Stories by Ian James Wright

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4 Best Practices for Snapchat Geofilters

March 23rd, 2017 by

Many brands, agencies and nonprofits, no matter what their budget, have seen great results when incorporating On-Demand Geofilters into their marketing strategies for our clients. In the PR News Social Media Guidebook, Christine Wilson of MtoM Consulting provides readers a wealth of information about growing a Snapchat strategy and audience from tabula rasa. Here are her top tips to help you design effective Geofilters while maximizing your budget.

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Are You Making These 4 Video Mistakes on Social?

March 22nd, 2017 by

Video features, even live video, are ubiquitous now on social media. “Just press this button and post a video!” we’re urged. This may lull PR practitioners into the false sense that creating a good video for social is as easy as creating a video. But not so. Thoughtful video production is important, and it’s attainable even for those of us who didn’t go to film school and don’t have large budgets.

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Uber, Thinx, ClassPass Exec Departures: Messaging vs. Media Perceptions

March 20th, 2017 by

The departure of a leadership figure from a brand is not often smooth on the PR front. It may signify internal conflict, failure to meet expectations or simply a lack of interest on that leader’s part in continuing to build the brand. In the wake of three major role changes at brands in the past week, we examine the official messages surrounding the occurrences and the media’s interpretation.

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Be Like Cisco: Let Employees Take Over Your Snapchat

March 16th, 2017 by

Do you have the guts to cede control of your social media to employees? This takes trust, but according to Carmen Collins, social media lead for Cisco’s Talent Brand team, it can be a rewarding way to get out your message, promote the brand’s culture and build your following.

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Lyft, Uber Get Easy PR Wins at SXSW

March 13th, 2017 by

Lyft and Uber have been locked in PR warfare against each other this year, but the first weekend of Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest was a feather in the cap of both ride-sharing platforms. And they didn’t have to do a thing—they just stood by and watched as others failed to do their job successfully.

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Snapchat’s Latest Copycat—Facebook Messenger

March 9th, 2017 by

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Snapchat must be feeling full of itself this week. Even before everyone had a chance to absorb the news and implications of Instagram’s new geostickers, parent company Facebook officially launched Messenger Day, another clone of Snapchat’s “Stories” format, for iOS and Android.

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With ‘Geostickers,’ Instagram Invades More Snapchat Territory

March 8th, 2017 by

Instagram’s not shy about its attempts to encroach upon Snapchat’s territory; it even copies the names of the features it’s aping. In mid-2016 it introduced Stories, and now geostickers have come to the platform, Instagram announced March 7. As on Snapchat, the stickers are customized to a particular location (at launch, only New York City and Jakarta are supported).

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Millennials’ Advice to Brands: Take Authentic Stances on Social Issues

March 6th, 2017 by

How has a Trump presidency changed the way millennials think about helping to do good works for society? That issue was in the forefront of millennial panelists’ minds as they discussed the importance of brands doing social good. The millennials were given a platform when W2O Group hosted Firing Up Emerging Leaders (FUEL), Feb. 28 in New York City during Social Media Week.

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6 Do’s and Don’ts When Pitching via Social Media

March 2nd, 2017 by

Every brand tailors its image on social media. Every brand engages in crisis management on social media. From intranets for internal communications to publicizing CSR, social media is at the fore of what we do—except for media relations. Somehow, many PR professionals are still timid to venture beyond email when contacting journalists. It’s an understandable instinct. People don’t like their social life mixing too much with work. But social media made it easier than ever for PR pros to stay involved with journalists, and that kind of relationship now comes with the territory for them.

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How PwC Is Managing the Academy Awards Envelope Blunder

February 27th, 2017 by

The blame for the Moonlight/La La Land mix-up seems to be falling on PwC, caretakers of the Oscar ballots, whose carefully guarded “ballot briefcase” tours the nation each year on its way to Hollywood. The accounting firm tweeted an early-morning statement, but has otherwise remained quiet on social media.