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Facebook Launches ‘Messenger Kids’ for Children Under 13

December 4th, 2017 by

Launching Dec. 4 on iOS in the U.S., Messenger Kids is focused on kids 13 and under who want a fun way to communicate with friends or family. The number one concern, of course, is privacy and safety, and Facebook has done its research to ensure that this app will address everything parents are worried about.


Three Easy Ways to Merge Organic and Paid Search

December 4th, 2017 by

With U.S. consumers spending up to 5 hours daily on mobile devices, social media usage patterns are a goldmine for marketers. Yet social media alone is not enough. Shoppers are more than their mobile Facebook or Twitter profiles. Other sources should be added to social media data, our author argues and provides 3 easy steps to augment consumer insights to create more data-driven, research-backed campaigns.


Why PR Should Check Company Letters Sent to Consumers and Potential Staff

December 1st, 2017 by

Letters, digital or sent via U.S. mail, are likely to make direct contact with customers. It’s important, then, to be certain they reflect your brand’s well-crafted messages. We offer many tips on how to make such letters more effective, but most important is that they burnish your company’s reputation with all stakeholders.


Lauer, Rose and the New Face of Crisis PR

November 30th, 2017 by

With the firings of Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor, the face of crisis PR has been changed, for the moment at least. When your client is fired before he can even say, “I need crisis PR,” what’s left for crisis PR people to do? On the other hand, perhaps all these men still need crisis PR. Look at Charlie Rose, who was ambushed on the street and gave a very inappropriate response to a question.


How Organizes Branded Content Site as a Newsroom

November 30th, 2017 by

There are various reasons for companies to create branded content. Whatever the reason, the PR axiom, “think like a journalist,” can apply to organizing a content creation effort. Here’s how one former journalist took her media training and applied it to build a successful branded content shop that augments the job-searching site

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How Big Data, Listening and Storytelling Can Spell Success in an Age of Content Pollution

November 29th, 2017 by

Is your company adding to the problem of content pollution? It is if the stories and video you produce fail to engage their intended audiences. Of course, should you avoid measuring for engagement and share of voice, for example, you’ll never really know whether or not your content is resonating. Fortunately, measuring is easily done today. The hard part is stepping out of your comfort zone, abandoning flawed vanity metrics and aligning measurement with goals and targeted audiences.


NBC Owns the Narrative With Preemptive Move on Matt Lauer Firing

November 29th, 2017 by

NBC News anchor Matt Lauer has been fired after sexual allegations were raised by a fellow employee at the company. On Nov. 29, a memo from NBC News chairman Andy Lack was released to the press announcing the firing to NBC employees and citing a complaint of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” as the reason for Laurer’s termination. This comes amid a wave of revelations of sexual misconduct by public figures in the media, politics and entertainment spheres. But NBC’s swift response appears to be a shift in the way these stories have broken thus far.

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Snapchat Courts Brands With Suggested Filter Feature

November 28th, 2017 by

Snapchat has announced a new feature that recognizes users’ images and suggests graphic overlays and filters. These smart filters can parse an image and suggest relevant graphics in several categories. Pets, concerts, food, sports and beaches are among the top suggestions. For communicators, the new feature is more than just a fun way to decorate posts. The rollout sends a larger message to brands about the app’s ability to drill down beyond users’ interests and into their daily behavior.


Massage Envy Crisis Widens #MeToo Movement to the Brand Level

November 27th, 2017 by

Massage Envy, the spa chain with nearly 1,200 U.S. locations, is under fire as a BuzzFeed investigation brought to light more than 180 allegations of sexual assault made against the company and its franchisees over a 15-year span. And its response to the crisis so far has served as a cautionary tale of bad planning, offering a lesson in what not to do to contain a crisis.


Brands Encounter New Danger With Their YouTube Ad Placements

November 27th, 2017 by

YouTube is once again facing a brand advertiser exodus for reputation-harming advertising placements. A recent investigation revealed that YouTube ran ads from “dozens” of brands with videos uploaded by children that were targets for predatory comments.