Ebola deaths were mounting. In early September 2014, Liberia was logging more than 70 confirmed cases daily, and the toll was rising. With too few Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), a scarcity of ambulances, no way to reach remote areas quickly and healthcare workers falling ill, communication was the only means to forestall spreading the deadly disease.
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Brand communicators beware: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has declared open season on social media influencers who fail to disclose that they are paid for endorsing a brand’s products and services. Not only that, disclosures must take a specific form; they also should be ubiquitous in some cases.
Late last year the FTC issued a long-awaited policy statement regarding native advertising and influencers, which was a follow-up to an earlier FAQ on the topic. Not even three months after it issued the later document, it “put industry on notice,” says Allison Fitzpatrick, partner at Davis & Gilbert in its marketing, promotions and PR practice groups, by slapping a penalty on high-end retailer Lord & Taylor ( PRN, March 21).
It’s a toss-up. Who was suffering more from delusional thinking last month: UK Prime Minister David Cameron or UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi? You’ll have to judge for yourself.
As PR pros, we know that a large part of our job is to consistently garner coverage for our brand in the media. Whether through traditional or digital mediums, television, radio, print, online or increasingly social engagement, the placements we secure are the measurement of our success. More often than not much of our work is done on a limited budget.
Many local or purely trade news stories have national hooks. Here is a 10-step method to gaining national exposure for your local story by taking it to Washington, D.C., and perhaps NY City.
Snapchat had to be happy with what occurred during the Digital Content NewFronts, which began May 2 in NY. Despite Snapchat’s absence as a presenter at the annual marketing confab, there was considerable buzz about the brand. We ask Snapchat experts how brands can use it to reach millennials.
People who want to resolve issues, those are who you want in a crisis.
An overabundance of options usually leads people to consolidate their trust into a few select providers.
Science is deceptively void of emotion. There’s a Big Bang, a periodic table and numbers. But they can get awfully dry, and so can technology—at least on the surface.