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Six Tips to Help You Transform Bland Speeches Into Exciting Narratives

April 11th, 2016 by

As a PR pro, writing speeches can be one of the most challenging things to do. It becomes especially difficult when writing a speech for someone else, like your CEO, COO or another C-suite executive, whether you’re in-house or at the company’s agency of record.

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Consumer Engagement on Instagram With B2B Brands Up Nearly 100%

April 11th, 2016 by

Many communicators and marketers make their bones on consumer engagement. Mission accomplished, for Q1 on Instagram at least. Spurred by B2B brands’ 21% increase in Instagram posts, consumer engagement rose 97% vs the same period in ’15, according to Shareablee data provided exclusively to PR News.

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What Instagram’s 60-Second Video Format Means for Communicators and Brand Marketers

April 11th, 2016 by

Very much in the Facebook style of rollouts, some brands had been provided the additional 45 seconds months earlier, allowing them to preview their Super Bowl ads on the platform and compete for television’s ad dollars. Although video might seem an afterthought on photo-dominated Instagram, Shareablee data, provided exclusively to PR News, argues otherwise.

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3 Ways to Influence Consumer Behavior

April 8th, 2016 by

Whatever the reason behind a need for behavioral change, people don’t want to be engulfed in negativity. Unilever’s fans didn’t need to see more pictures of overstuffed landfills and environmental damage to change the way they thought about their empty shampoo containers. Instead, Unilever and Weber Shandwick were able to use inspiration, not desperation, to secure this campaign’s success.

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To Use Emojis on Social Media, or Nah?

April 8th, 2016 by

If you’re in charge of a brand Twitter account, the idea of using emojis has probably been floated, and probably at least one person in the room has grimaced. Sure, people use them constantly and you want to be in touch with them, but coming from a brand, emojis can seem desperately phony (see headline for verbal equivalent). But there are brands that pull it off quite well.

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How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Favorable Media Coverage

April 7th, 2016 by

Let’s not pretend—there are no surefire or guaranteed ways to win at the game of media relations. But there are definitely ways to improve your chances. First tip: Don’t use exclamation points in a pitch to a reporter unless you’re announcing a cure for cancer.

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Infographic: 5 Tips for Young PR Pros

April 6th, 2016 by

Veteran communicators are already comfortable navigating the ebbs and flows of a dynamic career like PR. That’s why it’s so important for young PR pros to stay on the cutting edge of the industry; not only to best serve their companies and clients, but to also secure a long and fruitful career in communications. Here are five tips that every burgeoning PR pro should keep in mind.

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5 Ways to Socialize Your PR Measurement Dashboard

April 6th, 2016 by

At PR News’ April 21 Measurement Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Cindy Villafranca, senior specialist, communication & outreach, Southwest Airlines, will discuss the trial and error process she used to arrive at her current measurement dashboard strategy. In particular, Villafranca will talk about “socializing” dashboards, which has nothing to do with embedding social media icons in your dashboards.

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10 Ways to Be Compelling on Instagram

April 5th, 2016 by

Instagram arguably is the best way for visually based brands (beauty, fashion, travel, etc.) to reach women. For anyone wanting to market to women it’s an addictive form of image-based social media that should not be ignored.

Here are 10 tried-and-true tips to help you build an engaged Instagram following, from the basics to the more advanced. Think of each potential photo post as part of a whole.

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What Snapchat’s Chat 2.0 Update Means for PR Pros

April 5th, 2016 by

Snapchat just got called up to the big leagues. The unlikely social media superstar has been on the rise for a while now, but this update shows the company is ready to acquire a larger share of the market and become one of the major players in social media. With its newest update, the company added an incredible amount of depth to its messaging offerings. By launching Chat 2.0, the company developed a social experience that looks to keep users on the platform as long as possible.