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.
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.
For other companies wishing to do a campaign similar to Nationwide’s Driving While Distracted program, which educates consumers on safe driving practices, Fleishman-Hillard’s Senior Vice President Bill Ferguson and Nationwide’s communications consultant for media relations, Charley Gillespie, offer tips.
It wasn’t just the fact that Republican Scott Brown once posed for Cosmo that vaulted him to the office of U.S. senator from Massachusetts. Mobile communications also played a big part in the win, but what has gained the most attention from political strategists is a new application for smartphones that was used during the race.
A recent study by PR agency Ruder Finn finds that Americans now spend an average of 2.7 hours per day on the mobile Internet. Now is the time to begin formulating a mobile PR strategy and to start on the path toward integration.
A study by Outsell revealed that digital media will take a higher share of advertising revenues than print this year for the first time in the U.S. Digital media will grow to a market share of 32.5%, compared with 30.3% for print.
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.
Case Study: Nationwide, Fleishman-Hillard Take Hands-On Approach To ‘Driving While Distracted’ Cause Campaign
After hearing firsthand accounts of the dangers posed by distracted driving from customers and colleagues, Nationwide Insurance became the first insurance company to take on the issue when it launched its campaign to educate consumers on the risks posed by Driving While Distracted (DWD) and encourage Americans to adopt safer driving habits in order to protect lives on the road.
When properly trained, it’s OK to let junior PR staff to pitch stories and follow up with editors on press releases, and be more involved with clients. After all, how else are they going to learn?
When looking to secure press for your client or your organization, the aim is typically the big feature, but sometimes when the news might not be as strong as you’d like, the more effective angle to pursue could be that of a trend story.