From Pusher to Publisher: Three Online Brand Newsrooms Doing it Well

By Kelda Rericha | Dec 21, 2017

A press release doesn’t get a brand very far anymore. Newsrooms are taxed. Reporters are swamped. And quite simply, we’re all more drawn to an image or video than a long-form corporate release. Seventy-eight percent of CMOs now say that custom content is the future of marketing. In turn, many have started to build in-house […]

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3 Ways Glossier is Owning their Strategic Communications

By Savanna Frimoth | Sep 5, 2017

Emily Weiss, Founder and CEO of Glossier Image credit: Photographed by Nigel Parry; Grooming: Hair by Cecilia Romero for Exclusive Artists & Makeup by Aliana Lopez. Entrepreneur, September 2017   Working in the field of PR and communications, it’s interesting and refreshing to observe companies who “get it”. I have to admit to personally being […]

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3 examples of PR crises from well-intentioned brands

By Natalie O'Grady | Aug 29, 2017

Most brands understand the need for PR crisis plans, and build strategies around a number of scenarios; an employee goes rogue, a customer takes up a personal vendetta on social media, etc. What many don’t plan for, however, is their own well-intentioned ad campaigns turning against them. When launching a new ad strategy, many marketers’ […]

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Customer Service on Snapchat

By Natalie O'Grady | May 25, 2017

In its short history, Snapchat has grown from a novelty app to a social media platform in which brands are eager to pioneer new styles of social media campaigns. From branded lens and geofilters, to influencer “story takeovers” and specialized in-app ads, there’s a multitude of ways for brands to utilize Snapchat. Users on Snapchat […]

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Dark Social: Digital Word of Mouth

By Natalie O'Grady | Mar 10, 2017

“Dark social” isn’t as malicious as it sounds. The term was coined by Alexis Madrigal in an article for The Atlantic in 2012 to describe the sharing of information in emails and instant messengers – sharing that existed long before social media platforms were popular. Social media ROI is getting easier to measure, but dark […]

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Is Jargon Bad?

By A.wordsmith | Feb 10, 2017

Forward-facing innovators can optimize deliverables by leveraging a holistic view of language. Last weekend I used the word “optimize” while out with friends. My husband nudged me. “You’re using your business jargon in real life again,” he whispered. My work is a nonstop cycle of blogs, articles, brochures, press releases, POVs, web copy and white […]

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4 Considerations for Contributed Content

By Savanna Frimoth | Feb 1, 2017

Cision named contributor marketing as one of the top trends for 2017.  Contributed content is an incredibly useful tool for PR pros—whether you’re looking to raise the profile of your client or your agency. Contributed marketing is creating content then pitching it to appropriate outlets.  The demand for content is rapidly increasing. The Atlantic reported […]

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Download our Social Analytics POV

By Natalie O'Grady | Jan 26, 2017

“Today, knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.” – Peter Drucker More than ever, public relations professionals are working to quantify PR’s value for their clients. This can be difficult for a number of public relations tactics, but social media is notoriously hard to pin down in terms of ROI. Executives and […]

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What My Public Relations Degree Taught Me

By A.wordsmith | Nov 12, 2016

“What My Public Relations Degree Taught Me” is part two of a mini-series on education and being a millennial in the world of PR, from some of our young professionals at A.wordsmith. Read part one here.   I veered towards PR after five years in the education and nonprofit world. The overlap between development and communications is […]

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The Misconceptions of Public Relations

By Carly Langdon | Sep 29, 2016

You may not realize it, but you are exposed to the fruits of public relations every day, in every medium. From social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook to traditional media like television, newspaper and radio, many of the pieces you enjoy are the direct result of a public relations professional doing her job. There […]

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How to Communicate a Business Name Change

By Gretchen Hoffman | Sep 20, 2016

There are a number of reasons organizations change their names, from mergers or company splits (Anderson Consulting to Accenture in 2001) to wanting to better align their names with an evolving service or product line (Apples Computer to Apple in 2007) or even distance themselves from a product in the portfolio (Phillip Morris to Altria […]

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Top 4 Takeaways from Art + Science of Storytelling across Platforms

By Savanna Frimoth | Sep 19, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to attend a PRSA webinar presented by Geoff Livingston and Andrew Gilman called the Art and Science of Storytelling across Platforms. Given that a huge portion of a PR professional’s job is crafting stories for their clients, this topic was relevant and applicable. Here are my top takeaways from the […]

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