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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

“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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Why Lies Beat The Truth On Social Media

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There’s more bad news on the “fake news” front. It seems lies are more viral than truth – at least on Twitter. That’s the conclusion of a study recently published in Science magazine.

When A Founder Does PR Damage

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For a fast-growing startup, a dynamic founder can be a huge PR asset. A charismatic entrepreneur serves as the face of his brand, its best media spokesperson, and the embodiment of its values.

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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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How to Identify the Influencers You Need to Engage

You need to understand who your community is and what makes them tick. You need to identify your “tribe” -- those who are immersed in your subject and have a following.

PR Guide to Stellar Briefing Books

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The practice of public relations is seen as a creative one, but it often depends on meticulous preparation. The PR briefing book is no exception; it’s a simple tool, yet a critical asset for a brand spokesperson to prepare for media interviews.

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.

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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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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How Leading Companies Tie Employee Advocacy to Business Outcomes

Insights from expert marketing and communications pros who are doing it today.

Where Do You Find Data For PR Storytelling?

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Last week’s post covered the trend of data-driven storytelling in PR. But where does the data come from? For many of our clients we field quarterly surveys designed to generate relevant news or insights.

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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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.

5 Reasons Tech PR Is A Different Animal

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If you’re an aspiring PR professional or even a seasoned veteran who has never worked in the tech sector, you may wonder what it’s like. Is all PR basically the same? The fact is, the public relations industry is becoming more specialized and diverse.

Revenue Generating News Releases: How to Optimize Strategy and Improve ROI

Achieve better results with targeted news release distribution.

What Happens After The Reporter Says Yes?

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Seeing a client’s interview in a key publication is still a quintessential public relations win, so PR pros spend a lot of time perfecting media pitching. But once we get a “yes” to a pitch or interview request, it’s no time to sit back and relax.

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How Not To Apologize

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Terrible explanations for terrible behavior are perversely fascinating — especially to PRs and professional communicators. They’re also instructive. It takes a well-crafted and sincere apology to explain away repugnant speech or actions, and even the best mea culpas can fall short.

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5 Reasons PR Agency Relationships Fail

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Nobody enters into a PR agency partnership thinking it will fail, just like no one gets married thinking they may one day divorce. But inevitably, some relationships do fail. They may simply run their course, or there may be external factors that dictate change.

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Things Your PR Firm Should Tell You (That You May Not Want To Hear)

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The PR agency/client relationship can be a delicate dynamic, especially when things aren’t all rosy. The fortunes of a company and its PR agency are inextricably linked, and a good PR team must have the confidence and courage to deliver bad news when necessary.

The Boldest PR Moves of 2018

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The first half of 2018 has seen some remarkable corporate PR maneuvers. In many cases, well-known companies have come up with creative ways to take a stand or respond to a public challenge. Some of the moves are arguable, but all were bold, even risky.

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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5 Rules To Break In B2B PR

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Long ago, the PR gods handed down a set of rules around media relations and competitive engagement for the business of public relations. For the most part, those unwritten rules stand up well. Yet, in the digital age, technology, time and trends have a way of changing the game.

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What PR People Should Know About SEO

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Public relations and SEO were once worlds apart, with almost no overlap between them. A PR team or agency would work to build brand credibility through news announcements and feature stories. SEO focused on backlink schemes and website-stuffed keywords to drive search rankings. What changed?

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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.

The Power Of Creativity In PR

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Some people don’t think of PR professionals as particularly creative – except when it comes to hatching wild PR stunts or gimmicks, like KFC’s fried-chicken-flavored nail polish in 2016. Yet creativity plays a part in much of a PR person’s daily work.

PR Advantages of Pitching Trade Press

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Every B2B tech PR person dreams of the splashy feature that will help make their company brand instantly recognizable. Maybe it’s a Fast Company article detailing a compelling success or a groundbreaking startup story.

A PR View Of Brands In The Crosshairs

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When should a large company take a political stand? Some PR experts would say never. And you can’t blame big companies if they want to avoid public debates about the causes of gun violence, climate change, or other politicized issues.

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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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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Choosing A PR Agency

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Deciding it’s time to invest in PR is one thing, but selecting the right agency is another. It’s time-consuming, occasionally intimidating, and often confusing.

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