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2013 Digital PR Awards: Use of Facebook

November 5th, 2013 by

To change the perception about the brand among its customers, utility company Ameren Missouri and agency partner Weber Shandwick launched a Facebook campaign designed to reward unsung heroes who instill positive change and community progress.

Recipe for Baking Visual Storytelling Into Your PR strategy

November 5th, 2013 by

Resistance is futile. Visual storytelling is fast moving to the core of marketing communications, as PR pros migrate many of their messages to the visual medium from the written word.

Major Food Brands are Spending Millions to Avoid Transparency

November 4th, 2013 by

A consortium of several major food and chemical companies have spent more than $22 million to combat legislative action aimed at forcing companies to label genetically modified food (GMOs).

Before You Ping that Press Release, Check the ‘B.S. Generator’

November 4th, 2013 by

Yes, press releases often suffer from flowery writing and an overabundance of industry jargon. With practice, PR pros can overcome such obstacles. But there’s no excuse for failing to insert any hyperlinks in your press releases, according to Ben Lincoln, writing director at GolinHarris, who adds that press releases should be treated like a “mini website.

Break Out the Crystal Ball: 20 Marketing Trends for 2014 (Infographic)

November 1st, 2013 by

Hard to believe, but 2014 is just around the corner. Planning is underway, budgets are being set and it seems that marketers will be pivoting their focus next year to meet the demands of the digital consumer.

Virgin America Spins Drab Safety Information into Dynamic Brand Content

October 31st, 2013 by

Virgin American has given passengers (and Internet users) a reason to actually pay attention to the FAA-mandated pre-flight safety instructions. The brand recently rolled out a five-minute safety video that puts a whole new spin on safety.

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8 Quotes to Scare You Away From Hellish Writing

October 31st, 2013 by

8 quotes for writing pros to keep in mind as they sit down at their keyboards today.

Twitter Provides Another Excuse for PR Pros to Ramp Up Visual Storytelling

October 30th, 2013 by

This was inevitable. Twitter has added photo and video items that users see when they log onto the social network from the Web or a mobile device. The move comes just ahead of Twitter’s I.P.O next week, as the company looks to feature more multimedia elements and expand its appeal among consumers.

Want to Build Trust for Your Brand? Deliver on Your Promises

October 30th, 2013 by

Building brand reputation has always been a top priority for PR and marketing communications executives. But in our multichannel communications world it has become increasingly important. Customers can communicate their experience with your brand immediately, to a potential audience of millions.

6 Tips for Visual Storytelling Mastery

October 29th, 2013 by

The story you want to tell should lead image design, not the other way around, says Pete Ternes, senior social media and corporate reputation strategist for General Motors.