Stories by Steve Orr, Steve Orr Media

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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.

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Where Should Social Media Live in Your Organization?

June 26th, 2017 by

For the past decade, people have argued about where social media should sit in a company’s organization chart. But ultimately, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach—social media’s location should be a direct reflection of a business’s core priorities. For some organizations, social media is best seen as an extension of customer service, while for others, it may make more sense to locate it within marketing or communications. Here’s why.

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How Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest Help Generate and Track Sales

June 20th, 2017 by

For many businesses, leads and sales are primary KPIs. But before you can track sales, you have to generate them—and standing out from the crowd on social media is no easy task. Online consumers can anticipate when ads are coming and know when and how to skip them. Fortunately, major platforms, including Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest, continue to develop new technologies to help generate and track sales, helping to prove the ROI of social media ads.

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The Week in PR

June 19th, 2017 by

Our weekly roundup of news, trends and personnel moves in PR and communications. This week we feature stories about another Steve Harvey PR miscue, United Airlines’ new communications chief, an unintended event that marred what should have been a week of recovery for Uber and a very nice gesture via Instagram from Chef Jamie Oliver for those who lost their homes in London’s Grenfell Tower fire.

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4 Ways to Change the Paid, Owned and Earned Media Structure

June 15th, 2017 by

If the lines between paid, owned and earned media have become blurred, why is the internal structure at most organizations still so linear? In this commentary, Brooks Thomas, social business advisor with Southwest Airlines, argues for a more integrated approach and provides four tips for smaller organizations looking to bust down the silos between those three types of content.