME' VS. 'ASSUME': ProfNet Editor Grace Lavigne debates about the correct usage of these two words: goo.gl/KoM6P

 

  • MEDIA NEWS HIGHLIGHT: ProfNet Editor Evelyn Tipacti shares articles and stories from media and journalism that may be of interest to industry professionals: goo.gl/Ig3Oq

 

  • FOCUSING ON ENTREPRENEURS FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Veteran financial writer Melissa Preddy from the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism shares story ideas and resources for business journalists: goo.gl/3GTXL
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Expert Alerts: Asthma, Atrial Fibrillation, More ProfNet is a free service that provides journalists, bloggers, authors and other writers with links to experts and story ideas on the topics they cover. You'll also find links to job opportunities and other news and resources we think you’ll find useful. To receive these updates by email, send a note to profnet@profnet.com with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.

If you are in need of an expert source, you can also submit a free ProfNet query and have qualified sources come to you, or search the free ProfNet Connect database, which features nearly 50,000 user profiles, all searchable by keyword. If you are looking for Spanish-speaking experts, you can also opt to send your query via ProfNet en Español; just select that option when submitting your request.

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  • Asthma Patients May Not Need Daily Inhaled Steroid Therapy
  • Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Best Identified and Managed With Continuous Monitoring
  • Solutions for Sensitive Teeth Sufferers
  • Empowering Others Through Life Stories
  • What Would Possess a Child to Be So Mean?

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  • Producer - Chicago
  • Newsroom Content Coordinator/Editor - Teaneck, N.J.
  • Washington Bureau Correspondent - Washington, D.C.

OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES

  • Upcoming PR/Media Events
  • Focusing on Entrepreneurs for Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Grammar Hammer: It's vs. Its -- It's Simple!

 

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Expert Alerts are listings of ProfNet members who are available to discuss timely news topics. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact their media representative at the end of the listing. You can also find Expert Alerts online at bit.ly/pncalerts

Asthma Patients May Not Need Daily Inhaled Steroid Therapy
Dr. William Calhoun
Renfert Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
"For the millions of people using inhalers daily to control their asthma, new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that the same benefits are possible when patients use inhaled corticosteroids only when symptoms occur. The study findings could transform international standards of care for asthma patients, reduce costs, limit patients' long-term exposure to corticosteroids and enable flexibility in managing the condition. The discovery that these two courses of treatment do not differ significantly could eventually change the way doctors and patients manage asthma, providing an option that is easier to follow and probably less expensive. The current protocol of daily inhaled corticosteroid use is effective, but the flexibility and immediate probable cost savings for asthma medicine that a symptom-based approach may offer will appeal to many patients. We hope our findings prompt patients to talk with their doctors and become more active participants in effectively managing their condition."
Calhoun is the lead author of the study and is available to discuss the its findings and implications.
Bio: bit.ly/TSLTJP
Website: www.utmb.edu
News Contact: Brianne O’Donnell, brianne.odonnell@gabbe.com or +1-212-220-4444

Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Best Identified and Managed With Continuous Monitoring
Pierre Maison-Blanche, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer of Cardiology
Biomedical Systems in St. Louis
"Afib is the leading preventable cause of stroke, adding at least $26 billion to the total American healthcare expenditure each year. Multiple recent studies have shown that the best diagnostic protocol for Afib is continuous heart monitoring for up to 30 days. Today's cardiologist has the technical ability to monitor each patient in real time with wireless portable heart monitoring. The physician's ability to accurately diagnose and treat Afib will save lives and vastly reduce the cost associated with stroke and heart disease."
Dr. Maison-Blanche works for global Biomedical Systems, headquartered in St. Louis, but resides in Paris and is available and accessible for interviews. Maison-Blanche has participated in several End of Phase II meetings with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and on advisory boards as an active member. He is currently a member and the Chairman of Data Monitoring Committees for ongoing trials. He is a member of numerous professional societies and boards including the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology.
News Contact: Cheri Winchester, cwinchester@commongroundpr.com or +1-636-530-1235 ext. 223

Solutions for Sensitive Teeth Sufferers
Dr. Todd Pizzi
Modern Dentistry in Shrewsbury, Mass.
"There is hope for those that suffer with sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth are caused by the removal of dentin from your teeth. The best way to avoid having the enamel (dentin) removed from your teeth is to avoid foods high in sugar -- soda being the No. 1 culprit. If you are already suffering from sensitive teeth, flouride treatments can help, but the real key is to have regular dental checkups, brush your teeth with a sensitive teeth toothpaste and drink trigger foods through a straw."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, Faith@exposeyourselfpr.com

Empowering Others Through Life Stories
Dr. Ronda Beaman
Professor
California Polytechnic Institute
"Sharing stories with others will often lead them to make better life choices because they feel they are not alone. Sharing stories of trial and tribulation with others, particularly those who have suffered abuse or other trauma, helps them to realize they are not alone, and they do have the power to make something of themselves. Creating the life of your dreams by first envisioning it and then living your life as though you've already succeeded is very doable."
Beaman is also the author of "Little Miss Merit Badge."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, Faith@exposeyourselfpr.com

What Would Possess a Child to Be So Mean?
Christine Agro
Parenting Expert and Blogger
The Conscious Mom's Guide
"Last night, millions of 'X Factor' viewers watched the powerful performance of bullying victim, Jillian Jensen and judge Demi Lovato's emotional response. We have to teach children two things: words can hurt just as much as a punch, and diminishing someone to feel better about oneself isn't validation -- that has to come from within. Too many kids use diminishing words to feel powerful; that's not power, it's cruelty."
Agro is a parenting expert and Beliefnet blogger who was inspired to post "What Would Possess a Child to Be So Mean?" and her insight has struck a chord with many. She is the author of "50 Ways to Live Life Consciously" and "The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards" (standard and special moms' edition). She is also the founder of The Conscious Mom's Guide, an online site that supports and encourages conscious parenting. She can share her insight into why kids bully and how parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers can help both the bully and the victim. Agro is located in the NYC and Albany, N.Y. area.
Website: theconsciousmomsguide.ning.com
Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/christineagro
Expert Contact: Christine@theconsciousmomsguide.net

 

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MEDIA JOBS:

Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: bit.ly/pncjobboard

See more listings here.

 

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OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES:

Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at profnetalerts@prnewswire.com

 

  • UPCOMING PR/MEDIA EVENTS: ProfNet Editor Evelyn Tipacti lists upcoming events that might be of interest to industry professionals: goo.gl/sM6Bd

 

  • FOCUSING ON ENTREPRENEURS FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Financial writer Melissa Preddy shares a few story ideas and resources for business journalists: goo.gl/dblSv

 

  • GRAMMAR HAMMER: IT'S VS. ITS -- IT'S SIMPLE! ProfNet Editor Grace Lavigne explains when to use "it's" vs. "its": goo.gl/VVqAw
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Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:13:52 -0500 http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/09/17/expert_alerts:__asthma,_atrial_fibrillation,_more http://www.profnetconnect.com/gracelavigne/blog/2012/09/17/expert_alerts:__asthma,_atrial_fibrillation,_more ProfNet is a free service that provides journalists, bloggers, authors and other writers with links to experts and story ideas on the topics they cover. You'll also find links to job opportunities and other news and resources we think you’ll find useful. To receive these updates by email, send a note to profnet@profnet.com with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.

If you are in need of an expert source, you can also submit a free ProfNet query and have qualified sources come to you, or search the free ProfNet Connect database, which features nearly 50,000 user profiles, all searchable by keyword. If you are looking for Spanish-speaking experts, you can also opt to send your query via ProfNet en Español; just select that option when submitting your request.

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EXPERT ALERTS

  • Asthma Patients May Not Need Daily Inhaled Steroid Therapy
  • Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Best Identified and Managed With Continuous Monitoring
  • Solutions for Sensitive Teeth Sufferers
  • Empowering Others Through Life Stories
  • What Would Possess a Child to Be So Mean?

MEDIA JOBS

  • Producer - Chicago
  • Newsroom Content Coordinator/Editor - Teaneck, N.J.
  • Washington Bureau Correspondent - Washington, D.C.

OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES

  • Upcoming PR/Media Events
  • Focusing on Entrepreneurs for Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Grammar Hammer: It's vs. Its -- It's Simple!

 

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EXPERT ALERTS

Expert Alerts are listings of ProfNet members who are available to discuss timely news topics. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact their media representative at the end of the listing. You can also find Expert Alerts online at bit.ly/pncalerts

Asthma Patients May Not Need Daily Inhaled Steroid Therapy
Dr. William Calhoun
Renfert Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
"For the millions of people using inhalers daily to control their asthma, new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that the same benefits are possible when patients use inhaled corticosteroids only when symptoms occur. The study findings could transform international standards of care for asthma patients, reduce costs, limit patients' long-term exposure to corticosteroids and enable flexibility in managing the condition. The discovery that these two courses of treatment do not differ significantly could eventually change the way doctors and patients manage asthma, providing an option that is easier to follow and probably less expensive. The current protocol of daily inhaled corticosteroid use is effective, but the flexibility and immediate probable cost savings for asthma medicine that a symptom-based approach may offer will appeal to many patients. We hope our findings prompt patients to talk with their doctors and become more active participants in effectively managing their condition."
Calhoun is the lead author of the study and is available to discuss the its findings and implications.
Bio: bit.ly/TSLTJP
Website: www.utmb.edu
News Contact: Brianne O’Donnell, brianne.odonnell@gabbe.com or +1-212-220-4444

Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Best Identified and Managed With Continuous Monitoring
Pierre Maison-Blanche, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer of Cardiology
Biomedical Systems in St. Louis
"Afib is the leading preventable cause of stroke, adding at least $26 billion to the total American healthcare expenditure each year. Multiple recent studies have shown that the best diagnostic protocol for Afib is continuous heart monitoring for up to 30 days. Today's cardiologist has the technical ability to monitor each patient in real time with wireless portable heart monitoring. The physician's ability to accurately diagnose and treat Afib will save lives and vastly reduce the cost associated with stroke and heart disease."
Dr. Maison-Blanche works for global Biomedical Systems, headquartered in St. Louis, but resides in Paris and is available and accessible for interviews. Maison-Blanche has participated in several End of Phase II meetings with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and on advisory boards as an active member. He is currently a member and the Chairman of Data Monitoring Committees for ongoing trials. He is a member of numerous professional societies and boards including the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology.
News Contact: Cheri Winchester, cwinchester@commongroundpr.com or +1-636-530-1235 ext. 223

Solutions for Sensitive Teeth Sufferers
Dr. Todd Pizzi
Modern Dentistry in Shrewsbury, Mass.
"There is hope for those that suffer with sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth are caused by the removal of dentin from your teeth. The best way to avoid having the enamel (dentin) removed from your teeth is to avoid foods high in sugar -- soda being the No. 1 culprit. If you are already suffering from sensitive teeth, flouride treatments can help, but the real key is to have regular dental checkups, brush your teeth with a sensitive teeth toothpaste and drink trigger foods through a straw."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, Faith@exposeyourselfpr.com

Empowering Others Through Life Stories
Dr. Ronda Beaman
Professor
California Polytechnic Institute
"Sharing stories with others will often lead them to make better life choices because they feel they are not alone. Sharing stories of trial and tribulation with others, particularly those who have suffered abuse or other trauma, helps them to realize they are not alone, and they do have the power to make something of themselves. Creating the life of your dreams by first envisioning it and then living your life as though you've already succeeded is very doable."
Beaman is also the author of "Little Miss Merit Badge."
News Contact: Faith Mayer, Faith@exposeyourselfpr.com

What Would Possess a Child to Be So Mean?
Christine Agro
Parenting Expert and Blogger
The Conscious Mom's Guide
"Last night, millions of 'X Factor' viewers watched the powerful performance of bullying victim, Jillian Jensen and judge Demi Lovato's emotional response. We have to teach children two things: words can hurt just as much as a punch, and diminishing someone to feel better about oneself isn't validation -- that has to come from within. Too many kids use diminishing words to feel powerful; that's not power, it's cruelty."
Agro is a parenting expert and Beliefnet blogger who was inspired to post "What Would Possess a Child to Be So Mean?" and her insight has struck a chord with many. She is the author of "50 Ways to Live Life Consciously" and "The Conscious Living Wisdom Cards" (standard and special moms' edition). She is also the founder of The Conscious Mom's Guide, an online site that supports and encourages conscious parenting. She can share her insight into why kids bully and how parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers can help both the bully and the victim. Agro is located in the NYC and Albany, N.Y. area.
Website: theconsciousmomsguide.ning.com
Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/christineagro
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Grammar Hammer: AR! A Pirate Argues About Presume vs. Assume Via this column, we'll explore one grammar rule each week. If you have a grammar question you'd like me to address, please drop me a line at grace.lavigne@prnewswire.com and I'll do my best to answer it.

Ahoy thar mateys! Avast ye -- did ye know Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Aye!

In honor of this very important holiday, this old grammar salt will teach you the difference between presume vs. assume, so that you always look and sound like true buccaneer. Yo ho ho.

According to Merriam Webster:

  • Assume: to take as granted or true
  • Presume: to expect or assume especially with confidence

The dictionary tells us that these two words are basically synonymous, except that presume is used more authoritatively than assume. AR! But let's give these definitions some heave ho and consider them in usage. For example:

  • When the lad saw the man with a peg leg and a parrot on his shoulder, he said "I presume you're a pirate."
  • Many pirates assume they will be shark bait someday, which is why they are usually three sheets to the wind.
  • The doctor presumed the sickly looking pirate had scurvy after being on board a ship for over three years with nothing but biscuits to eat.
  • The captain is so sure the white whale exists, he assumes everyone else believes it exists too.

Batten down the hatches now, because a storm is brewing -- this bucko disagrees with Merriam Webster's landlubber definitions of presume and assume. From the crow's nest, it would appear that assume is really the word that is often said with more confidence, rather than presume (which is the exact opposite of Merriam Webster's definition). Well blow me down!

Look at this example again:

  • When the lad saw the man with a peg leg and a parrot on his shoulder, he said "I presume you're a pirate."

In this case, presume suggests that the lad is going out on a limb by assuming the man with a peg leg and a parrot is a pirate -- maybe he's not really a seadog at all. The word presume implies that there is an expectation for clarification or more information that might change the conclusion. Savvy?

On the other hand, the word assume seems like it is indeed said with confidence, since it doesn't seem like the speaker cares if the conclusion is right or wrong:

  • Many pirates assume they will be shark bait someday, which is why they are usually three sheets to the wind.

That's why the saying goes "Don't assume -- it makes an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me.'" Because assume comes to a conclusion based on the current information provided regardless.

What do you think about these two words?

YARRRR!


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Ahoy thar mateys! Avast ye -- did ye know Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Aye!

In honor of this very important holiday, this old grammar salt will teach you the difference between presume vs. assume, so that you always look and sound like true buccaneer. Yo ho ho.

According to Merriam Webster:

  • Assume: to take as granted or true
  • Presume: to expect or assume especially with confidence

The dictionary tells us that these two words are basically synonymous, except that presume is used more authoritatively than assume. AR! But let's give these definitions some heave ho and consider them in usage. For example:

  • When the lad saw the man with a peg leg and a parrot on his shoulder, he said "I presume you're a pirate."
  • Many pirates assume they will be shark bait someday, which is why they are usually three sheets to the wind.
  • The doctor presumed the sickly looking pirate had scurvy after being on board a ship for over three years with nothing but biscuits to eat.
  • The captain is so sure the white whale exists, he assumes everyone else believes it exists too.

Batten down the hatches now, because a storm is brewing -- this bucko disagrees with Merriam Webster's landlubber definitions of presume and assume. From the crow's nest, it would appear that assume is really the word that is often said with more confidence, rather than presume (which is the exact opposite of Merriam Webster's definition). Well blow me down!

Look at this example again:

  • When the lad saw the man with a peg leg and a parrot on his shoulder, he said "I presume you're a pirate."

In this case, presume suggests that the lad is going out on a limb by assuming the man with a peg leg and a parrot is a pirate -- maybe he's not really a seadog at all. The word presume implies that there is an expectation for clarification or more information that might change the conclusion. Savvy?

On the other hand, the word assume seems like it is indeed said with confidence, since it doesn't seem like the speaker cares if the conclusion is right or wrong:

  • Many pirates assume they will be shark bait someday, which is why they are usually three sheets to the wind.

That's why the saying goes "Don't assume -- it makes an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me.'" Because assume comes to a conclusion based on the current information provided regardless.

What do you think about these two words?

YARRRR!


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Expert Alerts: Libya Violence, Airport Security, Water Conservation, More ProfNet is a free service that provides journalists, bloggers, authors and other writers with links to experts and story ideas on the topics they cover. You'll also find links to job opportunities and other news and resources we think you’ll find useful. To receive these updates by email, send a note to profnet@profnet.com with the industries you cover, and we'll add you to the appropriate edition.

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Responsible Leadership and Condemnation of Extremism Violence in Libya
Nasser Weddady
Civil Rights Outreach Director
American Islamic Congress (AIC)
"This was a cowardly attack against our diplomatic mission, which is not justifiable for any reason. The so-called explanations in the media are excuses employed by extremists who use violence against innocent civilians. It is the responsibility of leaders to recognize that they carry the burden of confronting extremism and protecting the lives of civilians. Silence is not an option."
Weddady is a Mauritanian human rights activist, who writes and speaks about the rise of extremism in the Magreb region. Based in Boston, he works closely with the American Muslim community, promoting religious tolerance, mutual respect and individual freedoms. He has been published in a number of major news publications, including the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on a number of major TV news stations, including Fox, BBC World Service and Al-Jazeera. Fluent in five languages, Weddady has lectured at the United States Institute of Peace and in diverse interfaith settings.
Website: www.aicongress.org
News Contact: Aimee Chiu, aimee@aicongress.org or +1-202-595-3160

Speaking Out Against Violence in Libya
Zainab Al-Suwaij
Co-Founder and Executive Director
American Islamic Congress (AIC)
"As a native of Iraq who grew up under an oppressive regime of intolerance, I know firsthand how extremists of all types incite public outrage and violence for their own ends. As I join my fellow Americans in mourning the tragic loss of life and expressing condolences to the families, I also unequivocally condemn this deplorable violence against innocent people who were in Libya serving in the interest of diplomacy and peace. We must continue our efforts to stamp out hate and to promote freedom, tolerance and civil society in Muslim majority countries and the rest of the world and encourage responsible leadership and stability in these countries."
Al-Suwaij can speak of her personal experiences in Iraq and of her experiences working on the ground throughout the MENA region to combat extremism, intolerance and violence. She also can discuss the programs she directs to build stronger civil society, participation in government and respect for civil rights in countries such as Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia and across the region. Her tenacity has continued as an outspoken advocate for human rights an agent for progressive change in Muslim-majority countries. Al-Suwaij's entrepreneurial spirit led her to co-found the American Islamic Congress after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She has served as its executive director for more than a decade now to build interfaith understanding and support human and civil rights, here in the U.S. and abroad. With offices in Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, Boston and Washington, D.C. (headquarters), she has given back to thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims around the globe.
Website: www.aicongress.org
Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/zainab_al-suwaij
News Contact: Aimee Chiu, aimee@aicongress.org or +1-202-595-3160

Eleven Years After 9/11, Airports Are Still Wide Open to Terrorists
Alan Kirschenbaum
Professor of Organizational Sociology and Disaster Management
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
"Although security has made it extremely difficult to hijack planes, it has still left the airports wide open to terrorists. Moreover, airport security technology has reached its reasonable limits and emphasis should be understanding human decision making."
Kirshenbaum can also be interviewed on how airport security is stifling the growth of the industry by putting off passengers, the bread-and-butter of profits. At the same time, airport managers are restricted from turning airports into service providers, instead of the mass production units they were designed to be 50 years ago. Kirschenbaum is a world-renowned expert in the field of disaster management. He is a popular lecturer, author and advisor to governments, public institutions and security-related companies. Kirschenbaum is the initiator and coordinator of the EU-funded BEMOSA (Behaviour Modelling for Security in Airports) consortium, a Europe-wide research project aimed at improving security in airports.
Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/alankirschenbaum
Website: bemosa.blogspot.co.il
Expert Contact: avik@tx.technion.ac.il

50 Years After 'Silent Spring'
Dr. Laura Hobgood-Oster
Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies
Southwestern University
"Sept. 27, 1962, marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's bestselling book 'Silent Spring.' The book is credited with leading to a ban on the use of some pesticides in the United States and launching the U.S. environmental movement. 'Silent Spring,' for the first time, opened up the discussion of the broader human impact on other species, specifically our ability to obliterate other species entirely, and therefore our responsibility to rethink our power. Also, in unexpected ways, it reminded us of the beauty of a world of biodiversity and how lonely the world would be if we destroyed the other creatures around us."
Hobgood-Oster is available to discuss the impact of "Silent Spring" in the 50 years since its publication.
Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/laura_hobgood-ost...
News Contact: Ellen Davis, davise@southwestern.edu or +1-512-863-1570

Government's Involvement in the Mortgage Industry and How It Affects Qualified Borrowers
Steve Calk
Chairman and CEO
The Federal Savings Bank
"By far, the most important institutions responsible for providing home loans to first time homebuyers, veterans and working-class Americans in this country are community banks. However, government guidelines are having staggering effects on access to capital for the current or would-be American homeowner. The worst of the new government guidelines are proposed changes in capital requirements and risk weighting for community banks -- specifically, BASEL III. BASEL III is designed to level the playing field among major banking institutions that operate internationally. Force-feeding these same rules to community banks in the United States is unnecessary and in fact counterproductive, particularly in the current economic environment. Not only will popular mortgage products originated by most banks attract significantly higher capital charges, the risk-based capital penalties for providing early payment default protection may force these banks away from the correspondent lending market. This will translate to less mortgage credit for Americans, particularly those in communities served by community banks."
News Contact: Kellie Kennedy, kelliek@theharbingergroup.com or +1-312-933-4903

Simple Steps Can Help Industries Conserve Water
Daniel L. Theobald
CEO
Environmental Services by Daniel Theobald
“It’s widely known that the world is in a water crisis that is now being exacerbated by the warming trends we all read about. What’s less known is the enormous amount of water wasted by industrial plants simply because they have failed to keep up with the solutions available to them. For example, water used in cooling systems can be recirculated rather than discharged, chemicals can be removed from water turning it from waste to fresh water again, and hoses can be adjusted to pour less water while still achieving their purposes. In the industrial world, we are talking about hundreds of thousands of gallons of water often wasted daily in just one plant alone. In many instances, the public is ahead of industry in water conservation. Conserving water can also be a step toward significant savings for corporations."
Theobald is based in Greenville, S.C. He can discuss steps businesses can take to conserve water. Theobald is available for media interviews.
News Contact: Richard Berman, gobermanpr@gmail.com or +1-914-572-2707

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  • Responsible Leadership and Condemnation of Extremism Violence in Libya
  • Speaking Out Against Violence in Libya
  • Eleven Years After 9/11, Airports Are Still Wide Open to Terrorists
  • 50 Years After 'Silent Spring'
  • Government's Involvement in the Mortgage Industry and How It Affects Qualified Borrowers
  • Simple Steps Can Help Industries Conserve Water

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  • Upcoming PR/Media Events
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Responsible Leadership and Condemnation of Extremism Violence in Libya
Nasser Weddady
Civil Rights Outreach Director
American Islamic Congress (AIC)
"This was a cowardly attack against our diplomatic mission, which is not justifiable for any reason. The so-called explanations in the media are excuses employed by extremists who use violence against innocent civilians. It is the responsibility of leaders to recognize that they carry the burden of confronting extremism and protecting the lives of civilians. Silence is not an option."
Weddady is a Mauritanian human rights activist, who writes and speaks about the rise of extremism in the Magreb region. Based in Boston, he works closely with the American Muslim community, promoting religious tolerance, mutual respect and individual freedoms. He has been published in a number of major news publications, including the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on a number of major TV news stations, including Fox, BBC World Service and Al-Jazeera. Fluent in five languages, Weddady has lectured at the United States Institute of Peace and in diverse interfaith settings.
Website: www.aicongress.org
News Contact: Aimee Chiu, aimee@aicongress.org or +1-202-595-3160

Speaking Out Against Violence in Libya
Zainab Al-Suwaij
Co-Founder and Executive Director
American Islamic Congress (AIC)
"As a native of Iraq who grew up under an oppressive regime of intolerance, I know firsthand how extremists of all types incite public outrage and violence for their own ends. As I join my fellow Americans in mourning the tragic loss of life and expressing condolences to the families, I also unequivocally condemn this deplorable violence against innocent people who were in Libya serving in the interest of diplomacy and peace. We must continue our efforts to stamp out hate and to promote freedom, tolerance and civil society in Muslim majority countries and the rest of the world and encourage responsible leadership and stability in these countries."
Al-Suwaij can speak of her personal experiences in Iraq and of her experiences working on the ground throughout the MENA region to combat extremism, intolerance and violence. She also can discuss the programs she directs to build stronger civil society, participation in government and respect for civil rights in countries such as Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia and across the region. Her tenacity has continued as an outspoken advocate for human rights an agent for progressive change in Muslim-majority countries. Al-Suwaij's entrepreneurial spirit led her to co-found the American Islamic Congress after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She has served as its executive director for more than a decade now to build interfaith understanding and support human and civil rights, here in the U.S. and abroad. With offices in Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, Boston and Washington, D.C. (headquarters), she has given back to thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims around the globe.
Website: www.aicongress.org
Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/zainab_al-suwaij
News Contact: Aimee Chiu, aimee@aicongress.org or +1-202-595-3160

Eleven Years After 9/11, Airports Are Still Wide Open to Terrorists
Alan Kirschenbaum
Professor of Organizational Sociology and Disaster Management
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
"Although security has made it extremely difficult to hijack planes, it has still left the airports wide open to terrorists. Moreover, airport security technology has reached its reasonable limits and emphasis should be understanding human decision making."
Kirshenbaum can also be interviewed on how airport security is stifling the growth of the industry by putting off passengers, the bread-and-butter of profits. At the same time, airport managers are restricted from turning airports into service providers, instead of the mass production units they were designed to be 50 years ago. Kirschenbaum is a world-renowned expert in the field of disaster management. He is a popular lecturer, author and advisor to governments, public institutions and security-related companies. Kirschenbaum is the initiator and coordinator of the EU-funded BEMOSA (Behaviour Modelling for Security in Airports) consortium, a Europe-wide research project aimed at improving security in airports.
Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/alankirschenbaum
Website: bemosa.blogspot.co.il
Expert Contact: avik@tx.technion.ac.il

50 Years After 'Silent Spring'
Dr. Laura Hobgood-Oster
Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies
Southwestern University
"Sept. 27, 1962, marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's bestselling book 'Silent Spring.' The book is credited with leading to a ban on the use of some pesticides in the United States and launching the U.S. environmental movement. 'Silent Spring,' for the first time, opened up the discussion of the broader human impact on other species, specifically our ability to obliterate other species entirely, and therefore our responsibility to rethink our power. Also, in unexpected ways, it reminded us of the beauty of a world of biodiversity and how lonely the world would be if we destroyed the other creatures around us."
Hobgood-Oster is available to discuss the impact of "Silent Spring" in the 50 years since its publication.
Profile: www.profnetconnect.com/laura_hobgood-ost...
News Contact: Ellen Davis, davise@southwestern.edu or +1-512-863-1570

Government's Involvement in the Mortgage Industry and How It Affects Qualified Borrowers
Steve Calk
Chairman and CEO
The Federal Savings Bank
"By far, the most important institutions responsible for providing home loans to first time homebuyers, veterans and working-class Americans in this country are community banks. However, government guidelines are having staggering effects on access to capital for the current or would-be American homeowner. The worst of the new government guidelines are proposed changes in capital requirements and risk weighting for community banks -- specifically, BASEL III. BASEL III is designed to level the playing field among major banking institutions that operate internationally. Force-feeding these same rules to community banks in the United States is unnecessary and in fact counterproductive, particularly in the current economic environment. Not only will popular mortgage products originated by most banks attract significantly higher capital charges, the risk-based capital penalties for providing early payment default protection may force these banks away from the correspondent lending market. This will translate to less mortgage credit for Americans, particularly those in communities served by community banks."
News Contact: Kellie Kennedy, kelliek@theharbingergroup.com or +1-312-933-4903

Simple Steps Can Help Industries Conserve Water
Daniel L. Theobald
CEO
Environmental Services by Daniel Theobald
“It’s widely known that the world is in a water crisis that is now being exacerbated by the warming trends we all read about. What’s less known is the enormous amount of water wasted by industrial plants simply because they have failed to keep up with the solutions available to them. For example, water used in cooling systems can be recirculated rather than discharged, chemicals can be removed from water turning it from waste to fresh water again, and hoses can be adjusted to pour less water while still achieving their purposes. In the industrial world, we are talking about hundreds of thousands of gallons of water often wasted daily in just one plant alone. In many instances, the public is ahead of industry in water conservation. Conserving water can also be a step toward significant savings for corporations."
Theobald is based in Greenville, S.C. He can discuss steps businesses can take to conserve water. Theobald is available for media interviews.
News Contact: Richard Berman, gobermanpr@gmail.com or +1-914-572-2707

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  • FOCUSING ON ENTREPRENEURS FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Financial writer Melissa Preddy shares a few story ideas and resources for business journalists: goo.gl/dblSv

 

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Dear Gracie: Five Instagram Tips for PR Pros Each week, Dear Gracie answers questions from ProfNet Connect readers with advice from our network of nearly 50,000 ProfNet experts. Has there been a question burning in your mind lately, something you've been wondering that none of your colleagues can answer? Please send it to grace.lavigne@prnewswire.com

Dear Gracie,

Instagram has been around for a couple of years, but seems to have exploded in popularity recently. How can PR pros use Instagram to increase publicity for clients?

Improving Images

 

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Dear Improving Images:

Four ProfNet experts provide a snapshot:

Instagram is a social network where users can share photos and comment or like their friends' photos, explains Jeff Peters, social media specialist at The Halo Group.

It offers users a simple, easy way to take and edit photographs, and then post them across all major social media portals, says Seth Grugle, digital and social media specialist for Much and House Public Relations. It borrows the #hashtag concept from Twitter and aggregates friends like Facebook.

"One of the most interesting aspects of Instagram is that it's not really a 'site,' but lives almost purely on mobile," notes Peters.

"While it's possible for just about any brand to use Instagram, the platform itself is most appealing to brands and industries that are more visually oriented," Peters explains. "Instagram helps create a visual connection between a brand and a consumer or potential customer."

For example, a fashion line could post photos of inspirational clothing patterns, a car manufacturer could post photos of challenging roadways, or a celebrity could post behind-the-scene shots that grant followers access to sights and scenes they'd never get to see otherwise, says Grugle.

PR professionals should seriously consider using the social network to complement client announcements and press releases, just as they do with Twitter and Facebook, says Jennifer DeAngelis, a PR account executive with InkHouse.

"If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, then the visual imagery projected through Instagram translates well beyond a 140-character maximum," says Grugle.

 

Tips and Suggestions for PR Pros Using Instagram:

1. Check Out Instagram's Business Page, suggests Peters. Instagram for Businesses provides information on how to get started, examples of successful approaches, advertising and marketing opportunities, and more.

2. Consider Your Audience. "Are your brand's fans using Instagram?" asks Kevin Dugan, veteran marketer with The Empower Group. "If your audience isn't on Instagram, do you need to be?"

"Don't just use Instagram to use it or because it's positioned as 'hot,'" agrees Peters. "Make sure that you're giving your audience content that they want to see and interact with."

3. Post Appropriate Content. "Understand why you want to use Instagram, how you're going to use it, what you want to get out of it and how your audience uses it," says Peters.

"Don't forget that, while pictures are great, substance is critical," stresses Dugan. "What are you trying to convey?"

4. Don't Just Post -- Interact, says Peters. Some of the most popular brands on Instagram use behind-the-scene photos, photo hunts or contests. For example, fashion retailer Free People integrates Instagram directly into their product pages.

5. Get Creative, says Dugan. "Optimize the content for the format and break out of traditional molds." Here are a few examples of unique approaches:

Instagram is also often mistakenly overlooked for various types of announcements that a company might make, such as a new product, a new hire, an upcoming event or a recent award, says DeAngelis in her post How We Can Use Instagram in Public Relations.

 

Gracie

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Dear Gracie,

Instagram has been around for a couple of years, but seems to have exploded in popularity recently. How can PR pros use Instagram to increase publicity for clients?

Improving Images

 

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Dear Improving Images:

Four ProfNet experts provide a snapshot:

Instagram is a social network where users can share photos and comment or like their friends' photos, explains Jeff Peters, social media specialist at The Halo Group.

It offers users a simple, easy way to take and edit photographs, and then post them across all major social media portals, says Seth Grugle, digital and social media specialist for Much and House Public Relations. It borrows the #hashtag concept from Twitter and aggregates friends like Facebook.

"One of the most interesting aspects of Instagram is that it's not really a 'site,' but lives almost purely on mobile," notes Peters.

"While it's possible for just about any brand to use Instagram, the platform itself is most appealing to brands and industries that are more visually oriented," Peters explains. "Instagram helps create a visual connection between a brand and a consumer or potential customer."

For example, a fashion line could post photos of inspirational clothing patterns, a car manufacturer could post photos of challenging roadways, or a celebrity could post behind-the-scene shots that grant followers access to sights and scenes they'd never get to see otherwise, says Grugle.

PR professionals should seriously consider using the social network to complement client announcements and press releases, just as they do with Twitter and Facebook, says Jennifer DeAngelis, a PR account executive with InkHouse.

"If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, then the visual imagery projected through Instagram translates well beyond a 140-character maximum," says Grugle.

 

Tips and Suggestions for PR Pros Using Instagram:

1. Check Out Instagram's Business Page, suggests Peters. Instagram for Businesses provides information on how to get started, examples of successful approaches, advertising and marketing opportunities, and more.

2. Consider Your Audience. "Are your brand's fans using Instagram?" asks Kevin Dugan, veteran marketer with The Empower Group. "If your audience isn't on Instagram, do you need to be?"

"Don't just use Instagram to use it or because it's positioned as 'hot,'" agrees Peters. "Make sure that you're giving your audience content that they want to see and interact with."

3. Post Appropriate Content. "Understand why you want to use Instagram, how you're going to use it, what you want to get out of it and how your audience uses it," says Peters.

"Don't forget that, while pictures are great, substance is critical," stresses Dugan. "What are you trying to convey?"

4. Don't Just Post -- Interact, says Peters. Some of the most popular brands on Instagram use behind-the-scene photos, photo hunts or contests. For example, fashion retailer Free People integrates Instagram directly into their product pages.

5. Get Creative, says Dugan. "Optimize the content for the format and break out of traditional molds." Here are a few examples of unique approaches:

Instagram is also often mistakenly overlooked for various types of announcements that a company might make, such as a new product, a new hire, an upcoming event or a recent award, says DeAngelis in her post How We Can Use Instagram in Public Relations.

 

Gracie

ProfNet, a service of PR Newswire, has helped journalists and experts connect since 1992. Writers can search the ProfNet Connect database of more than 50,000 profiles; send a ProfNet query by email to thousands of subscribers around the globe; or get timely experts and story ideas by email.

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