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The blame for the Moonlight/La La Land mix-up seems to be falling on PwC, caretakers of the Oscar ballots, whose carefully guarded “ballot briefcase” tours the nation each year on its way to Hollywood. The accounting firm tweeted an early-morning statement, but has otherwise remained quiet on social media.

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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.

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Are you thinking about starting a blog at your company? You recognize the value it could provide your organization, but how do you make sure the time you invest in it is worthwhile? How do you know if you’re writing the right types of blog posts for your brand and its publics? Here are tips to build a blog that builds your brand.

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You might think branded content sites have little organization behind them. Perhaps that’s so at some sites. The branded content portal at monster.com is the opposite, however. Content and staff are organized into three groups: to raise awareness; to nudge (gently) readers to investigate what the site offers; and to assist those who are highly motivated to find jobs.

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In today’s personality-driven culture, it’s sometimes hard to sort out whether it’s the guy at the top who causes a crisis or the culture he has created within the organization. Either way, most of the time, a crisis starts at the top. But in 2017, one could make the case that cultural and social norms are exerting a greater influence than the people in charge. The crises we’ll examine here, PewDiePie/Youtube/Disney/Google and Uber’s latest, we would argue, owe as much if not more to changing norms than to corporate leadership.

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This regular feature asks communicators to spot trends and discuss their reactions to them. In this edition we hear from Jason Bates, media communications manager, Intelsat. Bates discusses how Intelsat manages to communicate more than just its satellite technology but how its satellites improve the lives of millions of people on the ground.

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Trust. To succeed at anything, we must earn trust and be accountable to demonstrate it to others, not just occasionally, but daily. No matter how the technology and job description of communications officers may change, our ability to create, build and maintain trust is the most important thing we do. As the world enters the fourth industrial revolution, we are embarking upon an era that fundamentally will change the way we live, work and communicate. Its scale and scope are unknown, but one thing is certain: We must take a thoughtful approach about how we manage communications to engender trust and preserve our organization’s reputation.

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This Week In PR

February 27th, 2017 by

The weekly roundup of news, trends and personnel moves in PR and communications. This week our stories include an account of the Arthur W. Page Center’s initial Integrity Awards, a new Instagram wrinkle and the elevation of Anne Cowan to CCO at CTAM, Natalie Kerris gets a new job and Andy Whitehouse of IBM departs.

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PR and communications teams increasingly are pressured to own their brand’s earned media space beyond their borders to keep up with – and stand uniquely apart from – competitors. This is becoming true for non-profits competing for donor dollars and has been a constant for the private sector. In this article you will find steps for building and increasing global earned media visibility for your brand.

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Does a day pass during your life as a PR pro when you don’t need to write? For those of us who do a lot of writing – and that’s most of us – we will, at one time or another, face an insurmountable case of writer’s block. One day you’re at the top of your game, pounding out pitches, speeches, tweets and press releases like a high-powered printing press, and the next moment you’re struggling to find anything to write. It happens to all of us, but there are always ways to jump-start your creativity. Here are four tips for getting out of a creative rut.