Media Relations

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What #AlternativeFacts Means for PR Pros

January 23rd, 2017 by

“Flack” is an ugly word to those of us in the public relations discipline, and it seems that for a while—thanks to the principled work of those in modern PR—it had been riding an ebb tide out to sea. That tide may now be coming in again; The Washington Post, Politico and Wired, among others, used the term in reference to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in effect the nation’s PR-pro-in-chief, in his first week on the job.

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UC Berkeley’s Influencer Program: A Secret Weapon for Recruitment and Fundraising

January 10th, 2017 by

What’s the secret sauce for injecting authenticity into today’s competitive college market? A solid influencer program, according to some. PR News spoke with Christina Sponselli, director of social media at University of California, Berkeley, about the school’s influencer recruitment and relationship-building strategy. Sponselli will be speaking at length on influencer marketing at PR News’ Digital Summit on Feb. 24 in Huntington Beach, CA.

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8 Do’s and Don’ts for Connecting With Journalists on Social Media

December 29th, 2016 by

Social media provides a great opportunity to connect directly with journalists, who often turn to platforms like Twitter to find sources, track breaking stories and promote their work. But how can you best use social media to get their attention? Michelle LeBlanc, social media strategist with Industrium, offers up this quick checklist of do’s and don’ts.

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[VIDEO] How Hilton Worldwide Finds Authentic Influencers

December 21st, 2016 by

Every brand under the sun wants influencers to act as ambassadors, but as with any partnership, the right fit is key. Influencers should have more than a large following—they should be able to lend an authentic voice to your brand’s story. But how to find the right match? John Walls, director of brand PR, luxury and lifestyle brands at Hilton Worldwide, makes use of influencers regularly, and notes that authenticity is all about understanding potential influencers’ aesthetic and tone. He discusses influencer relations with Doug Simon of D S Simon Media in this brief video.

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How Boeing’s Messaging Around Iran Deal Is Catering to a Tough Customer

December 12th, 2016 by

When it comes to framing news in a flattering light to the right audience, Boeing has just pulled a deft PR judo maneuver that’s worth studying. On Dec. 11 Boeing signed a deal to sell 80 aircraft to Iran for $16.6 billion, a deal only possible because of the nuclear deal framework the Obama administration negotiated in 2015, which lifted economic and financial sanctions against Iran. But there’s a huge obstacle that could cause trouble come Jan. 20: Donald Trump.

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#StopFundingHate vs. #DumpKelloggs: When a Brand Is Squeezed From Both Sides

December 1st, 2016 by

Kellogg Co. is between a rock and a hard place. On Nov. 29 the cereal giant announced it was pulling advertising from Breitbart, the right-wing news outlet that rocketed to wider recognition after its executive chair Steve Bannon was tapped for the position of senior counselor to president-elect Donald Trump.

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4 Ways to Build Lasting Relationships With Industry Influencers

November 22nd, 2016 by

So you’ve snagged an influencer for your brand’s next campaign…Now what? According to John Walls, director of brand PR for luxury & lifestyle brands at Hilton Worldwide, maintaining good relations with influencers is more complex than one might think. Walls will be speaking as part of PR News’ Media Relations Conference on Dec. 8 in Washington, D.C. He shares four points to keep in mind as you begin to correspond with your next industry influencer.

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Media Pitching Lessons From the Purring Engine of GM’s PR Team

November 14th, 2016 by

Recently it was a PR rep from a huge government organization. He said, “This is all great, but I don’t have any problems getting media attention. They’re calling me every day.” What a huge opportunity he is missing! Whether you’re at a big brand or a small one, it’s not solely about the volume of stories that include you. It’s whether you can place the stories you want told.

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3 Do’s and 3 Don’ts for Launching Your Influencer Relations Program

November 9th, 2016 by

When some hear the word “influencer,” they may picture a celebrity with millions of followers. But influencers don’t always need to be famous to be effective brand ambassadors—take it from Amisha Gandhi, senior director of influencer marketing at SAP. She’ll be speaking as part of PR News’ Media Relations Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8.

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Election 2016: What Do Brands Do Now?

November 9th, 2016 by

Well before Tuesday brands knew that this was an unusual election. Its surprising conclusion in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirmed that thought many times over. Obviously there are so many emotions to deal with and questions to answer; however, this brief essay will confine itself to the election’s implications for brands.