Stories by Kristina Libby, S.W.C.

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For Southwest Airlines, Culture Determines Who Owns Social Media

August 7th, 2017 by

A few years ago, each of Southwest Airline’s departments used social media in their own way, independent of each other. But the firm quickly moved to create “an enterprise-level function with multiple players and dotted lines back to operational units, while still maintaining a master strategy,” according to Linda Rutherford, Southwest’s CCO. To her, the question of who should own social media centers around how an organization approaches customer engagement.

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Consumer Engagement With Food Influencers’ Videos Up 13% in June

August 1st, 2017 by

Our look at influencers, courtesy of data from Shareablee, provided to us exclusively, shows food influencers had a fantastic June. Food was up 5% despite offering 4% fewer pieces of content month over month. Travel influencers were not as fortunate, with all 5 leaders on our list falling in terms of consumer engagement, month over month.

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How Google Searches Can Help Your Influencer Effort

August 1st, 2017 by

Everywhere we look we hear about influencers. YouTubers, Instagrammers, bloggers and more are building online communities. Working with influencers is not as simple as merely finding someone to write about your brand, however. In this article we provide tips to help you find influencers who will be the right fit for your brand.

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4 Ways of Using Vulnerability to Elevate Brand Storytelling

July 25th, 2017 by

The authenticity of vulnerability is often ignored by brands, because PR and marketing professionals deem it as repeating the negative. But a company that only shows itself in a perfect light creates a house of cards that can amplify crises when something goes wrong; misrepresentation has a viral quality to it. Does this mean we should only talk about our shortcomings? Of course not. But instead of choosing to avoid vulnerability, here are four ways of using it to make your narrative stronger.

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How to Generate Content for Your Brand’s Burgeoning Podcast

July 19th, 2017 by

Your organization finally has taken the plunge into podcasting. You’ve chosen a host, show title and theme music—you have the right equipment, too. Congratulations, but you’ve only just begun. If you expect to release a podcast weekly, biweekly or monthly, where can you find content on a regular basis? Think like a journalist and use your eyes and ears with the following three possibilities.

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Kardashians Lead Beauty Influencers in June, Carlifestyle Tops Autos

July 17th, 2017 by

What is an influencer? The definition varies depending on who’s speaking. There’s no denying, though, how important they’ve become for some brands. As such, we’ve asked Shareablee to track influencers with the most consumer engagement. Our first sectors are automotive and beauty.

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How @WeAreCisco Grew Its Instagram Account Organically in 5 Steps

July 12th, 2017 by

When Cisco’s Talent Brand team opened an Instagram account, it didn’t just throw a few photos into the feed, bedazzle them with hashtags and call it a day. The company knew that getting people to show up and remain engaged with the account would be a challenge. So, how did @WeAreCisco’s Instagram account grow from zero to 18,000 followers, with healthy engagement rates, without paying a dime? Here’s how.

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The Takeaways Behind 6 Shake-Up Show Tweets

July 5th, 2017 by

If you followed this year’s sold-out Social Shake-Up Show online, you know the FOMO-inspiring tweets and posts were flying fast and furious. Here are a curated set of six tweets from the event—from attendee Kelly Stone, social media manager from CompTIA—showcasing some of her key takeaways, including the need to produce influencer guidelines, the value of vulnerability and why you should always put your followers first.

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How to Win More Budget for Social From Skeptical Senior Leaders

June 27th, 2017 by

Many social media teams lament that they don’t have enough budget, headcount or support to have a real impact on the business. Yet it’s often these same teams that fail to connect the dots. Your senior leaders don’t care about likes and retweets, they care about impact on business results. Here’s a four-step process on how to frame the discussion and speak their language to get more headcount and budget for social.

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5 Essentials for a Successful Newsroom

June 27th, 2017 by

An online newsroom is a crucial part of a successful PR strategy. But how can you optimize your newsroom to its full potential? It all boils down to five essential elements—accessibility, easy navigation, shareability, aesthetics and engagement—governed by one overarching principle: Your newsroom should always focus on the person you’re trying to communicate with.