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Social Media Butterfly – Pittsburgh’s Premier New Media & Social Networking Service

10 Sep

Many companies or individuals don’t have a large advertising or marketing budget to promote themselves or their brand. All too often, they know about Twitter, Facebook, and other online mediums to promote their company, product, or service, but they just don’t know where to begin or if they can afford it.

There’s good news in store for you, if you or someone you know is one of these people!

Social Media Butterfly is a new social media consulting service based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Social Media Butterfly provides services like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn account management, but will also provide add-on services such as blogging, video-blogging, freelance writing, and other online marketing.

At rates beginning at $99/month, it is vastly more affordable than traditional advertising, and can reach audiences instantly while cultivating a “real” relationship with “fans”, “friends”, and “followers.”  Companies are now hiring social media strategists as full-time, salaried positions, but with Social Media Butterfly, you can pick and choose the services that you want, knowing that you’ll get devoted and personalized service to promote your company, brand, event, or product.

Want to learn more? Follow @SocialMediaPgh on Twitter, or find them on Facebook here.

The Social Media Butterfly blog is: http://pghsocialmedia.wordpress.com (check out the “Contact” and “About” page for more info, main page for the current blogs and updates!)

You can email Social Media Butterfly at pghmediabutterfly@gmail.com!

A neat, new, innovative way to market yourself! Based right here in Da’ Burgh 🙂

Big Ben Article in Sports Illustrated: Is his Image Beyond Repair?

7 May

I pose this question to EVERYONE – PR professionals, women, Steeler fans, sports analysts, old ladies, religious zealots, people who care, people who don’t care – is Big Ben’s image beyond repair? Moreoever, does it deserve repair? Does he deserve a 2nd chance?

If you haven’t read the 5-page article on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Sports Illustrated yet, read it. (And, to you, from me, a present – here’s the link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1169185/index.htm)

We already knew the facts: young, super star quarterback. Was in a motorcycle accident. Was accused of sexual assault once. Then again. Rumors swirled of more “covered up” allegations. All of the sudden, local radio stations were swarmed with phone calls from young women talking about what a jerk he was to them, and so on.

That type of backlash was to be expected.

Then former teammates started dishing that he was never liked among his peers in the locker room. And now this. This article digs a little deeper. Bar owners and people who claim to have known Ben for awhile shed more light on the story. He was cheap, rude, arrogant, disrespectful, crude to women, and so on. The author of the article told KDKA yesterday that, if he’d wanted to, he could have made Ben look A LOT WORSE if he’d wanted to.

Well, Ben already looks pretty bad, so that isn’t saying a whole lot, now is it?

My question is this: can Big Ben’s image be repaired, or has the damage been done? Is a winning season and some counseling sessions enough? What about community service? What if he dates a nice girl? Goes to church? I mean what WOULD help this guy? I can’t even fathom what it would take to change MY personal opinion of him now.

Who IS doing his PR, anyway? First off, who LET him “apologize” with the mullet? For someone trying to convince the world he wasn’t a rapist, he certainly didn’t hire the right stylist. He could have at LEAST taken the time to shave. Or bathe. I mean, the mullet was bad enough. But the fact that it looked like he hadn’t seen a shower in weeks? Gross.

A part of me – the kindhearted, forgiving, see-the-good-in-everyone, part of me, wants to be able to be sympathetic to Ben. I want to say, hey, Ben, give me a call – I’ll give you the chance to tell YOUR side of the story. Totally unabashedly, without judgement, and honestly. And then, I want to actually BELIEVE what he says.

Notice I said I WANT to be able to do that all. But I can’t. I can’t bring myself to change how I feel, and what I feel, is that, seemingly, he’s kind of a jerk. Do I know him personally? No. Am I saying he deserves all of this? I don’t know. As I said, I don’t know him, I don’t know what’s true and what isn’t. I will say this, though – guilty or not, he’s made some mistakes. He needs to do something to turn his life around, and, if he wants to stick around in Pittsburgh, and if he EVER wants to gain back the respect of Steeler Nation (does he even DESERVE the respect of Steeler Nation?!?) he needs to do SOMETHING to repair his image.

But what?

That’s what I want to know. What can he do? I don’t even know. What are all of YOUR thoughts??