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Here’s Why Facebook, the ‘Largest Data-Mining Operation in Human History,’ Bought WhatsApp

At its core, WhatsApp is meant for user-to-user communication, creating a difficult task for Facebook to monetize the app in its current form. | MORE »

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Going for PR Gold With Celebrity Spokespeople

Figure skater Gracie Gold and hockey player T.J. Oshie have captured the hearts and minds of fans for their performances during the Winter Olympics. Will that translate into sweetheart endorsement deals selling various products and services? And what’s in it for communicators when they align their brands with celebrity spokespeople? | MORE »

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Chevron’s Pizza Party PR Fails to Make Amends

The Appalachia division of Chevron distributed 100 gift certificates for free pizza to Pennsylvania residents after a natural gas well explosion. | MORE »

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4 Changes for PR Pros to Watch, When They Watch the (New) Tonight Show

The dawn of the Jimmy Fallon era on The Tonight Show pretty much went off without a hitch Monday night. Fallon showed deference to the storied NBC franchise, but, as with any changing of the guard, he’s already made some changes to the program with an eye on expanding the audience.
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Olympian Bode Miller Avoids Weepy Interview Blame Game

Bode Miller’s reaction to his Olympic interview is a classic lesson for brand communicators in dealing a measured response. | MORE »

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Facebook’s Custom Gender Option a Lesson in Understanding Your Audience

What does the announcement of Facebook’s new gender options tell communicators? | MORE »

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7 Ways to Express Your Love for Your Favorite Influencers on Valentine’s Day

This being Valentine’s Day, we offer these suggestions to show your favorite journalists, influencers, followers and customers (otherwise known as people) on social channels that you listen to and appreciate them. | MORE »

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Jeter Skips the Press Conference and Retires Via Facebook

By going to Facebook Wednesday to announce his retirement from baseball following the upcoming season, the Yankee shortstop put on a clinic on how to use social media to strike the right tone for sensitive subjects. | MORE »

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Image-Heavy Twitter Profiles Could Be Coming Soon

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? And that includes social channels. Twitter is experimenting with yet another profile redesign, channeling Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest’s image-heavy formats in a yet-to-be-released update. Mashable reports that … | MORE »

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Positive PR for Chick-fil-A (for a Change) after Antibiotic-Free Pledge

Chick-fil-A joins a CSR trend that saw Subway remove chemicals from its bread baking process and Kraft Foods remove artificial dyes from its cheese slices. | MORE »

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