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Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Chatbot

July 20th, 2017 by

More and more, users prefer a conversation to web browsing for their shopping and customer service needs. But for brands with large audiences, responding to each comment personally can be a nigh-impossible task. Enter the chatbot, a technology that’s rapidly coming into its own and turning into a valuable communications asset.

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3 Ways the FCC Rollback of Net Neutrality Could Affect Your Brand

July 12th, 2017 by

Amazon, Reddit, Netflix, Google: This is just the beginning of the list of prominent companies that have joined the chorus to call for the preservation of net neutrality on July 12, 2017, the “Day of Action.” But your brand may not seem to be as directly affected if it is not a content provider. How, then, is this controversy relevant to you?

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4 Ways to Change the Paid, Owned and Earned Media Structure

June 15th, 2017 by

If the lines between paid, owned and earned media have become blurred, why is the internal structure at most organizations still so linear? In this commentary, Brooks Thomas, social business advisor with Southwest Airlines, argues for a more integrated approach and provides four tips for smaller organizations looking to bust down the silos between those three types of content.

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4 Takeaways From Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

June 2nd, 2017 by

Each year Mary Meeker, a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, puts together an exhaustive analysis of the latest online trends and the insights that can be gleaned from them. This year the report is a robust 355 pages—but here are a few of the important highlights for PR and marketing professionals.

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5 Steps to Build Your Digital Content Tribe Like Hilton

May 31st, 2017 by

Generating new and exciting content is essential to any social media strategy, but it’s no small feat. Brands spend a good chunk of their marketing budget on copywriters, agencies and influencers to build a library of rich, dynamic content that captures and captivates their audience’s attention. But there’s another way. Here, Vanessa Sain-Dieguez, senior director of HR digital strategy at Hilton Worldwide, shows how the hotel giant built a tribe of passionate content creators in-house.

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How a Nonprofit Took Advantage of Media Trends

May 22nd, 2017 by

In our regular feature about trends in PR and communications, Scott Sleek of the Association for Psychological Science discusses the changes his organization made at its web site when it determined the social media market had shifted.

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How to Build a Silo-Busting Integrated Communications Team

April 26th, 2017 by

A salesperson, a PR manager and a marketer walk into a bar…or so your bottom line wishes. The birth of social media forced organizations to draw up new business strategies to stay competitive in the digital space. And so they did—one department at a time. Ask a salesperson what their social strategy is, or even what social media means to her profit goals and she will probably give you a completely different answer than the PR or marketing manager within the same organization. So how can you build a truly integrated communications team? By following these three steps.

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Burger King’s Wily Voice-Activating Ad Thwarted by Google (With Some Help From Online Pranksters)

April 13th, 2017 by

Burger King has transformed a simple TV ad into a mouthwatering engagement goldmine…almost. The fast-food chain would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those pesky kids at Google (and on the internet at large). On April 12, Burger King aired an ad in which an actor asks, “OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?” The line was intended to prompt Google Home devices to read a list of Whopper ingredients from Wikipedia, but anonymous pranksters edited the Whopper Wikipedia article to include some less-than-appetizing ingredients.

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A Disconnect? Journalists and Influencers Say Audiences Are More Responsive to Cold, Hard Facts Than to Emotional Content

March 31st, 2017 by

Journalists and influencers believe that factual content ranks higher with online audiences than emotional content, according to a recent Cision report. Yet at a panel discussion in New York this week, communicators said that emotionally driven content has undeniable power to attract audiences and can even build trust in a brand.

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How Southwest Airlines Preps Timely Content, Far in Advance

March 30th, 2017 by

Timely content is king. The good news in today’s digital world is that companies are now in the content driver’s seat. But with so many channels and platforms at their disposal, many brands struggle to be relevant on all of them, all the time. That is leading some to make poor decisions about content type, timing and topic. Here are two examples of how Southwest Airlines strikes while the iron is hot.