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Abandon ‘Platform-First’ Approach to Social Media

Much of the PR industry’s social media dialogue focuses on a platform-specific approach. However, I’m afraid that—amidst all these Facebook plans, Twitter strategies and Pinterest campaigns—PR executives and communicators have found themselves astray from truly strategic thinking.  | MORE »

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Growing Need to Break Down Silos

Breaking out of these silos is the first step toward more effectively reporting ROI. Embracing more diverse sets of data is the second. | MORE »

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The Costs of Sloppy Grammar Are Incalculable

Having poor grammar, misspelled words, sloppy punctuation and excessive jargon and acronyms can damage your credibility—and the credibility of your communications. | MORE »

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Communicators’ Challenge: Fresh Ideas at Legacy Brands

The yearlong process of getting Wells Fargo Stories up and running speaks to the challenges that senior communicators working for legacy brands sometimes face when they want to introduce new PR programs, particularly in the digital space. | MORE »

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Preparing Yourself for the Media Spotlight

One of the first things that clients want to know is whether business communicators can show them how to carry themselves in front of the media and fix any glitches that may be getting in the way of delivering the message. But what happens when you turn the tables, and PR managers and directors are the ones who are being interviewed and relaying the message? | MORE »

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The ‘Facebook-Loses-Its-Coolness’ Narrative Continues, and Ello Looks to Take Its Place

There’s no telling if Ello—or any other social media network—will ever unseat Facebook in mainstream popularity. But pronouncements like Ello’s stand against data trafficking will certainly help its case, especially amongst jaded Facebook abandoners. | MORE »

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Apple’s #Bendgate Response Holds Lesson PR Pros Should Keep in Back Pocket

Apple hit back hard against accusations that its iPhone 6 Plus bends. Perhaps too hard. How would you handle complaints against one of your products? | MORE »

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4 SEO Tips to Maximize the Impact of Your Content

Mike Samec of Gibbs & Soell will be leading a PR News SEO workshop on Oct. 10, and as a preview offers four tips for PR pros to produce content that Google’s search algorithm will favor. | MORE »

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ESPN’s Suspension of Bill Simmons Raises Employee Relations Questions

By goading ESPN into suspending him and having that story—not the story he told on his podcast—turn into national news, Simmons further exacerbated the NFL’s troubles and and complicated its relationship with its compliant television partner. | MORE »

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Stand Out in the Inbox: 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Better Media-Facing Emails

Even the most well-written release, loaded with brilliant assets, won’t deliver if no one opens your email. So how can you increase the chances that your release will stand out from inbox clutter? | MORE »

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