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The Google Trail

PR and marketing executives fail to use myriad Google channels when they seek to boost their communications strategies.

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Case Study: PR Campaign Connects Fair Trade to Mother’s Day

To grow awareness and support for Fair Trade Certified products, the nonprofit leveraged the gift-giving tradition of Mother’s Day by asking consumers: What if the products you give to mom could also celebrate mothers around the world?

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4 Crucial PR Skills You Need (Right Now)

We are in the midst of a transitional period for communicators, where traditional skills no longer are cutting it. We need some guidance to forge ahead in our careers. In response to a widely expressed call for competency-building support, we identified the skills that are most critical for communications professionals given where things seem to be trending.

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Adopting the ‘Public Relations as Publisher’ Model

Today’s communicators follow trends that lend themselves to stories about their brand or organization. Getting the media to bite is another matter, however. To increase your chance of landing a story with a reporter or editor is to think like one.

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Feel Me, Touch Me, Read Me: Print Remains Valuable

JCPenney’s decision to revive its print catalog is a stark reminder to PR pros that—despite the digital lurch throughout most business sectors—print remains a viable marketing tool.

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Trust But Verify: Ensuring Strong Partnerships

Having a thorough understanding of an agency’s capabilities, approach, and methodology contributes to how expectations are set from the start. It’s critical to deliver on your promises and be direct if you think something won’t work as planned.

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Speak Up

In a digital age, spontaneity rules. Social messages that are unscripted and on the fly help to humanize the brand. But messages that seem overly packaged are about as popular as the measles. It’s a different situation when giving a speech (or commenting) on behalf of the brand.

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Turn the Page

It’s one of the rich ironies of the digital age: Print media are shrinking, thinned out by the ongoing shift to online media channels. At the same time, PR and marketing agencies are starting to adopt many of the tenets that have fueled print media products for decades

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Melding Social Media With Crisis Management

A quartet of communicators chime on how social media is altering crisis management.

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A ‘Firm and Fast’ Rule

“The biggest risk I took in my career is also the first risk I took in my PR career: starting MWW. Prior to that, I had never worked at a PR agency. In fact, I had never stepped foot into one.”

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