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Branding Expert Kris Ruby on Fox News Discussing Nike Betsy Ross Flag Controversy

NY Branding Expert Kris Ruby of Ruby Media Group was recently on Fox Business discussing the Nike Betsy Ross Flag Controversy. Click here to watch the full segment.

Nike Betsy Ross Branding

 

In a hyper-politicized environment, should brands take a stance? 

How is it that these sneakers could have gotten shipped to retailers without anyone internally from Nikes marketing and communication team seeing an issue with this?

If using this flag was as insensitive as Colin Kaepernick states that it is, what does it say about Nike’s C Level leadership team (and CMO!) that not a single person there noticed anything wrong with it?

Is Nike’s branding team that out of touch with their audience?

Did Nike fail to do any market research?

Did Nike’s marketing or internal com team raise any red flags?

Or are they solely relying on an outside brand ambassador to run marketing for a global brand.

Why Nike’s Marketing Strategy is not brilliant

Brands take calculated risks when it comes to politics.

Yet, in a hyper-political world, brands such as Nike seem to be doing the opposite, even if it means potentially offending half of your potential consumer base.

Nike has chosen to align with identity-driven causes that are controversial.

While this is in unity with what their target audience is looking for, what about other possible growth sectors?

Nike is legally responsible to shareholders to make profitable decisions.

So where does taking a stance on cause-marketing come into play, and what if these decisions hurt profits?

Should Nike put culture politics above market wisdom of a billion dollar corporation?

What brands can learn from Nike 

If you want to align your brand with America’s Culture War and political correctness, expect backlash on social media (and beyond!).

Understand that Political Correctness can cost your corporation.

Short-term profitability or spikes in the market do not necessarily show long-term damage from brand equity or how the brand is perceived. A great example of this is when the Arizona Governor nixed tax incentives for Nike as a result of this recent marketing stunt for political correctness.


NY Social Media Strategist Kris Ruby Discusses New Wearable Tech Device

NY Social Media Strategist Kris Ruby of Ruby Media Group was recently on Fox News “Cavuto” discussing a new wearable tech device that allows you to assign remote shocking privileges to your loved ones. Would you try it? Click here to watch the full segment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R69gNxGAK8




How Publications Increase Revenue In A ‘Grow or Die’ Environment

Social Media Strategist Kris Ruby CEO of Ruby Media Group recently joined Cheddar live from The New York Stock Exchange to discuss innovative ways the publishing industry is changing the way it looks at revenue and why companies are investing in millennial talent.

In this video, NY Digital Media Strategist Kris Ruby discusses:

  • Why a recent study showed a positive outlook for magazine media and what to make of the outlook.
  • How media companies are taking a new approach to making money
  • How social media plays a role in media companies making money and if it is truly a reliable revenue source
  • How other companies can keep up when Facebook and Google have a combined 57.1% of market share this year

PLUS the answer to…

  • Is there any money to be made in print or is it all in digital?

Watch to find out!

Kris Ruby Cheddar TV

 

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IMPACTS PUBLISHERS

Social media changed the way we consume news. But is this a good thing?

Why are local newspapers struggling?

Newspapers are struggling because newsrooms are shrinking locally and they don’t have the infrastructure and team to support the massive demands that traditional print publishing requires. This is why you have seen so many local newspapers get acquired by larger regional players in their respective markets. This is a major problem for local news.

People depend on local news for reporting and to know what is happening locally in their area. Now, you have added pressure of these traditional print outlets to make quota and fill dormant ad space.

What does this mean for journalism?

It means the notion of church and state from an editorial perspective is slowly shrinking and the lines are becoming blurred. This is also why you have seen such an increase in advertorial and sponsored content. Local newspapers and media outlets are looking for new ways to reinvent themselves to stay alive in a media landscape that is rapidly declining.

This makes it even more challenging for people who really want to get their business featured in the local news because it is becoming increasingly difficult to get organic editorial without also placing ads in these outlets.

As a publicist of 12 + years, I can unequivocally say this. I see it all the time and also have to explain the process of how local media has changed and how the new media landscape works.

SOCIAL MEDIA’S IMPACT ON LOCAL ADVERTISING

Has social media harmed or helped news organizations?

Unfortunately, social media has harmed local news organizations. Why? Because with targeted Facebook ads, people quickly learned they could get a much better ROI with digital advertising dollars deployed on Facebook for way less than they were spending on traditional print ads.

Plus, these print ads aren’t targeted and pinpointed as precisely as Facebook ads are. There is simply no comparison in the precise targeting options that digital social marketing offers.

Ads in local papers still play a role in brand building, but they are not the whole marketing communication pie that they once were. Social media tech giants have substantially cut into the profits of local media outlets.

Is social media good for local advertising and local publishers?

Social media has also made it increasingly harder on the responsibilities of journalists. Instead of only focusing on reporting, local journalists also have to focus on how to get more eyeballs to their Facebook news page or Instagram account.

Journalists and news anchors are under tremendous pressure from the higher-ups at the local news stations they work for to get more followers and likes on social media. They have to worry about being brands on social media in addition to reporting the news.

Don’t you want your local news reporter to be laser-focused on reporting the news, instead of focusing on reporting in addition to how to get more Facebook fans?

THE DANGERS OF LIVING IN A NEWS DESERT

Why is local news important and what are the dangers of living in a news desert?

Local news is important, especially for an aging population in a specific region.  This may be the main way they access their news if they are not able to be as mobile as they once were. The dangers of living in a news desert are extreme.

Whoever controls the news controls the narrative. If you only receive your news from a few sources, such as Facebook, that news may be skewed and can contain bias. Plus, Facebook has gone back and forth on what their role really is.

  • Is Facebook a media company?
  • Is Facebook a publishing platform?

Facebook has yet to take a definitive stance on answering these very basic questions.

Facebook also needs more content moderators and a standard set of content guidelines if they are going to be in the role they have found themselves in. They cannot change the guidelines when they deem fit to support a narrative.

Facebook and Google control what we see. That means if Facebook decides that vaccine information is bad, they won’t show it to users. This is dangerous for users. Why?

Traditionally, consumers had access to ALL information on both sides of any topic and could decide for themselves.

That’s no longer an option if big tech makes publishing decisions and tells you what is real and what is fake.

Shouldn’t consumers get to decide that?

Facebook Today Kris Ruby

Social Media and the Future of Traditional Publishing

It is dangerous for Google or Facebook or big tech to control the news.  They control the entire search market- they are not neutral parties here. Massive ad dollars are deployed at these companies and when advertising is involved, that will impact what information is shown to consumers. It shouldn’t. There should be a clear delineation, but unfortunately, we are living in a new world where it is all blurred because of social media.

The dangers far surpass Facebook or Google. There are news dangers on every major publishing site that allows contributors too. When you allow this to go unchecked and publishers have people contributing content marked as journalism without a system of checks and balances, you ultimately dilute the name of that publishing outlet.

Something has to change or journalism as we once knew it will become extinct.

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Fox Business Interview “Facebook Expands Today In News”

Traditional Marketing Vs. Digital Marketing




Ruby Media Group CEO Kris Ruby Speaks at Westchester County Executive’s First Women’s Empowerment Breakfast

Over 1,000 Women Celebrated International Women’s Day at the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Breakfast held by Westchester County Executive George Latimer on March 8th at Purchase College.

In the spirit of empowerment, inspiration and encouraging women across all boundaries to recognize their own potential, Westchester County hosted #WOWConversations, a Women’s Empowerment Breakfast and dialogue with Westchester women in business. The event was created to bring together women of different backgrounds, professions and experiences, to celebrate community and the commitment to supporting one another. With a diverse panel of public servants and business owners, the Professional Women of Westchester shared their own personal stories and obstacles they overcame to achieve success.

The event was moderated by Lisa Reyes, an Anchor with News 12 Westchester and featured a Keynote with Bonnie Saran, Owner of Little Crepe Street. The panel discussion focused on the strengths of women and the barriers they crossed to become successful.

Panelists included Kris Ruby, Founder of Westchester Public Relations Firm Ruby Media Group, Mahjabeen Hassan, MD, Chairwoman of the American Muslim Women’s Association, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Former New York State Senator and Special Advisor for Policy and Community Affairs, Laura Newman, Senior Director of Institutional Giving at Manhattanville College and Jin Wang, Creative Director of Fait Accompli Group.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Ruby Media Group CEO Kris Ruby 

News 12 Westchester Lisa Reyes and Ruby Media Group CEO Kris Ruby 


Westchester NY Publicist Kris Ruby to Speak at Westchester County Government’s Women’s Empowerment Breakfast

 

Celebrate International Women’s Day at Westchester County Government’s Women’s Empowerment Breakfast. Westchester County Executive George Latimer invites you to join us for a panel discussion focusing on empowering women and moving forward. Kris Ruby, CEO of Westchester Public Relations Firm Ruby Media Group,  will be a panelist at the breakfast. Over 700 attendees have already registered to attend. RSVP to Communications@WestchesterGov.com

Friday, March 8
8 to 11 a.m.