On The Record Online

Online newsroom best practices, online newsroom design and social media communications with Toyota Social Media Supervisor Scott Deyager, who discusses online newsroom strategy, online newsroom software, online newsrooms and social media, online newsroom PR and the future of social media communications.

Show Notes:

1:45 –Online newsroom services from iPressroom can be used to help public relations practitioners generate more news coverage for their clients. Insure online newsroom best practices by using iPressroom to distribute press releases, biographies, fact sheets, publicity stills, video, audio, and more, and how to measure downloads and generate activity reports. Plus, how to get free access to iPressroom’s online newsroom SEO wizard. For more information tweet @chrisbechtel or contact cbechtel at ipressroom dot com.

2:48 – Toyota Social Media Supervisor Scott Deyager shares his experience as a member of the Toyota family and his transition from traditional media relations to the social media communications team.

4:18 – Online newsroom access to the 2010 Pruis reveal at the Detroit Auto show which was simulcast live without password protection in Toyota’s online newsroom, and how live video streams are becoming an online newsroom best practice.

5:47 – The importance of maintaining open access as an online newsroom best practice, why Toyota chose not to use password protection for its online newsrooms, and why the loss of password protection has become an online newsroom best practice.

7:55 – How Toyota decides what press releases, press kits and other press materials goes in their online newsroom and what press kits and related content go on their social media sites and how Toyota uses different channels for different purposes.

9:17 – Toyota Social Media Supervisor Scott Deyager on people and process, on how Toyota decides who does what, and how the decisions to post content that insure online newsroom best practices are made.

10:20 – Note: At this point in the interview, the MP3 file ended abruptly and Scott Deyeger agreed to schedule a second interview, essentially rerecording the second half. Audiophiles may be interested to know that the first portion was recorded via Skype, the the second portion was recorded on a Telos One digital to analog bybrid device.

10:53 – How Toyota evaluates online newsroom best practices and the success of its social media outreach efforts.

11:47 – Toyota’s rationale for outsourcing its online newsroom to an online newsroom software provider instead of building a custom content management application or skinning an open source platform and having to instill online newsroom best practices autonomously. He talks about why Toyota selected the iPressroom online newsroom software.

12:57 –Toyota’s experience transitioning to the iPressroom online newsroom service

13:41 – Twitter integration in online newsrooms, Toyota’s communications objectives for Twitter, managing corporate and personal brands responsibly as communicators, and online newsroom best practices for Twitter integration.

16:28 – Putting the Toyota brand first, the use of signatures in tweets, and Toyota’s Twitter strategy of maintaining branded communications without sacrificing personal transparency.

18:00 – Toyota’s decision to establish branded Flickr and YouTube accounts instead of personal, employee accounts, and still maintain the peer-to-peer influencer advantage, and integrating these account into online newsroom best practices.

20:17 – The rules of engagement for social media interaction at Toyota.

21:10 – Eric Schwartzman brings up his past experience with podcasting and how thinks having last word as an interviewer is inappropriate. He asks whether or not Toyota is comfortable letting its critics have the last word in their online pressroom or social media sites.

22:20 – What’s next for Toyota in terms of social media communications. He talks about how the company is now “waking up” to social media technology.

23:01 – Eric asks for Scott’s job-seeking advice to Eric’s intern, Jessica Shu who wrote and search engine optimized these podcast show notes. Scott Deyager advises job-seekers who would like to secure a position in social media communications at a major organization like Toyota.

24:31 – The future of Toyota hybrids. He talks about the 2010 Toyota Prius and when it will be available. He gives insight on why now is a good time to buy a car. He mentions that more information can be found on Toyota’s online newsroom, youtube.com/toyotausa, Toyota Flickr and Toyota on Twitter.

25:56 – End.

Eric Schwartzman (@ericschwartzman) is the founder of online newsroom software as a service provider iPressroom (www.ipressroom.com), and creator of the New Media PR Boot Camp, which has been attended by more than a thousand public relations and marketing executives from the private, public, government and nonprofit sectors. In addition to advising clients on best practices for online newsroom design, deployment and management, Schwartzman offers a portfolio of new media training courses to accelerate the acquisition of social media communication skills.


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