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How BET Networks Taps Into Talent for Influencer Marketing

August 18th, 2017 by

Influencer marketing can come in many shapes and sizes. Some companies utilize outside influencers, and some focus on employees. For Tatiana Holifield-Arthur, senior director of social media marketing strategy at BET Networks, influencer marketing means using its on-air talent to achieve a multiplier effect with the network’s huge following.

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What You Missed at the Big 4 Social Media Conference

August 14th, 2017 by

Did you experience a sudden and sharp sense of FOMO last week? Then you should’ve been in San Francisco with PR News. An all-star lineup of speakers presented on topics ranging from SEO and Google Analytics to influencer marketing and Snapchat at the Big 4 Social Media Conference and Google for Communicators Boot Camp held at the San Francisco Grand Hyatt Aug. 9-10. Here’s a wrap-up of the two-day event, which showcased compelling video, top-notch speakers and networking opportunities galore.

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For Southwest Airlines, Culture Determines Who Owns Social Media

August 7th, 2017 by

A few years ago, each of Southwest Airline’s departments used social media in their own way, independent of each other. But the firm quickly moved to create “an enterprise-level function with multiple players and dotted lines back to operational units, while still maintaining a master strategy,” according to Linda Rutherford, Southwest’s CCO. To her, the question of who should own social media centers around how an organization approaches customer engagement.

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How Hershey Encourages Employees to Show Off Their Sweet Jobs

August 4th, 2017 by

Hershey is embracing employee advocacy programs as a way to pull back the curtain on life at the company, helping to improve recruitment, retention and reputation. The giant chocolatier has devoted an Instagram account (@HersheyCompany) to celebrate its employees, who in turn use the platform to celebrate the company. Here are some examples of successful posts, as well as four tips to keep in mind when crafting your own advocacy program.

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Why Pepperidge Farm Always Remembers to Trust Its Influencers

July 3rd, 2017 by

Influencer marketing can significantly extend a campaign’s reach, but only if it comes off as genuine—if it’s done right, it doesn’t seem like marketing at all. The trick is to ensure that the brand and product align with the influencer’s passion, says Anna Ritchie, social digital manager of integrated marketing at Pepperidge Farm. Ritchie, who will speak to the issue at PR News’ Digital and Marketing Show Oct. 17-19, in Miami, offered a couple of lessons learned in working with influencers.

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50 Game-Changers of PR: Joy Hays

June 27th, 2017 by

PR News recently asked its community to tell us who should be listed among the top game-changers of PR in the last few years. Here, we look at game-changer Joy Hays. As chief storyteller and social strategist at AT&T, Hays took a fragmented social media division and built a department that’s become a model for others to emulate, establishing an organizational structure as well as universal processes, channel and content strategies, crisis protocols and a Center of Excellence.

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How Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest Help Generate and Track Sales

June 20th, 2017 by

For many businesses, leads and sales are primary KPIs. But before you can track sales, you have to generate them—and standing out from the crowd on social media is no easy task. Online consumers can anticipate when ads are coming and know when and how to skip them. Fortunately, major platforms, including Facebook, Snapchat and Pinterest, continue to develop new technologies to help generate and track sales, helping to prove the ROI of social media ads.

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How to Build a Silo-Busting Integrated Communications Team

April 26th, 2017 by

A salesperson, a PR manager and a marketer walk into a bar…or so your bottom line wishes. The birth of social media forced organizations to draw up new business strategies to stay competitive in the digital space. And so they did—one department at a time. Ask a salesperson what their social strategy is, or even what social media means to her profit goals and she will probably give you a completely different answer than the PR or marketing manager within the same organization. So how can you build a truly integrated communications team? By following these three steps.

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6 Tips for Keeping Your Company’s Social Media Accounts Secure

April 18th, 2017 by

Social media sites are popular targets when it comes to hacking. Just last month, hackers managed to access the Twitter account for McDonald’s and send out a derogatory post aimed at President Trump. But McDonald’s is a well established, multinational brand and they could gain control of their account quickly. Could your business do the same? Here are six steps to help keep your company’s social media accounts secure.