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4 Pages From a Phoenix Suburb’s Crisis Plan

April 3rd, 2017 by

When a massive, five-alarm fire broke out on a Saturday evening in busy Gilbert, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb home to nearly 250,000 residents, the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department partnered with Gilbert’s Digital Communications Department to take a teamwork and technology approach to communication and community outreach. Here’s how they did it.

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How Coca-Cola’s Quest to Measure Engagement Led to a New Metric

March 31st, 2017 by

Most of us are familiar with the core KPIs of Google Analytics such as users, sessions, page views, bounce rate, average time on page, search and CTR. These metrics are important to The Coca-Cola Company too. But do they provide the holistic view the company needs? The answer is, no, because they alone do not capture engagement. So, the company created its own KPI.

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A Disconnect? Journalists and Influencers Say Audiences Are More Responsive to Cold, Hard Facts Than to Emotional Content

March 31st, 2017 by

Journalists and influencers believe that factual content ranks higher with online audiences than emotional content, according to a recent Cision report. Yet at a panel discussion in New York this week, communicators said that emotionally driven content has undeniable power to attract audiences and can even build trust in a brand.

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How Southwest Airlines Preps Timely Content, Far in Advance

March 30th, 2017 by

Timely content is king. The good news in today’s digital world is that companies are now in the content driver’s seat. But with so many channels and platforms at their disposal, many brands struggle to be relevant on all of them, all the time. That is leading some to make poor decisions about content type, timing and topic. Here are two examples of how Southwest Airlines strikes while the iron is hot.

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Facebook Takes Another Swipe at Snapchat With ‘Stories’

March 29th, 2017 by

The social media giant has launched Stories, a Snapchat clone that gives Facebook users access to the two most unique aspects of the Snapchat interface: content that disappears after 24 hours and augmented reality lenses. This is the first Snapchat-pioneered feature to make its way into the central panel of Facebook’s marquee app.

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How to Understand Customers’ Needs and Fulfill Them

March 28th, 2017 by

Customers have four kinds of needs: functional, emotional, life-changing and social. How do communications professionals incorporate values that meet these needs into strategic PR, social media and content development plans? We should begin with why: People in every industry “don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it,” which spurs us to examine the underlying causes of buyer behavior.

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No Hopping: 4 Tips for Retaining Millennial Talent

March 27th, 2017 by

PR is a fairly young industry. The average age of a person in the industry is 35-39, according to a study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. This is why it’s such a vibrant and exciting space. Yet millennials are known for job-hopping more than generations past. How can employers in PR retain millennial talent? An experienced executive shares a few tips.

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United Airlines Clings to Dress Code Policy as Twitter Rages

March 27th, 2017 by

Whatever one’s stance is regarding United’s decision to uphold its dress code policy, one thing is clear: United’s response has been swift and consistent across channels. Responding and listening in a crisis, though, are two very different—and sometime disconnected—things.

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How Pinterest Can Help B2B Brands Drive Traffic and Enhance Storytelling

March 27th, 2017 by

Pinterest is no longer just for brides. Recent data indicate its audience is rapidly diversifying, as men join the network at a growth rate of 70% year over year, although women remain its dominant followers. The site’s audience growth and diversification further underscore the idea that Pinterest is an untapped opportunity for B2B communication pros. Here’s how to take advantage of this platform.

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Wikileaks Sees Consumer Engagement With Tweets up 1000% Year Over Year

March 27th, 2017 by

It’s a truism that brands must be on social media. The important question, though, is what platforms are best for your brand? In terms of Twitter, it depends on whether or not you are a B2C or B2B brand, according to data from Shareablee provided exclusively to PR News Pro.