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PR, Attention, and Trust

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We are living in an attention society – and they say that people now have the attention span of a goldfish! So, how do you attract attention, create affinity, and build trust? With great content. What does this have to do with PR? Content is all done with communication techniques.

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. In this situation, it’s natural to want to cut costs, but the mistake most businesses make is to cut marketing and PR spend. Now is the time to be more present and add as much value to your customers and followers as you can.

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Digital News Takes Another Radical Shift

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The latest Reuters Digital News Report has some interesting findings that every PR practitioner should heed. The global study polled 80,000 online news consumers in 40 markets, including Kenya and the Philippines for the first time. Key findings: Journalism matters again – there has been a sharp uptick in the use of TV and digital news due to the pandemic. Sadly, this renewed interest in the media has not brought more revenue and a further drive towards digital subscriptions is expected.

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. One online learning platform has seen a 30% increase in demand for health content. And as this demand for news and information grows, a new class of trusted influencers is emerging.

Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

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

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. The Need for a Documented Content Strategy. Only 37 percent of US companies have a documented content strategy. Why is this important? Isn’t it enough to discuss goals and have an unwritten strategy?

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. That might be about to change -Twitter just reported a dismal Q4 for 2016: 16 cents per share on revenue of $717 million. This was way below Wall Street’s expectations. Back in November 2016 the shares were $18. They are now at around $16.

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. So if you operate a local business of any kind, it’s more important than ever that your business information shows up in these searches.

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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. The Broadcast2World report says more B2B companies are pledging marketing budgets to animation videos with an entertainment and educational mix, as opposed to the previously dominant educational-only approach.

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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

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 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. This sudden rise in fake news was fueled by a combination of the heated emotions created by the divisive Presidential election and the ease of publication and sharing of news online and on social media. Facebook and Google were so alarmed by this flood of fake news that they announced they will be cracking down on fake news stories.

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. Customers search for information when they’re considering purchasing an item, supporting a cause, making a decision, or working with or for a brand.

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The Social Media Content Menu

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Now that pretty much every business has embraced the idea that they have to post content on social media, the next hurdle is what to post and when to post. Social media can build relationships and attract qualified customers, clients, and patients. However, it takes time, attention and a smart content strategy to get the results you want. Too many times I hear the lament – social media is a waste of time and it doesn’t do anything for my business.

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. As competition increases and budgets face greater scrutiny, the ability to accurately assess a campaign’s effects and communicate PR’s value in achieving the organization’s goals is paramount.”

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.

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. The post How to Repurpose Content into a Press Release (Podcast) appeared first on Social Media Strategy | Online PR | Proactive Report | Sally Falkow. Social Media Case Studies

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. Social issues play a larger role in content. A changing relationship with Facebook. Concerns about legislation and data. Quality of content becomes more important than quantity.

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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. So if you want to be media ready – and every company ought to strive for that – here’s the plan: Google: Take a hard look at the Google search results for your company or brand name. This is the first port-of-call for most people, not just journalists.

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. 83 percent have a Twitter account and 80 percent are on Facebook – a ten percent increase since 2013. Pinterest has seen remarkable growth in the last three years: 11 (2%) F500 companies had a Pinterest account in 2012.

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. A few days ago Adam Catzavelos, a 39-year-old businessman who was the marketing director for his family ‘s business, St. George Fine Foods, shared a video with a group of friends via WhatsApp.

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? The 2018 Gartner Multichannel Effectiveness Study shows that Social Media, Mobile, and Digital are the channels most effective for reaching people at every stage of the journey – and there are only a few points between them.

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. I may love something that you think is awful. But there are several indicators that can tell you how well your content is doing: The Google Quality Guidelines.

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. Last week Tina McCorkindale, president and CEO of the Institute for Public Relations, a non-profit that does PR-related research, shared her insights on data and how beneficial it can be in the world of public relations.

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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.). You love your job and you thrive on creating content and messaging that builds awareness, authority, and affinity for your brand. Per the definition of PR your core functions are: Identify the audiences you need to reach. Figure out where best to reach them.

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. In fact, according to the 2015 Cision Social Journalism Study only 6% of PR pros still do that. Journalists are very active in social media and Twitter in particular.

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. But, as more brands jump on the bandwagon and post content, space in the fans’ newsfeed gets too crowded. So reaching these fans is gets harder and harder – a brand’s organic content is being seen by only a few percent of their fans.

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. Frame your PR measurement around the goals of the business or campaign and keep track of your results. Data and measurement has become an integral part of PR reporting today. Nonprofits probably have different success measures: donations, funding or other support may be their priority.

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. I like things to be easy and effective. And, as a small agency, I need it to be affordable too. Enter Sendible: the social media management dashboard.

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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. Like biting the tail of a dinosaur – it takes a while for the message to reach the brain.

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. In this drive to make a profit the focus tends to get stuck on marketing, sales, production and income. Of course those things have to occur. However, there is another part to the sales funnel that most small business owners either don’t understand or ignore – public relations.

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. One of the places you need visibility is in the search engines – Google in particular. So every piece of content – written or visual – you create must be optimized for search.

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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. Visual literacy is more than a skill, it’s a form of critical thinking that enhances your intellectual capacity. Brian Kennedy TEDx talk. Here are three reasons why anyone in marketing or PR should improve their visual literacy skills. The Demand for Visual Content.

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.

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. And now that technology is shifting the power from brands back to customers, there are new ways to learn just about everything about your current and potential customers.

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. However, the study found that precious few companies have realized its full potential. And it’s not for want of trying.

Using Digital PR to Top up Your Sales Funnel

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The two goals every company has are increase sales and reduce costs. Increasing sales depends on a consistent flow of people interested in your product or service. In the past the sales funnel was fairly straightforward – get qualified leads, and convert them to customers. The Internet changed that.

Digital PR Content – Campaign or Conversation?

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In a recent article Joe Pulizzi of CMI offered 5 reasons why content marketing efforts fail to hit the mark. The first one is operating with the old campaign mindset, rather than focusing on generating conversations. This is a mistake that Digital PR practitioners should not fall prey to – after all PR as a discipline is about creating conversations.

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. There’s just a list of press release headlines with a link to the full release. The public and the media want visual content. Feature your main story and include a visual that captures the attention and enhances the story.

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