Branding/Reputation

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How 4 Influencers Redefined ‘Black Panther’ for a New Generation

February 16th, 2018 by

Marvel’s long-awaited “Black Panther” has already shattered box-office pre-sale records and is shaping up to be the most successful movie with an almost all-black cast ever released. But the source comic book was not always as infused with such resonant ideas about racial identity, class and power. Here’s a look at the influencers who helped reframe Black Panther’s brand and identity as a powerful avatar for black representation on the big screen.

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3 Ways Unilever Benefits From Its Threat to Pull Facebook, Google Ads

February 12th, 2018 by

Unilever is threatening to pull ads from the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google—but the way the consumer goods giant conveyed that message has been as powerful as the message itself. The company’s CMO Keith Weed planned to use his keynote at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting today to call for improved transparency, accountability and consumer trust in digital platforms. But in a masterstroke of messaging, the company managed to humanize itself and score earned media, while also positioning Unilever as a thought leader, by releasing the speech strategically.

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3 Super Bowl Ads That Gave Their Brands a PR Boost

February 5th, 2018 by

The Super Bowl is one of the most highly anticipated annual events in popular culture. But for many people tuning in, the advertising breaks are every bit as compelling and competitive as the game itself. This year, ads from Tide, Amazon and the NFL won the day and gave their brands a lift, while Dodge Ram shot itself in the foot with a tone-deaf spot.

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Edelman Study Urges CEOs to Lead as Trust in Government is Low; Trust Index Way Down in U.S.

January 30th, 2018 by

The start of the year means many things: new goals, fresh opportunities and, of course, the annual Trust Barometer report from Edelman. This indicator of global attitudes has been a sobering read during the past few years. It’s not too much different in 2018, although media’s low trust factor hasn’t slipped too much.

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Cutting Through the Communications Data Wilderness: Reputation Measurement Challenges

January 9th, 2018 by

Many companies measure their reputation via a yearly poll. Others wait until a crisis hits to commission a survey about how stakeholders perceive their company. Still others feel measuring reputation should be an ongoing operation. This fourth article in our series with PublicRelay discusses the best ways to measure reputation and why it’s important to do so.

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The Top 3 #TimesUp Messaging Moments From the Golden Globes

January 8th, 2018 by

The Time’s Up movement took the spotlight at the 75th Annual Golden Globes. From the first words spoken by host Seth Meyers, “Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen,” the issue that has consumed Hollywood for months was felt in both subtle and overt ways. Here are three of the top Time’s Up messaging moments—from Debra Messing’s red carpet interview to Natalie Portman’s cutting one-liner—from Sunday’s star-studded event.

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How Derek Jeter Can Repair His Image

December 22nd, 2017 by

Throughout his long career playing baseball, Derek Jeter was thought to have the PR sense of a crafty politician. Little if anything stuck to him. In just a few months as CEO and co-owner of the Florida Marlins, though, he seemingly has torched his good name by unloading the team’s top talent and several other questionable moves. Here are suggestions designed to help him repair his public image.

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In Wake of #MeToo, Microsoft Makes a Bold Move to End Forced Arbitration

December 20th, 2017 by

Over the past two months, the #MeToo movement has sparked a long-overdue national conversation around sexual harassment. And now, one of the nation’s biggest companies is moving beyond talk to action. Microsoft has announced that it would end the common corporate practice of “forced arbitration,” which requires victims of sexual harassment to settle cases privately rather than through a court of law. Will other companies follow its lead?

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How Suspending Business Can Help Maintain Your Brand Promise

December 19th, 2017 by

The fires in California have brought devastation to people, property and animals in the Golden State since the beginning of the month. While some fires continue to rage, those in the area of the Ojai Valley Inn have been contained. Faced with a large clean-up, the Inn refused to cut corners and instead will remain closed into 2018, resulting in a large financial loss as it will miss prime holiday weeks. Its decision to remain closed is firmly rooted in its brand promise.

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Brands Fail to Align Public Image With Employees’ Perceptions

November 21st, 2017 by

Communicators and marketers know brands must impress customers and employees. A new study shows there’s a gap between the image that brands portray to the public and what their own employees think of the brand based on their work experience.