Stories by Sophie Maerowitz


[QUIZ] Can You Name That Brand on Social Media?

September 13th, 2019 by

Are you up-to-date on the biggest brand players on social media? Take this quiz to find out.

Are Communicators Sending Out an SOS (Shiny Object Syndrome)?

August 29th, 2019 by

An internal struggle can emerge, reminiscent of impostor syndrome—the worry that everyone else has it handled but you. Deadlines and extra channels go hand in hand. How can a communicator be expected to stay on deadline when they’re constantly translating company news across multiple channels and formats, seemingly without end?

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10 Social Media Updates to Put On Your Radar

July 26th, 2019 by

It’s nearly impossible to keep up with all of the major platforms’ updates in real time—especially in the summer, when half of your staff is likely on vacation. In recent months, there have been a number of rollouts and announcements of what’s to come from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snap. Here are the features and updates to start experimenting with, and changes to come that your team will want to keep an eye on.

Former Hearst Exec Coles Touts Authentic Brand Ambassadors, Brief Posts and Imagery

July 1st, 2019 by

We rarely cover live events in this publication. PRNEWS senior content manager Sophie Maerowitz gave us a reason to make an exception. She attended a PRSA session featuring former Hearst executive Joanna Coles, who offered so many interesting tips and tactics that we had to share them with you. Here are some gems from the sharp yet blunt mind of Coles.

From Media Royalty, Career Advice for PR Pros in the Margins

June 27th, 2019 by

“How many of you have ever felt stuck at some point in your career?” That was how Joanna Coles began her talk at PRSA’s conference earlier today. As someone with an impressive and long-running career at the helm of some of the biggest media properties in the world, Coles has a deep well of wisdom to draw upon for PR pros. Women and men have parts to play in closing the gender gap in PR, she said.

3 Free Google Tools to Boost Your SEO Game

June 20th, 2019 by

Google has several enterprise-level tools that require a budget, but many of its tools—including Data Studio, recently graduated from beta—are completely free for the time being. Our roster of SEO and Analytics pros will be discussing some of these tools next month at PRNEWS’ Digital Boot Camp: Using Google Tools for Communicators, July 17 at NYC’s Yale Club. Ahead of the boot camp, though, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t feel empowered to start familiarizing yourself with these tools now. Communications professionals would be well-served to start experimenting with Google’s latest offerings, tinkering with messaging placement and delivery to see what resonates most with audiences.

Empowering Activists to Carry Your Message

May 17th, 2019 by

PRNEWS staffer Sophie Maerowitz spends her off-hours volunteering for New York City cyclist, pedestrian and public transit advocacy organization Transportation Alternatives. At the start, she figured it would be the usual rabble-rousing stuff: showing up to protests, tweeting photos while holding up signs, et al. She now realizes it’s that and much more. She offers tips from her experience at TransAlt that communicators can adapt to urge brand advocates to become involved in social issues.


7 Reminders to Keep Your Email Open Rate High

May 8th, 2019 by

Are you neglecting email marketing in pursuit of shiny objects (like social media)? Jon Chang, global product marketer for IBM Watson and lecturer on NYU’s adjunct faculty teaching social media and web analytics, still sees email as a crucial channel for marketers and communicators in 2019. Here are seven of Chang’s tips and reminders for communicators looking to strengthen their chops as email tacticians.

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Social Media Crisis and Graphic Design Takeaways From Day One of The Social Shake-Up 2019

May 7th, 2019 by

On May 6, the 2019 Social Shake-Up Show in Atlanta kicked into high gear with a slew of hands-on workshops on social-adjacent topics from live streaming, to graphic design, to crisis management and more. Marketers and communications professionals working at a wide array of brands (Entertainment Tonight, Adobe and Kent State University, to name a few) offered attendees tips and tricks for more eye-popping designs, higher search rankings and better game plans for inevitable Twitter storms.

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Why Your Brand Isn’t Seeing ROI for Its Influencer Efforts

May 1st, 2019 by

California-based company Buztubr offers a platform that allows businesses to connect with influencers (and vice versa) in tandem with Facebook’s and Instagram’s native advertising offerings. After developing software for companies including Facebook, Snapchat, Microsoft and P&G, engineer and marketing analyst Gunn Hoh brought his expertise to Buztubr, now serving as its COO. Hoh shared his insights on what he sees as missed opportunities in the influencer space.