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What You Missed at the Big 4 Social Media Conference

August 14th, 2017 by

Did you experience a sudden and sharp sense of FOMO last week? Then you should’ve been in San Francisco with PR News. An all-star lineup of speakers presented on topics ranging from SEO and Google Analytics to influencer marketing and Snapchat at the Big 4 Social Media Conference and Google for Communicators Boot Camp held at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt Aug. 9-10. Here’s a wrap-up of the two-day event, which showcased compelling video, top-notch speakers and networking opportunities galore.

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Pssst, Wanna Buy Some Followers?: How to Avoid Influencer Fraud

August 14th, 2017 by

Influencer marketing is so hot right now that brands may be too willing to get involved. When you’re in the middle of a gold rush, it’s easy to forget caution, and “fear of missing out” may make a sucker of you. This is the crux of a social media experiment by influencer marketing agency Mediakix that has been gaining attention. The bait: Two fake Instagram accounts and a bevy of bought followers. The question: Would brands be willing to pay these fictitious influencers for their promotion “power”? The answer: Yes.

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How to Smoothly Transition From In-House to Agency PR

August 11th, 2017 by

PR pros move between corporate and agency roles regularly. Although there are a set of common skills that you must bring to both corporate and agency environments, there are some key differences. Srikant Ramaswami, who has worked in corporate and agency settings, shares his wisdom for success in transitioning from the brand side to an agency. He also shares tips for new grads on how to choose between working in-house or at an agency.

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3 Ways to Develop a Snapchat Presence

August 10th, 2017 by

Many brands still struggle with how best to build up a presence on Snapchat. The nature of Snapchat’s short-lived content can trick some communicators into thinking the planning they put into each snap should be just as brief. But a detailed strategy can be the key to making your snaps burn bright before they fade away.

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5 SEO Best Practices for Crisis and Reputation Management

August 9th, 2017 by

When a crisis breaks, users inevitably Google the brand in question (or, for smaller brands, look them up on Yelp). But the last thing communicators want is negative headlines or reviews topping the list of search results for their brand. Here are five ways to make SEO an integral and immediate strategy when developing a crisis management campaign or handling Yelp customer reviews.

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How a Healthcare Brand Crafted a Multifaceted Plan to Re-Engage Staff After Radical Changes

August 8th, 2017 by

Internal communications is a pain point for brands and organizations large and small in normal times. When significant changes are occurring inside an organization it can make communications even more difficult. Ally Bunin, a VP for internal communications at Brighton Health Plan Solutions, explains how her brand communicated during a period of radical internal changes.

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A Transit Authority Opens Its Playbook on Handling Employee Critics Online

August 8th, 2017 by

With all the good that comes from social media, there also are negatives. One is that employees can criticize their company online and make life even more anxious for communicators. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) encountered such an instance a few months ago when it introduced random drug and alcohol testing of employees. An outcry went up in some quarters over this policy. Here’s how TTC handled the situation.

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How Large and Small Brands Monitor to Prepare for Social Media Crises

August 8th, 2017 by

As you know, speed is of the essence when dealing with a social media crises. Fortunately, tools exist that can help brands large and small monitor social media conversations, which can buy a bit of time for brands when a social media crisis occurs.

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To Avoid Gaffes, Monitor Culture Constantly

August 8th, 2017 by

With social media’s ability to give everyone a chance to comment, brands must be particularly vigilant to monitor the cultural landscape. Here’s an example of a brand that thought its ad for athletic footwear was in good taste. It was, except several tragic news events made it far less so. Tips on how your brand can avoid a similar issue.

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Google’s New Diversity VP Tested by Internal Controversy

August 7th, 2017 by

A long “manifesto” decrying efforts at addressing diversity has been making the rounds inside Google via internal message boards and social networks. The author, a male software engineer, argues that there are inherent differences between men and women that account for perceived gender gaps. Thus Google’s Danielle Brown, who took up the mantle of vice president of diversity, integrity & governance at the end of June, already finds herself in a delicate internal communications test.