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21 Social Media Insights, Ideas and Aha Moments for PR Pros

June 13th, 2016 by

Several themes bubbled to the surface of the PR News Digital PR & Marketing Conference, attended by hundreds of PR and marketing professionals. Among them were: storytelling should be shared by all employees; ignore video at your own peril; influencers and peer networks are critical to reputation management, social media is a top way to build brand awareness but the jury’s still out on its ability to drive revenue. And I’ve bent over backwards and compiled for you a list of 21 insights and ideas from our esteemed speakers because great ideas should be shared.

How to Use Old-School Journalism to Help Your Brand Stand Out on Social

June 13th, 2016 by

Social media is a green field for PR pros. Virtually every person you want to market to spends time online engaging with a social media platform. The catch is you must stand out. In a world where everyone wants just a minute of your time, asking for the mere seconds it takes to read and like a post is a tall order. The nonprofit association CompTIA faced this challenge. To get results it failed to attain previously, the association had to do things it hadn’t done before. By going back to journalism basics it rebooted its approach to social media, and increased engagement by as much as 180%. Thinking like a journalist will not only help you achieve your goals, it will make you indispensable as this niche grows in professional relevance.

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Campaign Communications: Social Listening Fuels Race for White House

June 10th, 2016 by

One of the most significant advantages of social networks is the incredible amount of user information that each platform collects and then makes available for targeted posts. By staying on top of what users and the media are talking about on social platforms, candidates have an unprecedented ability to weigh in with the most relevant information. Each campaign can offer PR pros valuable examples of how to be aware of important topics and deploy the right messaging to the right audience at the right time.

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Snapchat’s Discover, Live Stories Just Got More Appealing for Brands

June 9th, 2016 by

Snapchat’s latest update, a redesign of its Live Stories and Discover sections, goes a long way toward making the app more intuitive and bringing in more viewership. Now you will see both Discover and Live Stories intermingled in panels on the Discover page, as well as in a carousel at the top of the Stories page.

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3 Things to Remember When Considering Messaging Apps

June 8th, 2016 by

Now that audiences are well established and active on messaging platforms—many of the most popular have hundreds of millions of monthly active users—the companies behind them are moving from a focus on messaging to a heightened awareness of commerce and business needs. Now that the platforms are considering business uses for their services, does every organization really need to embrace this new digital trend?

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4 Ways to Put More Business Thinking Behind Social Campaigns

June 7th, 2016 by

The days when businesses could ignore social media are over. Even though C-suites now know they need to be on social, many ROI-focused executives still don’t see the value. One of the clichés behind this dichotomy of opinion is the left-brain, right-brain split that conventionally divides creative from more analytical professionals. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

How PR Pros Can Follow the Customer Journey and Why

June 6th, 2016 by

“The biggest takeaway I have for you today is to go to Google’s Analytics Academy,” Google’s Louis Gray, senior program manager, Google Analytics, said during “How to Make Google Analytics Work for Your Brand” at PR News’ “Google for Communicators Workshop” in Miami Beach, June 6.

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Engagement With B2B Video on Facebook Soars in Q1’16; Posts Flat

June 6th, 2016 by

The second chart in this series detailing engagement with U.S. B2B brands on Facebook continues several patterns we saw in chart 1 (U.S. B2C brands’ engagement on Facebook) ( PRN, May 30). First, B2B and B2C brands are finding video delivers engagement, according to Shareablee data provided exclusively to PR News. Second, brands are stressing quality over quantity as the number of total posts is flat or declining.

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How Did Bernie Sanders Get So Good at Social Media?

June 3rd, 2016 by

As Obama’s 2008 campaign heralded a new era of political campaigning by introducing social media into the mix, the current presidential candidates are using digital technologies in groundbreaking ways. Despite Bernie Sanders’ struggles in the primary race, his success with online communications is hard to match. In many ways, it’s because of social media that many Americans now #FeelTheBern.

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Periscope Adds Community-Led Comment Moderation Feature

June 1st, 2016 by

It’s the tragedy of the Internet: Every cool thing that makes society more interconnected is in danger of being ruined by jerks. From misogynistic attacks on Twitter to racist comments on YouTube to general profane abuse in multiplayer video games, instances of online unpleasantness have raised questions about how to give everyone the best possible experience without crossing a line of censoring free speech.