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Influencers in Food and Finance bucked the trend in August, with modest consumer engagement gains for their posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram vs. July, according to data supplied to PR News by Shareablee. British chef Jamie Oliver led the Food category, while Robert Kiyosaki was the top influencer in the Finance category in August.
In our regular feature How I Got Here, we ask PR leaders to tell us about trends, people who has influenced their career, the best advice they’ve received and what advice they give students. This week we talk with Amanda Harris, senior director of PR & marketing at The Diplomat Beach Resort. Her secrets include being authentic and reaching out to influencers via telephone.
As you know, the Equifax data breach was much more than one of the largest exposures of customer data in history. It also was the site of several PR blunders. A cybersecurity communicator takes a look at some of the early lessons from Equifax’s miscues that all PR pros can learn from.
Our weekly roundup of news, trends and personnel moves in PR and marketing. This week’s stories include another slap on the wrist for PewDiePie, growth at Finn Partners, a better emergency alert system for Facebook users and a less-than-folksy PR incident at Motel 6.
To be an effective and persuasive presenter, you must build trust and believability in the audience’s mind. The goal of presenting is likely to inform the audience of something or persuade it to act or not. To do this successfully, the speaker must be believable and likeable.
Credibility is not a naturally occurring phenomenon. People are not born credible presenters. Credibility is something a speaker must gradually build in the mind of the audience.
There were other stories last weekend, but all we talk about is Kanye and Taylor. How can brands cut through that clutter?
Ignore influencers at your peril. LA World Airports’ Mary Grady provides tips for finding and working with the right influencers for your brand.
What Tolstoy knew, and many others don’t, is that writing is hard.
As the big social networks continue to move closer to the pay-to-play model, the lines between PR and advertising are becoming even more blurred.
A 2200-member church hired a former corporate PR pro with design training to make its brand more approachable and bring it into the modern age. The pro has responded with an integrated media plan that leans heavily on graphic elements.
Can a 17-year-old brand in the television space shout loud enough to make sure stakeholders hear that it’s about to undergo a major rebrand? This case study describes how National Geographic Channel planned and executed a whirlwind campaign, mounting more than 30 events during 12 busy days in April.
Nearly every new product must break through the clutter of a crowded market. In the case of Cellfina, it had to do this and more. For years, women had tried to defeat cellulite with a bevy of creams, lotions and exercises. Few if any found relief. This meant Cellfina had to convince a skeptical market that it was more than just another empty promise.
As people spend more time online, brands are constantly competing to break through the barrage of digital content and ads to drive consumer engagement. Advertising and content marketing campaigns must offer compelling content that provides value to keep consumers’ attention. The Economist Group combined VR, 3-D, food and sports to bring attention to a new Porsche.
Parking enforcement technology hadn’t evolved much since the invention of the boot, a driver’s nemesis since the 1940s. The ubiquitous metal device is attached to the wheel of a car whose owner often is guilty of having failed to pay multiple parking tickets. Weighing nearly 50 pounds, the boot requires a police officer or parking official to haul the object around, kneel down (sometimes in or near traffic) and attach it. A startup company developed an alternative to the boot. Here’s how it attracted attention.
With budgets renewed and a still-fresh calendar, this is the time of year many PR pros renew their interest in evaluating past performance and planning for future success. In response, PR measurement, evaluation and research become increasingly important. As research takes shape, whether you are implementing a new program or rethinking existing approaches, communicators work with research partners to create structured, tailored plans to meet objectives and beat expectations of internal stakeholders. Below are questions your research partner should be asking.
Fundamentally our profession is about people—understanding how they feel and behave, what they want and where their concerns and interests lie, and adapting the organization accordingly. It’s almost counterintuitive that cold, unfeeling data can help us engage more authentically and effectively with humans. But evidence literally is all around us.
Integration of communications and marketing is more than just a good thing to do, it’s critical to success in the digital age, a new report from The Conference Board says. The report is being sent to Conference Board members later this week. It was provided by The Conference Board exclusively to PR News Pro.
B2C brands don’t seem to be listening to tales of gloom about Twitter, at least not the brands that have the most consumer engagement, according to data provided exclusively to PR News by Shareablee.
It’s rare when significant parts of business, government or sports change dramatically. Incremental change is far more common. Yet we find both incremental and significant change in a new Nasdaq Corporate Solutions/ PR News survey of nearly 400 communicators regarding press release distribution and SEO. Nearly 75% of those surveyed last month said the most important objective of sending a press release is to “generate media interest and/or press coverage.” That’s a traditional reasoning. Yet a full 25% said their top priority in sending out a release is “to be seen in web search results” [see infographic and chart on page 4]. That finding about SEO seemed inconsistent with another result: nearly 40% said they fail to consider SEO when it comes to allocating time and resources for press releases. In other words, while PR pros want their press releases to be found in web searches, nearly half are ignoring SEO when they prepare their releases.
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