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Why Communications Pros Need to Develop a Nose for ‘News-Fluence’

April 25th, 2016 by

PR firms have a massive opportunity to go way beyond the old practice of merely pitching existing news. The smartest among us can become masters of crafting the news. That means spotting trends and keeping up with what’s developing in pop culture, then using those insights to put out routine news in more compelling ways, create opportunities and coattail on relevant breaking news.

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If You’re Not Measuring, Then You’re Not in PR

April 25th, 2016 by

If you’re measuring every activity because you think more is more and that everything is important, then it’s time to switch lanes. But as you embark on a week of heavy measuring, I realize you might need a pep talk. So here’s a few morsels of wisdom from our conference speakers to get your engine running.

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PR News Measurement Survey: Awareness of Barcelona Principles Trending Upward Slowly

April 25th, 2016 by

Is the glass half empty or half full? That’s the dilemma raised by the latest PR News survey about measurement practices. On the upside, more PR pros appear to be relying on measurement than previously. The flip side is the pace toward a more analytical mindset is incremental.

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7 Steps of SEO: A Step-by-Step Guide to Search Engine-Friendly Content

April 25th, 2016 by

Since PR professionals often are charged with developing effective online content, this article details six steps for creating search engine-friendly content.

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PR Tactics From a Former Reporter: How to Prepare for a Media Interview

April 25th, 2016 by

As a local and network news reporter, I conducted thousands of interviews over nearly two decades. Yet it was only after I made the leap into strategic and crisis communications that I fully appreciated the complex dynamic at play.

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8 Time-Tested Crisis Communications Tips You Can Adopt for Your Brand

April 25th, 2016 by

In potential crisis situations, UNOS invokes a crisis communications plan and involves UNOS executive staff members and elected officers.

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Instagram’s Multigenerational Appeal Offers Brands Wide Targeting Choices

April 25th, 2016 by

With attention spans diminishing and the appeal of video and images rising, it seems like the present moment is perfectly suited to Instagram’s quick-hit, low-verbiage, less-is-more characteristics.

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3 Tips to Ensure Insta-Worthy Images

April 22nd, 2016 by

For communicators looking to increase their cache of visual materials and at the same time build online street cred, Instagram is the only place to be. While many brands are already on the platform, few truly know how to succeed. In today’s saturated media environment, compelling visual assets are the only way to stand out among the dross.

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6 Tips for Your Measurement Dashboard

April 21st, 2016 by

“It’s not just tracking mentions, but how are you being mentioned, what messages are you getting across!” With this important central concept in mind, Cindy Villafranca, senior specialist, communication & outreach at Southwest Airlines, walked… Continued

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Blog Like a Pro: Engage Your Audience and Stay Relevant

April 21st, 2016 by

Strong blog content is the “gift that keeps on giving.” Every post you publish boosts organic search engine relevance, thus keeping your brand top of mind and at the top of online searches. It’s also a highly effective way to stay engaged with your readers, building an atmosphere of long-term trust among your audience. And of course, it’s a way to further extend your brand’s personality in ways that traditional marketing may not.