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Dad’s Wisdom Makes Great PR Advice

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For Mother’s Day 2018, we reported how mom’s wisdom makes great PR advice. Dads clamored for their say. Most of our fathers’ advice probably went in one ear and out the other — as dad would say.

5 Tips On Running A Global PR Program

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Global PR revenue is expected to climb to a record $19.3 billion by 2020 — an increase of more than five billion from just three years ago.

How Brands Create Fans

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In today’s fragmented media environment, the scarcest commodity for any marketing or PR pro is customer attention. That’s why engaging users and relationship marketing is so fascinating – and so elusive.

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Why Boeing’s Reputation Radar Failed

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CC BY-SA 4.0. Boeing’s PR crisis deepened this week as a fuller picture emerged of its handling of serious problems surrounding the 737 Max.

Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

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

A PR Intern’s Guide to Agency Lingo

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If you’ve scored your first tech PR internship this summer, congratulations and welcome to the *dark side (some jargon already!)

What’s Better, PR Agency Or Client Side Work?

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In public relations , there are many career path possibilities, but most fall into either the agency side or the client side. This is the time of year when I get questions from new graduates about which path makes the most sense for an aspiring PR professional.

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Why Your Technology Company Needs PR

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A high-impact PR program can be a technology company’s greatest asset – provided it’s well conceived and skillfully executed. In today’s frothy tech market, where the venture dollars are flowing and 32 new unicorns were created last year, PR can be a strategic weapon.

How To Restore A Public Reputation

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CC BY-SA 3.0. When the college admissions cheating and bribery scandal broke nearly a month ago, two names led the headlines about the case. More than 50 people were implicated, but actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were featured in every article.

How To Develop A Winning PR Strategy

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What differentiates a powerful public relations program from one that’s just okay? The key is usually a winning strategy. “Strategy” is a word that’s thrown around a lot by PR and marketing professionals, and its meaning is often diluted.

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.

8 Media Interview Mistakes To Avoid

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In the PR agency world , after weeks of fine-tuning messaging, crafting stories and pitching reporters, there’s no better feeling than landing a top media interview for a client. It signals that the overall public relations strategy is on the right track.

PR Winners: The Best Stories of 2018

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For public relations and reputation experts, it’s easy to point out the brands and personalities who mishandled bad news or missed opportunities after public mistakes. Our list of the PR losers of the past 12 months is out, but what about the good news stories of the year?

When Your PR Problem Isn’t About PR

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For PR professionals, it’s interesting when a particular company or public figure is said to have a “PR problem.” ” Of course the term is used as shorthand, but it can signal that brand-watchers are misdiagnosing what’s really wrong.

You’ve Been Served: How To Be A PR Client Service Superstar

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Working in a PR agency means working with clients and making them happy. Yet not all have the same goals, needs, or expectations. But it’s fair to say that the best PR people, like Liam Neeson, have a particular set of skills that keep the clients coming back year after year.

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PR Lessons From Twitter

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In this blog, we often dispense practical media relations or PR advice based on years of experience in the trenches of tech PR. However, no one can advise PRs better on how and what to pitch reporters than… reporters.

PR Lessons From The Bubble

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The 90s tech boom is back – in a way. Last month I was at a fascinating discussion about that infamous period and its parallels to the cryptocurrency bubble of late.

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5 Tips To Build Stronger Media Relationships In 2019

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In tech PR , the story is the cornerstone of every good pitch. It all starts and stops there. Tech reporters, like most journalists, get hundreds of pitches each day. Most are ignored, even when they’re well-written. They’re like banner ads — the sheer volume makes tune-out inevitable.

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Gillette Gets Woke: A PR Take

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For PR people, the Gillette ad that roiled social media and birthed a thousand thought pieces raises an old question – is there such a thing as bad publicity? Normally when a company manages to generate international attention and earn millions of views for a brand message, it’s a win.

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8 Common PR Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

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There are all types of PR problems, but the one that nobody wants to deal with is the public relations program that just isn’t generating traction, or one where outcomes fall short of expectations by the client or PR agency. What happened, and what are the mid-course corrections necessary?

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Smart Speakers Offer A Clear Opportunity For PR

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Alexa, will technology change the public relations industry? It already has, of course. We use data analytics to inform our campaigns and to measure campaign outcomes like message delivery or perception change.

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Press Releases Aren’t Dead — But Do You Need One?

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No, press releases aren’t dead. Despite what many PR pros say, the news release is still a reliable tool for sharing information with media. In fact, when I share information without a press release, the first question many reporters ask is, “Do you have a press release I can look at?”.

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5 Tips for Maintaining Media Relationships Under Pressure

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The relationship between PR professionals and media is often seen as a necessary evil , especially by media. In my sector of tech PR , reporters rely on us to connect them with brands and keep them in the know about upcoming news.

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Tech Companies Concerned About Diversity — Here’s How PR Can Help

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One of the top issues tech PR people are helping clients deal with today is that of diversity. In particular, the artificial intelligence (AI) sector is facing deserved and overdue scrutiny about their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

How To Pull Together A PR Event – Fast

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In PR , we often create client events to generate brand visibility. It’s normally not very difficult. But, in January, we were asked to pull together a media event – in this case, a reception and panel discussion – for one client in less than two weeks.

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Eight Best PR Practices For Startups

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Since before Mark Cuban famously warned tech startups against bringing on a PR agency , there’s been an ongoing debate about public relations for early-stage businesses, and lots of advice for how to build the kind of earned media visibility that rivals well known brands like Uber or Casper.

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How To Get The Best From Your PR Agency

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Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels. Bringing on an external PR agency , or really any outside firm, is an investment of time and budget for any company, no matter its size.

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7 Ways To Get The Most From Your PR Budget

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In the ideal world a PR budget has room for everything — a robust media relations component, branded content, strategic events, influencer outreach, and possibly borrowed-interest tactics designed to ramp up news during quiet periods.

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Has Apple Lost Its PR Magic?

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In its business and in its PR , Apple has had a golden touch. For a decade sales have climbed along with profits, and its reputation for innovation has flourished. Until recently, that is.

What The PR Agency Isn’t Telling You

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Any good public relations agency should want to have an open conversation about what clients can expect for their investment. And most do. They’re hoping for a productive meeting and a solid start to what they hope will be a long and successful partnership.

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PR Tactics To Show Company Values

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PR is an essential business function for imparting a company’s values and beliefs to the public. Because earned media confers credibility, it can be decidedly more powerful than marketing and advertising.

Got Funding? Here’s How To Announce It

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In B2B tech PR , an infusion of new capital is one of the best opportunities to drive quality media coverage at scale. This holds true whether whether you’re a startup or a more mature business.

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Facebook And The Perils Of Opposition PR

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Is it ethical for a PR agency to smear a competitor? The question came up after a recent report in The New York Times about Facebook’s handling of its PR problems over the past three years. Its strategies are right there in the first words of the title – Delay, Deny, and Deflect.

5 Ways To Ensure A Worthwhile Analyst Meeting

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In today’s B2B PR , good analyst relations (AR) are essential. Technology analysts at firms like Gartner, Forrester and IDC can meaningfully shape the overall direction of a category and directly impact a B2B technology provider’s business. This can occur in two ways.

PR’s Top Tech Events For Executive Speaking Gigs

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Sure, it’s only February, but if a technology company is serious about a consistent thought leadership drumbeat at industry conferences, its PR team needs to be nailing down third and fourth-quarter events now.

PR Buzzwords That Should Be Banned

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

PR Tactics To Boost Executive Visibility

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PR is one of the best ways to build visibility for a corporate brand while getting the word out about a given product or service. And a fundamental part of any effective PR campaign is a healthy focus on executive visibility.

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When The Crisis PR Guy Is The Crisis

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There’s not a major corporation today that doesn’t have a small army of PR and reputation experts helping it navigate a tricky media and government relations landscape. But occasionally, the damage comes from a company’s own ranks.

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Behind Amazon’s Magic PR Touch

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Big Tech’s reputation has taken a beating lately. Facebook’s clumsy handling of its data privacy scandals has been a PR and government relations disaster. Apple always had a love-hate relationship with the press but was admired for its innovation.

Tech Trends Media Didn’t Care About In 2018

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In tech PR , the only constant is change. Every year, we see new trends in technology emerge that can inform our programs, content, or even real-time newsjacking. To make way for the new trends, others that have had their time in the spotlight may fall out of favor.

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