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10 Ways to Be Compelling on Instagram

April 5th, 2016 by

Instagram arguably is the best way for visually based brands (beauty, fashion, travel, etc.) to reach women. For anyone wanting to market to women it’s an addictive form of image-based social media that should not be ignored.

Here are 10 tried-and-true tips to help you build an engaged Instagram following, from the basics to the more advanced. Think of each potential photo post as part of a whole.

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What Snapchat’s Chat 2.0 Update Means for PR Pros

April 5th, 2016 by

Snapchat just got called up to the big leagues. The unlikely social media superstar has been on the rise for a while now, but this update shows the company is ready to acquire a larger share of the market and become one of the major players in social media. With its newest update, the company added an incredible amount of depth to its messaging offerings. By launching Chat 2.0, the company developed a social experience that looks to keep users on the platform as long as possible.

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The Panama Papers: Steps Communicators Should Take Now

April 4th, 2016 by

With 11 million documents under scrutiny by the world’s journalists, it seems a safe bet that more shoes will drop, perhaps implicating brands doing business in Russia, Iceland or Argentina. The question for brand communicators is what to do now? We have some answers.

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‘Word of Mouth 2.0’ for Restaurants: Increasing Footfall in 5 Steps

April 4th, 2016 by

Restaurants have always benefitted from the unofficial and unmeasurable—yet wildly successful—marketing technique of word of mouth, and they continue to do so, but online. Food blogs, Instagram accounts and Twitter feeds are fast replacing friends and family as the source of recommendations and inspiration for the next meal out. A big difference is that you can track and measure digital word of mouth better than ever.

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This is the Edge You Need to Get Ahead

April 4th, 2016 by

When you don’t show up you risk losing your authenticity, and sometimes the trust your stakeholders have in you and your brand. When showing up, you are putting your best self forward. You are all in, whether it’s working on a project, attending a lunch with a new client, leading a meeting, listening to your colleagues, writing a report, a press release or an important email.

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Five Tips to Transform Brand Communications Into Storytelling

April 4th, 2016 by

Journalists are busier than ever, consumers are savvier today than they were yesterday and the flow of information is massive and neverending. In other words, the heat is on for PR practitioners everywhere. These days, an interesting narrative is non-negotiable, and sharing it across multiple media is standard operating procedure. After all, giving your audience what they want, when they want it and how they want it is tantamount to keeping them engaged with your brand.

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Some Dashboard Tips You Can Apply Now (and a Pitch for Live Events)

April 4th, 2016 by

Dashboards must start with your company’s communications and business goals, along with objectives that you know are measurable. You also need to know your audiences and tailor your dashboard to their needs. With all that knowledge in hand, you then pick metrics. If the dashboard is intended for senior leadership, your metrics should be based on what the C-suite’s inhabitants want to see tracked.

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Like Brands Governments Test Content, Frequency, Fun on Social

April 4th, 2016 by

Governments and world leaders are increasing their presence on social media. And like brands, some are committed to it, while others use a Facebook page as a placeholder, posting mundane announcements or no content at all. Indeed many of the trends brands have observed on social are apparent with the social accounts of world governments and leaders.

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What Google’s AdWords Redesign Means for Savvy PR Professionals and Brand Marketers

April 4th, 2016 by

It was big news Monday when Google unveiled a redesign for AdWords to select users of its cash cow product. The product of years of observing reportedly hundreds of global clients using AdWords, this first redesign in forever is expected to make it easier for users to track the words they’ve bought. Deploying Google’s Material Design strategy, users will find a series of graphs called Overviews replacing pages of data about specific words.

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How to Make Your Broadcast Media Pitch the Gold Nugget Amid the Dross

April 4th, 2016 by

There’s good and bad news concerning getting coverage for your brand or organization on television and radio. The good news is that with today’s 24-hour news cycle, the talk radio and cable news media have a voracious appetite for news sources. They constantly need new angles on breaking news, as well as fresh faces to help put that breaking news into context.