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Polling on Racial Discrimination Supports Nike Just Doing It

September 7th, 2018 by

While some of the initial figures for Nike’s latest iteration of the Just Do It effort with Colin Kaepernick are mixed so far, the brand likely weighed potential costs and benefits before embarking on the campaign. Despite protests against the brand this week, Nike knew what it was doing when it entered the conversation on racial discrimination. It’s important to understand why.

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Writing with Your Feet and Other Tricks of the Trade

September 5th, 2018 by

Survey after survey returns the same verdict: writing remains one of the constants when it comes to success in communications. For that reason it never hurts for PR pros to try to improve their writing. FleishmanHillard SVP and senior partner Rich Eichwald tells you how to become a better writer by using your ears…and your feet.

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What New PR Pros Can Learn from Watching Political Talk Shows

August 31st, 2018 by

The political talk shows take a lot of criticism. In fact, they can be a great way for new PR pros to supplement their knowledge base. The major takeaway, argues veteran PR pro Arthur Solomon, is to learn how not to speak and write like the pundits who populate these shows.

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How to Quickly Bolster Your SEO Results Organically

August 29th, 2018 by

There’s far too much depending on the strength of your SEO figures to ignore the importance of improving your page speed, optimizing title tags and meta descriptions and having web analytics in place from day one, argues Julien Brandt, CEO of Organik SEO.

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Six Things to Consider Before Embarking on an Employee-Advocacy Program

August 27th, 2018 by

The positive elements of an employee-advocacy program are easy to see, including the possibility of extensive reach on social media and the effort’s ability to control costs. Still, such programs will be a poor fit for some brands. Here are a half-dozen things to consider as you begin to think about launching an employee-advocacy program for your brand.

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Media Measurement Still Requires a Human Touch

August 24th, 2018 by

AI is getting much better at measuring media, yet many PR firms continue to deploy humans to compile and analyze reports. It’s not a ploy to charge more. Measuring earned and social media entails more than merely evaluating mentions and a human touch remains essential, argues former UBS Canada communications head Graeme Harris.

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Why the General Counsel Could Be the CCO’s Best Friend

August 17th, 2018 by

Generals counsels often want to keep a low profile, while part of the job of the chief communications officer (CCO) is to broadcast the corporate narrative as loudly as possible. Yet an alliance with the general counsel can be strategically valuable for the CCO, argue APCO Worldwide senior directors Jim Moorhead and Jo London.

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The Speed of Crisis in the Digital Age: Creating a Modern Crisis-Preparedness Plan

August 10th, 2018 by

In the digital age speed and agility have become key elements in crisis management. Hill & Knowlton Strategies’ U.S. risk and crisis communication chief Kevin Elliott offers tips to make sure your crisis-preparedness plan is ready for today’s always-on environment and will allow you to control the narrative around a crisis.

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A PR Leader Rates the Top 5 PR Crises of 2018

August 9th, 2018 by

After having seen so many brands handle (and mishandle) PR crises, you might think executives would know to manage crises well. This often is not the case. We continue to see brands attempting to cover up miscues rather than being transparent and waiting too long to react or moving too quickly. Ashley McCown, president of Solomon McCown & Company, offers a brief video to PR News exclusively where these factors and others play into her picks of the top 5 PR crises at the halfway point of 2018.

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Tips for Keeping Stakeholders Informed About Media Pitching

August 8th, 2018 by

It seems obvious that PR pros should keep stakeholders informed about the status of articles being pitched to the media. Sadly, this doesn’t happen consistently, argues James Rose, content head at IBA International. A weekly update sent to stakeholders will assuage some of the anxiety about when an article will be published and make the creation of content more of a collaborative effort.