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Preparing Yourself for the Media Spotlight

One of the first things that clients want to know is whether business communicators can show them how to carry themselves in front of the media and fix any glitches that may be getting in the way of delivering the message. But what happens when you turn the tables, and PR managers and directors are the ones who are being interviewed and relaying the message?

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Growing Need to Break Down Silos

Breaking out of these silos is the first step toward more effectively reporting ROI. Embracing more diverse sets of data is the second.

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The Costs of Sloppy Grammar Are Incalculable

Having poor grammar, misspelled words, sloppy punctuation and excessive jargon and acronyms can damage your credibility—and the credibility of your communications.

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Abandon ‘Platform-First’ Approach to Social Media

Much of the PR industry’s social media dialogue focuses on a platform-specific approach. However, I’m afraid that—amidst all these Facebook plans, Twitter strategies and Pinterest campaigns—PR executives and communicators have found themselves astray from truly strategic thinking.

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Giving Your Stories a Sharper (and Bigger) Reach

By blending the benefits of earned placement with the strengths of owned media, content marketing can provide a unique opportunity to engage with an audience.

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Demonstrating PR’s Value to C-Suite Executives

In our hyperconnected world, little is hidden from the public view. Most CEOs understand this, but they may benefit from an update on how the scope of public relations has broadened to meet the new stakeholder reality.

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Social Media: Companies Wade Into the Talent Pool

Companies of all stripes are scrambling to recruit, hire and retain social media talent. That encompasses people well versed in content creation, SEO, design, video and several other disciplines that are not in the traditional PR mold.

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Managing Crises in a Ever-Chaotic World

In addition to rethinking how (and how often) we monitor for potential issues, how we organize to effectively manage crisis situations must also evolve. Issues management expertise is no longer sufficient to succeed in this environment.

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Hits Keep Coming for the NFL, Eroding Reputation

For senior PR managers, the NFL scandals (and the league’s bumbling responses) hold several lessons. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is the need to set new standards without concern “for the gate” and strongly communicate those standards to the public.

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Communicating on a Separate Plane

When the dust of generalizations settles, we’re left with a world where millennials have increasing purchasing clout, and are buying all their stuff through social media. That means that, with a strategic approach to social media management, PR professionals have a great opportunity to cultivate and grow millennials as customers.

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