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The Week in PR

July 10th, 2017 by

Our regular weekly look at trends, tips, tactics and personnel moves in the PR and communications industry. This week we feature stories about Facebook’s new advertising features, an issue with TV networks’ spelling prowess and the best times and days to post on social media.

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A 3-Part Plan for Brands to Engage With and Defeat Fake News

July 10th, 2017 by

The term fake news, or #fakenews, has become ubiquitous. The question for PR pros is how to engage with fake news and defeat it. U of FL professor Kristina Libby provides a 3-part plan that will help you defend yourself and triumph over fake news.


PR Firms’ Utilization Rate Misses Mark

July 10th, 2017 by

In our June 26 edition, we told you about the yearly Gould+Partners benchmarking study that showed PR firms struggling last year to reach 20% profitability. Now we break down the data a bit more, looking at which specialties charged the most and how PR pros are billing their hours.


Consumer Engagement With Brands’ Video on Twitter Up 300% in Q4

July 10th, 2017 by

Consumer engagement with Twitter jumped in Q4 2016, mostly on the back of video, according to Shareablee data provided exclusively to PR News. Also of note, you barely hear people talking about Twitter going under. Now it’s all about the president’s latest tweet.


The Week In PR

June 26th, 2017 by

Our weekly roundup of trends, news and personnel moves in PR and communications. This week’s stories feature a look at Uber without its CEO; a new web site for Polaroid; Facebook offers journalists tools and training to protect themselves; and Weber Shandwick makes a bevy of personnel moves.


How Communicators Can Get the C-Suite to Believe in Social Media

June 26th, 2017 by

What are the best ways to get buy-in on social media from the C-suite? The Conference Board’s senior researcher Alexander Parkinson shares what he found as he conducted research for a recent report on the subject.


PR Struggles to Reach 20% Profit Levels as Labor Costs Remain an Issue

June 26th, 2017 by

When we dive deeper into the Gould+Partners study about PR firm profitability that we reported about in our June 12 edition, it looks like another case of the rich getting richer. The larger firms are doing well in terms of profits, but the mid-size and smaller firms are struggling. Gould provides insight into why he thinks this is the case and what PR firms can do to raise their profits.


4 Steps to Help Your Team Remember and Execute Its Crisis Plan

June 26th, 2017 by

PR pros know that having a Crisis Communications Plan (CCP) is critical. The more difficult task is keeping the plan’s steps top-of-mind for rapid recall when you need them. Chances are your CCP is sitting on a shelf somewhere. This article provides a handy checklist of CCP steps as well as a step-by-step approach to handling crisis communications in a way that will be easy for staff to remember.


The Week in PR

June 19th, 2017 by

Our weekly roundup of news, trends and personnel moves in PR and communications. This week we feature stories about another Steve Harvey PR miscue, United Airlines’ new communications chief, an unintended event that marred what should have been a week of recovery for Uber and a very nice gesture via Instagram from Chef Jamie Oliver for those who lost their homes in London’s Grenfell Tower fire.

Listen Here:  A look inside Taco Bell’s listening hub, known as the Fish Bowl. The brand keeps up-to-the-minute tabs on social conversations, says Matt Prince, manager, PR and Brand Engagement.   Source: Taco Bell

The Bell System: How Taco Bell Assesses a Social Situation Before It Responds

June 19th, 2017 by

In part II of our interview with Taco Bell’s social media and brand engagement manager Matt Prince, we ask him about how the brand manages during the initial moments of a potential crisis. With 7,000 restaurants across the country, incidents pop up constantly, he tells us, making social listening crucial. We also discuss the particulars of how Prince and his team measurement and report metrics to the C-Suite.