Stories by Justin Joffe


Why Your Emojis Don’t Look Right to Audiences—and What Twitter’s Doing About It

May 22nd, 2018 by

In today’s fast-paced world, there are few things more frustrating than receiving an emoji from a friend that your device doesn’t recognize. What other profound visual iconography have you been missing out on since you skipped that latest software update?


Why Brands Should Fear Using Bots to Gain Influence

May 17th, 2018 by

Late last week, U.S. Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller delivered two subpoenas to Jason Sullivan, a social media and Twitter marketer employed by former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, raising the question as to whether or not incorporating bots into your social strategy is worth the risk.


Uber Grabs the Wheel and Tries to Steer Its Media Narrative

May 15th, 2018 by

The ride-share company has announced that it will no longer force victims of harassment and sexual assault into private arbitration. The move by Uber raises two questions: How far does this change in policy go toward repairing Uber’s reputation, and what does this mean for other companies with arbitration clauses?


YesJulz, Shonduras, Fanzo, Pirtle Get Raw and Real About Influencer Marketing

May 10th, 2018 by

Brian Fanzo, CEO of iSocialFanz, Work With The Coach CEO Nathan Pirtle, entrepreneur YesJulz and Snapchat pioneer Shonduras closed out the 2018 Social Shake-Up Show in Atlanta with a discussion about how influencer marketing partnerships can go wrong, and what it takes to make them worthwhile for all parties.


How Coca-Cola and OshKosh B’gosh Activate Influencers for Maximum Effect

May 9th, 2018 by

Brands are tapping influencers at an unprecedented rate. Yet influencer marketing is far from worry-free. Jennifer DelVecchio, entertainment marketing lead at The Coca-Cola Company, and Tracy Del Moral, director of marketing at OshKosh B’gosh, discussed working with macro-influencers and micro-influencers, respectively, during a panel at the Social Shake-Up Show.


3 Ways Walmart Manages Crises on Social Media

May 8th, 2018 by

“Crisis” can mean different things to different groups says Dan Kneeshaw, Walmart’s senior director of global associate communications, digital and enterprise initiatives. Kneeshaw spoke on “When All Hell Breaks Loose,” a panel focusing on how brands mitigate crisis on social media, at the 2018 Social Shake-Up Show in Atlanta. Here are three steps to effective crisis management that Walmart holds close.


4 Questions for Twitter Following Its ‘Unmasked Password’ Crisis

May 4th, 2018 by

Twitter got out in front of its own crisis, emailing its business customers about a bug that stored account passwords, unmasked, in an internal log. The bug left Twitter passwords exposed, and visible, to everyone within the company. Still, its statements raised a few important questions.

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Theories of Change: 6 Questions for Facebook’s Jennifer Dulski

May 2nd, 2018 by

“We sometimes talk about the fact that a lot is changing in our world,” says Jennifer Dulski, who will be the keynote speaker at PR News’ Social Media Awards luncheon on May 23 in New York. “But there are also some things that really don’t change—human nature, the desire for connection, the desire to make change and make the world better. Technology just makes them easier.”

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How Kanye, Janelle Monáe and Michelle Wolf Hijacked the News Cycle

April 30th, 2018 by

It’s no surprise that the number of Michelle Wolf’s Twitter followers tripled over the past several days. As far as timely publicity stunts go, putting provocative words to things many are thinking but few are saying is succeeding in both politics and entertainment. For now, that tactic is not an option for brand communicators, who can only watch as their content drowns in a sea of outrage and affirmation.


Starbucks’ Late Crisis Response Offers PR Pros a Lesson in Social Listening

April 16th, 2018 by

Starbucks found itself in hot water that had nothing to do with brewing coffee when the manager at a downtown Philadelphia location called the police on two black men who were sitting in the shop, waiting for a colleague to show. For communicators, this crisis offers substantial takeaways about the power of social listening and the need for timely accountability.