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As target audiences change, the tools for engaging them evolve, and machines enable us to do our jobs faster and more accurately. Our core function remains the same, however. PR pros still will be responsible for creating stories that educate, influence and connect people with our organizations and brands. To thrive in 2020, communications professionals will need to become more creative, have strong cognitive flexibility, collaborate, be emotionally intelligent and develop the grit necessary to constantly challenge the status quo. Here are ways to start building these important skills now.
Perhaps you’ve sent a pitch to Ms. Senior Editor only to remember that it’s Mr. Senior Editor. Or you’ve invited a reporter to a press conference on Monday the 3rd and received a message back saying, “The 3rd is a Tuesday. What day is your event?” So you know great content doesn’t mean anything if a document is poorly written or contains typos. Focusing on a process for writing can set you up for success. A thorough process means you have time for planning, drafting, reviewing, quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC). Juggling multiple projects and deadlines can make it hard to set aside time for all of these steps, and the planning step often gets sacrificed. Still, taking a few minutes to plan your writing before you begin will make editing much easier.
Nonprofits may have more in common with B2B and B2C brands than one might think. This installment in our series detailing consumer engagement with U.S. brands on social platforms finds patterns similar to those seen earlier when the focus was engagement with B2C and B2B brands on Facebook (PRN, May 30 and June 6). Examination of exclusive data provided to PR News by Shareablee shows the most engaged B2B, B2C and nonprofit brands seem to be emphasizing quality over quantity as the number of posts in Q1 2016 was down compared to Q1 2015. As a result, consumer actions, which is defined as the sum of likes, shares and comments, also fell.
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.
In seven weeks, a small group of university students ignited sweeping change across the campus of King University in Tennessee. In just 1,176 hours, the grassroots social media campaign united a formerly fragmented collection of students, faculty, staff and alumni. In 49 days, King’s president resigned under immense pressure on social media.
Ebola deaths were mounting. In early September 2014, Liberia was logging more than 70 confirmed cases daily, and the toll was rising. With too few Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), a scarcity of ambulances, no way to reach remote areas quickly and healthcare workers falling ill, communication was the only means to forestall spreading the deadly disease.
As PR pros, we know that a large part of our job is to consistently garner coverage for our brand in the media. Whether through traditional or digital mediums, television, radio, print, online or increasingly social engagement, the placements we secure are the measurement of our success. More often than not much of our work is done on a limited budget.
At the end of 2015, Arby’s same-store sales increased 8.1%, outpacing a comparable set of Quick-service restaurants (QSR) by an estimated 5.5% during the same period. While it might seem that this happened overnight, several elements were in place that helped prompt the brand find its voice.
Activision and Edelman created the first ever in-game integration with Snapchat by installing a “hack” in the Black Ops 2 online multiplayer maps.
Scrap the App:We seldom get a pitch like the one we received June 15. An email promised that a new study contained “qualitative and quantitative data” revealing “that women would rather forego sex AND makeup… Continued
You had to love the photo of a baseball catcher falling, heels over head, which CNBC ran on its site accompanying a story about pharma brand Valeant ( PRN , Mar 28), whose stock fell 5%+ May 12. The decline
As engagement with U.S. consumer brands on Instagram grew 30% in Q1 ’16 vs Q1 ’15, primed by 15% growth in posts, the bigger story was a precipitous jump in video, according to exclusive data provided by Shareablee to PR News.
Many communicators and marketers make their bones on consumer engagement. Mission accomplished, for Q1 on Instagram at least. Spurred by B2B brands’ 21% increase in Instagram posts, consumer engagement rose 97% vs the same period in ’15, according to Shareablee data provided exclusively to PR News.
From January 1–March 15, the number of Instagram video posts from U.S. brands increased 68% vs the same period in 2015, driving a 90% spike in consumer engagement with those videos, according to exclusive Shareablee data supplied to PR News.
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