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Will Prediction Markets Be the Next Big PR Research Thing?

The usual practice in the market research world is to target an elite few when testing products and/or concepts. Now, online survey company Infosurv and BrainJuicer, in the U.K., are turning that adage on its head—the new thinking banks on the premise that large groups of people are wiser than an elite few. | MORE »

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Trend and Topical Surveys Drive Optimal Press Coverage

With the explosion of consumer-generated media, opinion research has become one of the pillars of communications strategy. To explore the ins and outs of external surveys as a media relations tool, PR News asked corporate PR heads who often field surveys and an online research firm executive about the benefits, options, challenges and possible pitfalls in conducting meaningful research. | MORE »

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Brand Storytelling: The 140-Character Cure

Most brand stories take a little more than 140 characters to tell, but we pitch media via Twitter. Then we wonder why our messages become confused with competitors, our products seem undifferentiated and our brand stories are often forgotten. Maybe we need to start fresh, with a simple story. | MORE »

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How To Offer ‘Unsubscribe’ to Journalists

PR professionals who follow the media relations rules are growing increasingly frustrated by PR spam complaints in the blogosphere. The good news is there are things you can do to clearly signal your commitment to respect journalists’ traditional boundaries. | MORE »

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Media Relations Roundtable: Move From Dictation to Collaboration

Three expert panelists weigh in on the hot topics, trends and tools of media relations. What shouldd PR pros be doing to optimize media outreach? What should PR executives be thinking about for the rest of 2010? | MORE »

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Education, Messaging Drive Effective Government Comms

Verizon’s rolling out of its FiOS video service in New York City wasn’t just a matter of connecting optical cable. Connecting with a number of local and state officials was first and foremost, and the process took about three years. | MORE »

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Case Study: Verizon Communications Team Goes Behind the Scenes And In Front of the Media for Its NYC FiOS TV Launch

Ever since Verizon launched FiOS TV in Keller, Texas, in September 2005, the company’s ultimate goal had been to roll out the all-fiber-optics video service in the major cities in its service area, particularly in New York. | MORE »

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Finance Firms’ Reps Dive

Financial journalists polled in the second annual BackBay-Marketwire Financial Services Reputation Survey said that the finance industry’s reputation has declined over the last year, and financial services firms need to overcome a credibility gap. | MORE »

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The Outsider: Leveraging Foreign Media in China

In a country where both business and government keep the press at arm’s length, here’s how good relationships with foreign journalists can be a win-win situation. | MORE »

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Tech Pothole Stalls Program

Because the Driving While Distracted campaign was a multi-platform effort that entailed considerable planning, logistics were certainly a challenge, says Nationwide’s Charley Gillespie. But the biggest hurdle involved technology. | MORE »

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