The new wave of social media punidtry has shifted from “engage” to “measure.” As part of that, tons of people have weighed in on how to select a social media firm/consultant, offering various tips and tricks. Well, here’s mine.

How active and enthusiastic is the person’s spouse?

You see, a lot of us have spouses that are nurses, builders or some other non-tethered profession. I think this is our way of finding balance. My wife is a pretty solid reality check usually.

So if we can get our spouse fired up about social media, we must be pretty good, right?

UPDATE: Yes, I know that not everybody has a spouse. That’s Ok, this can apply to moms, siblings or pets as well 🙂

The PR blogging world is thick. Funny thing about us PR folks is that we all seem to have opinions.

So, I was quite humbled when I was asked to contribute to one of the up and coming communities of bloggers at PRBreakfastClub. For an idea of why I am so excited to do this, you only need to look at the other bloggers on the site.

What do I bring to the table? I’m hoping a lot. I will be focused on a few of the things that I talk about here: federally regulated industries, B2B public relations, technical how tos and other best-practicey topics. To anybody who has found me from #PRBC, welcome here. I promise I’ll post regular content here to.

In the meantime, what do you want to see? What topics would you like to see me cover here or at PRBreakfastClub?

What is the future of public relations? Is there one secret or are there multiple best practices that are being developed and refined? I’d like to think the latter. And I’d like to think that I’m contributing to the advancement of the practice of public relations.

As I sit here writing these words, I realize I have a lot of learning, a lot of growing and a lot of room to improve. In my former life, I was a reporter. I covered the gamut from high school sports, county government, education and cops & crime. A far cry from high-tech PR.

But that’s the path I’ve chosen. It’s brought me to some great companies and I have learned a lot.

And now it’s time to continue that education.

I am happy to announce that I am joining the global PR firm Waggener Edstrom as a member of its SWAT Team.

A new opportunity

Now a new era of opportunity begins. I am joining a renowned firm and will be working with Microsoft on a variety of projects. I get to further my education while working alongside some of the brightest minds in the public relations space. Leaders such as Tac Anderson, innovators such as Micheal Foley and a myriad of bloggers on the official Waggener Edstrom blogs (maybe they’ll let me post there occasionally) will be my coworkers and that has me pretty jazzed.

I know that agency life can be different and the company is quite a bit larger than others I’ve worked for. But that’s all part of the adventure. I’m hoping to add some value to WE and its clients. I’ve met a few of my future teammates and I think that there’s a lot of room for ass kicking.

So, this has been an exciting few weeks for me. First the announcement of Baby Berto and now this. On to rock 2010…