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Road Trip: Making the Most of Trade Shows and Industry Events

Industry trade shows and conferences are an excellent way to increase your organization’s visibility, and to network with important customers. But with the rising cost of travel and diminishing marketing budgets thanks to the current … | MORE »

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Why an Information Ice Age Is on Its Way

Sometime around the late 1970s, with the advent of the personal computer, the industrial era morphed into the information age. Marked by a free and speedy flow of news stories, data, personal communications and business … | MORE »

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Hot Potato: Crisis Communications in a Web 2.0 World

It’s the middle of the night. Your BlackBerry on the bedside table vibrates.  You focus your eyes on the caller ID. It’s your biggest client, a potato chip manufacturer. It’s pretty safe to say the … | MORE »

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Front and Center in a Journalist’s Rolodex

“I’m working on a story and I’m wondering if you can help with an interview source…” Isn’t that the kind of call every public relations pro wants to receive from a high-profile writer at The … | MORE »

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Eight Tips for Telling a Good Anecdote

Stories grab attention the way no other technique can. Your anecdote may be serious, sad, humorous, enlightening, or inspiring. It may serve as proof that a situation exists in your organization, an example of what … | MORE »

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Two New Tools of the Trade

As part of New York’s first (and hopefully annual) Social Media Week, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel titled “When Social Media Becomes Unsociable” alongside some of the movers & shakers driving … | MORE »

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Mastering the Inner Game of PR

There’s a lot to be said for knowing what you want to do in life early on and then going for it with a dedicated focus. On the other hand, I have found certain advantages … | MORE »

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Using PR to Boost SEO

Using public relations to boost search engine optimization (SEO) is a well-known discipline, but it’s far from simple. It’s a multi-pronged approach requiring careful analysis and execution. But the upside is the built-in quantification potential … | MORE »

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Improve PR Writing in Media Pitches

According to a recent survey of U.S. media conducted in conjunction with George Washington University and Cision, PR executives are valuable to media, but they have a lot to learn when it comes to writing for them. As noted in the 33-page report, 94% of journalists use submissions from PR professionals and large majorities also depend on other PR tools such as press kits and special events. | MORE »

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Building Media Relationships That Produce Results

As a public relations professional, you’ll hear it time and time again: the key to getting a journalist to answer your e-mails or phone calls is to build a relationship. What is often missing from … | MORE »

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