Stories by Ian James Wright

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Facebook Brings Group Video Chat to Messenger

December 20th, 2016 by

Skype, Houseparty, your days may be numbered: Facebook has now entered the arena. Its recent announcement enthuses that “Chatting face-to-face live as a group is perfect for those spontaneous moments when text just isn’t enough… or when you have a major case of FOMO.”

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What You Should Learn From the Failure of Dropbox’s ‘Diversity’ Tweet

December 15th, 2016 by

The choice to use a picture without any dark-skinned people to pat oneself on the back for “diversity” is an odd and ill-informed one. The lesson that communications pros should remember is that visual storytelling is a language—a language that, though as rich and nuanced as any language can be, relies heavily on the first impression, the momentary glance.

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How Boeing’s Messaging Around Iran Deal Is Catering to a Tough Customer

December 12th, 2016 by

When it comes to framing news in a flattering light to the right audience, Boeing has just pulled a deft PR judo maneuver that’s worth studying. On Dec. 11 Boeing signed a deal to sell 80 aircraft to Iran for $16.6 billion, a deal only possible because of the nuclear deal framework the Obama administration negotiated in 2015, which lifted economic and financial sanctions against Iran. But there’s a huge obstacle that could cause trouble come Jan. 20: Donald Trump.

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Pack Your Parachute: 4 Keys to Preparing Social Media Messaging for a Crisis

December 8th, 2016 by

Developing a brand message can be difficult. It can be even more difficult to ensure that your message stays consistent across all channels, both internally and externally. And when you have a crisis on your hands, and don’t have the luxury of a great deal of time in which to craft messages that address the crisis, that can be more difficult still.

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2016 Top Places to Work in PR Honored by PR News at Winter Awards Luncheon

December 6th, 2016 by

What’s your dream job? Where would you work in PR if it were entirely up to you? PR News will honor these workplaces at an awards luncheon Dec. 6 at the historic National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where we will also bestow awards for PR People, Rising PR Stars and Diversity & Inclusion.

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Diversity & Inclusion in PR Leaders Share the Spotlight at Winter Awards Luncheon

December 6th, 2016 by

As part of PR News’ Winter Awards luncheon, Dec. 6, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., organizations and individuals notable for championing diversity in PR came together to be recognized for their efforts. The Diversity & Inclusion Awards highlighted various agencies, brands, nonprofits and individuals who are doing the important work of creating diverse and inclusive workplaces at all levels of the organization.

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#StopFundingHate vs. #DumpKelloggs: When a Brand Is Squeezed From Both Sides

December 1st, 2016 by

Kellogg Co. is between a rock and a hard place. On Nov. 29 the cereal giant announced it was pulling advertising from Breitbart, the right-wing news outlet that rocketed to wider recognition after its executive chair Steve Bannon was tapped for the position of senior counselor to president-elect Donald Trump.

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Case Study: Dissecting a Highly Engaging Facebook Post

November 30th, 2016 by

Have you ever wondered why some social media posts get tons of engagement, and some get so little? As part of her article in the PR News Writer’s Guidebook, Stephanie Wight, account executive at GYMR Public Relations, analyzed one specific post by the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative.

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6 #GivingTuesday Campaigns to Watch

November 28th, 2016 by

In the wake of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a counterpunch to consumerism started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. People around the world are encouraged to donate to worthy causes, and some noteworthy names have been leading the charge

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5 Indispensable Snapchat Tips From IBM

November 23rd, 2016 by

The PR News Snapchat Boot Camp, Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C., has been programmed to unlock the possibilities and features of the platform. One of the presenters, Katie Keating, program manager for social brand strategy at IBM, has provided us with some of her favorite Snapchat tips in advance.