Stories by Samantha Wood

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Black Friday: Some Brands Win by Extending It, Some by Sitting It Out

November 22nd, 2017 by

The thought of Black Friday brings to mind images of huddled shoppers braving the cold at 5 a.m., waiting for the doors of their favorite store to open so they can barge through, trampling anyone who gets in their way. This year, holiday shoppers are seeing Black Friday deals starting before Thanksgiving and, for the most part, remaining available until Christmas. Here’s a look at some of the brands turning the day into a week- or month-long affair, as well as a brand that is taking a strong stand against the madness.

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3 Tips From Klein Tools for Earning More Video Budget From Senior Leaders

November 21st, 2017 by

We recently talked to Vince Wasseluk, video producer, and Clare Furman, associate marketing manager, at Klein Tools—who will be speaking about their video strategy and production tactics at the Video Boot Camp, Dec. 6 in D.C.—about what metrics they bring to senior leaders to prove their successes and earn more video budget.

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3 PR Lessons From the ‘Summer of Hell’ at Penn Station

November 16th, 2017 by

The infrastructure renewal plan for New York’s Penn Station could’ve been a PR nightmare for Amtrak, which owns the station. But after the work was completed and service resumed as usual in early September, commuters seemed to come through the other side unscathed. Amtrak’s communications team can claim some of the credit for that success.

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How Solo Communicators Can Amplify Their PESO Mojo

November 10th, 2017 by

The role of a communications pro has drastically changed. Now, all communications strategies need to be integrated with a mix of paid, earned, social/shared and owned media. We recently talked to Anna Ruth Williams, founder and CEO of ARPR—who will be speaking about PESO at the upcoming PR News Media Relations Conference— about how smaller brands with a communications “team” of just one person can optimize every letter of PESO to effectively spread their message.

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2017 Digital PR Award Winners Announced by PR News

November 8th, 2017 by

Each year, PR News’ Digital PR Awards recognize the year’s top digital communicators and campaigns in a variety of media such as video, website design, mobile apps and more. We announced the winners and honored all of the finalists for the Digital PR Awards at our luncheon Nov. 8 at the Yale Club in New York City.

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Woman Who Flipped Off Trump’s Motorcade Fired for Violating Social Media Policy

November 6th, 2017 by

Juli Briskman, who worked in marketing and communications, was fired from Akima LLC for using the photo of her flipping-off President Trump’s motorcade as her profile photo. While we don’t know Akima’s exact social media policy, many companies have taken similar actions—in the eyes of employers, an employee’s personal social media pages reflect on a company.

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Pizza Wars: Attack of the Papa John’s Competitors

November 3rd, 2017 by

When Papa John’s blamed its declining sales on the issue of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, many found the correlation hard to believe. DiGiorno Pizza saw the opportunity to call them out for it on Twitter and did not hold back, while Pizza Hut subtly thrust itself into the spotlight.

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5 Key Questions to Ask Before Creating Your Measurement Dashboard

November 1st, 2017 by

Therese Van Ryne, head of global PR and the global customer reference program at Zebra Technologies, shares five key questions that a PR or marketing pro needs to ask before setting up a dashboard that effectively evaluates your campaign performance or share of voice.

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You Don’t Have to Be a Data Scientist to Master Measurement

October 27th, 2017 by

PR measurement may seem like a huge undertaking and many PR pros might not consider themselves data scientists. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find meaningful correlations in your PR data. Take it from Katie Delahaye Paine, also known as The Measurement Queen, who has been a pioneer in the field for more than two decades.

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8 Days Later, #MeToo Movement Expands Well Beyond Entertainment Industry

October 23rd, 2017 by

In the eight days since actress Alyssa Milano’s original tweet, the #MeToo movement has brought to light the presence of sexual harassment and assault in many industries and there seems to be no end in sight. With the issue affecting so many women, it’s hard to know which industries or companies will be highlighted next or if any will remain untouched.