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Traditional Media Measurement Will Exit by 2018, and 6 More Predictions

December 12th, 2016 by

The term PR may be obsolete by the end of 2017. The concept of PR meaning ”building relationships with one’s publics” remains valid. But the common vernacular meaning of PR as being mostly about media relations is rapidly going the way of the landline and the floppy disk. Look at titles today. My database used to be filled with titles like “PR manager.” Now it includes one or more of the following words in an astonishing variety of combinations: social, digital, content marketing, PESO, public relations, public affairs, communications, advertising, marketing, development, events, etc.

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Why You Should Allocate Your PR Budget Surplus to Measurement Now

December 5th, 2016 by

It’s too late in the year to plan and execute a new PR campaign. And you lack the amount you would need in the budget for another major expenditure. But your use-it-or-lose-it situation means you need a smart solution, stat. Have no fear: It’s measurement to the rescue. Why measurement? Think of it as an opportunity to demonstrate to your company leadership that you can be resourceful and that you understand the importance of data. In other words, use the rest of your budget in a data-driven media analysis to substantiate the influence of your 2016 PR effort and provide a strategic roadmap for 2017.

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How a Corrections Dept. Built Thought Leadership

December 5th, 2016 by

With the multitude of social media and online channels, it’s easier than ever to push out information. Everyone with a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account is a publisher. On the other hand, the proliferation of channels makes it fiercely competitive to get noticed. Yet if it’s important that your organization or brand showcase its expertise and be seen as a principal in its field, thought leadership is one way to go. Below are some ways the Orange County Corrections Department (OCCD) is weaving thought leadership into its PR plans.

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IBM Study Urges Brands to Talk Online About CSR

December 5th, 2016 by

A study warranting attention was unveiled during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation conference recently. Backed by sentiment analysis software from IBM, the objective was to see if companies that were vocal about their CSR received a reputational lift online and, if so, by how much. Part II: Many of us talk about corporate social responsibility (CSR), but can we define it? A recent Aflac study, shared with PR News Pro exclusively found executives in the CSR space have many definitions for it.

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The Secret Sauce for the Cranberry’s Social Media Win With Millennials

November 21st, 2016 by

It’s an age-old issue for communicators: How do you create content for your brand that can break through the noise and find its way to new audiences? In the following case study, we added a few more conditions. First, can your content take a fruit—the cranberry, which is associated mostly with its peak harvest and holiday season—and make it trendy with millennials? Cranberries contain vitamin C and fiber and may help maintain urinary tract health, but with many other foods touting benefits, how could this superfruit stand out from the crowd?

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How to Build Relationships With Influencers That Endure Beyond One Communications Campaign

November 14th, 2016 by

On Nov. 1 Instagram said it was testing a feature that will allow users to buy what they see in their feeds directly from brands. The beta involves 20 brands, including J.Crew, Macy’s and Levi’s. The user clicks on a button and up pops the product’s name and price. Another click provides a more in-depth description of the product. Then there’s the ever-popular “shop now” click, which takes the user to the retailer’s website. Seems simple, right? Actually, the implications could be enormous.

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Write On: 5 Tips to Help You Write Better and Why Writing Still Matters

November 7th, 2016 by

Remember about five years ago, when everyone in PR became enamored with analytics and how numbers and math would create a Moneyball across the communications landscape? While today no one disputes the fact that analytics has become a standard communications tool, it is clear that a new—and surprising—weakness in our industry has emerged: the written word.

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How to Plan For Every Crisis You Can Anticipate, and Why You Should Now

November 7th, 2016 by

Hurricane Matthew recently taught millions of Americans a lesson they should have long-since learned: that it is dangerous to live or work on the coast. Of course, telling coastal dwellers this is like telling Kansans that it’s dangerous to live in Tornado Ally – or a Los Angelino that it can be unhealthy to live on a fault line.

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Brands Weathering the Political Storm: Staying on Message in a Charged, Angry Cultural Climate

November 7th, 2016 by

In case you’ve been studiously avoiding all forms of media surrounding the run-up to this week’s election, the atmosphere has become politically charged in the past few months. Brands are advised to raise their shields. As we noted a few weeks back, Bisquick attempted to inject gluten-laden levity into the second presidential debate, asking the Twitterverse innocuously if it would “vote” for a pancake or a waffle. Social media winced, urging Bisquick to back off on the funny stuff during such an important moment. “Get off my Twitter feed, Bisquick,” roared one disgruntled tweeter, representing the consensus.

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A 2-Step Approach to Integrating Communications and Business Teams

October 31st, 2016 by

Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. (TAMS) struggled with ensuring integration. As I’m certain you know, in a fast-paced environment it’s very easy to get caught up in your projects and fail to consider integration, or much of anything besides your immediate team. Over the past five years TAMS has implemented processes that have helped—dare I say forced—its marketing organization to integrate. Here’s how TAMS did it.