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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.

‘Painfully Awkward’ Rob Lowe Ad Draws Ire From Advocacy Group (and Earned Media)

Shy bladder sufferers are less than amused by a new ad in which “painfully awkward” Rob Lowe says that he can’t urinate in public. The International Paruresis Association wants the ad pulled. DirectTV says no go. Either way, the kerfuffle is another example of “earned” media generated by paid media. | MORE »

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It’s Election Day. Here’s What Communicators Can Learn About Media Relations From Politicians.

As Election Day 2014 kicks into high gear, PR pros should pay close attention to how the candidates present themselves as the results are tallied. | MORE »

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The PR Measurement 3-Tip Hat Trick

With myriad social channels and measurement tools now available, PR pros have to learn to be more discriminating in picking what to measure; otherwise they end up throwing good money after bad. | MORE »

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Shattering a Few Myths About How to Find the Influencers

William Goldman, the author and screenwriter (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men), famously said, “In Hollywood, no one knows anything.” You might say the same thing about the PR field, at least when it comes to so-called influencers. In his book “Everything is Obvious* Once You Know the Answers,”  (2011,Crown Business), […] | MORE »

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Taylor Swift Backlash Could Be a Case of No Such Thing as Bad Publicity

NYC and Co. should send thank-you notes to some of the New Yorkers who are now disparaging Swift as a spokesperson for New York City. | MORE »

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How to Give an Effective PR Presentation, Let Us Count the Ways

While many companies have finally put PowerPoint to pasture, a lot of brands and organizations still rely on the program when presenting information and trying to get their messages out. Big mistake. | MORE »

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3 PR Tips for Getting Reporters to Take Note of Your Press Releases

PR pros are increasingly enamored by social media channels and other digital platforms that are transforming business communications. Then there’s the press release, which doesn’t get nearly as much love as of late. | MORE »

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Twitter’s ‘Fabric’ to Offer Olive Branch to Developers—and PR Lesson for Communicators

By offering a new suite of tools that should make things easier for developers, Twitter is ripping a page out of PR 101: building relationships and cultivating goodwill with partners who can help to boost the brand and put more fannies in the seats. | MORE »

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Sesame Street Using Technology to Boost Literacy

This was inevitable, or long overdue depending on whom you ask: Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit producer of “Sesame Street,” and the children’s speech recognition company ToyTalk are joining forces to explore how to use conversational technology to teach preschool literacy. | MORE »

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Target’s ‘Halloween Hills’ Leverages Instagram to Engage Consumers

Breaking through the proverbial clutter online is one of the biggest challenges facing communicators. The challenge grows more acute when there’s a holiday that brands and organizations want to leverage to boost their visibility. With its new “Halloween Hills” experience, Target is killing two birds with one stone. | MORE »

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