Stories by Mark Renfree

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Who Runs Hillary Clinton’s Social Media?

May 24th, 2016 by

At Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, Katie Dowd has a content production powerhouse at her disposal. There’s little doubt that social media has found its place in politics and Dowd is hoping to use her vast online communications experience to not only generate donations, but also utilize her team of content creators to make connections with voters that will last long after the ballots are cast.

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5 Tips for Building Better Teams by Breaking Down Silos

May 18th, 2016 by

It’s increasingly becoming a reality in the communications world that once sequestered departments are now finding themselves working closely with colleagues they seldom encountered previously. For many, the breaking down of institutional borders between an organization’s various departments is a welcome trend. Even if a tumbling of silos has been a long time coming, the question of how to get all these different people with specialized functions working together efficiently isn’t any easier to answer.

Issues Management Cheat Sheet

May 17th, 2016 by

Mitigating and Responding to Risk Here are some top-line tips for managing tough issues: Be prepared. No matter what your industry, there is a security “pain point” that you should 
consider. When creating a risk… Continued

Internal Crisis Communications Cheat Sheet

May 17th, 2016 by

The Five Keys to Successful Workplace Crisis Communications Whether an organization is confronting a difficult contract negotiation, planning a large-scale cutback in staff and managerial positions, or revamping its benefits programs, here are critical steps… Continued

The Crisis Plan Cheat Sheet

May 17th, 2016 by

Plan for Crises Like a Basketball Coach While a detailed “checklist-style” crisis plan can seem comforting, communicators are much better served emulating an agile, well-prepared basketball team. Take some of these steps to develop crisis… Continued

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New Instagram Analytics Feature Adds Depth to the Platform

May 17th, 2016 by

Instagram is currently testing new analytics tools and business profiles, which will be rolling out in the coming months. Along with the heightened analytics offerings, businesses will now be able to have specialized profiles that include a contact button, access to maps and directions and categorize the business by type.

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A Former Intern’s Guide to Making the Most of an Internship

May 13th, 2016 by

The ambiguity around the question of whether or not you’ll get the job after your internship isn’t really all that important. It’s great to get the offer, but what’s really important is making the most out of your time spent in the working world. For those out there who’ve already locked down their summer internships, or even if you’re still looking or considering making the jump, here are a few things I learned from my internship with PR News.

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Is Budweiser’s ‘America’ Rebrand a Good Idea?

May 12th, 2016 by

Budweiser has long liked to think itself an essential part of the American identity. In recent years the company hasn’t shied from proclaiming itself as such. In a continuation of the beer’s patriotic branding, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its boldest move yet: Budweiser will be removing the brand name from its cans and bottles, and rebranding the beer simply as “America.”

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5 Ways Right-Brained PR Pros Can Use Google Analytics

May 10th, 2016 by

Google’s free tool has the power to transform a brand’s understanding of its online presence, which can only lead to a better experience for users. Putting this analytics tool to work within a larger measurement framework has the potential to unleash a kind of transparency to PR work that was at one time unimaginable. This allows communicators to make well-informed decisions backed by data, which can then be used to concretely prove their team’s business contributions to the C-suite.

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How an Agency Used Positivity to Launch a Successful PSA

May 6th, 2016 by

The statistics that the AICR and Williams Whittle worked with were jarring enough, but the data’s real strength was in its potential for empowerment. Instead of focusing on the potential ramifications of having an unhealthy lifestyle, they decided to focus on how a few simple changes could radically reduce cancer risk.