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Tips for Making Splash-Worthy Social Content

May 6th, 2016 by

If your brand has a great visual story to tell, you’ve been given a gift that not everybody receives—don’t squander it by snapping a photo, putting it up on Instagram and calling it a day. Learning how to get the most out of that story is crucial if you want to join the higher echelon of digital content producers. Here are some tips from Kimberly Jaindl of Lockheed Martin to help you freshen up your storytelling style.

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9 Ways Spokespeople Can Annoy Reporters

May 5th, 2016 by

Even those PR pros who are experts at researching a particular journalist’s beat and outlet and successfully land an interview for their company’s lead spokesperson—say, a CEO—can aggravate time-strapped journalists if that spokesperson is ill-prepared or has a defensive attitude.

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3 Simple Ways to Check Your Website’s SEO Health

May 5th, 2016 by

An organization’s ability to prominently show up in search results can be the deciding factor in whether or not a potential customer, advocate or donor even makes it in the digital front door. Such is the purview of SEO, and if your website isn’t properly optimized there’s a good chance your content won’t see the light of day. Unfortunately, not many communicators moonlight as web designers, so dealing with things like link audits, title tags and alt tags may seem outside the PR wheelhouse, but it’s not as hard as it sounds.

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5 Smart Ways to Grab Headlines During an Election Year

May 4th, 2016 by

During an election year, it can seem like the news cycles are constantly dominated by tawdry political scandals, controversial sound bites and mountains of op-eds and think pieces. How’s a PR pro supposed to grab headlines in a positive way amid massive election coverage?

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Micro-Influencers for Maximum Impact

May 4th, 2016 by

As influencers’ follower numbers rise, engagement actually decreases. Basically, having a larger following does not mean that their followers are more engaged, which can be an issue to brands trying to reach their target audiences through these individuals. Micro-influencers better connect with their followers due to their targeted focus on very niche areas and topics.

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4 Tips to Help Ensure Your Press Release Gets Picked Up

May 3rd, 2016 by

The trick for PR pros is to keep in mind that because of the current state of the news industry, the competition is fierce among communicators. Because PR can help journalists deliver the stories their publications need, it’s more important than ever to craft press releases that stand out and succinctly satisfy the needs of the newsroom.

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Johnson & Johnson Fights Talc Ruling

May 3rd, 2016 by

In a May 2 jury verdict in Missouri, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a plaintiff $55 million in a suit that alleges talc in the brand’s Baby Powder led to her contracting ovarian cancer. At the outset, it seems clear how J&J views the situation: an issue that requires action. The same day the jury returned its verdict, the J&J site published a blog post titled “4 Important Facts About the Safety of Talc.”

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How to Optimize Paid Ads on Social Media

May 2nd, 2016 by

Advertising on social media has become so important thanks to a strange kind of ambivalence towards branded content online. Even though people only want to see branded posts when it’s relevant and useful, it’s still on PR pros to make sure the content exudes excellence. But it’s putting money behind that great content that gives PR pros access to an incredible level of specificity and control that can lead to unrivaled success.

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3 Best Practices for When Crisis Strikes on Campus

May 2nd, 2016 by

Universities today seem to be more vulnerable than ever to reputational crises. Not only are they educational and research institutions, but they are also home to major athletic programs, Greek life communities, alumni organizations and political groups. It is all of these stakeholders that make universities not only strong but also vulnerable to the unexpected event that could cause significant damage to the institution’s reputation.

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PR Pro or Pest? How Fewer Pitches Can Make You a Trusted Source

May 2nd, 2016 by

An overabundance of options usually leads people to consolidate their trust into a few select providers.