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How Brands Can Avoid the Biggest Trap on Snapchat

September 26th, 2016 by

Life is live, but so much of what we watch on screens is taped. For brands wanting to control their messages, avoiding in-the-moment tools would seem to make sense. Still, for brands there’s much to be gained by using Snapchat. With many brands getting started on Snapchat, and plenty timidly staying away, we asked Sarah Maloy, director of social media and external video at Fuse Media LLC, parent of national television network Fuse TV, to tell us of Snapchat traps to avoid.

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Honesty, Accountability, Apology, Investigation Urged for Wells Fargo

September 19th, 2016 by

You saw the headlines Sept. 8 and 9 discussing the record payment of $185 million Wells Fargo made to regulators. The basic details surrounding the reason for this fine also are well known: Some 5,300… Continued

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Tips for Creating a Measurable Video Strategy Across Facebook, YouTube and Other Platforms

September 19th, 2016 by

With 8 billion average daily video views on Facebook, 4 billion+ on YouTube and one hour of video uploaded to YouTube ever second, the path ahead for brand communicators seems clear: commit to video. But with that much video in the social ecosystem, how can you compete, especially when videos taken during a Beyoncé concert September 10 showing a pre-arranged marriage proposal for her dance captain receive more than 5 million views? We asked PR pros with video expertise and restricted the conversation to brand video on Facebook and YouTube.

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How a Fast-Growing Nonprofit Rebuilt Its PR Team Using Agency Principles

September 19th, 2016 by

Whether you are managing and growing a team in-house, looking to build better relationships with colleagues and senior executives or establishing the best way to work with consultants or clients, creating a PR team structure that produces results and meets demands is critical to success. PR pros must create a thoughtful plan, identify individual strengths, recognize weak spots and address change and challenges head on—all while creating compelling campaigns that produce results. Here’s a case study looking at how a rapidly expanding nonprofit used PR agency principles to organize itself.

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Image Analytics Emerges as Vital Measurement for Communications

September 12th, 2016 by

In Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report (2014), it was estimated that 1.8 billion photos were shared on select social channels daily. In her latest report, for 2016, Meeker estimates the figure for 2015 to be 3.25 billion photos daily. There are a bit more than 7 billion people on Earth. Think about how often every person on Earth, even those without internet access, would have to upload and share a photo each week to reach that figure. So the longtime practice of image analytics in traditional media has become a hot new topic in social media, and listening tools are starting to add image recognition to their capabilities.

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Report Card From the Academics: Next Wave of PR Pros Lacks Sharp Writing, Presentation Skills

September 12th, 2016 by

We conclude our 2-part series about how PR and communications are taught in colleges and universities.
There was plenty of agreement between what our PR and communications pros told us and what the quartet of academics we interviewed said. Writing—specifically, writing for PR vehicles that is clear, concise, creative and persuasive—was among the skills both the pros and academics emphasized. Several of the academics said students lack familiarity with PR writing, which, they said, is different from writing term papers. Our academics said this is an area they stress extensively with students.

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Use of Data and Social Are Key Trends for Advocacy PR

August 29th, 2016 by

A weekly look at the latest trends in PR and communications with a key leader in the industry. This week we speak with Karen Moore, an advocacy PR specialist, who points to data-driven communications and social media as trends in advocacy PR.

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PR Pros Still See Writing as Key to Success, But Analytics, Digital, Business Skills Also Important

August 29th, 2016 by

To get readers in the right frame of mind for the start of the school term this two-part series begins by asking a bevy of veteran in-house and agency communicators to discuss the latest trends in the field and how they are being taught (or not) at colleges and graduate schools. Their responses are included in this week’s edition. In our next edition, we’ll present the academics’ responses to similar questions.

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Four Things to Remember Before You Begin Putting a Value on Your Firm

August 22nd, 2016 by

For those of you considering selling your firm or acquiring one, it’s important to know that valuing PR agencies is an inexact science and a complex process. It takes financial expertise, knowledge of the M&A marketplace and an understanding of how buyers create offers/term sheets. Below are several things you need to consider as you begin the valuation process.

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How to Be a Better Client and Improve Your PR Agency Partnership

August 22nd, 2016 by

The most important thing to realize about working with agencies is that it’s about much more than merely delegating work. One of the keys to working with an agency is to think about it as building a team outside your organization to help achieve your communication and business goals.