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Remembering The First Black Woman to Own a PR Firm

February 28th, 2020 by

To end Black History Month, we offer the story of Inez Kaiser, the first black woman to own a PR firm in the US. Kaiser was a polymath. A teacher, an activist, a cook book author and an entrepreneur, Kaiser accomplished all this at a time when African-Americans struggled for basic civil rights.

8 Tips to Increase Consumer Engagement on Social Media

February 27th, 2020 by

Social media impressions is not the number of people that your post impressed. This, in part, is why social media is outgrowing its reliance on impressions as the sole metric for success. Consumer engagement (likes, shares, retweets and comments) has become the top priority. Here are eight easy tips communicators and marketers can use to bolster consumer engagement on social.

Five PR Management Tips They Don’t Teach You in College

February 25th, 2020 by

There’s plenty to learn about PR in college programs. On the other hand, there are few better teachers than actually practicing PR on the job. Four years out of college, our author argues that managing expectations is a key area that PR classes failed to cover. Here’s what she’s learned attending the college of hard knocks.

Measurement and Individualized Content Key to Influencer Growth

February 14th, 2020 by

In the debate over the effectiveness of influencer marketing, data from a strong measurement regime can provide solid evidence. Engagement and attribution are key metrics. The path to successful influencer content is found by creating posts that seem tailored to individual consumers, says Everywhere Agency CEO Danica Kombol.

Building PR Teams That Executives Will Trust and Adore

February 11th, 2020 by

Moving from being a brand communicator at Pfizer to an agency executive prompted Dean Mastrojohn to think about team building. He offers three lessons he learned from his years on the client side. The veteran communicator is using these lessons as he builds an integrated media team as part of his agency position.

Lessons Earned: When a Smart Boss Teaches a Tough Lesson

February 7th, 2020 by

In this regular series with the Institute of Public Relations, veteran communicators relate lessons learned early in their careers that continue to help them. This installment features Shirley Powell, SVP, Cox Automotive, who received a great education from her first boss. One of his toughest lessons remains with Powell to this day.

A Step-by-Step Approach for Communicators to Measure in 2020

January 23rd, 2020 by

You didn’t measure your communications effort in 2019? No matter, says IPR Measurement Commission member Mark Weiner. A speaker during PRNEWS’ Crisis and Measurement Summit next month in Miami, Weiner provides a basic framework to help you grab more budget in 2020 through measurement.

A Comforting Thought: Influencers Might be Recession-Proof

January 21st, 2020 by

We’ve never experienced an economic recession in a heavily connected world. It might look very different from earlier downturns. And it might turn out that influencers, who can provide relatively low-cost content that connects authentically with audiences, will be an asset during a recession, argues Kaitlyn Hieb, a strategist at R/GA, a consultancy.

Joseph V. Baker: America’s First Black PR Firm Owner

January 20th, 2020 by

Joseph Baker opened his PR firm in 1934 in NY. At the time, depending on where he was, Baker, a black man, might not have been able to vote, enter a restaurant or use public restrooms. When the firm closed some 40 years later, Baker had all those rights and more. Through his position as the first African-American owner of a PR firm, he became a key liaison between the black community and corporate America.

A Look at PR/Communications in 2030 and How to Prepare for It

January 17th, 2020 by

Plenty of PR pros have made predictions for the year ahead. We go farther. As we embark into a new decade of opportunities, what will PR look like in 2030? A trio of brave PR prognosticators looks 10 years hence. In spite of huge technological change, at least one PR pro sees relationships maintaining their importance in 2030.