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Media Prep Takeaways from Yahoo’s Unexpected PR Savior, AOL

July 26th, 2016 by

Ten years ago, Yahoo and AOL were cutthroat competitors for search engine and web portal dominance. Today, however, Yahoo’s unexpected PR savior in the post-sale fallout has been AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong, who, having recently sold his own company to Verizon, has taken the opportunity to spin the Verizon acquisition as a merger of two user bases and an opportunity for digital advertising sales, refuting the media’s portrayal of Verizon’s opportunistic seizing of a sinking ship.

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6 Do’s & Don’ts for Using Social Media to Land a Pitch

July 20th, 2016 by

Sometimes pitches can get lost in the daily deluge that is a reporter’s email inbox. And there are plenty of journalists who are simply more engaged on social than other means of communication. One of the great things about social media is that PR pros can cultivate opportunities by being present on the platforms journalists use to identify story angles and sources.

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Remove Foot From Mouth: 6 Tips for Speaking With The Press

June 29th, 2016 by

How many times has this happened to you? You’re watching live television or attending an event with family and friends and a CEO or some other public official says something you, as a PR pro, know could spell trouble for the brand that person is representing? Your friends notice you cringing. Should it be your CEO up there, before your friends even notice it, you’re heading to the office or ducking out to make or receive a phone call about what you just heard. It’s part of the job.

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Tips and Tactics to Make Media Training Successful and Efficient

June 27th, 2016 by

In our nervous-twitch environment, PR execs who provide media training often face an executive or a team that has received coaching previously. These executives or team members know—or think they know—the basics and don’t want to waste time on Training 101. They are content- and results-focused and likely lack the PR knowledge about how the 3 P’s (preparation, practice and performance) can be the difference between a successful or unsuccessful interview.

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8 Items to Put in Your Messaging Toolkit

June 2nd, 2016 by

When you have an important message to communicate—especially one that might be controversial or unpopular—you need more than just the message itself. You should equip yourself with a “messaging toolkit” that will help you effectively deliver (and justify) your message in various formats to various media.

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Broadcast Interview

May 16th, 2016 by

This piece is excerpted from Maura Fitzgerald’s article “Making the Most Out of Broadcast: Turning Your Exec Into a Media Star” in the PR News Media Training Guidebook, Volume 6. Dress: ■Dress conservatively. For men, a… Continued

Structuring Your Messaging Playbook

May 16th, 2016 by

This piece is excerpted from David Hlavac’s article “How to Take a ‘Playbook’ Approach to Messaging: 7 Tips for a Winning Strategy” in the PR News Media Training Guidebook, Volume 6. In order to make… Continued

3 Places to Insert Messages

May 16th, 2016 by

This piece is excerpted from Andy Gilman’s article “Top Execs Don’t Have Much Time for Coaching: Focus on These 3 Tips” in the PR News Media Training Guidebook, Volume 6. Question: When is the best time… Continued

The Do’s and Don’ts to Get You Started With Volunteer Spokespeople

May 16th, 2016 by

This piece is excerpted from Rosalyn Mandola’s article “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Volunteer Social Media Engagements” in the PR News Media Training Guidebook, Volume 6. DO – Provide guidelines with “must… Continued

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8 Body Language Recommendations for Broadcast Interviews

May 11th, 2016 by

Scenario: You’re a veteran PR pro leading communications for a suddenly hot start-up, and you’ve just gotten a request from a broadcast network for a live interview that day with your 22-year-old CEO. These tips for managing body language during a broadcast interview are going to come in might handy.