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How Communicators Can Avoid Plagiarizing Others and Themselves

March 7th, 2017 by

Plagiarism happens, sometimes intentionally, other times by accident. The unintentional incidences of plagiarism should be as worrisome to communicators as instances of intentional plagiarism. Try this experiment: read an article written by someone else and then try to write a summary of it. Then go back and look at the original article and your summary. Expect to be surprised at how many phrases and ideas you unintentionally borrowed, sometimes word for word, from the original.

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4 Ways to Use Facebook Live to Drive Website Traffic

March 6th, 2017 by

With more than 1.7 billion monthly active users, Facebook already gives marketers better reach and audience insight than any other platform on the web. Now, with Facebook Live, marketers can get face-to-face with their audience in real-time. It’s a new era for both engagement and traffic, when done correctly. But how can marketers leverage the platform to drive more users to their site? Here are four tips to keep in mind to optimize your Facebook Live strategy.

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5 Media Pitching Essentials From ClassPass and CEB

March 6th, 2017 by

Getting earned media just got a little bit harder. Magazine publisher Time Inc.’s revenue woes continue. “Smelling blood, potential acquirers have been circling the company for months,” according to a report in the New York Times. The pool of full-time journalists may soon get a little shallower.

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How PR Can Fight #FakeNews and Why It Should

March 6th, 2017 by

From phony click-bait news sites, to unqualified sources to falsified stories, fake news, however you define it, is a threat to the PR industry. If our job is to ethically persuade public opinion by working with credible media, it follows that it’s vital that the public’s trust in a free press not be eroded. To go a step further, if the practice of PR is going to survive, good journalism must thrive. For that reason, it is critical that PR pros be more accountable than ever for their work.

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Gordon Ramsay Tops Oscars’ Sponsors on Social, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is Top Presenter

March 6th, 2017 by

There was more going on at the Oscars than the PR issues a pair of PwC employees caused. There was a great deal of social media traffic involving sponsors, film brands and the celebrity presenters, among others. Using Shareablee data provided to us we found Instagram was the dominant social platform during the broadcast. For example Viola Davis’ Instagram feed drove more than half of her total actions. Presenter Hailee Steinfeld posted just five times, all to her Instagram account.

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The Week In PR

March 6th, 2017 by

Our weekly roundup of stories, trends and personnel moves in PR and communications. This week we feature a story timed to International Women’s Day, a reminder about why communicators need to monitor employees’ social media accounts 24/7 and a fond remembrance of Finn Partners’ Anne Glauber.

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How Southwest Airlines Uses Social Listening to Produce Compelling Videos

March 3rd, 2017 by

New digital platforms are driving the evolution of communications departments into media conglomerates, generating graphic, video and other content for both broad and targeted audiences. The agenda spans from an annual horizon of what we need to communicate, all the way down to what just happened a moment ago online and whether there is an organic way to join the conversation. So, Southwest Airlines is exploring how to create content from conversation trends, born out of data and presented in a timely manner.

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6 Do’s and Don’ts When Pitching via Social Media

March 2nd, 2017 by

Every brand tailors its image on social media. Every brand engages in crisis management on social media. From intranets for internal communications to publicizing CSR, social media is at the fore of what we do—except for media relations. Somehow, many PR professionals are still timid to venture beyond email when contacting journalists. It’s an understandable instinct. People don’t like their social life mixing too much with work. But social media made it easier than ever for PR pros to stay involved with journalists, and that kind of relationship now comes with the territory for them.

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Snapchat IPO Soars Amid Questions About Growth, Profitability

March 2nd, 2017 by

It’s official: Snap Inc. has gone public. Today, the parent company of Snapchat began trading under the ticker symbol SNAP, a day after pricing its eagerly anticipated IPO at $17 a share. That might’ve been a conservative estimate: When shares began trading this morning, they opened at $24 a share, which would value the company at more than $30 billion. But the real question hanging over Snap isn’t about its short-term luster, but its long-term prospects.

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Surge in Uber Crises ‘Lyfted’ by Kalanick Tongue-Lashing

March 1st, 2017 by

A video showing Uber CEO Travis Kalanick lashing out at an Uber driver put the company back in the media spotlight. Rival ride-service company Lyft might consider saving some money and suspending all advertising expenditures—Uber’s CEO might as well be on their payroll.