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How to Bolster Your Facebook Marketing Effort When You Lack a Large Budget and Ample Time

July 1st, 2018 by

Each month we ask communicators to unload their toolkits and tell us what falls out. In other words, What do you use to do your job? There are few better to talk about Facebook marketing than Ryder Meehan, principal & strategist, Meehan Digital, and a former social marketer at Fossil and Samsung, among others, and James Nickerson, lead instructor, digital marketing at General Assembly.

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PR Leaders’ Roundtable: How to Create a Culture of Inclusion and Communicate Successes

April 10th, 2018 by

A memo from Nike’s HR chief admitted the company has failed to promote enough women and people of color to VP offices and above. This prompted us to assemble a roundtable of communicators to discuss inclusion, diversity and communicators’ role in building a culture of inclusion.

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How Aflac, Astellas and Carnival Balance Social Action With Their Core Business Messages

March 13th, 2018 by

Not long ago, companies were counseled to stay out of politics and social causes. ‘Stick to business and you won’t offend customers or potential customers,’ was thought to be the best route. Things have changed. Radically. In a collaboration with 3BL Media, a CSR news distribution and content marketing firm, PR News convened a roundtable to discuss CSR best practices.

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PR News Survey: Nonprofit Communicators Got Salary Relief in ’17; Integration Down the Road

March 13th, 2018 by

We take another dive into the new PR News Salary Survey to look at where nonprofit communicators and PR firm staffers rank in terms of base salary. We begin by looking at integration of communications and marketing. It turns out that integration of the two units is a bit farther down the road than you might think.

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PR News Survey: Communicators Largely Satisfied With Salaries; 75% Got Raises in 2017

March 6th, 2018 by

Is the glass half full for communicators? The just-released PR News Salary Survey of some 900 communicators shows PR pros seem to be a satisfied group in terms of the money they make for the work they do. Base salaries best the average for American professionals and raises are rewarded often, although most are modest. On the other hand, more than a few communicators told us they weren’t completely satisfied with their salary. Finding the right balance of salary, bonuses, soft benefits and intangibles to recruit and retain the most talented staffers is an issue that adept communications leaders will continue to address.

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PRNews/LexisNexis Survey: Few Brands Have Formal Structures for Social Listening

January 16th, 2018 by

Is anyone listening? When it comes to social listening, the answer is yes. The trouble is that nearly 40% of brands lack a formal plan for social listening, according to new survey from PRNews and LexisNexis. Even more concerning is that these brands have failed to implement procedures for what happens when social listening picks up a potential issue.

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Cutting Through the Communications Data Wilderness: Reputation Measurement Challenges

January 9th, 2018 by

Many companies measure their reputation via a yearly poll. Others wait until a crisis hits to commission a survey about how stakeholders perceive their company. Still others feel measuring reputation should be an ongoing operation. This fourth article in our series with PublicRelay discusses the best ways to measure reputation and why it’s important to do so.

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Cutting Through the Communications Data Wilderness: When Big Data Equals Big Answers

November 21st, 2017 by

This second article in a 5-part series about measurement we compile cases where communicators have moved beyond the fundamentals of measuring data to prove ROI and instead focused on using insights mined from data to change the way they operated their business. The series is produced with partner PublicRelay, a media monitoring and analytics firm.

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Cutting Through the Communications Data Wilderness: Moving From Data to Insights

November 7th, 2017 by

In this first article of a five-part series produced with partner PublicRelay, a media monitoring and analytics firm, we will examine the common challenges of measuring communications data so it can be turned into useful insights that will help not only communicators but the business overall.

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Four Timeless Values From Journalism That Will Propel Your Media Pitching

October 24th, 2017 by

Despite the digital landscape, there are a few timeless journalistic axioms that can help PR pros elevate their media pitching. AbbVie’s Public Affairs chief Morry Smulevitz provides tips learned during a lifetime of watching his father work.