Stories by Erika Bradbury

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Corporate Social Action on the Rise, PRNEWS CSR Finalists Say

April 9th, 2021 by

As we get ready to celebrate PR’s role in CSR, we spoke with several finalists of the PRNEWS CSR Awards about how the pandemic and the economic and social reckonings of 2020 influenced their organizations. Fortunately, this moment has bolstered CSR at many companies and organizations, they told us.

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When Deciding on an Influencer, the NFL Eyes Passion, Values

April 6th, 2021 by

When it comes to influencers, does size matter? Do you go with a major celebrity or a micro-influencer, who has relatively few but intensely loyal followers? For the NFL’s Jesse May, manager of influencer & entertainment marketing, an influencer’s alignment with and passion for your campaign are deciding factors. She explains in this brief Q&A ahead of her April 21 appearance during The Social Shake-Up Virtual Spring Tune-Up.

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For Worst Of fenses, Execs’ Apologies Should be Public and PR Pros Must Fight for the Right Words, Not Best Legal Phrases   

April 6th, 2021 by

In this issue, we answer the question, how do you counsel a leader to issue a heartfelt apology, particularly when the person is reluctant to admit culpability? What best practices do you recommend for preparing communicators to handle these situations?

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How Helping Journalists Decipher Technical Material Can Prevent Negative Stories from Growing into Crises

April 6th, 2021 by

The cannabis and CBD industry presents unique opportunities and challenges for PR pros. Here, a communicator prevents a crisis for her client.

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Setting Boundaries Can Help Social Media Managers Avoid Burnout

March 26th, 2021 by

As The Social Shake-Up Virtual Spring Tune-Up is set for April 21, we offer introductions to some of its scheduled speakers. In this Q&A, Dropbox social media head Susan Chang offers advice to social media managers about avoiding burnout. One of the tips she advocates is setting boundaries.

Southwest Promise

Despite its Pandemic-Response Plan, Southwest Airlines Pivoted Often

March 25th, 2021 by

Unlike many organizations, Southwest Airlines entered the current pandemic with a pandemic-response plan. Despite that, the carrier found organizational dexterity was critical to communicating during the past 12 months, SVP& CCO Linda Rutherford said during a keynote address at PRNEWS’ Crisis Management Virtual Event.

Should Your Brand Chase the Next New Thing on Social?

March 17th, 2021 by

We speak with Tiffany Rivers, director of social media at Media Cause. Rivers will join us in a panel conversation on what platforms attendees should keep an eye on this year, and tips for determining when it’s best to skip jumping on the bandwagon.

women in leadership

A Picture Can Speak (More Than) a Thousand Words to Eliminate Bias

March 5th, 2021 by

Words and visuals have consequences. And with nearly one in two female consumers expecting companies to commit to inclusivity and diversity in communication and advertising, it’s important for communicators to carefully consider their messages. To highlight Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we spoke about best practices with leaders from Getty Images and the Unstereotype Alliance.

Aunt Jemima

Why the Answer to the Question,’What’s In a Name?’ Matters More than Ever

March 2nd, 2021 by

In the past year, as calls for social justice have increased, a growing number of organizations found themselves re-branding, changing their names or packaging in attempts to leave behind legacy narratives.

March Madness

Return of March Madness Boosts Consumer Engagement 61%; Instagram Dominates

March 2nd, 2021 by

While just 4 percent of March Madness-related content was posted on Instagram, the platform enjoyed 85 percent of all engagement.