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How to Survive this Crisis

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Coronavirus is having a significant effect on many businesses. Even healthcare practitioners are seeing their income drop because people will only come out for emergencies.

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Why You Should Increase Your Social Media Content Now

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With most of America staying safer at home, the demand for online content has sky-rocketed. There’s been a 22 – 27 percent increase in social media impressions in the last month, depending on the platform. Health information is naturally in high demand.

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3 Content Marketing Trends for 2019

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It’s that time of year again. We’re approaching the end of 2018 and businesses are looking ahead to the New Year. Many of you are already in the throes of planning. Keep these three important trends in mind while you work on how to improve your results next year.

3 Digital Tools That Improve PR

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If the idea of technology invading the practice of PR freaks you out a little, perhaps all you need a different perspective. Yes, technology can be daunting, but it can also make your life a lot easier, help you achieve better results and demonstrate the value of your work.

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Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

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

The Future of Twitter

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The one thing you can rely on in Social Media is that there will be change. Each year new networks pop up and some go away. The major social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) have been fairly stable for the past five or six years.

Business Video Marketing Trends Shifting to Animated Video Stories in 2019

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Image credit. In this week’s post about the three content rends for 2019, I highlighted the need for more visuals and video, but I didn’t mention animation.

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How to Repurpose Content into a Press Release (Podcast)

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I was recently invited to be a guest on the Content 10X podcast to talk about content repurposing and press releases. Amy Woods and I had a delightful conversation and I hope you ‘ll find it useful. Click the image below to go to the podcast page of Amy’s site for the link to the episode.

5 Tips for Creating High Quality Content

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91 percent of B2B brands and 86 percent of B2C brands use content as part of their marketing efforts. Source: Content Marketing Institute 2018) That’s a lot of content being dumped online every day. Why are these brands so content focused? They know that content powers the customer journey.

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How Fake News Affects PR

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Fake News has always been around, but 2016 saw a sudden rise in stories that were blatantly false or misleading or partially untrue.

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.

How to Measure PR Effectively

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Much as we may shy away from math and stats, the time has come to learn how to use data to show results. “Without standardization of measurement practices in the PR industry, Public Relations professionals won’t know how to quantify a campaign’s impact.

10 Content Trends to Watch in 2018

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In January the Content Marketing Association laid out 10 trends they predicted would be big this year. Diversification of content channels. Brands become content companies. Diversification and expansion of content teams. Content producers develop closer relationships with e-commerce.

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Think Before You Share Content

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Is it possible that in this day and age there are still business people who post controversial comments on sharing apps without considering the consequences? Apparently so. This cautionary tale is currently setting South Africa on fire.

Search & Owned Media Most Used by Journalists

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The 2016 Businesswire Media Survey revealed this nugget of information: Journalists looking for information on a company first do a Google search, then visit the company website and go to their newsroom.

How to “Kill It” During Your Next Big Change

When it comes to change communication, employees need your help to understand what’s happening. Use these four steps to help employees navigate change.

Social Media Strategy Template

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Download the PDF of the Social Media Strategy Template here. link]. In January 2014 almost three-quarters of all adults were active in social media, according to the Pew Research Center. 92% of marketers claim that social media marketing is important for their business.

3 Ways Google My Business Can Attract Local Clients

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Google recently revealed that every one in three Google searches has local intent. What does that mean? Millions of people are searching for products and services near them – it could be a place to eat or grab a cup of coffee. But it might be a need for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, or accountant.

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Measuring Results Across the Customer Journey

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Brands and organizations are naturally interested in the journey of their customers, supporters or members. Where did they find out about you, what fires up their interest, what moved them to become a customer or client or patient, and what prompts them to act as an advocate?

How to Measure the Quality of Your Content

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A while ago I posted a video by Rand Fishkin on how to create 10X content- content that is 10X better than your competitors. So how do you know if your efforts are working? Can you measure the quality of your content? The quality of writing and visuals is very subjective.

Data, Analytics and the Everyday Practice of PR

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3 minute read. You keep hearing that it’s vital to learn how to use data and analytics, but the very thought gives you a headache. You’re a PR person, not a data scientist. And that’s probably the last thing you’d ever want to be.).

The Impact of Data, Research for PR

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One of the biggest ways technology has changed the practice of PR is the use of data to drive strategy. PR practitioners today mus tknow how to find, mine and analyze relevant data sets.

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Public Relations ROI

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PR Measurement Tips

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Every business or organization exists for a reason. It has a purpose, or it wouldn’t be there. It’s pretty easy to understand the goals of a commercial business and see how PR can support and further those goals.

How to Use Twitter in Media Relations

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The Internet has changed the way we connect and communicate – not just with one another, but also with the media. Writing a press release and posting it on the wire doesn’t get your media coverage anymore.

Tech Tool that Makes Digital PR a Breeze

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FREE WEBINAR ON DIGITAL PR STRATEGY NOVEMBER 9, 2016. I’ve been using my 10-step Digital PR plan for several years now and have long wished for one tool that could do everything needed to implement each step. Until recently I’ve had to use several tools, which drove me crazy.

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The Facebook Dilemma

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It seems as though Facebook has businesses between a rock and a hard place: their audience is on Facebook and wants to interact with brands there. A community of loyal and engaged fans is considered to be a valuable asset.

5 Ways to Improve Your Content Strategy

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A new report from BrightEdge reveals that although marketers at B2C and B2B Fortune 500 brands recognize the AI, voice and hyper-local revolution is here, most are not yet planning to adapt their marketing strategies to these new ideas. The wheels do tend to grind slowly in large corporations.

Content, Links & Influencers

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Creating content is one thing, getting it seen is another. It’s that ‘tree in the forest’ question: If you create the perfect piece of content and nobody sees it, does it matter? Distribution and amplification of your content is a vital part of your content strategy.

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Why Small Businesses Need PR

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Every small business owner is concerned about the bottom line. How to make more sales, be more productive, cut costs and increase the ROI. That, after all, is what business is all about – profit.

Getting to Know Your Customers

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Did you know that the fourth Thursday of each quarter is Get to Know Your Customer Day? So that’s today! And why should we learn more about our customers? Well, without them we have no business. That ought to be reason enough.

The Digital Marketing Revolution has Just Begun

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According to a new BCG report on Digital Transformation released today digital marketing presents a tremendous opportunity to engage consumers because the ways in which consumers engage with media have shifted dramatically in recent years—and marketing approaches must be reinvented accordingly.

Digital PR Measurement Lessons from News Analytics

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News outlets are paying attention to analytics in an effort to learn more about what their audiences read and watch – and why. A recent report about a project conducted by the American Press Institute (API) reveals some interesting insights into what kind of content works, and why.

3 Reasons to Improve your Visual Literacy

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Mouse over the image. Watch and read all the added content on this image. What exactly is visual literacy? Visual literacy is the ability to see, to understand, and ultimately to think, create, and communicate graphic ally.

Big Changes Ahead in the PR Industry

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If you’re studying PR, or you’re working in the industry, the recent study from USC Annenberg should be by your bedside. The report covers the disruption of the PR industry, what’s changing, what talent is needed in the new model of PR, and where the industry is headed.

9 Must-Have Online Newsroom Features

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The 2015 Media Trends Affecting Online Newsrooms highlighted 9 areas where companies, both large and small, are missing opportunities. Here is the checklist. Use it to evaluate your newsroom. A featured story with visuals : Most company newsroom are still web 1.0.

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3 PR Trends to Watch in 2018

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‘Tis the season – predictions are the order of the day and the PR industry is no different. Here are my picks for the top 3 PR trends in 2018. Content strategy. The number of brands that consider a content strategy effective in raising revenue increased from 74% in 2016 to 83% in 2017.

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Why Press Releases Are Still a Viable PR Techniqiue

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We hear the lament that press releases are dead every so often. It’s true that the old press release, as it was first used more than 100 years ago now, is indeed no longer effective.

Social Media Strategy Template

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DOWNLOAD THE PDF social media template chart. Download the complete report on how to do a Social Media Strategy. Social Media Strategy social media strategy template

CMOs Regard Measurement as Key to Proving Value

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Two-thirds of the CMOs polled in the 2017 Marketing Performance Management Benchmark study said the pressure to measure value, impact, and contribution is growing.