Stories by Jim Alkon

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How Audubon Society’s Social Marketing Programs Take Flight

June 25th, 2018 by

It’s one thing to have an active social media strategy. It’s quite another to measure its success and adjust accordingly to achieve program objectives. As VP, audience engagement, for Audubon Society, Elizabeth Sorrell has an intimate knowledge of social media measurement trends and will share her expertise at PR News’ upcoming Social Media Summit.

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The Cold-Scroll Reality of Facebook Live

June 22nd, 2018 by

Brands need to understand that a Facebook Live audience will be joining cold and that they are most likely going to be distracted. “Many brands have interpreted Facebook Live as being like TV and have taken a chat show approach to it,” says FleishmanHillard’s Chris Jackson. “Facebook Live and TV could not be more different.”

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6 Influencer Marketing Tactics From Logitech’s VP of Global Communications

June 19th, 2018 by

Influencer marketing has become a key part of many communication strategies. But there’s a lot to consider to achieve the desired result. At PR News’ upcoming Social Media Summit in San Francisco, Logitech’s Krista Todd will provide some insights from the front lines in “Influencer Marketing: Activating Macro and Micro Influencers for Maximum Effect.” Here’s a sneak peek of some key session talking points.

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7 Questions for Macy’s SEO Leader

June 18th, 2018 by

In the upcoming Aug. 10 Social Media Summit session in San Francisco, “State-of-the-Art SEO: Your Content’s Not King If It’s Not on Page 1 of a Google Search,” Ali Haris, senior manager, SEO, at Macy’s, will share best practices for brands. Here’s a peek into what’s coming on Aug. 10.

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60 Seconds of Fame: How PR Pros Can Make The Next News Hit Count

June 18th, 2018 by

Pity the media relations pro. Not only are attention spans vastly reduced, many media outlets have responded to this with vastly shorter stories. Instead of giving up, PR pros must understand their efforts to gain earned media may result in a media hit lasting a mere few seconds. Here are a few tips to help pitchers shape messages so they will thrive in the new, short media landscape.

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Advice From Twitter on How to Win the Social Media Moment

June 15th, 2018 by

82% of people actively engage with brands on Twitter, so they want to hear from brands, says Nina Mishkin, brand and content strategy lead at Twitter. Brands, with their understanding of the flow of cultural conversations on Twitter, combine organic conversation with promoted messages in their strategy so they know when to pull the levers.

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What Brands Need to Think About When They Take a Stand

June 8th, 2018 by

As we know, brands must stand for something beyond the products and services they offer. This means they can no longer remain silent in the face of an attack. They also need to admit when they make mistakes. Margaret Hoerster, a senior partner at Finn Partners, and Ameet Sachdev, a VP at the firm, argue timing, messaging and relevance play important roles when brands decide they should address an issue publicly.

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Two PR Pros Recommend Tools to Improve Your Instagram Content on a Tight Budget

June 5th, 2018 by

Each month we’ll be asking communicators to unload their toolkits and tell us what falls out. In other words, What do you use to do your job? There’s no better duo to begin this feature than Manu Muraro, founder of Your Social Team, and Danielle Brigida, national social media manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We asked them what tools they use to bolster their Instagram feeds.

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How PR Can Improve Gender Equity in Media Coverage

May 21st, 2018 by

David Leonhardt of The New York Times called out himself and fellow journalists for failing to include enough women as sources in articles. How can communicators, who often are the journalist’s conduit to expert sources, turn around this situation? Dina Burns and Patrick George, directors at KP Public Affairs, offer suggestions.

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PR Pros Urged to Double Down on Ethics, Education to Advance Trust

May 1st, 2018 by

We asked PRSA chief Anthony D’Angelo to provide his vision about what PR should be doing to boost its image as an ethical profession. This column is his response.