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Study: CEOs’ Confidence Up—Concern for Shift in Consumer Behavior

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers ’ annual global CEO survey, 81% of CEOs worldwide are confident of their prospects for the next 12 months, while only 18% said they remained pessimistic. | MORE »

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E-Mail Usage Hangs in With Social Networks

71% of active social media users spend 20 minutes or more weekly with checking personal e-mails—contradicting speculation that social networking would quickly replace traditional e-mail us. | MORE »

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Cyber-Crime Threatens Digital Platforms

As more organizations allow employees access to social networking platforms for PR and marketing purposes, a survey of 502 companies worldwide by IT security company Sophos finds that cyber-attacks through social media sites jumped 70% between 2008 and 2009. | MORE »

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Humor as a Serious Weapon

A turning point in the campaign to get the California menu-labeling bill (SB 1420) passed into legislation (and secure gubernatorial approval) was the release of a YouTube video that used irreverent humor to fortify its stance against the opposition, in this case, the Restaurant Association in California. | MORE »

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Policy Battles: Winning Over the Public

Michael Miller, president of Brown-Miller Communications, talks about lessons learned while working to help pass menu-labeling legislation (SB 1420) in California. | MORE »

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Executive Speaking Tips From a Speechwriting Vet

Robert Lehrman, communications professor at American University, offers some sage advice on how to get the most out of your executive speaking opportunities. | MORE »

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Making the Case For Weighted Media Cost

Is weight Media Cost the answer to AVE? A new white paper issued by the Institute for Public Relations, “New Paradigm for Media Analysis: Weighted Media Cost” (by Angela Jeffrey, Bruce Jeffries-Fox and Brad L. Rawlins) presents research that demonstrates the increased clarity of correlation between media coverage and business outcomes when media cost data is factored in. | MORE »

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Operating on a Shoestring

Debbie Janis, community relations manager at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, shares some cost-saving steps to consider when developing and executing campaigns on a shoestring. | MORE »

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Reaching Community Papers

When conducting media outreach in smaller communities, don’t skip over community newspapers. Holly Michael, communications manager for Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, regularly leverages community papers when promoting hospital programs. Here’s her tips for … | MORE »

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Three Ways to Improve Your Sales Metrics

Measuring and optimizing a campaign’s success doesn’t have to be a painful process. One way to improve measurement would be to track sales data. Tactics that drive traffic to a client’s site are great, but is that traffic converting? Always tie traffic back to measurable results. | MORE »

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