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How to Align Business Goals With KPIs and Impress the C-Suite

March 28th, 2016 by

With the plethora of tools available and an abundance of social metrics crying out for attention, what are the best metrics to measure?

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PR News/Nasdaq Survey: Nearly Half of Organizations Shun Crisis Preparation

March 28th, 2016 by

Nearly half of the communicators surveyed in a poll conducted earlier this month said their organizations lack a crisis communication playbook.

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Dash It All—or Rather, Don’t.

March 25th, 2016 by

Overuse of the dash is becoming an issue. You might be using it wrong, or your thoughts might be cluttered and disjointed. It’s time to stand up for restraint and examine your writing for signs of this creeping menace. Let’s get back to basics and talk about when it should and shouldn’t be used.

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2 PR Tactics to Help Smash Fundraising Goals

March 25th, 2016 by

Any communicator who’s worked in the nonprofit space knows just how tricky it can be to stand out among the cacophony of worthy causes jockeying for donations. Havas PR and the IPLP focused on making an emotional connection with potential donors and linking up with already-existing trends to achieve their fundraising goals.

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New CEO Ingram Sets JWT on Right Path for Diversity

March 24th, 2016 by

Credit is due to ad agency J. Walter Thompson and WPP for surpassing our advice on their crisis. A new CEO with a new vision, backed up by JWT’s new documentary focused on the achievements of female pioneers and leaders, all add up to an earnest response to an ugly public relations moment.

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How to Take the Fear Out of the 2 D’s: Data and Dashboards

March 24th, 2016 by

If there’s a letter in the alphabet that sprouts legs and chases PR pros through the hills and valleys of their nightmares, it’s the letter D, as in data and dashboards. Your first step in cutting them down to size: Have a clear understanding of what success looks like to senior leaders.

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3 Measurement Tips to Get the C-Suite to Brag About PR

March 23rd, 2016 by

The C-suite’s time is limited and expensive—a recent estimation found that a one-hour meeting with executives at a mid-sized company would cost shareholders $30,000 per hour. These three measurement tips will help focus your PR reports to ensure they line up with executives’ priorities.

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A 4-Question Quiz for Brand Storytellers

March 22nd, 2016 by

“Storytelling” is a trendy concept in the world of PR and marketing that implies elevating your work to a realm of artistry. But every story has a first step, so start at the beginning and don’t ignore the foundation of what makes a story effective.

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9 Ways Spokespeople Can Annoy Reporters

March 22nd, 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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Twitter’s 10th: A Fond Look Back at 10 Tweet Fails

March 21st, 2016 by

We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the worst branded Twitter fails from the past decade. So get ready to smile, grimace and cringe at this selection of haphazard social media work from some of the world’s most well-known brands.