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New Google Redesign Puts Strategic PR Front And Center

A New Marketing Approach

Did you notice? Earlier this month, Google launched a new redesign of its website and results pages. While I’ve read bits and pieces about technology changes done to the background, from an “experience” viewpoint, many of the changes are fairly minor and perhaps indistinguishable untill someone points them out: the logo is cleaner, small border added between menu links, bright blue color used throughout etc. Ho hum.

But by far, the most significant change is on the left hand side of the results. While Google has always had a means to filter your search to include just video, or blogs, or news etc., it is now easier than ever to do so. In fact, if you are doing a search on a topic such as “American Idol” or “digital cameras” its hard not to click on one of the left-hand filters to check out what videos you can find, or what blogs are saying about the topic. These elevated options are clearly a reflection of the growing importance of social networking and other “real time” communications.

To that point, the new Google search also makes it simple to filter news from non-news – and more importantly, select the time period from when the entry was posted – past hour? past 24 hours? past week?

This change highlights the signficant role that strategic PR/communications plays in gaining Internet visibility. Now, more than ever, distributing regular press releases are a must. Participating in relevant social network forums are valuable. Blogging grows in value as well.

And that all requires a communications professional that understands “new writing” rules. As always, content – whether it be a news release, article or blog post – must be interesting and provide value to the reader. But it must also be in a form apporpriate for the media (please: no more mile-long blog posts) and strategically crafted to gain SEO. And that’s what today’s top PR pros are all about.

Now, more than ever, public relations and communications play a vital role in marketing success.

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Brad Lee Brenner is a master blogger, radio host and founder of Brenner Associates, a public relations / communications firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Over the past thirty years, Brad has written hundreds of articles that have been published in trade journals, newspapers and online news sources. His focus of expertise includes technology, the medical industry and communications for the digital age.