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Colonel Sanders is the Latest Fast Food Icon to Be Put Out to Pasture

KFC has announced the retirement of its Colonel Sanders brand mascot. The Colonel was a likeness of the restaurant’s founder, Harland Sanders, and is just the latest fast food icon to be faded out to make way for new brand appeals.
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5 Steps to Managing a Crisis with Social Media

An errant Facebook comment or distasteful quote from a company executive can ignite a crisis in a matter of minutes. Here’s how to fight back on social.  | MORE »

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Effective Storytelling in the Information Age: Infographic

Storytelling is becoming one of the most common buzzwords in marketing and communications today. Everyone stresses the importance of telling a good story that relates a captivating narrative to your brand, but they forget to talk about how to cut through the swell of cluttered information to deliver an on-point message to the right audience. | MORE »

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#Sharknado Eats Paid Media for Lunch

You may not be working with a brand name as catchy as “Sharknado,” but whatever the product or service, you can experiment with silly hashtags that may catch flight. | MORE »

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McDonald’s Offers its Employees Budget Tips But They Aren’t ‘Lovin’ It’

In an effort to bolster its employee relations program, McDonald’s launched a microsite aimed at helping staffers balance their finances. The seemingly positive gesture has, however, backfired on the fast-food giant because the budget is unrealistic and suggests employees should seek a second job. | MORE »

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3 PR Superheroes, Just In Time for Comic-Con 2013

The photos of costumed Comic-Con attendees made us wonder what otherworldly protagonists communicators need the most. Here’s what we came up with. | MORE »

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Rolling Stone Feels the Heat From ‘Bomber’ Cover

Rolling Stone magazine took an image that most of us knew well from coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and slapped it on its cover, and is now facing condemnation on social channels and boycotts. | MORE »

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Carnival Cruises Faces Continuing Tide of Crisis with the Costa Concordia

It’s been 18 months since the Costa Concordia went aground, but the ship hasn’t budged an inch, according to The New York Times. What’s more, the trial for Francesco Schettino, the ill-fated vessel’s captain, begins on Wednesday, fanning the flames of a crisis that the parent company, Carnival Cruises, is eager to extinguish. | MORE »

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What Keeps PR Pros Up at Night?

In an informal poll PR News asked readers on Instagram what keeps them up at night. Turns out to be the same thing that keeps us stoked during the day: social media. | MORE »

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Infographic: State of Content Marketing 2013

Don’t fight it. Resistance is futile. For PR pros, content marketing now resides at the core of marketing communications. | MORE »

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