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Proving ROI and Tight Budgets Worry Agency Heads

October 31st, 2016 by

A new quarterly survey of 100 PR agency firm leaders by the PR Council shows tight budgets and proving ROI top the list of concerns as the year winds down. The survey’s results were provided early exclusively to PR News Pro.

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Tips from PR Pros to Help You Strengthen Your Instagram and Instagram Stories Efforts

October 31st, 2016 by

Get PR pros together to discuss Instagram and the topic moves to the Instagram Storiesfeature very quickly. That’s to be expected: What some call a Snapchat clone has gained popularity fast. Just weeks ago, barely two months after its introduction, Stories confirmed a TechCrunch report that it already has 100 million daily active users. And, yes, for those in the glass-half-full camp, that means 200 million daily active users of Instagram haven’t availed themselves of Stories. Still, brand communicators are taking advantage of Stories’ capabilities to show a montage-like sequence of photos on Instagram. In addition communicators are excited about Oct. 21 media reports that Instagram is testing live video.

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5 Ways to Create Engaging Social Media Graphics

October 28th, 2016 by

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a social media graphic is worth 40 times that—research shows that visual content is up to 40 times more likely to be shared on social media over other types of content. With some prior strategic planning, strong visual content can become a regular part of your brand’s social media footprint, which will help cultivate an integrated brand voice that will more deeply connect with customers and clients alike.

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Social Shake-Up Conference Will Bring Latest Social Trends and Strategies to Atlanta

October 28th, 2016 by

The Social Shake-Up is May 22-24, 2017 at the W hotel in downtown Atlanta and will bring together hundreds of social media, digital, marketing, PR, tech and communications professionals looking to better integrate social media into their overall business strategies. Our speaker roster of 70+ corporations, agencies and nonprofits will share an out-of-the-ordinary social media success that will equip attendees with the knowledge to effectively break through the noise and drive better business outcomes for their brand.

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5 Google AdWords Tips for Building a Successful Campaign

October 27th, 2016 by

When it comes to online advertising (outside of social media) there are few better places to be than on Google. The search giant is so essential to the daily lives of connected individuals that few can go a full day without jumping on the search engine to satisfy a craving for information. Luckily it’s not hard to get in front of the 40,000 searches Google handles every second. Google’s AdWords tool lets organizations piggyback on user activity on the search engine to put ads in front of the right people at the right time.

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Twitter Update Sends ‘Canoe’ Up the Creek

October 27th, 2016 by

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a “Twitter canoe”? The term refers to the frustrating dead-end effect of replying to users on Twitter, wherein the users’ handles take up most of the allotted 140 characters. More often then not, this ends up curbing a conversation that might have continued given more space, which can be frustrating for PR pros who use Twitter for relationship-building. The good news: Twitter is testing a character-freeing update that could put an end to the annoyance.

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Lessons From Samsung’s PR Fiasco: 6 Tips to Protect Your Reputation

October 26th, 2016 by

The company has been criticized by the public and commentators about its lackluster response to the issue, with some media complaining that statements have been vague, lacking detail of what exactly went wrong. Watching events snowball from the sideline, brands can learn some valuable lessons about protecting brand and reputation in a time of crisis. Here are six things Samsung’s PR crisis reminded us.

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Facebook is Testing New Filters for Live Streams

October 26th, 2016 by

Continuing it’s push to become a video-first platform, Facebook execs showcased new filters for Facebook Live at Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive conference. The new filters use a form of machine-learning technology to transform live streams into the style of famous artists like Van Gogh.

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Brands as Sources of Video Entertainment—the Final PR Frontier?

October 25th, 2016 by

At the 2016 PRSA International Conference, Keith Green, vice president of marketing and commercial sales at Guinness World Records, and Doug Simon, president and CEO, D S Simon Media, spoke on the nature and evolution of brands as sources of video entertainment. PR News sat down with them after their session to learn how communicators can benefit from taking an entertainment-style approach with their channels and pitches.

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Thought Leadership Takeaways From Coldwell and CNET’s Smart Home Media Partnership

October 24th, 2016 by

Thought leadership: It may be on your C-suite’s wish list, but like many PR goals, the buzz phrase needs to be broken down into executable tactics in order to be both meaningful and achievable. At the PRSA International Conference in Indianapolis, David Siroty of Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Lindsey Turrentine of CNET broke down their own tactics as they spoke about the fruitful strategic partnership their brands have worked toward in the last decade.