Case Studies

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How a Fast-Growing Nonprofit Rebuilt Its PR Team Using Agency Principles

September 19th, 2016 by

Whether you are managing and growing a team in-house, looking to build better relationships with colleagues and senior executives or establishing the best way to work with consultants or clients, creating a PR team structure that produces results and meets demands is critical to success. PR pros must create a thoughtful plan, identify individual strengths, recognize weak spots and address change and challenges head on—all while creating compelling campaigns that produce results. Here’s a case study looking at how a rapidly expanding nonprofit used PR agency principles to organize itself.

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A Fairy Tale of Tobacco Helps Nonprofit Be Heard

August 22nd, 2016 by

This case study looks at how a nonprofit broke the clutter to make sure its message was heard. It used creativity to make sure its message was heard.

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6 Lessons From a Social Media Crisis: A Small Group Can Wield Great Power

June 6th, 2016 by

In seven weeks, a small group of university students ignited sweeping change across the campus of King University in Tennessee. In just 1,176 hours, the grassroots social media campaign united a formerly fragmented collection of students, faculty, staff and alumni. In 49 days, King’s president resigned under immense pressure on social media.

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Life and Death Communication: Lessons From the Ebola Epidemic

May 23rd, 2016 by

Ebola deaths were mounting. In early September 2014, Liberia was logging more than 70 confirmed cases daily, and the toll was rising. With too few Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), a scarcity of ambulances, no way to reach remote areas quickly and healthcare workers falling ill, communication was the only means to forestall spreading the deadly disease.

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How a Resort Used Old-Fashioned Networking to Gain National Exposure

May 16th, 2016 by

As PR pros, we know that a large part of our job is to consistently garner coverage for our brand in the media. Whether through traditional or digital mediums, television, radio, print, online or increasingly social engagement, the placements we secure are the measurement of our success. More often than not much of our work is done on a limited budget.

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How Arby’s Found Its Voice Under Pharrell’s Hat

April 18th, 2016 by

At the end of 2015, Arby’s same-store sales increased 8.1%, outpacing a comparable set of Quick-service restaurants (QSR) by an estimated 5.5% during the same period. While it might seem that this happened overnight, several elements were in place that helped prompt the brand find its voice.

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How Call of Duty Used Snapchat to Ignite Its Community

January 8th, 2016 by

Activision and Edelman created the first ever in-game integration with Snapchat by installing a “hack” in the Black Ops 2 online multiplayer maps.

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How AARP and its Agency Created the Year of the Boomer

November 20th, 2015 by

By partnering with high-profile subjects and initiating fun and interesting real-world efforts, AARP and Coburn Communications were able to secure more than 500 total media placements, which resulted in nearly 2.5 billion media impressions through the course of the campaign.

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How an Agency and its Partner Convinced Social Media to #GetNaked

August 21st, 2015 by

With eye-opening imagery and cheeky messaging in hand, the partners set out on social media to relay the importance of regular skin screenings to the digital public.

How a Small PR Team Rebooted a Century-Old Brand’s Strategic Story

August 17th, 2015 by

To create a collective future, communications needed to align and enable everyone to deliver on the new corporate strategy.