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About Matthew Schwartz

Group Editor, PR News: Matthew Schwartz is group editor of PR News, the leading source of trends, how-to content and best practices for PR professionals. Matthew leads the editorial strategy for PR News’ premium content products—including its weekly newsletter—and for its digital presence. Matthew was editor of PR News from 2003-2005. Prior to returning to PR News, Matthew was a reporter for Crain’s BtoB and Media Business magazines, where he covered business marketers and media companies. He was also editor of BMA Buzz, a biweekly email newsletter covering B2B marketing, advertising and social media, and contributing writer to Advertising Age Custom. Matthew has helped to launch blogs on behalf of ZoomInfo and direct marketing agency The Kern Organization. He also spent a few years in cable-news precincts, working as a writer/producer at CNN and Fox News Channel.

LeBron James Learns a Lesson in Effective PR

LeBron James’ stunning announcement on Friday that he was heading back to Cleveland and rejoining the Cavaliers provides some food for thought for PR pros. Make that a feast. For starters, it certainly didn’t go unnoticed that James chose Sports Illustrated—if ever there was a symbol of traditional media—to tell the world that he was […] | MORE »

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New Twitter Dashboard Designed to Measure and Enhance Engagement

Twitter on Friday rolled out a new dashboard to measure how your organic tweets are doing. For the first time, companies will be able to see how many times users have viewed and engaged with organic tweets so the analytics can better inform their content marketing strategy.
Twitter on Friday rolled out a new dashboard to measure how your organic tweets are doing. For the first time, companies will be able to see how many times users have viewed and engaged with organic tweets so the analytics can better inform their content marketing strategy.

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3 PR Tips to Jump-Start Your Visual Content SEO

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s a cliché because it’s true. And when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), the phrase is more than apt. That’s because in the rough-and-tumble world of SEO adding visual content significantly boosts the odds that your message will flow to the top of the Google rankings.  | MORE »

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Communications Lessons in the Demise of a Cupcake Company

It’s dunzo for Crumbs. The cupcake company on Monday said that it was shuttering all its stores and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation. Could a different PR strategy have saved the bakery company?
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3 Questions PR Pros Should Ask Before They Hit ‘Send’

PR pros can boost the odds of getting their press releases and other written materials across the plate by asking themselves some straightforward questions beforehand.  | MORE »

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Why Unpaid Internships May Now Mean a Loss in Brand Reputation

Graduation season is in full bloom, as both newly minted graduates and undergraduates seek out internships as a springboard to full-time employment. However, if brands and organizations think they can continue having unpaid internships without raising questions about their reputation, they best think again.
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6 Key Elements to Getting Your Employees to Tell Your Brand’s Story

It’s become a familiar trope in marketing and communications precincts that employees are the brand’s best “ambassadors.” That’s fine, of course, but not necessarily the most effective way to have your workers get your message out and evangelize for the company. | MORE »

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Pitch a New Tent at Live Events and Conferences

Live events and conferences are considered a main source of revenue for b-to-b media companies, as ad dollars once devoted to print publications have pretty bottomed out. Now a lot of consumer media brands are getting into the events act, which enlarges the aperture for PR pros looking to get some exposure for their company or C-level executives. | MORE »

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3 PR Lessons from the Redskins Controversy

For communicators following the latest wrinkle regarding the Washington Redskins’ controversial name, it’s your basic PR blocking and tackling. On Wednesday a federal board cancelled the team’s trademark registration, calling its nickname “disparaging to Native Americans.” While the ruling puts a bit of a squeeze on the Redskins’ bottom line—the Redskins and the NFL are […] | MORE »

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Words to Use to Get Your Press Releases Read

Our Water Cooler item the other day regarding some of the words to avoid in press releases generated instant feedback. However, a few communications professionals asked us to flip the notion, and offer some words that will get journalists to read your press releases rather than delete them. | MORE »

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