Stories by Anna Ruth Williams, AR|PR

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Wolf Packs and Nudity: PR Trends at SXSW 2017

March 15th, 2017 by

If you’re a PR professional and you’ve never had the opportunity to work a SXSW show on behalf of a brand, you should definitely add it to your career bucket list. There’s the sheer geography of SXSW—every street is lined with branded facades as companies take over venues for experiential marketing stunts. Not to mention the volume of social media and social ads that pump through every channel.

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Rise of #SXSW Chatbots Is Real—and It’s Awesome

March 14th, 2017 by

Messaging apps like WhatsApp and Messenger (both part of the Facebook family) are powerful platforms that are now being used by more and more people. As mass adoption occurs, the tipping point makes it justifiable for brands and services to invest in the development of bots and AI. And judging by this week’s SXSW, that tipping point isn’t far away.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Content Marketing

March 13th, 2017 by

It’s not that your content sucks…in fact, it might even be pretty darn good. It’s just that every minute of every day, there are 1,300 more blog posts, 360,000 more tweets, 1.7 million more Facebook posts and 2 million more videos uploaded to YouTube. And that only accounts for a few channels. Which means your content is simply being drowned out in an ever-quickening deluge of words and images. So what’s a content marketer to do? We suggest the following seven ways to stand out from the crowd.

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I Can See Clearly Now: Abbott Uses Clarity, Levity to Make LASIK Appealing

March 13th, 2017 by

Content is one of the best tools in your toolkit to tell your brand story the way you’d want the press to write it, but the better you immerse yourself in the world and jargon of your or your client’s industry, the harder it is to draft content that is accessible and approachable for the general public. Abbott was facing just such a problem. It wanted to re-engage young adults with the prospect of getting LASIK surgery, a highly technical and FDA-regulated procedure. It turned to Weber Shandwick. Together, the companies navigated the challenges of un-complicating a nuanced and intimidating product and learned a lot along the way.

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How Millennials Can Help Your Brand Succeed and What They Seek in Return

March 13th, 2017 by

As you seek entry-level talent for your organization do you wonder what college students are learning and how it is priming them for PR careers? To inform you, the senior executive, about this we asked newly minted PR pros Farley Fitzgerald, communications manager, National Geographic Society, and Ariel Miller, account manager, INK PR, to share their thoughts. Their former professor, Dr. Julie Lellis, also provides insight on how good academic programs should shape our generation’s best communicators.

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6 Live-Streaming Rock Stars to Electrify Your Video Strategy

March 8th, 2017 by

As we reach the two-year anniversaries of live-streaming mobile apps Meerkat and Periscope, it’s a good opportunity to remember that even if your business hasn’t yet broadcast its first live video, we’re still very much in the early adoption phase. And while the moniker “live-streaming professional” is thrown around a lot, some in the community are truly hitting their stride and creating genre-defining content. If you consider yourself new to the space, here are six outstanding live streamers to learn from before you implement your own strategy.

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4 Ways to Use Facebook Live to Drive Website Traffic

March 6th, 2017 by

With more than 1.7 billion monthly active users, Facebook already gives marketers better reach and audience insight than any other platform on the web. Now, with Facebook Live, marketers can get face-to-face with their audience in real-time. It’s a new era for both engagement and traffic, when done correctly. But how can marketers leverage the platform to drive more users to their site? Here are four tips to keep in mind to optimize your Facebook Live strategy.

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How Southwest Airlines Uses Social Listening to Produce Compelling Videos

March 3rd, 2017 by

New digital platforms are driving the evolution of communications departments into media conglomerates, generating graphic, video and other content for both broad and targeted audiences. The agenda spans from an annual horizon of what we need to communicate, all the way down to what just happened a moment ago online and whether there is an organic way to join the conversation. So, Southwest Airlines is exploring how to create content from conversation trends, born out of data and presented in a timely manner.

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The Evolution of Coca-Cola’s Brand Journalism Journey

February 28th, 2017 by

At just over 125 years young, The Coca-Cola Company made a decision that its best stories could no longer be contained by traditional paths. With the speed of communication driving faster to keep up with the speed of connection, we decided to transform our corporate destination into an online magazine that delivered at the speed of our consumers’—and critics’—digital lives. With that, Coca-Cola Journey was launched.

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Why Agencies of the Future Must Have Distribution Platforms

February 27th, 2017 by

Agencies of the future are not just service agencies. They don’t merely represent and provide counsel for brands. Instead, agencies of the future must also have distribution platforms, which provide data and qualified links, increase creativity, improve testing capacity and short-cut outreach efforts. If an agency is not actively constructing, acquiring or collaborating on distribution platform strategies, then its future may be short-lived.