Stories by Steve Goldstein

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How to Begin the Search for Your Brand’s Visual Identity

December 8th, 2016 by

If you’re with a B2B company, professional association or government agency, finding your visual identity for Instagram and Snapchat, for instance, might be the subject of weekly, or daily, meetings. These meetings might have proved fruitless. Keep in mind your visual identity can be as simple as a single color. Is there one color that dominates your logo or calls to mind an emotional connection with your product or service?

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3 Fundamentals for Building an Influencer Program on Instagram

December 2nd, 2016 by

Instagram might be the best social platform for reaching people who actually like to engage with brands on social media. But there’s only so much a brand itself can do to win followers and inspire engagement. Third-party endorsement from Instagram influencers can make a real difference.

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Cowan, Kerins, Mathias, Silimeo, Stoddard to Be Inducted Into PR News’ Hall of Fame

November 30th, 2016 by

Each December at its Winter Awards luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., PR News inducts into its Hall of Fame PR professionals who have played longtime leadership roles, serving as sources of inspiration within and beyond the workplace, and helping to redefine and expand the roles communicators play. They’ve poured much talent and many years into the PR discipline, teaching by example.

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2016 PR People Award Finalists Announced by PR News

November 18th, 2016 by

The stalwart, indefatigable souls behind the best PR and marketing campaigns of the past tumultuous, media-saturated year will get the glory they deserve at PR News’ Dec. 6 Winter Awards luncheon at the historic National Press Club in Washington, D.C. At the luncheon PR News will announce the winners of its 2016 PR People Awards.

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6 YouTube Tips That Could Create Emotional Connections to Your Brand

November 14th, 2016 by

Autodesk, producer of 3D design software, is one company that takes the “radiation” approach to YouTube as opposed to the passive storehouse approach. The company devotes much of its communications resources to its YouTube channel, and that devotion has paid off in 220,000 subscribers. The immediate goal for its YouTube channel might surprise you, considering this is a software company we’re talking about.

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Shut Down Email and Reclaim Creativity: A Few Words With ‘Too Fast to Think’ Author Chris Lewis

November 11th, 2016 by

“When people are under so much pressure to process information, the result is an unstoppable flow of data, an overloaded mind and consequently an analytical mindset,” LEWIS founder and CEO Chris Lewis writes in his just-published book, “Too Fast to Think: How to reclaim your creativity in a hyper-connected work culture.”

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6 Video Tools for Nonprofit (and Other Budget-Conscious) Organizations

October 24th, 2016 by

Like you, perhaps, Stephanie Elsea of the American Heart Association doesn’t have an unlimited budget for videos. What she does have is firsthand experience in keeping AHA’s video strategy under budget and an arsenal of time-tested, go-to tools. Here are six of Elsea’s tried-and-true resources, as well as recommendations for when and where to use them.

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How Trump’s Response to the Access Hollywood Video Leak Veers Away From Crisis Protocol

October 10th, 2016 by

At the heart of the crisis management response to an outraged community is the apology itself. An apology should have three parts: Say you are sorry; express sympathy for specific victims, real or perceived; and accept responsibility. Donald Trump has just had an opportunity to put that theory into action.

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What’s Next for Next-Gen PR Pros? Hashing It Out in a Twitter Chat

October 4th, 2016 by

The Internet has, of course, revolutionized the way we communicate. And since public relations is at its core communication itself, PR professionals have had to make great, Darwinian leaps in the last 40 years. PR News and Havas PR teamed up for a Twitter chat to look at PR’s next evolutionary phase and the trends that will further reshape the discipline.

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Facebook Live for B2B Brands—the Why and the How

October 3rd, 2016 by

It’s a given that b2b leadership is focused on sales. You can use that to your advantage if you’re trying to win C-suite approval at a b2b company for investing resources in an ongoing series of Facebook Live broadcasts. Define your ideas for Facebook Live streams in terms of lead-generation and sales potential. This will also help give weight and meaning your Facebook Live metrics.