In each edition of PR News we highlight takeaways from select articles as well as additions to the PR News Resources Center, available to subscribers only. This edition highlights a new report from Yum! Brands and a short but terrific template for editorial submissions.
Stories by Seth Arenstein
Admit it, PR measurement has a PR problem. It’s particularly bad because some communicators resist working with data. Yet communications’ reliance on data is growing. The good news is data expert John Glinski of Vanguard says communicators need not be data experts to garner answers with data to important questions.
Each month we ask communicators to turn over their toolkits and tell us what falls out. In other words, What tools and technologies are you using to do your job? We know few better to talk to about digital tools than than Michael Lamp, SVP, social & digital media at Hunter Public Relations and Brooks Wallace, the West Coast lead at Hollywood Agency.
It’s difficult to create a corporate culture. It might be harder to re-shape an established culture. This is what Whitney Drake, communications story bureau & analytics lead, General Motors, and Phil Musser, Boeing’s CCO and SVP of communications, are doing as they move their brands to embrace measurement and analytics. Recently they shared some experiences with PR News.
It’s easy to see why some members of the public view PR with disdain. Plenty of stories featuring unethical PR practitioners have clouded the public’s mind. While the majority of PR pros are ethical, this, ironically, might be an issue. The ethical PR pros we deal with daily have inured us to the sometimes-unsavory image of PR. A trio of communicators argues it’s important to constantly emphasize the truth in PR.
Internal communications is hard. So is change. There may be few things more difficult for communicators than to explain changes to employees. We asked 13 PR pros for their best practices in handling this delicate form of communications.
With July 4 upon us it means summer vacation season also has arrived. The question, though, is whether or not communicators, who are responsible for safeguarding the reputation of brands, can ever truly be off the clock. We look at surveys about vacations and being able to log out from your PR job. Another topic surveyed is attitudes on branded content.
Patricia Bayerlein wrote about improving internal communications with an eye to better employee experiences in these pages in April. Today she offers methods and dashboards to measure how well a leader is doing in communicating corporate culture and values to employees.
It’s so tempting. There’s a large media list at the ready. All one needs to do is craft a compelling narrative, attach it to the media list, hit send and wait for journalists to call. It’s the digital age, after all. Why not deploy the eponymous technology and send out hundreds of pitches with the click of a mouse? If it only was that easy.
A trend in PR and marketing is the growing overlap between the two. In some companies the same person heads PR and marketing, although such an arrangement does not guarantee staff in those departments work closely together. With this background we asked 11 brand communicators and senior agency executives how they differentiate their marketing and PR efforts.