Stories by Ian James Wright

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4 Ways PR Pros Will Want to Use Google’s Pixel Phone

October 5th, 2016 by

Google on Tuesday unveiled its new Pixel smartphone (and the slightly larger Pixel XL) at the #MadeByGoogle keynote. Capitalizing on the timing of the iPhone 7 announcement a month ago—and the controversy over its lack of a headphone jack—Google positioned its new offering as a favorable alternative for those who aren’t willing to follow Apple’s path.

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How 4 Brands Are Using Instagram Stories Today

September 28th, 2016 by

Since Instagram Stories was released in early August amid accusations of it being a Snapchat ripoff, users have quickly warmed to the new feature—and that includes brands. What are brands communicating via this new platform? Let’s take a look at some of the Stories posted in the past 24 hours to find out how this evanescent medium is being put to use, and see if we can glean some lessons about what makes them effective.

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4 Ways to Engage the World on Instagram

September 21st, 2016 by

At the risk of sounding obvious, you need to have strong visuals to have a good Instagram presence. This is not something that comes naturally to some brands, especially nonprofits and B2Bs. With a little help from some communicators at the top of their game, however, anyone can put a strategy in place that will make their Instagram feed more engagement-friendly.

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Colin Powell’s Emails and Your Brand in the Post-Privacy World

September 15th, 2016 by

It’s getting to the point where we should start to doubt whether digital privacy is a reliable concept anymore. For PR professionals in particular, it’s time to put that doubt into practice in their internal communications. Email and Twitter DMs are not mediums where one can safely blow off steam or otherwise behave unprofessionally.

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5 Ways to Make Your Facebook Videos More Engaging

September 14th, 2016 by

Facebook, among others, is rapidly becoming a video-centric platform, and its algorithms are rewarding communicators who take the time to post video. But not all video is created equal, and you’ll find that those communicators who know how to play the game regularly see more views and more engagement with their video content than those who are fumbling in the dark.

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Tim Cook Teams Up With US Government to Hit Back at European Commission

September 1st, 2016 by

The European Commission’s ruling Aug. 30 that Apple must fork over $14.6 billion (plus interest) in unpaid taxes, due to Ireland having granted illegal preferential aid to Apple over 20 years, was certainly a heavy blow for the tech behemoth. But when it comes to a public response, the decision has given Apple a powerful ally: the United States government.

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Before You Create an Infographic: 4 Preparatory Steps

August 30th, 2016 by

An infographic can be a great way to share your story—provided it’s the right story for the medium. As we know, there’s no silver bullet when it comes to info-delivery methods. You might feel that you have an intuitive sense of what’s appropriate for an infographic, and you may be right. But it’s helpful to think it through more thoroughly, and you owe it to your brand to do so.

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Kardashian/Jenner Family Accused of Not Disclosing Paid Posts

August 25th, 2016 by

According to FTC guidelines, paid social media posts must carry a “clear and conspicuous” disclosure that they are in effect paid advertisements; starting a post with #ad, for example, would suffice. But a letter sent Aug. 17 to the Kardashian/Jenner family and their sponsors alleges that the celebrities in question routinely “engaged in deceptive marketing campaigns” by failing to disclose their relationships with companies paying them for endorsements.

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Infographic: Better Communication Needed Between Employees, Organizations

August 22nd, 2016 by

Though performance varies from group to group, the overall verdict is that “organizations need to help their employees better align with their organization’s strategy.” Conflicting priorities at work, caused by too many initiatives happening simultaneously, cause employees to feel more connected to their profession in general than to the organization that employs them.

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Pinterest Introduces Promoted Video

August 18th, 2016 by

Is advertising on Pinterest for you? According to Pew Research Center, Pinterest users are mostly white or Hispanic women under 50, often college-educated and earning $30k or more, but spread fairly equally across urban, suburban and rural populations. If this sounds like your demographic, take a good look at getting in on the ground floor of the newest addition to the Great Video Explosion of 2016.