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PR Buzzwords That Should Be Banned

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As a PR professional and secret Zillow enthusiast, I can appreciate real estate euphemisms.

5 Ways To Nail Your Brand Story

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Business storytelling has become a buzzword in PR and marketing, because, when done well, it works. But what some communicators don’t realize is that a storytelling approach can work throughout the marketing journey, from prospecting for customers to closing the deal.

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PR Tactics To Differentiate Your Brand

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Good public relations can be an essential way for a brand to stand out from the pack, especially in the B2B/ technology sector. The tech space is a crowded category with more startups entering every day, so in order to compete, companies must differentiate their product or service.

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PR Tips For A High-Impact Technology Launch

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Technology companies gearing up for a new product launches know full well they’re adding to a crowded marketplace. It can be particularly challenging for B2B startups offering SaaS or other tech services to generate visibility when the category isn’t new.

Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

Learn how to find and use influencers and advocates to gain buyer's trust on your behalf.

How Social Media Drives B2B PR

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We associate social media platforms with splashy consumer campaigns, but social is increasingly important in B2B public relations. B2B buyers are often looking for as much information as possible on vendors and products before they buy, and they rarely buy on impulse.

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PR For The “New” Technology CEO

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For CEOs of technology companies, arrogance is out and humility is in. “Boring is the new black,” proclaims New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo in a piece about the latest trend for technology company chiefs.

Media Relations Dos And Don’ts For Holiday PR

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Tying media relations activities to key calendar milestones is a time-honored PR tactic, because it works. But if holiday PR opportunities are approached carelessly, they can be squandered.

6 Quick Tips For PR Writers

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If you’re in PR , chances are, you’re a writer. Now more than ever, public relations recruiters prioritize writing skills. Yes, visual content is very important in what we do, and we’ve woken up to the power of podcasts, but don’t underestimate written-word content.

Nike’s Kaepernick Campaign Is Brilliant — And Risky

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As many in PR and politics have observed, the president has a talent for exploiting cultural flashpoints. The NFL’s battered reputation has been partly blamed on his criticism of players who chose to take a knee during the national anthem at the start of many games.

The PR Perils Of Cultural Appropriation

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Recently, PR teams have been pressed into crisis duty in a series of corporate missteps that have something in common: marketing or advertising departments that shows a type of “cultural appropriation” – borrowing a sensitive ethnic or cultural theme for commercial purposes.

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Top 15 Free PR Ideas to Grow Your Online Business

You've got a great idea, you've built your killer team, and you've maybe even gone through the first round or two of funding.

Can A PR Agency Be Too Loyal?

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Should PR people be loyal advocates for clients? The obvious answer is yes. How can you be persuasive with others if you yourself aren’t convince of a brand’s worth? But is there such a thing as too much client allegiance?

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Hope, Lies, And Public Relations

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As an industry, public relations has a PR problem. Stereotypes about the profession die hard; 14 years after “Sex and the City,” people still think Samantha Jones is a typical PR woman.

8 Surprising Reasons To Raise Your Internal Communications Game

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It can be easy for a corporate PR team to neglect a critical aspect of business communications — internal PR. Sometimes the last stakeholders on the minds of senior management are those inside the organization.

5 Trends Shaping Tech PR In 2018

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At times, technology PR can feel like a shape-shifting beast — large, fast-moving, and even a little intimidating. In an earlier post, we discussed what makes tech such a different animal. Now we explore some 2018 trends and issues that continue to affect the tech PR sector.

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A PR Guide to Strategic Silence

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In an era of constant communication, most PR experts will say that silence is rarely an option for responding to negative or controversial developments. In times of trouble, a “no comment” is commonly regarded as a sign of guilt, indecision, or apathy.

6 Public Relations Tips For Brands In 2018

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A recent study by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the USC Center for Public Relations found that marketers plan to increase staffing and overall spending on public relations over the next five years. This is good news for clients and PR firms alike.

What Keeps PR People Up At Night

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Aspiring PR agency professionals may be attracted by what seems like the industry’s more glamorous or high-impact moments. But if you talk to people who work in public relations, there’s plenty that makes for sleepless nights.

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5 Insights On Corporate Activism From Top PR Experts

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Last week, seven of the public relations industry’s top PR professionals offered unusually candid insights into one of the hottest issues of the day – corporate activism.

How Data-Driven Storytelling Drives PR

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For many B2B technology brands, data is not only a business asset, but a PR tool. No one should underestimate the power of data for storytelling.

The Thai Cave Rescue And The Power Of Storytelling

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Until they were found, I’d no idea that 12 boys and their coach were trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand. But once the news broke, I was hooked. And I wasn’t alone. The national fascination tells us something about PR , storytelling, and ourselves.

PR Tips To Win The Fourth Quarter

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Suddenly, it’s fall! That means the fourth quarter will be here in no time. Is your PR plan ready for the stretch run to the end of 2018? The summer always goes too fast, so it pays to jump in with both feet after Labor Day.

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5 “Founding Fathers” Of PR

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As Father’s Day approaches, it’s a good time to remember the legendary figures who shaped modern public relations. As those of us who work in PR practice the science (and art) of the profession, we rarely think about how it evolved.

How Good PR Builds Competitive Advantage for Startups

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Building competitive advantage using PR programs comprised of media relations , reputation management , brand positioning , and content marketing can help a young tech company achieve prominence. For an early-stage technology business, differentiation can be everything.

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Building Media Lists That Get Results

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It’s easy to relegate media list development to the remedial PR file — things that are too basic to analyze or improve. But for PR and media relations people, a good media database is critical.

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How The Parkland Students Are Winning The PR Battle

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Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, a small group of activist students have shown remarkable media and public relations savvy in taking on powerful forces who oppose firearm restrictions.

PR Guide To Agency-Client On-Boarding

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If your company has hired an outside PR firm for the first time, you may have gone through an exhaustive search , conducted several meetings, and even done some negotiating before making a decision. So it’s usually a good feeling to finally sign the agency agreement. But what happens then?

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“Doors” Goes Viral, Opens Up A Race

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Sometimes a story is so strong that all you need to do is tell it and get out of the way. Improving on a good thing can be tricky, because there’s always the risk of over-embellishing. Too much PR or packaging can overwhelm an emotional punch. ?.

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How To Write A Rock-Solid PR Plan

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If you’ve been charged with developing the PR approach and plan for your company, get ready; you’re taking the first step toward a substantive achievement. Creating a high-profile PR plan can be daunting if you haven’t done it before.

10 Traits of Successful PR Teams

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As companies make public relations decisions for the year, considering what to look for in a PR agency partner is a key commitment. Some do Google searches or scan PR rankings sites to research prospective firms, but that’s rarely a thorough enough way to narrow the field.

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Customer Service Is The “New” PR

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The best PR agency in the world can’t hold a candle to employees who are empowered to do the right thing. That was my thought when I read @scottmonty’s tweet about an incident involving a Wisconsin Costco.

5 Ways PR Beats Paid Advertising

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PR , advertising, and marketing should be working together as well-oiled gears in a powerful machine that propels a brand toward success. While it shouldn’t be a contest, it’s worth noting that in some instances, public relations can yield a greater return on investment.

PR Tips For Getting Speaking Engagements

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In the technology PR sector, it’s our dream to have a client CEO deliver the keynote speech at a major conference, or to appear on a panel with illustrious peers. Executive speaking opportunities offer great visibility, built-in media coverage, and contact with prospective customers.

How to Pitch Media Exclusives In Tech PR

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Tech PR and media relations are sometimes a bit like dating. You must be thoughtful about when and with whom you become “exclusive.” ” If a PR pro fails to consider offering a story to media as an exclusive, he may forfeit a great opportunity.

Does Pay-For-Placement PR Work?

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When companies choose a PR firm, the compensation model is usually a factor. Most PR agencies bill on an hourly basis, or in monthly retainer fees. But there’s another way of billing that’s fairly controversial among agency professionals, — the pay-for-placement method.

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Twitter’s Alex Jones Problem Goes Beyond PR

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Photo Credit – Chinen Keiya/Flickr. Twitter stepped into a PR mess this week when it broke ranks with peers and declined to suspend conspiracist Alex Jones from its platform.

PR Tips For Successful Media Training

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It’s hard to overstate the importance of quality media-interview preparation to a successful public relations program. As most PRs know, an unprepared or ineffective spokesperson can unwittingly squander a media opportunity, while a well-prepared one can move it from mediocre to meteoric!

Reactive PR Opportunities in Brand Mentions

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Most often, reactive PR is associated with “newsjacking,” where a brand may seize on a trending news story through social posts or expert commentary in the media.

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10 Signs It’s Time To Invest In PR

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If timing is everything, how does a business know when it’s time to invest in a public relations program? Here are some of the most common signs. Competitors are beating you to the punch. They may be beating you in business deals, customers, or simply mindshare.

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PR Tips For Reactive Media Pitches

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A company’s expertise on a subject can become instant PR currency when that topic is in the news. PR teams can take advantage of sudden extra relevance by immediately pitching a client as a news source to media hungry for pertinent expertise. Some call it newsjacking.

B2B PR Tips For Speaking on Panels

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Public-speaking engagements are a strong component of a good B2B PR thought leadership plan. Industry discussion panels in particular can be very effective, whether part of a larger conference or trade show, or created as a customized event for prospects.

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PR Lessons From NBC And Crock-Pot

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Few things are more satisfying than a brand handling a potential public relations crisis with grace, aplomb, and humor. And all of those apply to this past week’s management of the Crock-Pot fire that (SPOILER ALERT) killed the beloved patriarch on the popular NBC series “This is Us.”

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