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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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Red Bull, Lenovo Top B2C Brands on Facebook as Engagement Totals Fall Unexpectedly

November 7th, 2016 by

The Chicago Cubs taught the world last week that nothing lasts forever, especially when you define forever as 108 years. And Sir Isaac Newton, well before Blood Sweat & Tears’ Spinning Wheel, said, not sang, “What goes up, must come down.”

Those two bits of knowledge explain this week’s Data Dive, where, for the first time in quite awhile, consumer engagement with U.S. B2C brands’ posts are down, according to Shareablee data provided exclusively to PR News Pro.

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The Week in PR

November 7th, 2016 by

M&A: W2O Group early today acquired Marketeching Solutions, LLC, a research and social listening consultancy specializing in healthcare and life sciences. Founded in 2008 by Kevin Johnson, Marketeching has offices in New Hope, PA, and Philadelphia. Johnson will remain, operating Marketeching as a subsidiary of W2O. Earlier this year, Mountaingate Capital secured an investment position in W20 to propel growth through acquisitions.

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The Week in PR

October 31st, 2016 by

A review of the week’s stories, trends and personnel moves in PR. This week’s edition includes Gutenberg’s spinning off Lumina, the mishandled crisis at an amusement park down under, a false alarm over the use of influencers and Fox’s CCO is leaving.

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Proving ROI and Tight Budgets Worry Agency Heads

October 31st, 2016 by

A new quarterly survey of 100 PR agency firm leaders by the PR Council shows tight budgets and proving ROI top the list of concerns as the year winds down. The survey’s results were provided early exclusively to PR News Pro.

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Why Feedback is Important as You Build Your Intranet

October 31st, 2016 by

The second part of a two-part series about building an employee intranet. This part of the article deals with the actual build and design of the system and why it’s important to keep a beta user team and your C-suite advocates briefed.

Strategizing, Writing, Storytelling and Measurement Will Remain Important in 2017

October 31st, 2016 by

What will the new year mean for PR pros and what skills should they bring with them. We ask 5 communicators what successful PR people will need.

Forget Anything You Learned About Crisis Communications

October 24th, 2016 by

An infographic illustrating how quickly crises can move, spread around the globe and ruin a brand’s reputation.

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Before You Build an Intranet Listen to Employees and Determine KPIs

October 24th, 2016 by

Those outside the corporate world can be blissfully unaware of how unwieldy a corporation can be, especially when it comes to getting new initiatives implemented and everyone on board, paddling in the same direction. But effecting change across large organizations is more often like slaloming the Titanic through a gantlet of icebergs. The lurking danger, just under the surface, is lack of communication.

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Tips From PR Pros to Help You Measure Your Organization’s YouTube Efforts

October 24th, 2016 by

In part I of this story in our Oct. 17 edition we looked at how brands can strengthen their YouTube content without spending too much money. This week we’ll explore several best practices for measuring your YouTube efforts. Need an incentive to make sure your brand is engaged with YouTube? How’s the fact that 88% of all video searches result in a YouTube video? Or that after behemoth Google, YouTube is the largest search engine?