7 Tips to (Almost) Guarantee a Successful Media Pitch

July 6th, 2016 by

There is no secret recipe that will ensure good press—or even coverage. But executives still want their companies to be written about, so there has to be a way to improve your chances of getting picked up by the media. Media pitching is hard. It takes equal parts knowledge, skill and luck, but there are still new and engaging ways get the kind of coverage that’s sure to make the C-suite salivate.

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Dreaming of Living Abroad as a Communications Pro? 5 Things to Know

July 5th, 2016 by

For many the idea of living abroad is appealing. There’s the challenge of the unknown and anticipation of exciting experiences. Those in the communications profession are often fortunate to work on global campaigns from their home countries. However, crafting culturally sensitive messaging and working with foreign colleagues from home, while helpful, isn’t the same as living abroad.

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How NASA Made a Star of Juno on Social

July 5th, 2016 by

If you’ve been following Juno’s historic launch into Jupiter’s orbit, you’re not alone. Along with the consideration of multiple demographics in its presentation of content, NASA has mastered successful coordination and cross-promotion on social throughout Juno’s approach. While making excellent use of the public’s recent acceptance of live stream into the mainstream, the space agency has been driving traffic to its websites and video streams via coordinated, cross-promoted social media campaigns.

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5 Ways to Prep for PR Job Interviews This Summer

July 1st, 2016 by

With the spring fever hiring months behind us, PR job hunters might think it’s time to throw their resumes on the back burner until next year. Not so: according to a Bloomberg report, July and October were huge for job openings from 2010 to 2015, lagging just barely behind April for vacancies. Now is the time to look for open positions, and focus on presenting the skill set and demeanor to fit your on-paper selling points if you get called in.


How Not to Tick Off Journalists: A Former Editor’s Advice

July 1st, 2016 by

Let’s face it: Journalists can get along without you. You can’t get along without them. Show respect by getting names correct, knowing the reporter’s beat and being familiar with the publication, not pestering editors about when a story will come out, not complaining about the coverage you get, and following these other tips.


#SocialMediaDay and the Hunt for the Next Snapchat

June 30th, 2016 by

OK, so Snapchat has made the grade. This leads us to…the next Snapchat. To celebrate Social Media Day, PR News looked to the future and compiled this list of emerging apps and technologies PR pros should keep an eye on. Then again, maybe nothing on this list will be around for next year’s Social Media Day.

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How to Leverage Geofilters on Snapchat

June 30th, 2016 by

Once you have the basics of Snapchat down, Geofilters are a next-level tool for reaching your audience. It may not be obvious at first how to use both Community (free) and On-Demand (paid) Geofilters to engage an audience, but once you learn how to think about them from various angles, there are several ways to be smart and strategic about Geofilter use.


How the Post-Organic Social Media Era Is Redefining PR

June 29th, 2016 by

The shift in focus to paid social media content is redefining, yet again, the role of the PR professional—a topic that David Kellis, director of PR and social media for the Clorox Co., will dive into in his opening Wake-Up Call session at PR News’ Big 4 Social Media Summit in San Francisco. “In the past, we’ve done PR around advertising in magazines and other media. That’s what we’ve come to with social,” Kellis says.


Remove Foot From Mouth: 6 Tips for Speaking With The Press

June 29th, 2016 by

How many times has this happened to you? You’re watching live television or attending an event with family and friends and a CEO or some other public official says something you, as a PR pro, know could spell trouble for the brand that person is representing? Your friends notice you cringing. Should it be your CEO up there, before your friends even notice it, you’re heading to the office or ducking out to make or receive a phone call about what you just heard. It’s part of the job.


4 Services Your Agency Should Offer (But Didn’t 3 Years Ago)

June 28th, 2016 by

Clients have more media channels than ever, with new ones being added every year. All of these channels represent potential opportunities, but this also means a lot of content creation is needed. Your clients expect access to the latest technologies, to be kept up to date on popular trends and offered efficient solutions for maximizing each dollar spent on all channels.