Submitted by: Joseph Augustine

Over years& years, hundreds of highly respected professionals and educators have developed comprehensive and often complicated descriptions of what makes for effective corporate communications. There have been heated discussions regarding the separation of public relations from advertising, public relations from marketing, and the very role public relations should play within the organization.

It should be started slowly by taking small steps. Public relations are a service and support function, not a policy direction activity. PR people need to advise and assist in branding activities online and offline. They need to become involved in assisting purchasing, HR, sales activities, face to face encounter training, trade show activities, web activities including customer service/customer support, and other efforts that involve the companys brand franchise and the organizations bottom line results.

Too frequently PR people waste their efforts because they are so busy practicing public relations, but they forget their primary mission. Effective public relations are much like a three-legged stool:

*Understanding the companys anchor value,

*Understanding the customer value propositions, and

*Understanding the marketplace positioning of the products or services.

Understanding the three legs will help the company better benefit from sales, profits and other long-term returns. Those three terms are briefly explained below.

Companys Anchor Value:

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The companys anchor values should control and guide every strategic and tactical PR activity. From the day it opens its doors, every firm is based on specific purposeful and fundamental values that highlights the companys strategic ambition, direction and plan for the future.

Without a good understanding of these values, it is impossible for public relations to honestly and effectively deliver for the company. Without a clear understanding of what the company is trying to achieve, public relations simply goes through the motions. But by being on the same wavelength, PR and management can ensure the right basic message is always delivered, that it is delivered to and through the right channels, and that it achieves the desired impact and objective.

It is a mixture of your motives, values and how you see your own personal competence.

Customer Value Propositions:

The second leg of a sound PR program is to clearly understand what the anchor values mean to the consuming public. This means you have to translate the companys values into general and product/service-specific customer values and benefits.

All too frequently PR people tend to list the tangible, technical and functional benefits and stop. The focus is a one way stream from the company to the marketplace, rather than giving the effort to understand and project this information in consumer terms.

In the business world, customer value is the amount of benefit that a customer will get from a service or product relative to its cost. Some businesspeople explain customer value as realization compared to sacrifice. Realization is a formal term for what customers get out of their purchases. Sacrifice is what they pay for the product or service.

Businesses of all sizes use customer value as part of a greater analysis to determine how well they are supplying their customer base. Detailed research might include what customers generally do with the products they receive, or how they use services to increase the value of assets like real estate. Businesses also look at the prices of their products in order to price them competitively.

Businesses that identify the value of their wares to customers might go a step further and consider other similar ideas. In order to generate more thought about customer value, and to reach out to a customer base, a business might promote a customer value proposition.

Consumer value is one of the latest ways in which marketers have sought to analyze customer satisfaction. Customer satisfaction is important because it leads to repeat purchases.

Marketplace Positioning:

The third leg of the PR program is product/service positioning, which will vary from market segment to market segment.

Positioning is defined as the act of designing the companys offering and image to occupy a distinctive place in the target markets mind.

In marketing positioning has come to mean the process by which marketers try to create an image or identity in the minds of their target market for its product, brand, or organization.

*Positioning is a final step in the segmentation targeting and positioning step.

*Positioning requires a holistic approach and is one of the most useful tools for marketers.

*Positioning is almost completely about perception. How the customer perceives your product or brand is what positioning is all about. Thus the best mass marketers like to use marketing tactics which touch the whole market, example Vodafone Zoo zoos.

*Perceptual mapping is generally used to determine the positioning of a product in the target market.

*Positioning can make or break a brand. A rightly perceived product / company get lots of returns from the market as compared to a wrongly perceived company.

Positioning is a powerful tool that allows you to create an image. And image is the outward representation of being who you want to be, doing what you want to do, and having what you want to have. Positioning yourself can lead to personal fulfillment. Being positioned by someone else restricts your choices and limits your opportunities.

Positioning is a perceptual location. Its where your product or service fits into the marketplace. Effective positioning puts you first in line in the minds of potential customers.

About the Author: Joseph is a Software developer and freelancer writes in blogs and develops free website services. He and his wife are working on different websites and free java tools. Some of the websites are given below.

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Brazilian tribe is neither a new discovery nor a hoax

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

In late May to early June of 2008, news broke that a previously undiscovered indigenous tribe had been found near the border between Brazil and Peru. Worldwide media was quick to publish the story and the accompanying photographs taken by José Carlos Meirelles. The photos showed people in full body paint aiming bows at the overhead aircraft from which the pictures were taken. Wikinews covered the story as well.

In its Sunday edition, British newspaper The Observer had a story called “Secret of the ‘lost’ tribe that wasn’t” which was about this “discovery” and revealed that the tribe had in fact been known to scientists, including Fundação Nacional do Índio (FUNAI), the Brazilian protection agency for Indian interests.

Some of the media got very carried away and started talking about undiscovered tribes

After this revelation, media newswires branded the original story a hoax. These hoax claims spread nearly as quickly as the original story. Rapidly, news sites even claimed that the photos were fake. The true story, however, is more complicated than that.

The Observer’s article featured an interview with José Carlos Meirelles, one of a handful so-called sertanistas that work for the FUNAI. These are field agents that map the areas of uncontacted indigenous peoples, so that their habitat can be protected. He admitted that his desire to protect these tribes had caused him to overstep his mission.

When given the use of an aircraft to seek out new tribes, Meirelles instead flew over an area where he knew a tribe had been observed decades ago. Ultimately, he was hoping to prove that FUNAI’s policy of not contacting the tribes they observe is better for the tribes. With this flight he hoped to find evidence that the tribe, discovered long ago, was better off for not being contacted.

“When I saw them painted red, I was satisfied, I was happy,” he said. “Because painted red means they are ready for war, which to me says they are happy and healthy defending their territory.”

The photos are of a real tribe, long known to Meirelles and other scientists within FUNAI, but protected under Brazilian law.

Meirelles says he has no regrets, because he just wanted to prove these kind of tribes exist and deserve protection. He said that Peruvian President Alan García had claimed that these tribes were imaginary and that he needed to prove they existed. In doing so, he violated FUNAI policies by flying over their area and taking pictures. Both are prohibited. Meirelles claims he will protect the exact location of the tribe’s territory, even if tortured.

When I saw them painted red, I was satisfied, I was happy

Former president of FUNAI, Sydney Possuelo, agreed that the publication of the photos was necessary to quell the doubt about the very existence such uncontacted indigenous peoples.

Survival International, a human rights organisation formed in 1969 that campaigns for the rights of indigenous tribal and uncontacted peoples, admits complicity in the distribution of the original story. Survival International was instrumental in getting the original story international attention.

Nevertheless, Survival International said it did not mislead media because it never described the tribe as “lost”.

“These Indians are in a reserve expressly set aside for the protection of uncontacted tribes: they were hardly ‘unknown’,” said Stephen Corry, director of Survival International in a statement. “What is, and remains, true, is that so far as is known these Indians have no peaceful contact with outsiders.”

“Some of the media got very carried away and started talking about undiscovered tribes,” explains Fiona Watson of Survival International. “There was this interpretation that this was a completely new tribe, completely undiscovered, without bothering to check with sources … Neither the Brazilian government nor Survival has ever used that word, and ‘uncontacted’ means they don’t have any contact with outsiders.”

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Leaked cables cause Australian concern

Friday, December 10, 2010

Leaked diplomatic cables between Australia and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, have raised controversy in the Australian community. The documents were released by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. The cables between the then prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, revealed that China may need to be forced to integrate into the international community. The secret documents also contained information of a conversation between Clinton and Rudd in Washington. In the interview, Rudd stated that China was “paranoid” about Taiwan and Tibet.

The sensitive documents may place a strain on diplomatic relations between Australia and China. Despite this, Kevin Rudd reassured the public that the “robust” relationship between Australia and China wouldn’t sustain any substantial damage to the relations between the two countries. At this stage, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has provided no further comment on the matter, other than to ensure that the relationship between China and Australia would allow opinions to be expressed without any threat to either side.

At the heart of the leaks is Australian founder, Julian Assange. Wikileaks have now released 821 of their promised 251,287 US diplomatic cables. The cables are being released on a stage-by-stage basis. Earlier this week, Assange was arrested on suspicion of rape in London under a Swedish arrest warrant placed on him from a court in Stockholm on November 18.

Cheesecake Factory Secret Recipes Oreo Cheesecake Cooking Measurments To Remember!}

Submitted by: Gail Cole

We all have our favorite restaurant desserts. A restaurant dessert favorite is The Cheesecake Factory. Has it every occurred to you that you can make the same desserts at home. The Cheesecake Factory was founded by Oscar and Evelyn Overton. In the late 1940’s Evelyn Overton opened a cheesecake shop in Detroit, Michigan. Evelyn Overton created over 20 cheesecake varieties and other desserts. What you will find is that dessert recipes from high-class restaurants are some of the most difficult recipes to obtain. A lot of restaurants will post basic recipes to certain entrees on their menu, but the dessert menu is different. They do not want to spread the word on a secret recipe that has separated them from the rest of the competition. Americas Secret Recipes has compiled over 700 famous restaurant copycat recipes. Home cooks and chefs have spent hours time testing recipes from famous American restaurants. Copycat recipes that have the distinctive taste and flavors of your favorite restaurant dishes. Cook your favorite secret recipe from the comfort of your home. One of the Cheesecake Factorys famous cheesecake recipes is the Oreo Cheesecake. Try this dessert at home and see if you can tell the difference. Bonus Cooking Measurements to Remember!

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Oreo Cheesecake

Cheesecake Factory Recipe Secrets

Ingredients:

Filling

– 1 1/2 pound cream cheese

– 1 cup sugar

– 5 large eggs

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 2 teaspoon vanilla

– 1/4 cup flour

– 8 ozs sour cream

– 5 Oreo cookies (chopped coarsely)

– 10 coarsely chopped Oreo cookies for the topping

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Crust

– 1 1/2 cup Oreo cookie crumbs ( 25 Oreo cookies finely chopped)

– 2 tablespoon melted butter

– 9 pan (butter sides and bottom)

– Mix melted butter with Oreo crumbs and press in the bottom of the spring pan and 1 1/2 up the sides, set aside.

– All Ingredients must be at room temperature before beginning. Beat cream cheese with a mixer on low until fluffy.

– Slowly add sugar and continue beating cream cheese until mixed well.

– Add eggs one at a time and continue to beat until blended.

– Measure the vanilla, salt and flour, pour into cream cheese and egg mixture and beat until smooth. Add the sour cream and beat.

– Stir in the coarsely chopped oreo cookies with a spoon.

– Pour cream cheese into the spring pan and place the nine coarsely chopped Oreo Cookies on to of the cream mixture.

– Place pan on the top rack and in the middle of a preheated oven at 325 degrees F and bake for one hour and 15 minutes.

– After that time, keep oven door open and let the cheese cake stay in the oven for one hour. Remove from oven and let cool enough to place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Serves 4-6

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I always forget cooking measurment conversions. Quick and Easy measurement conversion for new and seasoned cooks

Cooking Measurements to Remember

Cooking Measurement Conversion

1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons

1/16 cup = 1 tablespoon

1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons

1/6 cup = 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons

1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons

1/3 cup = 5 tablesspoons plus 1 teaspoon

3/8 cup = 6 tablespoons

1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons

2/3 cup = 10 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons

3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons

1 cup – 48 teaspoons

1 cup – 16 tablespoons

8 fl. ozs. = 1 cup

1 pint = 2 cups

1 quart = 2 pints

4 cups = 1 quart

1 gallon = 4 quarts

16 ounces = 1 pound

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Freedom Party candidate David McGruer, Ottawa-Orleans

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21 Feb

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

David McGruer is running for the Freedom Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Ottawa-Orleans riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Interior Home Decorating And Designing At A Low Cost

By James Terrell

To almost all people, making a home look good is very important because at the end of the day, the home is a place where everybody goes to. However, making it look good does not mainly imply that it has to be very elegant and be filled with a lot of expensive things unless you really want to and you have a lot of money to spend for such things. What’s more important is that your home looks pleasant to the eyes, well organized and attractive. By just considering some simple interior decorating and designing ideas, you will be able to make this real even if you are only going to spend a small amount of money. Here are some of the ideas that you can take into account when decorating and designing the different areas in your home.

Let’s start with the kitchen and bathroom. Basically, these are among all the most important parts of your home the needs to be addressed with your attention, time and effort. The kitchen is the area where you cook different types of foods, where you wash the dishes, let the guests eat and many more. Hence, the kitchen should be neat, well decorated, designed and organized. To make the kitchen neat and organized, you can consider placing everything in their appropriate places like putting the knives inside the drawers and other things inside the cabinets. It’s just a matter of utilizing the furniture in the area and arranging all the kitchen utensils/tools well. When it comes to the bathroom, proper organization and arrangement is also required. If you are in the process of renovating your bathroom, you can take a look into some bathroom designs that are really wonderful. If the amount of space is limited, you can consider a wall hung toilet or a corner toilet. But if you are not planning to renovate any time soon, you can simply make sure that the bathroom is well lighted and is free from molds which can damage the great look of your bathroom.

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When it comes to the living room, you can simply add a pendant light – a more creative way of lighting the area. Evidently, this type of lighting fixture cost less than chandeliers so do not have to worry about spending too much on it. You can add pendant lights in your kitchen and bedrooms if you want to. It will not only provide the amount of light needed, it will also contribute to the look of your home considering that it looks like a beautiful piece of jewelry, hanging from your ceiling. On the other hand, if you a fireplace that’s no longer being used, you can transform it into something that would catch everyone’s attention. You can simply clean the fireplace, add a glass door, a screen and some other important parts of a fireplace to make it working again. You can even add a log mantle shelve just above the fireplace where you can place some home decorations. A fireplace will not only serve as the focal point of your living room, it will also keep you warm during winter.

When you are going to consider these ideas, you can surely transform your home into something that better without spending a fortune. And once you’re done with the interior decorating and designing, you can then proceed to transforming your outdoor living space.

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Friday, September 2, 2005

A UK ISP, Plusnet, terminated the service of two of their broadband service customers for asking too many repeated questions and taking up too much customer support time on their portal discussion forums.

Early last year, Plusnet, an ISP with nearly 200,000 subscribers, cut its prices for all of its broadband products. In doing so, Plusnet allegedly did not inform its existing customers by e-mail, and instead published new products and prices on their public portal. This manner of notice for the price changes may have resulted in thousands of customers paying almost twice as much for the same service.

Within the last month, Plusnet began Packet Shaping peer-to-peer transfers for users of its ‘Premier’ service, which is sold and described as a ‘clean’ connection.

They also recently introduced the throttling [enforcing a maximum limit] of customers using more than 150GB per month of bandwidth. Users whose bandwidth is throttled receive service of 70Kbps, while paying for 2Mbps. This figure is based on the PlusNet network contention of 30:1, being 2mb divided by thirty users. The throttle is in place until the end of the customers current billing period, and is meant to help keep broadband access for all Plusnet users fast by stopping a small percentage of users from using excessive bandwidth. As a result, the ISP has begun receiving numbers of customer complaints and criticism both privately and through their publicly accessible member discussion forums. Though the vast majority of comments on this new Sustainable Usage Policy have been positive.

Wade Woverly, 20, from Leeds (also known as “Wadev1589”), started a thread in the Plusnet member discussion forums challenging the ISP on a number of customer service issues. One of those was regarding the customers who were paying an unnecessary premium for the same internet connection. In addition, Woverly mentioned he was assisting the Trading Standards Institute with an investigation of the legality of terms and conditions of Plusnet.

The accusations by Woverly, that customers are being over-charged, are considered speculative. Woverly asked the same questions dozens of times on forum pages, hoping to receive some sort of answer from Plusnet that he considered satisfactory. Ultimately, he claims the ISP called him on the telephone and said that if he didn’t stop posting comments on their forums, they would terminate his ADSL internet connection and forum access. Woverly said Plusnet’s position was that he was using up excessive customer services resources.

After a night of lengthy posts both on Plusnet boards and at the forums at ADSLGuide, a Customer Services Manager at Plusnet, Carol Axe, allegedly contacted Woverly to inform him that they would be terminating his service, and that he has 30 days to migrate away until his line will be disconnected. Axe refused to allow her conversation to be recorded: “her voice was that of rude arrogance, not listening at all, it was a true ultimatum of a call,” according to Woverly.

Neil Armstrong, the Head of Marketing at Plusnet, commented, “Our comms team is there to serve all our customers, not to be drained by one unreasonably demanding customer.”

The Plusnet forums are led by a team of moderators, also customers, whose job it is to deal with problem posters, amongst other things. Forum Moderator Liam Martin, another stirrer, said “Part of our moderation involves restricting access to those users causing problems… and this is always carried out at our discretion when we believe somebody is causing a nuisance and/or breaking forum rules. ‘Wadev1589’ didn’t come close to being banned, in my book. This has come as a complete shock.”

A second user, “pr100” from Wargrave, has since then had his service ended after being given the same ultimatum. He was told that it was “in his best interests”. He responded on the Plusnet forum, “I did suggest to her that perhaps PlusNet should allow me to decide what will be in my best interest whereupon she stopped beating around the bush and said that my account was being terminated because of my anti-PlusNet posts in the forum.” Not all ISP’s would give you the option of migrating or losing your BB connection, some would just use their right to end your contract forthwith.

Another forum user, “chuffbears”, commented, “Carol [Axe] is in a position where she should be taking responsibility for customer service. In my book she should be issuing an apology over this entire situation.”