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Three Tips to Reduce Anxiety While Running Influencer Campaigns

August 16th, 2019 by

We know influencer marketing can provide third-party authenticity to brands. It also can raise awareness and bolster sales. On the other hand, it means allowing an outsider to be your brand ambassador and losing some degree of control. Here are three tips to reduce your anxiety when working with influencers.

Why The CEO and C-Suite Should be on Social Media

August 14th, 2019 by

It’s a given that social media is critical to many if not all companies. And you’d agree that culture flows from the top in most organizations. Fine, then why do more than 60 percent of CEOs lack a social presence? It’s becoming more difficult for the C-suite to ignore the influence social media has not only on consumers but shareholders, team and brand.

How to Create the Perfect PR Person

August 6th, 2019 by

Veteran PR pro Arthur Solomon assembles a checklist comprising the traits he thinks would make the perfect PR pro. The idea for this exercise is based on an assignment a brand executive gave him years ago, when he was with Burson-Marsteller. Despite the myriad changes in PR since that time, the traits he chose then don’t seem very different from those he says he’d pick today. They include a mix of media relations skills, integrity, and creative thinking.

Media Relations Lessons: Be More Like Chick-fil-A

July 31st, 2019 by

We’re told in media relations to “think like a journalist.” Frank Ahrens modifies that a bit to read “think like a food service industry employee.” Specifically, the VP at BGR Public Relations argues that media relations pros can learn much about relationship-building with journalists from the way Chick-fil-A employees treat customers.

Five Ways to Know When It’s Time for a Company to Rebrand

July 17th, 2019 by

Change is an inevitable part of business. Markets and companies mature, tastes change, competitors emerge, reputation issues argue for a name change. But when is the right time for your brand or organization to rebrand? 5WPR founder/CEO Ronn Torossian offers five signs that might indicate it’s time for a company to rebrand.

A PR Pro Picks 2019’s Best PR Crises…So Far [VIDEO]

June 26th, 2019 by

What are your choices for the top PR crises of 2019’s first six months? As is her custom, Solomon McCown & Company president Ashley McCown goes out on a limb, picking her top five and presenting them in this short video. Can you guess what her quintet of PR crises will be? One hint: her top picks involves a global brand that was a leader in its sector, at least it was prior to its crisis.

Five Tips to Get Major Media Coverage

June 21st, 2019 by

Right or wrong, many executives think the only media that matters is the Wall St. Journal and the NY Times. OK, so how do PR pros get their brands a mention in one of those papers? We turn to someone who’s climbed that mountain. Frederik Bjørndal, who heads press relations for N. America and Europe for Novozymes, a Danish biotech firm, provides his checklist for getting major media coverage.

How to Celebrate Pride Activism and Avoid Slacktivism

June 12th, 2019 by

Taking a stand or promoting a cause is important for brands, which want to identify with their target audience and its beliefs. Unfortunately, some brands view events such as Pride month or International Women’s Day purely as profit-making opportunities. Here are three tips brands need to embrace so they can be seen as promoting activism not slacktivism.

Brands That Take Action on Social Issues Provide Wings to Purpose

June 5th, 2019 by

Operating with purpose must be the lens through which every business decision is made, argues WE’s global CEO and founder Melissa Waggener Zorkin. While sticking to your values isn’t easy, the consequences of ignoring today’s societal issues are much greater. She offers highlights from recent research about purpose that aim to help communicators and leaders.

7 Ways to Make Influencers Feel Special Through Product Creation

May 29th, 2019 by

As influencer marketing evolves, PR pros have gotten better at collaborating with influencers on content. But we can do better, communicator Adam Ritchie argues. PR pros can collaborate with influencers to create compelling products too.