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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.


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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Performance Vs. Outcomes: Why You’re Measuring PR All Wrong

April 29th, 2016 by

Measuring PR is a hot topic. Talk to any PR or marketing leader and they want to know which campaigns are paying off, which influencers and reporters are driving engagement, and if their agency retainer is bigger than their ROI.

The problem, of course, is that most leaders aren’t sure how to find those answers. The intention to measure PR accurately is there, but the ability often isn’t.


Why Communications Pros Need to Develop a Nose for ‘News-Fluence’

April 25th, 2016 by

PR firms have a massive opportunity to go way beyond the old practice of merely pitching existing news. The smartest among us can become masters of crafting the news. That means spotting trends and keeping up with what’s developing in pop culture, then using those insights to put out routine news in more compelling ways, create opportunities and coattail on relevant breaking news.


Blog Like a Pro: Engage Your Audience and Stay Relevant

April 21st, 2016 by

Strong blog content is the “gift that keeps on giving.” Every post you publish boosts organic search engine relevance, thus keeping your brand top of mind and at the top of online searches. It’s also a highly effective way to stay engaged with your readers, building an atmosphere of long-term trust among your audience. And of course, it’s a way to further extend your brand’s personality in ways that traditional marketing may not.


3 Best Practices for Crisis Management During a Cyberattack

April 20th, 2016 by

Companies around the world now face new and complex crises—things like cyberattacks, phishing and hacking—that can pose enormous threats to safety, reputation and profitability. Damage to a brand is pretty much guaranteed to happen when a company is not prepared with robust business continuity and crisis communications plans. There are now more than 80 to 90 million cybersecurity events each year, costing the global economy $575 billion in 2014. It is predicted that the number of cyberattacks will only grow from here, and with it the concern felt by the general public.


5 Things Every Company Can Learn From the Panama Papers Scandal

April 18th, 2016 by

It appears Mossack Fonseca simply did not have a proper crisis management plan in place—an inexcusable omission for a company that has been in operation for over 40 years and regularly handles billions of dollars in client assets.

While most organizations will never have to deal with media fallout of this global magnitude, there are certain lessons all companies should learn from the Panama Papers scandal


To Compete in an Omni-Channel World, Adopt a New Mindset

April 15th, 2016 by

Omni-channel marketing is no longer the buzzword du jour. It’s time to dispel the confusion over what it is and adapt to the new world it’s creating for public relations practitioners. Omni-channel is often confused with holistic or integrated marketing communications. It’s different. Forward-thinking clients and CMOs consider it the future and you should, too.


Litigation PR: A Key Part of the PR Tool Box

April 11th, 2016 by

Litigation PR serves a few purposes: it’s a tactical way for lawyers to help win a case, defend a client against a case or try to influence a case in their client’s favor. It’s also led to a cottage industry in the PR business: the litigation PR specialist.

While litigation PR can also be connected to a crisis with some of the similar skills needed for PR in both instances, it’s a unique subset of PR.


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.