Stories by Mark Renfree


An Eclectic Summer Reading List for PR Pros

June 24th, 2016 by

Hopefully there’s time in the short months before the unperturbed seasons move onward to not only get sucked into a good story, but also to learn something new and better your professional self as well. The unfortunate reality is that on top of work, family and fun this summer there just isn’t enough time to cover everything. In the search for the perfect reading list, difficult decisions are sure to be made. In an effort to help you along the journey to literary enlightenment, here are six books from various genres that PR pros should check out this summer.

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Facebook Pays Celebrities and Media to Create Live Video

June 22nd, 2016 by

In many ways, Facebook is using a time-tested PR tactic to increase the popularity of live video—influencers. By tapping some of the most popular media outlets and celebrities to create live video Facebook will have an incredible stockpile of content. Communicators should take a page from these prominent media companies and celebrities and jump on this burgeoning trend. Those who make a name for themselves now are sure to reap the rewards after live video inevitably becomes a main feature of the platform.


3 Tips to Successfully Measure Visual Social Media Campaigns

June 17th, 2016 by

For communicators looking to implement visual campaigns across the social spectrum, there’s no shortage of things to consider when building a measurement framework. Large multinational corporations like Oracle, for example, need to take into account which platforms have greater impact in various countries around the globe. Though many organizations don’t have to deal with this kind of complexity, there’s always the issue of making sure everyone is speaking the same measurement language.


Campaign Communications: A Look at Obama’s Social Media Success

June 15th, 2016 by

President Obama’s decision to announce his endorsement of Hillary Clinton on YouTube falls perfectly in line with how he’s conducted himself throughout his presidency. The president routinely speaks to the people on popular social channels like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s all part of a carefully crafted strategy to increase government accessibility and transparency thought up by Obama, but orchestrated by a powerful digital team operating from the White House.


3 Keys to Snapchat Success From DJ Khaled

June 14th, 2016 by

Snapchat continues to do well because it acts as a private portal into the lives of our friends—lives that are distinctively unfiltered, raw and often utterly mundane. It’s this window of authenticity that keeps users flocking to the app. And at this point, it’s the only way for organizations to have any kind of success on Snapchat. Brands like Taco Bell continue to post creative and compelling content on the platform, but there’s perhaps only one personality on the social network that truly embodies the philosophy of Snapchat: DJ Khaled.


Campaign Communications: Social Listening Fuels Race for White House

June 10th, 2016 by

One of the most significant advantages of social networks is the incredible amount of user information that each platform collects and then makes available for targeted posts. By staying on top of what users and the media are talking about on social platforms, candidates have an unprecedented ability to weigh in with the most relevant information. Each campaign can offer PR pros valuable examples of how to be aware of important topics and deploy the right messaging to the right audience at the right time.


3 Things to Remember When Considering Messaging Apps

June 8th, 2016 by

Now that audiences are well established and active on messaging platforms—many of the most popular have hundreds of millions of monthly active users—the companies behind them are moving from a focus on messaging to a heightened awareness of commerce and business needs. Now that the platforms are considering business uses for their services, does every organization really need to embrace this new digital trend?


4 Ways to Put More Business Thinking Behind Social Campaigns

June 7th, 2016 by

The days when businesses could ignore social media are over. Even though C-suites now know they need to be on social, many ROI-focused executives still don’t see the value. One of the clichés behind this dichotomy of opinion is the left-brain, right-brain split that conventionally divides creative from more analytical professionals. But it doesn’t have to be this way.


PR News Honors Its 2016 Social Media Award Winners and Honorable Mentions

June 6th, 2016 by

PR News celebrated some of the year’s best social media campaigns on June 6 at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach in Miami. This year’s Social Media Award winners embodied the curiosity and flexibility that’s required to stay on top of the rapidly changing social media space. As social continues to come of age, these practitioners are able to score unrivaled successes for their organizations and brands.

A woman records on a smart phone during a town hall meeting for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at Nashua Community College in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, June 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

How Did Bernie Sanders Get So Good at Social Media?

June 3rd, 2016 by

As Obama’s 2008 campaign heralded a new era of political campaigning by introducing social media into the mix, the current presidential candidates are using digital technologies in groundbreaking ways. Despite Bernie Sanders’ struggles in the primary race, his success with online communications is hard to match. In many ways, it’s because of social media that many Americans now #FeelTheBern.