The work of a coalition can be critical in influencing public perceptions on a social issue, promoting new scientific findings, advocating for a profession or advancing legislation. Getting a coalition of disparate groups to work smoothly sometimes can be challenging, however. Below are takeaways that are relevant for groups considering forming or joining a coalition to advance a cause.
The authenticity of vulnerability is often ignored by brands, because PR and marketing professionals deem it as repeating the negative. But a company that only shows itself in a perfect light creates a house of cards that can amplify crises when something goes wrong; misrepresentation has a viral quality to it. Does this mean we should only talk about our shortcomings? Of course not. But instead of choosing to avoid vulnerability, here are four ways of using it to make your narrative stronger.
LinkedIn is set to unroll its native video feature in coming months, so now’s a good time to get familiar with LinkedIn video’s upload process and capabilities. Tatiana De Almeida, a PR manager on LinkedIn’s corporate communications team, shared a 3-step guide to help communicators integrate LinkedIn video into their mobile workflow once the feature is rolled out, as well as 4 potential applications of LinkedIn video for communicators to keep in mind.
Facebook IQ, the social media giant’s consumer and advertising insights team, recently made public the results of a survey it commissioned to understand video trends. The study, based on 1,500 respondents aged 18-64 in the U.S. and Canada, offers some insights and takeaways that help communicators understand what their video’s purpose should be on various platforms.
Oracle’s global director of social media Steve Moskovitz goes into depth about how the brand organizes and measures social media. He argues B2B brands continue to put too much emphasis on numbers of followers and likes. In addition, brands miss the point of social when they push sales as opposed to providing informative content for audience members.
Whom do you trust? Cisco’s Carmen Collins argues that brands ignore that their employees can be the most genuine and trusted voices. She discusses how Cisco has employed staffers on social media channels to help recruit potential employees.
Getting your brand covered in the media is great. Unfortunately, from a brand awareness perspective, it’s merely the appetizer in a far larger PR meal. After that first story has bought you some media interest, it’s time to use every tool at your disposal to get even more coverage and name recognition for your brand. This can be done with both social and traditional media tools.
More and more, users prefer a conversation to web browsing for their shopping and customer service needs. But for brands with large audiences, responding to each comment personally can be a nigh-impossible task. Enter the chatbot, a technology that’s rapidly coming into its own and turning into a valuable communications asset.
Communicators know that paid Facebook ads are a requirement, not a luxury. But that doesn’t mean your brand will be buried unless you spend like Coca-Cola. Even a small budget can have a big impact, but you need to start with specific goals, said Michael Lamp, senior vice president of social and digital media at Hunter Public Relations, at PR News’ Facebook Boot Camp July 20 in New York.
Communicators spend many of their waking hours thinking of creative ways to break through the clutter and get their messages heard. For a few, this concern makes an appearance during their dreams, too. This likely is not the case with communicators and marketers who have the pleasure of promoting the match between undefeated, un-retired boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr., and mixed martial arts king Conor McGregor.