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In our series with Institute for PR, the dean of the University of Oregon’s communication school discusses the lessons he’s learned about maintaining contact with the academic community during the pandemic.
June is Pride month. We asked Kim Matsoukas, senior manager, corporate social responsibility & sustainability, at Vans, the shoe and apparel company, how the brand will celebrate the moment.
We see more and more agencies preparing for life after the pandemic by establishing practices and offshoots dedicated to post-virus communication and strategy. We asked M Group chief Jay Morakis to dive into the thinking behind establishing such a practice.
Marilyn Laurie (1939-2013) worked her way up to become CCO of AT&T, the company’s first female in that position. She did so, in part, by holding un-traditional views, including seeing PR’s role as representing the consumer inside the board room. Our monthly history feature is a Q&A with Dick Martin, author of a forthcoming book about Marilyn. In addition, Martin succeeded Laurie at AT&T.
Some marketers are reluctant to emphasize influencers during the pandemic. Yet it could be an advantageous in that social media use is exploding with homebound audiences. In addition, influencers have a personal connection with audiences, which is greatly needed now. Two attorneys offer a guide for working with influencers at this difficult moment.
Mark Weiner discusses research showing how media relations opportunities change as the pandemic curve flattens. In short, as countries re-open, opportunities for pitching become less stringent.
PR pros know one of the top traits requested in a quality communicator is crisp, clean, error-free writing. Employees represent their companies through not only press releases and composed content, but also in social media posts and email. A grammatical error can send a campaign into a spiral. We’ve published many articles on becoming a better writer. We gathered some of the most popular tips so you could enjoy them today on National Grammar Day.
Go big or go home does’t necessarily apply to innovation, says Scott Steinberg, author and business consultant. Armed with knowledge about their customers, communicators can advocate for brands to make small, tactical changes to products and services that can yield significant results. Steinberg discussed his ideas about thinking small to go big during PRNEWS’ Measurement Conference in Washington, DC.
Each month we’ll be asking communicators to unload their toolkits and tell us what falls out. In other words, What do you use to do your job? There’s no better duo to begin this feature than Manu Muraro, founder of Your Social Team, and Danielle Brigida, national social media manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We asked them what tools they use to bolster their Instagram feeds.
It’s far from a secret that Instagram is a visual channel. Still, some communicators use color palettes, grid layouts and themes to boost engagement on their Instagram feeds. For apartments.com AVP of social media Erica Campbell Byrum, color choice and layout are critical to crafting an Instagram personality that consumers will recognize and engage with at high rates.
Leave it to Cisco’s charismatic Carmen Collins to serve Southern-style sweet tea while explaining the sales funnel. Well, she doesn’t exactly serve sweet tea, but she describes how tea and the sales funnel have plenty in common. She also provides insight on using data to report your social media story to the C-suite. Drink up.
As you prepare to sit down for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, chances are cranberries will be on the table in some form. For the Cranberry Marketing Committee (yes, there’s really a Cranberry Marketing Committee), the challenge was to ensure that cranberries got a seat at both tables and year-round, despite its heavy association as a holiday treat. The Committee chose to re-invent the cranberry. On social media.
A soccer trade show sounds like a decent idea, but in Canada? Here’s how Rich Padulo took his idea from conception to reality. He shares what he learned along the way.
We enjoy learning about brands using unusual communications methods. Capital One bank is well known for its “What’s in Your Wallet?” tagline and sponsorship of sporting events. One of the country’s leading issuer of credit cards, the bank leaves its cards home for its latest communication effort. Instead, it concentrates on conversations with customers about purposeful travel.
Previously, to raise awareness of its sunny surplus, Arizona deployed mostly traditional paid media: print advertising, television and radio, billboards. Then a PR firm urged it to spread the sunshine via social media. Targeting Chicago and NY residents who were tired of winter, Arizona has mounted a clever campaign whose main goal is to associate the state with happiness.
A case study about CSR illustrates the importance of communicating your CSR work both externally and internally.
A new survey from PRNEWS shows the industry upbeat about the future. In the survey of 200 PR pros last month, 88 percent told us PR and communication will come back as strong if not stronger after the pandemic. Still, there’s concern for the future and diversity & inclusion content is lacking in industry messaging.
Our latest survey of PR pros finds uncertainty about the future is a major issue. On the other hand, nearly 90 percent believe PR will come back from the pandemic as strong as it was or stronger. Their thinking is that PR’s strategic importance has come to the fore during the pandemic.
Data provided to PRNEWS confirms what media relations pros have been feeling since the pandemic arrived–communicators are pitching more than they did prior to the novel coronavirus. Fortunately, journalists are opening more pitches than they did before the pandemic.
Did your brand or organization’s messaging around the novel coronavirus seem authentic to audience members? Did consumers read it or delete it? Did the sexes react to it similarly? Those were some of the questions Clyde Group asked in a recent survey of 1,000 consumers.
A PR and marketing maxim holds that you can never know too much about members of your audience. With so much possibly changing during the pandemic, what PR pros and marketers know about their audiences… Continued