Tuesday, November 11, 2014

5 Questions for Dave Armon

Dave Armon is the President and CEO of Brand.com . He has 20+ years of experience building and protecting brands through PR, marketing and technology innovation. I asked him 5 questions. These are his unedited responses. 

1. You've been in communications, PR and marketing since before the
Internet was relevant. Did you see the digital revolution coming even back

 Even in 1982, I was typing in the language now familiar to kids texting on
their phones. At United Press International, our message wire connected our
news bureaus via a 60-baud  teletype circuit.  Since we were sharing the
same line with Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, New York Local and New
England bureaus, we had to brief.  “NXF-DV How pls Kodak earns?” was short
for the New York Financial desk asking me to expedite my Eastman Kodak
Company earnings story.  So, yes, I enjoyed a digital lifestyle over the
UPI message wire, a Radio Shack TRS80 Model 100 laptop with an eight-line
LCD screen and acoustic cup modem, a CompuServe dial-up account with the
screen name 76645,75, and then a job at PR Newswire, which fed press
releases to newsrooms via K-band satellite and a noisy Okidata printer.

2. How did you adapt to the digital seismic shifting of the business

The only way to grow your skillset and not go crazy when disruptive forces
threaten your existing business is to embrace new technologies and
methodologies rather than digging in and denying their power.  But it’s
possible to go too far and run away from a perfectly good legacy business.
Take the lead from your customers.  If they will keep spending on the old
stuff as well as your newer offerings, you’ve nailed it.

3. What is your favorite Web site?

I prefer to set it and forget it, and for news to find me.  So I rely on
Critical Mention to send me alerts for breaking news on TV and in
mainstream online media.  For NYC news, I visit Gothamist.  PR Week, Ad Age
and Mediabistro’s PRNewser blog are important for my work life.

4. How much time do you spend on Social Media each day?

I’m always on social.  I try to keep tuned into LinkedIn and Twitter in
real-time, but mainly in response mode to content involving me directly. 
Creating original content or interacting with friends generally happens
early in the morning, late at night, or when I’m traveling.  Facebook gets
a look once or twice outside of work.  When I have interesting video
content, work or family related, I upload and share via YouTube.

5. Has there been a day in the past month when you haven't checked your
smartphone (as in completely turned it off)?

When I upgraded from my iPhone 4s to my iPhone 6, there was a half day when
things were not working properly.  It was refreshing.  I think I even read
the New Yorker that day.

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