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As the pandemic has changed many aspects of life and business, it’s natural to think communicators are adjusting their messages and how they’re delivered. Nicole Schuman of PRNEWS found PR pros at brands and organizations are making subtle and significant changes in the wake of the pandemic.
More than a decade after the advent of hashtags, trendjacking may be evolving into a longer-term play. In the wake of social unrest, brands have begun chiming in on issues unfolding over a course of weeks or months rather than days. Sophie Maerowitz looks at the evolution of trendjacking and visits with brands and organizations that are using the tactic to enhance awareness.
For years, Adobe executives believed that getting a large volume of media coverage across a wide range of publications was more beneficial than fewer articles in targeted media. Using media measurement and analysis, Adobe’s Dr. Jennifer Bruce showed this was not the case.
Each August, PRNEWS celebrates the opening of universities and colleges. We continue that tradition despite pandemic-fueled uncertainty surrounding the status of the first semester. As a result, you might have expected US colleges to reduce their social content. In fact, Shareablee data shows schools bolstered their Instagram posting 8 percent vs the same period last year.
[Editor’s Note: We spoke with Crystal Cooper Mathis, director of marketing and communications, SignatureFD, and Toni Harrison, CEO of Etched Communication, about launching DE&I communication in the midst
While everyone waits on Biden’s VP decision, the articles and takes assessing the possible pick are piling up. The public loves a good build-up, and a growing sense of anticipation really creates some excellent public relations results. While Twitter floods with hot takes and debates, the curiosity continues to heighten.
Today marks an important date for not one, but two points in history. It is the 55th anniversary of former United States President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, as well as 75 years since an atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Both of these occurrences provoke conversation as well as thoughtfulness in regards to historical context.
With all the changes the pandemic has imposed on consumers and businesses, it’s not a surprise that brand communicators have had to adapt their goals and strategies. Fortunately, the basics continue to work: monitoring the news and social media, crafting relevant messages and employing thought leadership, among other things. Being nimble and flexible also are key components.
No doubt the pandemic has narrowed choices for brand communicators, especially those accustomed to decamping to Las Vegas every January for CES. With the task of creating and maintaining brand images, communicators will have to change their PR plans for all-digital events, such as CES. A CES veteran, communicator David Wolpert offers tips on how to do this successfully.
Working from home may be with us long after the pandemic is gone. But how do you create a sense of culture and connection when staff is working from remote locations? Our author, who’s run a virtual PR firm for years, offers tips on how to build and maintain a corporate and team culture when employees are virtual.
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.
Our latest survey of PR pros found them working harder than before the pandemic, but for a reason that left them thinking the future looks bright. In addition, more than 80 percent of survey respondents said the industry will rebound to its pre-pandemic size and that PR’s prestige has risen during the past five months. The pandemic has illustrated that businesses need strategic communication, respondents said.
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.