Stories by Seth Arenstein

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Communicators and Marketers Urged to Learn Tech Skills to Better Tailor Pitches and Messages

May 15th, 2018 by

Journalists and consumers know the feeling well: each wants a personalized experience but usually they receive a generic email or marketing message. The issue may be more than poor communications practices. It could be a lack of technical knowledge on the part of PR pros and marketers, a new study argues.

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In Spain It’s Good to Be the King, Particularly When ‘Have It Your Way’ Means a Free Whopper

May 15th, 2018 by

Burger King scotched its Have It Your Way slogan back in 2014, but it still urges customers to personalize their burgers. That was part of the conception behind a recent campaign in Spain, where the brand’s Instagram account polled visitors to pick their favorite toppings in exchange for a free Whopper, customized with toppings from the survey. The effort turned out to taste good for both the brand and Instagram respondents.

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The Week in PR

May 15th, 2018 by

A weekly roundup of news, trends and personnel moves in communications and marketing. This week’s stories include unusual times in journalism as exemplified by Univision, Gizmodo, Deadspin, Splinter, the NY Times and the Denver Post; and more tight-lipped treatment from Nike as more senior executives are jettisoned, including a senior female.

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Consumer Engagement Up 2% for Travel Bloggers, Video Engagement Rises 36%

May 15th, 2018 by

The influencer with the largest audience certainly has a leg up on the competition, yet there are other factors involved when generating consumer engagement. This week we examine Travel influencers and how they’ve fared in getting consumers to engage with the content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Influencers at Social Shake-Up Urge Brands to Ditch Perfection, Be Social on Social Media

May 15th, 2018 by

The latest and greatest usually is the rage at industry events such as last week’s Social Shake-Up Show in Atlanta. Beneath all the talk about social media, though, Shakers found top-flight influencers urging them to mix social platforms with good, old-fashioned PR tactics. And at least one influencer believes the secret power of social media calls for brands to be social instead of pushing sales.

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Consumers Want Personalized Online Experiences But Brands Should Avoid Getting Creepy

May 8th, 2018 by

Customers want personalized experiences, but brands, despite the plethora of technology available to them, are failing to provide them in a satisfactory way, a new survey from Accenture says. The key, it argues, is to guide consumers through experiences as opposed to dictating them.

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Marketers’ Delight: Podcast Listeners Skew Young and Male and Tend to Listen to Full Show

May 8th, 2018 by

Podcasts remain a niche marketing tool, though they can be an attractive element. Those who listen to them regularly often take in some 7 shows each week and tend to stick through the entire podcast. The demo is young and male, a marketer’s delight.

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Why Most People Abandon Online Forms and How Communicators Can Increase Response

May 1st, 2018 by

Doing research via online surveys often is a critical part of a PR campaign. More than that, online surveys and forms are important vehicles for brands to learn about their customers. Getting people to return them, though, can be difficult, a survey about surveys shows.

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How T-Mobile and Advanced Energy Use Employee Advocates to Bolster Corporate Reputation

May 1st, 2018 by

With brands and government finding their reputations on the wane, companies are turning to employee-advocates to augment their public relations. Executives from T-Mobile, Advanced Energy and Bloomberg discuss best practices.

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How Southwest Advises Its CEO on Which Social and Political Issues to Address Publicly

April 17th, 2018 by

Should your brand and CEO address a social or political issue? How about one that on its face seems to have little to do with your company? Last week during an IPR conference in Washington, D.C., Southwest Airlines’ CCO Linda Rutherford discussed a mechanism the carrier uses to advise its CEO about the social and political topics he should engage with.