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Do’s and Don’ts for Facebook Live Streaming

July 31st, 2017 by

It seems that nearly everything Mark Zuckerberg supports grows like a mushroom. Facebook Live is just one example. So why hasn’t your brand begun using it? Fear? Fear not, as Jamie Izaks provides several tips that will help ease your worries as you make an initial foray into Facebook Live streaming.


How to Create a Facebook Video Strategy

July 28th, 2017 by

It’s far from breaking news that video is dominating many aspects of the social media scene. Despite overwhelming statistics affirming this proposition, many brands have yet to embrace a Facebook video strategy. So, what can you do to grab eyeballs with video? Here are Facebook video strategies that, when combined, will propel your brand.


How to Build Effective Coalitions That Advance Your Cause

July 25th, 2017 by

The work of a coalition can be critical in influencing public perceptions on a social issue, promoting new scientific findings, advocating for a profession or advancing legislation. Getting a coalition of disparate groups to work smoothly sometimes can be challenging, however. Below are takeaways that are relevant for groups considering forming or joining a coalition to advance a cause.

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How You Can Elevate Your Brand and Maximize Coverage

July 21st, 2017 by

Getting your brand covered in the media is great. Unfortunately, from a brand awareness perspective, it’s merely the appetizer in a far larger PR meal. After that first story has bought you some media interest, it’s time to use every tool at your disposal to get even more coverage and name recognition for your brand. This can be done with both social and traditional media tools.


How to Get a Tuition-Free Crash Course in Media Relations

July 14th, 2017 by

In PR as in any profession, it’s important to keep learning. Educational resources for PR pros abound, of course. Fortunately, PR practitioners also can gain a tuition-free education by being keen observers of the political process. Watching televised briefings and political talk shows provide plenty of takeaways, especially about what to do and avoid when dealing with the media.


How to Interview Your Executives to Get The Best Stories

July 10th, 2017 by

PR pros often hear the phrase, “Think like a journalist.” Sometimes they even need to work as journalists, particularly when they are interviewing brand executives or clients in search of an interesting item that can eventually be pitched to a reporter. It’s your job to move beyond the collection of facts and dry, memorized answers executives often provide. Here are tips to get interviewees to offer emotion and other insights so that the result will be an interesting story. After that you’ll be ready to pitch it to journalists.


Job Interview Tips: What You Should Ask Your Interviewer

July 7th, 2017 by

Many job interviews end with the interviewer asking the candidate if he/she has questions. It’s best to use this opportunity to obtain important information. Topics to inquire about include the company’s culture, its salary/promotion review process and the structure of its work environment. After all, this is the time to figure out if the company is the right fit for you. On the other side of the table the interviewer is deciding if you will be a good employee.


How to Make Sure Your Daily News Briefing Is Read Every Day

June 21st, 2017 by

Do employees at your brand read the daily news briefing only during a crisis and on days when products launch? If so, you’re missing a big opportunity to frame internal communications. To counter sporadic reading habits you need to keep the content of the daily briefing relevant and broaden the scope of articles when your brand’s goals change. Here are best practices that will serve you and augment the importance of the PR function.


6 Tips for New PR Grads

June 19th, 2017 by

It’s nearly the end of graduation season. What this means, of course, is that graduates will be looking for jobs. It’s estimated that there will be 1.1 million undergraduate degrees granted this year. Nearly 10% of those graduates majored in communications and journalism. Do the math. The competition for good-paying positions will be stiff. In truth, that’s usually the case. Here are 6 tips from a veteran of the PR and journalism wars that can help you get where you want to go.

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Learn to Write Snappily From Snapchat and Hemingway

June 14th, 2017 by

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address contained fewer than 300 words and it’s considered one of the greatest speeches in the history of this country. In an era when we can tap out brief, usually cogent, messages on social media platforms, why do many of us revert to long, Proustian prose when we get behind the keyboard in our offices? Let’s do away with lengthy press releases, laden with jargon and numerous buzzwords. Perhaps social media and Papa Hemingway can help solve this epidemic in the making.