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Bring New Disciplines Into the PR Fold

Kelly McGinnis became executive VP and CCO of Levi Strauss & Co. in 2013. The move came 18 months after Levi Strauss hit the reset button following years of no growth. From the get-go McGinnis—who reports directly to Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh—instituted four principles that have guided communications strategy and enhanced integration.

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The Week in PR—March 23, 2015

Starbucks’ “Race Together” brouhaha, IBM’s new cloud-based data analysis service that mines Twitter data and how to dine like you’re in ‘Mad Men.’

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Brand Changes Mean Having New Conversations

Spring is in the air, and so are significant changes at some of the most popular brands. These are not marginal changes where a press release and a few media hits will suffice to get out the message, though. They are major breaks from the branded past that require long-term communication strategies and a sustained effort by PR pros.

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Fixing Reputation All in the Recovery

Two major international brands—Dolce & Gabbana and Lenovo—screwed up big time in the last month. How each handled its crisis is a classic lesson in ‘how to’ and ‘how not to’ communicate after a misstep.

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The Psychology of Influencer Marketing

Unlike some audiences that brands and organizations cater to, influencers are not monolithic but are a loosely affiliated group of individuals who can have a pivotal influence on PR’s ability to drive conversation and spread the word. But getting people online to share information about your company’s products/services or values requires a different mindset than blasting a press release to a similar demographic or giving a presentation to like-minded people.

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How PR Can Take a Seat at the Revenue Table

When PR takes a backseat to lead generation efforts in an organization, the strategic value of communication is masked behind a larger marketing umbrella. Don’t let this happen. PR needs to bridge what is a chronic disconnect and take its seat at the revenue table.

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No Success Without Risk

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8 PR Lessons from SXSW 2015

Here are four key trends related to innovation and four pearls of wisdom from leading professionals that emerged at SXSW.

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Booking More Consumers With Video

The travel industry is faring better when it comes to engaging consumers via social channels.

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Annual Reports: Not Sexy, But Crucial

The fleeting rush of a major influencer or prospective client responding to a ‘DM’ via Twitter may not be nearly as important for your brand or organization as a kick-ass annual report.

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