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More Than Ever, Technology Precedes the Creative Idea

October 10th, 2017 by

Our regular feature where we ask leaders in PR, communications and marketing about their influences, trends and the best advice they’ve received recently.


PR Pro or Communicator? New PRSA Chair Blasts Nomenclature Debate

October 10th, 2017 by

It was much ado about nothing when PRSA’s board debated amending its bylaws to include the word “communicator” as opposed to just “PR practitioner.” The incoming PRSA chairman scotched the argument and said not one CEO is interested in it.


Case Study: How a Cat Litter Used Emotion to Change Its Underdog Brand Status

October 10th, 2017 by

Learn from a case study how a cat litter brand took on larger brands and forged an emotional tie with customers to gain awareness and social traction.

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Internal Comms: 7 Tactics for Crafting Internal Communications for a Global Audience

October 10th, 2017 by

Internal communications sometimes is relegated to the back burner when large corporate announcements are planned. That’s unfortunate, because employees should be told first when a significant change will touch their lives. Here’s how to edit internal communications for a global audience.


PRSA Conference Mixes Traditional Ethics With Technology, the Dark Web and Brand Storytelling

October 10th, 2017 by

Signs of change and tradition made for an eclectic pastiche as PRSA celebrated its 70th anniversary during the group’s International Conference in Boston, which began Sunday.

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The Week in PR

October 10th, 2017 by

Our weekly roundup of trends, news and personnel moves in PR, marketing and communications. This week’s stories include Cam Newton’s apology, Jemele Hill’s suspension and kudos to Brandi Boatner on her promotion at IBM.


6 Tips for Effective Meetings That Will Facilitate Integration of PR, Marketing and Sales

October 3rd, 2017 by

Integration of PR, sales and marketing remains a hot topic. Yet often integration seems to be more aspirational than actual. Egos, territoriality and budgets can get in the way. Moving beyond theoretical integration begins with meetings. Nikki Hotveidt of Dow Jones and the Wall St Journal provides tips for conducting silo-busting meetings.


Facebook’s Russia About-Face Is Costly; So’s Equifax’s Crisis Avoidance

October 3rd, 2017 by

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is eating crow as the situation with Russian ads on Facebook has amounted to more than the nonsense he called it initially. Equifax, of course, has committed nearly every error possible in terms of its early crisis management to its summer data breach. Katie Paine grades the two brands’ crisis response efforts.

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Jocks and Geeks: A Look at Top Influencers Ranked by Total Actions

October 3rd, 2017 by

For a change of pace we asked data partner Shareablee to look at influencers among U.S. athletes and their 360-degree opposites, geeks. In this case the geeks topped the jocks. Geeky George Takei’s post garnered more consumer engagement than those of LeBron James, the basketball star.


PR Alchemy: Promoting a Project When Basic Details Are Unavailable

October 3rd, 2017 by

A PR firm was primed to publicize the launch of an HGTV series about Pittsburgh-based home renovator Kris Bennett. Trouble was details about the date, time and content of the show were kept secret until just weeks before the premiere episode. This case study examines how the PR team handled this perplexing issue.