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Facebook’s Usage Figures Are Expected to Keep Falling But Brands Needn’t Worry Yet

February 27th, 2018 by

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” There’s good news and bad news for Facebook in terms of U.S. adult usage. The bad news is usage levels likely will fall in 2018, something that’s not happened in nearly one decade. The good news is it can absorb small reductions in usage for many years without its dominant position being threatened.

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General Motors’ 4 Routes to Driving an Insights-Based Culture

February 26th, 2018 by

Does your organization measure results before, or after, a campaign has run its course? For Whitney Drake, who leads General Motors’ Story Bureau and Analytics function, measuring campaigns from the start is the key to more meaningful metrics—not to mention a more insights-driven workplace culture.

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Brands, Hearing Call to #BoycottNRA, Take a Stand on Gun Control

February 23rd, 2018 by

With more than 48,000 tweets and counting, the #BoycottNRA hashtag is trending and brands are listening. In response to the outcry following the Feb. 14 Parkland, Fla. school shooting, several national brands have rescinded their NRA membership discounts in support of gun control, including Best Western, Wyndham Hotels, Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and First National Bank of Omaha, among others.

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How to Get Off the Crisis Roller Coaster and Promote Your Organization

February 23rd, 2018 by

With the 24-7 news cycle, the speed of social media and the demands of the C-suite, it sometimes feels as if PR pros move from crisis to crisis. Nisha Morris, executive director, communication at Providence St. Joseph Health, offers five tactics that can help communicators escape this roller coaster and promote their brands through proactive media activities.

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When Transparency Backfires: A Lesson From Marco Rubio’s Town Hall

February 22nd, 2018 by

There’s an old courtroom expression: “Never ask a question if you don’t know the answer.” But after last night’s CNN town hall debate about gun control—when survivors of last week’s Parkland, Fla. school shooting met with Sen. Marco Rubio, Parkland Rep. Ted Deutsch, Broward County sheriff Scott Israel and National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch—perhaps a new version of that quote is in order: “Never answer a question without first reading the room.”

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Planning for Crisis: Don’t Be Caught Off Guard Like Mark Cuban

February 21st, 2018 by

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has had a rough week. On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated published a bombshell investigation that detailed a culture of sexual harassment among the Mavericks’ corporate culture for the better part of a decade. The report seemed to catch Cuban—and the Mavericks organization—off guard, highlighting the need for all organizations to engage in crisis planning. And it’s yet another example of how all brands need to be prepared for allegations of this nature in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

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KFC Seasons U.K. ‘Crisis’ Response With Extra Dash of Humor

February 20th, 2018 by

KFC ran out of chicken in Britain earlier this week, closing over half of its 900 U.K. locations Monday in a move that will likely keep some stores closed throughout the week. But KFC got out ahead of the issue and practiced the tried and true “acknowledge, align, assure” mantra—a go-to blueprint for brands needing to engage in efficient, actionable conflict resolution.

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Never Mind the Snapchat Petition, Here Are the Redesign’s Benefits

February 20th, 2018 by

While Snapchat’s redesign has caused a fierce resistance among its user base—prompting an online petition with 1.2 million signatures asking Snap, Inc. to revert to the original design—creators and brands are poised to benefit from the facelift. Over the last month, the platform has rolled out a suite of analytics, started growing an e-commerce platform and opened up its advertising API while offering new advertisers free credits to give Snapchat a test drive.

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How to Raise Employee Engagement via Product Experiences and Strategic Communication

February 20th, 2018 by

So many communicators tell us that internal communications just might be the most difficult assignment for a PR pro. This article provides real-world examples of how two brands, Slack and Dropbox, build engagement and excitement within their ranks with the ultimate goal of creating brand advocates.

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How 4 Influencers Redefined ‘Black Panther’ for a New Generation

February 16th, 2018 by

Marvel’s long-awaited “Black Panther” has already shattered box-office pre-sale records and is shaping up to be the most successful movie with an almost all-black cast ever released. But the source comic book was not always as infused with such resonant ideas about racial identity, class and power. Here’s a look at the influencers who helped reframe Black Panther’s brand and identity as a powerful avatar for black representation on the big screen.