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Financial PR Predictions for 2013
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The following is penned under the presumption that the Mayans are wrong.

Here is a list of 2013 PR industry predictions based on a recent water cooler
poll conducted by yours truly in a certain Midtown office. The anecdotal
feedback is spliced with observational mental notes logged during the last 12
months of client and prospect meetings, media consumption of every type, trade
show handshaking and collegial drinks. This prescience has a particular focus on
financial services, but you may find some of the themes to be universal in

Old Dogs Learning New Tricks

For years your clients have told you, thanks but no thanks. You introduce them
to the new-age, new-fangled tactics designed to develop their business in a
world of new media. New, new, new. But they weren’t having it. Next year will be
different. Next year they will return your call. Sure, don’t expect them to
engage in the most progressive exercises adopted earliest by those in consumer
product-based marketing. Regulation and business complexities in finance obtrude
most activity in this realm. These banks, asset managers and the like will be
selectively excited about the infographic, which for many is so last season. The
Twitter handle, which companies have been, in a word, handling for years, is
just the beginning. Heck, most can barely even access their personal email
accounts, let alone Facebook. The New York Times reported as much:

Media Mashup

News Corp. took SmartMoney all digital. The Daily Beast shuddered Newsweek.
Bloomberg may buy the Financial Times
Not even the people who report the news know what’s coming next in the media
business, but suffice it to say, disruption in this volatile realm will persist
over the next 12 months. This has and will continue to create opportunity for
markcom professionals and our clients. Limited resources in the editorial
business create an opportunity to make contributions that afford a chance to
control a business message. That can come in the form of say a recurring blog or
a web-video series. Having such influence with the media poses less of a
business risk. (See also: “10 Key Takeaways from Post Industrial Journalism)

CEO Facetime

Whether it’s that the cameras now have access to places that were once closed to
the public eye or whether it’s a high-powered executive’s willingness to let
said cameras into a room. We must admit that we’re seeing more and more
media-facing top brass from America’s most public and private institutions that
have traditionally erred on the side of conservatism. Be it in dead tree or
digital and social form, business leaders are acknowledging its value and
participating in the activity. Mashable reports:

The Perfect Mobile Home

Any idea you conjure from a two-hour brainstorming session has a home on a
mobile device. It’s true, especially in a time where everyone is now more than
ever before married to their phones of either the flip or smart variety. It’s
all mobile and will continue to be so. Experts have argued that by 2015 web
users who currently access certain tools online likely will look first to mobile
devices to access that same tool. In the case of financial services, investment
calculators, guides and trading tools are among the features that will make the
best use of mobile. A Forbes contributor sort of said so:

And if you disagree with any of the above, let’s at least agree that change, in
one form or another, is inevitable in our business. What do you say?