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3 Life Hacks for Social Media Teams of One

April 30th, 2018 by

Most organizations are short on time, money and headcount when it comes to social media. So, when juggling multiple handles, channels and campaigns, it’s paramount that communicators manage their resources effectively and efficiently. Here are three time-saving tips for those working on social media solo.

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How Kanye, Janelle Monáe and Michelle Wolf Hijacked the News Cycle

April 30th, 2018 by

It’s no surprise that the number of Michelle Wolf’s Twitter followers tripled over the past several days. As far as timely publicity stunts go, putting provocative words to things many are thinking but few are saying is succeeding in both politics and entertainment. For now, that tactic is not an option for brand communicators, who can only watch as their content drowns in a sea of outrage and affirmation.

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How Data Mapping Can Help You Identify the Best Influencers for Your Brand

April 27th, 2018 by

As lines between traditional and social media continue to blur, influence is everything. And it’s important to remember that influence is not always about specific platforms and prestige, but who actually has a concrete ability to influence others. By employing data to identify and rank influencers based on their reach, relevance and resonance, you can identify who are the right people to build up your brand to the right audience at the right time.

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What Makes Mayo Clinic’s Health News Engine Hum?

April 27th, 2018 by

Patients and friends and families of patients avidly seek information and guidance online, and news outlets are equally hungry to report healthcare news, trends and data. This is both a boon and a curse for consumers of healthcare news. There’s so much good and bad information to wade through. For healthcare communicators, the good and bad information out there amounts to one thing, though: too much noise.

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How Aetna is Transforming Its Communications With Consistent Metrics and KPIs

April 26th, 2018 by

One of the biggest challenges communicators face is battling pre-conceived notions with data, especially when it comes to hard-hitting or controversial issues. Here’s the six-step process Aetna uses to infuse their storytelling with data.

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4 Tactics for Increasing Attendance at Local Events

April 26th, 2018 by

Promoting an event in 2018 is a tough gig, especially at this time of year. Summer vacations are around the corner and it’s hard to compete with Coachella or a night of binge-watching “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Luckily, there are some tactics that will grab your potential attendees’ attention and help ensure they show up on the big day. Here are four tips for upping RSVPs for your next event.

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Why Brands Will Like the Redesign of Snapchat’s Redesign

April 25th, 2018 by

Snapchat is working on a tweak to its much-maligned redesign that harks back to the way the platform once was—with user-generated Stories on the Discover page, right next to branded content, according to Recode While it’s just a test, the latest iteration proves that the best laid plans of social media redesigns often go awry. But it’s also good news for brands who may have felt partitioned off from the very people they’re trying to reach.

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6 Public Speaking Tips for the First 2 Minutes of Any Presentation

April 25th, 2018 by

Some of us—make that most of us—who’ve spoken at conferences and in boardrooms consider ourselves to be passable speakers at best. You can’t change your basic character and erase years of habits and phobias overnight, but you can create a mental toolkit that can slowly transform you from a tic-plagued live speaker into a true performer who’s always in sync with an audience.

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5 Ways Brands Can Strengthen Visual Identity on Instagram

April 25th, 2018 by

Does your brand’s Instagram channel stand out among the other 25 million business profiles on the platform? If not, it could be because your feed and profile don’t embrace a strong visual identity.

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Can Facebook Outweigh Data Breach With Release of Once-Secret Community Standards?

April 24th, 2018 by

Facebook released its long-hidden community guidelines this week in another move to curry favor with the public after the Cambridge Analytica fiasco. A post on the company’s newsroom explains how Facebook’s content policies are developed and enforced, and introduces a new appeals process for posts that may have been removed by mistake. But will this newfound transparency be enough to rebuild public trust in the social giant?