Influencer Marketing – Owned or Earned?

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Influencer marketing  is no longer some edgy new technique..According to an eMarketer study 86 percent of marketers used this strategy in the last year and most marketers are looking to double their investment in 2017. That's because they see results. 71 percent of consumers are more likely to make a purchase based on a social media reference. (Source) On average, … [Read more...]

The Role of Social Media in Crisis Management

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  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Yang Cheng, Assistant Professor of Public Relations, Department of Communication at North Carolina State University, on her research paper about the role of social media in crisis management. In the interview she stresses a couple of points: Look beyond the company responses:  Companies need to  go further than … [Read more...]

Online Newsrooms: the Secret Sauce for Media Relations

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There is a saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Take media relations - despite the major changes in the media landscape, it's still a core part of PR and there are reporters, editors and producers we have to reach out to.  So although there have been major changes in the media landscape, the fundamentals of media relations are still the same: find … [Read more...]

5 Content Pitfalls in Fast-Growing Businesses

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  When your business takes off and hits a period of explosive growth it's the stuff of dreams, right? Not always. A fast-growing business can be just the opposite, if you don't have the planning and systems in place to cope with the rapid growth. Witness Fuhu - they were number one on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the US for two years running and … [Read more...]

The State of PR Measurement

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At the PR News Measurement conference last week in Washington DC I was disappointed to discover that 70 percent of the attendees surveyed prior to the event had not heard of the Barcelona Principles. To see if this was an isolated number from one group, I decided to survey the PR pros who have opted-in to get my Digital PR Tips newsletter each week.  The number was better, … [Read more...]