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To Disclose or Not to Disclose: What You Need to Know About FTC Regulations on Influencers

May 23rd, 2016 by

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).

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5 Tips to Help You Make the C-Suite More Relatable to Employees

May 23rd, 2016 by

Open communication between leadership and employees is integral to building employee trust, morale and engagement. Dry business language and performance metrics through company emails barely scratch the surface of who a leader actually is. More important, they do very little to make a company’s leaders relatable and connected to employees.

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How a Resort Used Old-Fashioned Networking to Gain National Exposure

May 16th, 2016 by

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.

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6 Crisis Communications Tips To Help You Spot Impending Problems

May 9th, 2016 by

Here are some procedures to build an infrastructure that prepares you to monitor and use social media during crisis communication.

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Snapchat Tips and Tactics That Will Help Your Brand Engage With a Millennial Demographic

May 9th, 2016 by

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.

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How to Make Your Local Story Go National via a Washington Media Tour

May 9th, 2016 by

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.

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The TV & Radio Interview: A Step-by-Step Guide to Prepare for Success

May 9th, 2016 by

While broadcast interviews can make even the most sophisticated executives uneasy, they offer a unique opportunity to deliver messages to a wide audience quickly and simultaneously.

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It’s Good to Be King: How Creating Quality Content Solves SEO Issues

May 2nd, 2016 by

Keyword-based SEO is a trap. Most of us know that keyword stuffing is a bad idea, but many aren’t aware that most of the effort put into keywords is of low consequence.

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Loving Communications: 10 Tips to Help Humanize Your Brand’s Message

May 2nd, 2016 by

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.