In addition to this column, which is only one of many essays PRNEWS devotes to PR analytics and advisory themes, additional options exist for those readers eager to learn more.
Stories by Mark Weiner
Resources for Research-Minded CommunicatorsOctober 26th, 2022 by Mark Weiner
You Need the Chicken and the Egg: Quelling Illusions of Content AnalysisAugust 2nd, 2022 by Mark Weiner
Common wisdom says PR pros must choose humans or machines when conducting media content analysis. The common wisdom is wrong.
Measurement Myths that Hamper Public RelationsApril 27th, 2022 by Mark Weiner
In PR we contend with many myths that continue to endure despite advances in the profession. Some of the most enduring relate to the science of PR. In this column, we will expose some PR conventions as myths, while explaining why they’re myths and sharing supportive details about the true state of the profession.
The Four Stalwarts of Communication AnalyticsJanuary 27th, 2022 by Mark Weiner
Despite the heavy emphasis on real-time solutions, there are some cases when even the near-past is too old. Knowing what happened will always be valuable as it helps to inform current thinking, but it isn’t the complete picture for effective diagnostics and decision-making. Here, we discuss the four stalwarts of communications research and analysis: Descriptive, Diagnostic, Predictive and Prescriptive.
How to Exit PR Limbo at the Start of the YearJanuary 3rd, 2022 by Mark Weiner
In popular language, limbo is an indeterminate place where one awaits a decision. It’s pleasant enough but devoid of bliss or pain. I don’t fully understand the religious form of limbo, but I’m very familiar with the PR version: It’s where measurement deniers go after a year-end performance evaluation that’s ambiguous, unfulfilling and offers no guidance. And yet, most communicators choose limbo over measurement.
Seven Questions to Ask as You Plan for the New YearDecember 1st, 2021 by Mark Weiner
It may be too late to change 2021 results, but you can approach New Year planning by asking executives, team members and yourself some important questions, according to columnist Mark Weiner.
Next Big Thing: Non-Financial Factors will Link PR, Reputation & Share PriceNovember 1st, 2021 by Mark Weiner
What’s the next big thing for communications research and evaluation? It’s a good question to ponder as we celebrate Measurement Month.
How to Get the Most from Your Research and Evaluation InvestmentOctober 1st, 2021 by Mark Weiner
Every autumn, the dualities of research and evaluation emerge: we rely on data and analysis providers to help evaluate our year-to-date performance and depend on their data to inform communication decisions. Simultaneously, and perhaps ironically, as we look to analytics providers to inform our performance evaluation, we evaluate them as the annual renewal approaches.
Media Relations Strategy Begins with a Data-Informed Basis for TargetingSeptember 1st, 2021 by Mark Weiner
Target-audience penetration is key to a successful media relations strategy and the tactics that follow. Technology, research and insights provide detailed information about the audiences you need to reach and how to reach them.
Data Hurts: A Better Way to Measure, Analyze and Evaluate PRAugust 1st, 2021 by Mark Weiner
Interest in PR measurement, research and evaluation have never been greater, for two main reasons: low-cost SaaS platforms put media analysis within reach of even the smallest organizations; and C-suites demand PR be measured, just like every other part of the enterprise.