Is there an industry that’s changed more lately or received more attacks than media? With this background PR News surveyed more than 400 communicators about their views of media relations in this uncertain environment and beyond. In short, communicators believe media relations will continue to be an important part of PR, but to be successful they’ll need to adapt to how it has changed. It is unclear they’re prepared to do so.
Stories by Seth Arenstein
ABC’s cancellation of “Roseanne” seems to be a case where a brand takes a moral stand on an issue, in this case racism. Bad behavior is bad business, right? A deeper look at the situation reveals a calculation about corporate reputation and how that influences a brand’s future earning potential. It now falls to the company’s communicators to explain away the issues.
Elon Musk and Bill Gates have roughly the same number of social followers and posted nearly the same amount of content in Q1 2018. Yet each of Musk’s posts generated an incredible 266,000 consumer engagements, propelling him to the top of the quarter’s Business influencers’ list. Gates’ posts did well, at about 18,000 consumer engagements each.
What data do consumers value most? Another way of asking that question: What pieces of information about themselves are consumers least concerned about sharing with brands? A survey provides some surprising answers.
Hardly anyone is suggesting abandoning the internet, though it’s probably not a bad thing for communicators and marketers, whose professional lives often revolve around digital communications, to appreciate a declining number of people see the internet as a good thing for society. The findings of a Pew poll might be more marked had it been conducted after Facebook-Cambridge Analytica come to light.
Communicators know even a few words can move markets. A great example is what’s happening surrounding President Trump’s promise to have the Commerce Department investigate whether or not imported cars and parts are doing structural harm to the U.S. auto industry. Should Commerce rule that they are, the president could slap significant tariffs on imported autos. Until that decision is made, uncertainty will reign and auto industry communicators will be in the hot seat.
What is the best way for communicators to report up to the C-suite? For Nisha Morris, executive director for communication at Providence St. Joseph Health, the foundation for such work is based on communicators gaining the trust of the C-suite. She offers insights that have helped her and her team do so.
For a change of pace we asked data partner Shareablee to find the TV shows with the most consumer engagement during Q1 2018. The list of top 10 shows spans the gamut from new, tween-oriented series to morning news shows and an aged comedy series in syndication.
Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but when it results in the flatterer eating your lunch much of the enjoyment associated with flattery evaporates quickly. This is the case with Snapchat’s features, which Facebook has copied without mercy. Facebook’s features, though, are pulling ahead of Snapchat’s in terms of usage.
When life gives you lemons, you can cry or make lemonade. So your company is not yet GDPR-compliant and doesn’t seem to be too eager to change its status. That’s a shame because you might be missing a good chance to raise your brand reputation and increase employee advocacy. Most important you might be leaving money on the table.