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SEO & SEM 3.0: Demystifying Social Media Optimization to Bring Consumers to You

“Social media is not a campaign. It’s a commitment.”

These words, spoken by imc strategy lab Digital Managing Director Robb Hecht, neatly summarize the mind-set that is required to truly maximize the opportunities put forth in the digital space.

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Necessary Evil: SEO Terms Communicators Need to Know

At first glance, Web jargon might make right-brained communications executives squeamish, but fear not: Taking some time to learn a few basics will enhance your social media SEO and SEM strategies tenfold. The following tools … | MORE »

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Prevent, Manage, Recover, Repeat: 3 Stages of Crisis Communications

What began as a tasteless prank quickly snowballed into a monumental reputational crisis for Domino’s in mid-April. The scene: One pizza-chain employee prepares sandwiches in the most unsanitary manner imaginable (think snot, flatulence…enough said) while … | MORE »

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Speechwriting: Speaking to Be Heard and Understood

The words “speech” and “talk” can be used interchangeably for a reason: A speaker should always sound as if he or she is talking to the audience rather than reading a script. A smart guy … | MORE »

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Human Rights Threat Matrix: Corporate Responsibility Through a Legal Lens

A company’s reputation and brand image are never more important than in an economic downturn—and never more vulnerable than when an unforeseen event captivates the media. While many companies appropriately tout their corporate responsibility (CR) … | MORE »

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Rock the Boat: Leveraging a Downturn to Engage in M&A

Question: What do Diageo, IBM, Bank of America and Johnson & Johnson have in common? Answer: Each company entered into or completed a successful acquisition that served its stakeholders and bottom lines well in the … | MORE »

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Get Buzzed: Driving Bottom-Line Results via Integrated Marketing

It just might be the worst-kept secret of social media marketing: You can’t make something “go viral,” nor can you force a campaign to generate “buzz.” Rather, these online marketing standards are met only upon … | MORE »

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The PR News Interview, KC Brown: Go Naked, or at Least Be Public With Your Goals & Performance

KC Brown knew early on that he wanted to be in Public Relations, and specifically on the research side. Armed with a master’s degree in mass communication research, Brown is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to discussing the need for companies to measure their outputs and outcomes.

It’s a well-worn mantra in PR that if it can’t be measured it shouldn’t be done. But we all know that mantra is better said than practiced. | MORE »

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Product Liability Litigation: Get Your Story Straight

From The Cat in the Hat to The Bourne Identity, Americans love a good story. We cheer the good guys, jeer the bad guys, feel sympathy for those who’ve been wronged and root for justice … | MORE »

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The PR News Interview, Kye Strance: Measuring Up

Kye Strance, who heads product management for software company Vocus, has witnessed a sea change in the PR trade since he started with the company 12 years ago. And while it’s no surprise that even the definition of “media” has changed in the past decade, it is always encouraging to hear that more and more communicators understand the need to measure their PR efforts and that there’s more value placed on quality of media impressions over quantity. | MORE »

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