Case Studies

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How Influencers, a Road Trip and Video Helped Duck Tape Fly High

March 6th, 2017 by

“New.” It’s the magic word reporters worldwide love. But what if your product isn’t new? How do you gain media interest when said product has been around since World War II and already is a leading consumer brand (and has been for decades)? Such was the dilemma facing Duck® brand. It wanted to show its audiences that Duck Tape® remains relevant, exciting even, while engaging new audiences unfamiliar with the brand’s unlimited possibilities. Here’s how they did it.

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How PR Sweetened the Tale of City’s Sewer Project

January 30th, 2017 by

Not every campaign you undertake will deal with a glamorous subject. Still, as this case study about a sewer project shows, you can use the same kind of PR tactics that are deployed for sexier topics.

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The Secret Sauce for the Cranberry’s Social Media Win With Millennials

November 21st, 2016 by

It’s an age-old issue for communicators: How do you create content for your brand that can break through the noise and find its way to new audiences? In the following case study, we added a few more conditions. First, can your content take a fruit—the cranberry, which is associated mostly with its peak harvest and holiday season—and make it trendy with millennials? Cranberries contain vitamin C and fiber and may help maintain urinary tract health, but with many other foods touting benefits, how could this superfruit stand out from the crowd?

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How a Small Brand Used Google Analytics and a Blog to Grow

November 17th, 2016 by

You’re a communicator at a tiny company. Almost nobody knows it. And you’re based in NY City, a place where bigger often seems to be better. The founder of the company, which was started in an apartment, wants you to get the brand to rank high, number one, if possible, on Google search pages. Oh, and you have about $500 in your marketing budget.

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Two Approaches to Overview Videos and How They Can Help Your Brand

October 17th, 2016 by

As an employee, it is easy to see the daily impact your business has on clients. When you are in middle of your company culture and involved with your daily work, you become extremely familiar with your organization’s mission. You are living it, after all. But how do you explain that company goal to a complete stranger in just a few short minutes? Do you direct them to the mission statement typed out on your website and hope that that’s enough?

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How a Major Brand Told a Relaunch Story Without Paid Media Support

October 3rd, 2016 by

Short-form social videos are a very popular form of content, and continue to be a preferred medium for consumption among target audiences. But you must consider the costs associated with distribution of the video, not just the production of it.

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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.