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Heroes That Made Their Brands Proud in Harvey’s Wake

September 5th, 2017 by

If you’re not a rescue or relief organization, you can’t ask employees to be heroes. But if you create a brand culture that emphasizes community and empathy, and that you care about more than the bottom line when the going gets tough, you might empower individual employees to help in ways that will truly make you proud.

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How to Make Your Press Release Strategic and Media-Friendly

September 5th, 2017 by

While debate rages about the death of the press release, many brands continue to use this traditional vehicle, although with updates, of course. As such, it’s important to know what a press release can do for your brand, and what it can’t. Strategic use of well-crafted press releases can garner useful coverage and contribute tactically to your media strategy.

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3 Ways Augmented Intelligence Will Help PR Pros

September 5th, 2017 by

Workers are concerned that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will soon replace them. For PR pros, AI is better thought of as Augmented Intelligence. In addition, Augmented Intelligence will work with communicators as opposed to replacing them. Here are three ways it can help PR pros handle the onslaught of data that the digital age has created.

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5 Ways Chemical Company Arkema is Communicating Health Risks in Harvey’s Wake

September 1st, 2017 by

New Hurricane Harvey-related public health concerns arose Aug. 31 when two explosions were reported at a chemical plant in Crosby, TX, about 25 miles outside of Houston. The plant, owned by French chemical company Arkema, lost power on Aug. 26 as a result of Harvey’s floods. Here are five ways Arkema’s communications team has responded to the crisis so far.

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On Snapchat, Meeting the Audience Halfway Is Key

September 1st, 2017 by

Like any good friendship, the relationship between a brand and its audience on Snapchat should be a two-way street. Matt Johnston, executive director of video at Rodale, worked directly with Snap Inc. to build a Discover platform from scratch. Here, he shares his tips and tactics for how to meet your audience halfway on Snapchat to keep the eager tapper glued to your story.

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Harvey Relief: How 3 Brands Are Communicating (or Not Communicating) Their Help

August 31st, 2017 by

Doing good for people in times of need can be tricky for brands. If you draw attention to a tragedy too much or in the wrong way, the public might accuse you of trying to score PR points. (And some brands might be doing just that.) Sometimes it helps the cause to draw more attention to it; sometimes the classy thing is to remain silent and speak through your actions.

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Teamwork: How PR and Marketing Content Can Help Spur Sales

August 31st, 2017 by

With B2B buying decisions sometimes taking weeks and months if not year, how can PR and marketing work with sales to unclog the bottle neck? A content strategy can help, but it must be an integrated effort. Here are tactics that marketing and PR can employ to assist sales in guiding prospects down the decision funnel.

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A YesJulz Guide to Brand/Influencer Partnerships

August 30th, 2017 by

If you’re a Snapchat aficionado, you’ve probably heard of Julieanna (“Julz”) Goddard, better known as YesJulz to her followers. The agency founder and philanthropist has earned her social media stripes by growing a sizable Snapchat and Instagram following, and covering live music and events. We talked to Julz to find out more about her approach to social media, how brands can work with their ambassadors to merge philanthropy with influencer marketing and how her childhood camcorder sparked a life of digital influence.

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Early PR Lessons From Tropical Storm Harvey

August 30th, 2017 by

In the Houston area the priorities are rescue, assistance and recovery. Finger pointing about who’s to blame has started, but properly should come much, much later, if at all. Still, there are PR lessons in the early stages of what looks to be a years-long issue. Here are a few.

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6 Takeaways From comScore’s 2017 Mobile App Report

August 28th, 2017 by

With both Google and Facebook placing increasing value on the mobile experience, the era of focusing on “internet trends” may be over, while mobile trends have taken center stage—the internet is mobile now and vice versa. So how are smartphone users interacting with their devices and engaging with apps and websites?