Print? Really? Here’s why it’s a smart option for marketers

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Despite what you might think, it outpaces digital and TV for brand affinity, especially when the consumer is ready to buy. Do you evaluate print advertising as part of an overarching media strategy for your brand? Linda Thomas Brooks, president and CEO of the Association of Magazine Media , offers insights into trends in magazine publishing and implications for marketers and advertisers. That means other brand KPIs are best achieved through other channels.

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4 changes in advertising that communicators should know

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The reality of these seemingly endless changes extends even to some of our largest advertising accounts. Here are four major trends that are changing advertising as the world deals with change and new norms: 1. Kat Wawner is a director and brand strategy expert for APCO Worldwide.


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3 arguments for the enduring power of print

PR Daily

For years, the print industry has seen a steady and drastic decline, but evidence suggests that its importance not only will remain relevant, but that it is making a comeback. More Americans prefer print books over e-readers, and more than 90 percent of adults read paper magazines. Here are three reasons print media won’t disappear anytime soon: 1. One night, as Vanessa was putting her seven children to bed, she saw one clutching a few printed photos of his early childhood.

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Why Advertising Isn’t Dead


Therein, James McQuivey, a principal analyst at Forrester drilled into a report which explored that CMOs will reduce their spend, on display advertising by as much as $2.9 Opposed to counter that agreement directly, I want to take you down the road of history to see how advertising continuously renews itself. Kennedy’s and Mcquivey’s argument is that the shift will be toward storytelling, and brands should focus on video to entrap audiences to brand messaging.

How Does a Business Press Release Differ From Advertising?

PR Fuel

Branding is an essential part of a business, with 77 percent of marketers stating that it’s a critical factor in future growth. Every enterprise needs to create a brand around which business advertisements will revolve. What Is Advertising?

Strong Media Brands: the answer to Native Advertising Concerns

Flack's Revenge

So is native advertising (sometimes called brand journalism or, more generally, content marketing) a curse or cure all? Is it good for what ails online advertising? In his story Journalism, Independent and Not , he wrote about his disappointment in finding info that at first seemed newsworthy – but was actually underwritten by a vendor, according to some very fine print. That does not mean that there isn’t the potential for abuse in native advertising.

PREthics & Native Advertising


Late last year, the Federal Trade Commission issued guidelines for native advertising, a topic of much discussion in 2016. Product publicists have loaned merchandise to editors for photo shoots in exchange for brand name mentions in editorial features, for example. As print communication has declined in favor of digital, publishers have had to look for new ways to support their organizations. When does product publicity become native advertising?

How to Turn Your Personal Story Into a Compelling Brand


The most important part of branding is storytelling. You must cultivate a brand story that adds context and meaning to what would otherwise be dull facts and figures. Your brand story should be authentic, relatable, and deeply human. To do that, you’ll need to tap into your personal history and also humanize your brand. Check out our list of do’s and don’ts for your brand story. Think of your brand as a person.

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The Intersection of PR and Advertising


When a message goes out, is it public relations or advertising? Public relations is, essentially, a strategic communication program or process that connects brands or persons with a market or audience in a beneficial way. PR is connective, creating goodwill or a bond between the audience and the brand; and PR is supportive of and beneficial to the brand vision and mission. While PR and advertising do often intersect, there are some key differences.

Trust and the Unlikely Reinvention of Advertising [UML]

Sword and the Script

Use PR to build a brand and advertising to defend it. The point of that philosophy used to be that, while you can build a brand with advertising, it’s very expensive. While that maxim had elements of truth five years ago, when I wrote that content marketing was the new branding , today I wonder if we’re not coming full circle, yet again. More recently, fake news has laid the groundwork for a new-found trust in advertising. 1) In advertising, we trust.

5 Amazing Facts You Must Know About Facebook Advertising


As a content marketer, you spend tremendous time and money to create content – be it brand awareness, thought leadership or lead generation pieces. According to the 2016 Content Marketing Benchmark Report by the Content Marketing Institute, the top three paid advertising methods used by B2B marketers to promote/distribute content are: Search Engine Marketing (66 percent); Print or Other Offline Promotion (57 percent); Traditional Online Banner Ads (55 percent).

The value of print in today’s marketing

PR Daily

Digital efforts constitute the main course of our current marketing diet, but Vistaprint Corporate’s infographic reminds us that a sensible portion of print still deserves room on our plates. Print is expensive, but it has science-backed advantages over online content. The infographic cites research that print pieces top digital ads in cognitive categories such as review time, emotional reaction, memory retention and perceived value.

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What Most Brands Get Wrong When Telling Their Story


Over the years, I’ve fallen in love with a few particularly great brand stories. How many times have you had to stop midway through reading a brand story that was nothing but fluff without any real substance? Sadly, these aren’t the only two problems that I have seen as far as awful brand stories go. The thing is, brand stories are usually bad for a few of the same reasons. Don’t worry if your brand story is guilty of committing one (or more) of these offenses.

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This Twitter Ad Shows Us Why Social Media Advertising Needs Cross-Functional Teams Empowered with Compassion and Humanity

Sword and the Script

You can’t just spend your way to success in social media advertising. They can and do comment on paid promotions as this advertisement for AT&T Fiber demonstrates. At first glance it seems great, the brand is seemingly benefiting with some organic lift stemming from its paid efforts. You just never had to worry about this sort of thing, at this scale, in a world of print ads and billboards.

Why the rise of native advertising isn't a threat to PR

PR Daily

Changing reader habits, geared towards a preference for consuming media online and through devices, have led to the decline of print and a subsequent decline in revenue for media outlets. Unsurprisingly, the number one issue up for discussion at the conference was revenue models, most predominately native advertising. Is the wall between editorial and advertising coming down? RELATED: Find your brand voice, become a media outlet, and produce great stories. ].

Native Advertising: Should PR Shore Up the Defenses or Lead an Expeditionary Force?

Shift Communications

With a host of media, advertising and adtech companies on the roster, many of our teams at SHIFT are grappling with stories relating to how native advertising is impacting these industries. According to an Advertising Age poll from this time last year, nearly two-thirds of marketers planned to increase their native spend. First and foremost, it’s a revenue issue for publishers, with print disappearing and digital ads failing to make up the shortfall.

Four Earned Media KPIs to Track

Critical Mention

As the cost of paid advertising across various digital and broadcast channels increases, brands are increasingly focused on earned media as a way to build awareness and generate revenue. Earned media – publicity garnered through PR outreach, news coverage, organic search or any other unpaid source that produces mentions, shares or reviews – does not come with the same costs as paid advertising.

FDA Guidance on Drug Advertising: Compliance Questions for Pharmaceutical Communications Professionals


She was managing print and TV ad campaigns long before she started using online and social media channels to promote her current employer, ABC Drug Corp. In January 2014, the FDA issued a Guidance with a long, complicated name for a relatively simple concept: The FDA wants pharmaceutical brands to report their online communications like they have been for traditional marketing.

What is Brand Journalism?


What is brand journalism? Brand journalism is no different than content marketing. However, brand journalism is different. The difference between brand journalism and content marketing isn’t to be found in outputs. Brand journalism’s goals are to: Build awareness and affinity; Set the context for follow-up brand messaging (retargeting); and. Brand journalism starts people on a journey with your brand. Brand Journalism in Action.

Tesla denies discrimination allegations, travel brands fail to win over Black travelers and Unilever hints at Ben & Jerry’s return to Israel

PR Daily

Also: OpenTable shares most romantic restaurants in America, Meredith shelves print editions of Entertainment Weekly and InStyle, and more. ” OpenTable’s list demonstrates how a brand can tell a story using its accumulated user data, tying into the upcoming holiday to get headlines.

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United Airlines celebrates employee vaccination numbers, how viral content can hurt your brand, and Blizzard Activision settles EEOC lawsuit

PR Daily

A new study by Magna and The Channel Factory found that not all viral brand content is necessarily good for the brand in question and that misaligned content generated an 8% decrease in purchase intent, a 9% decrease in brand respect and a 6% decrease in brand trust.

How brand journalism fills the void as media outlets dwindle

PR Daily

The ‘news hole’ at print publications is shrinking, and there are ever fewer bodies to cover your sector, much less your organization. There’s another way to tell your brand story: Do it yourself. Many organizations create online news sites; far fewer publish their own print magazines.

H&M Group apologizes for racial slur, to lay off 4,000 employees, and NYT’s digital revenue overcomes print for first time in history

PR Daily

For the first time in almost 170 years, The New York Times announced that its digital revenue beat out print–$185.5 For the 1st time at the NY Times, total digital revenue surpassed print revenue in a quarter.

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9 Need-to-Know Rebranding Tips


Research why your original brand didn’t fit the audience, and use that to inform your rebranding strategy. After you’ve researched and brainstormed, come up with a solid plan for how you’re going to unveil your new brand. How will you (re)introduce your brand to your employees, to your current customers, to your prospective customers and to the press? While you may not roll out your brand all at one time, you’ve got to have an idea of what that final roll out will look like.

Brands make Earth Day pledge to measure emissions, social media content falls short on accessibility, and NBC condemns anti-BLM email

PR Daily

Also remember that, though the standards of communication your brand sets in various markets may differ, your stakeholders remain globally connected. Brands make Earth Day pledge to measure emissions. To help spread the good news, we sent an email to the world’s biggest brands.

Email Marketers Offer Deals, Discounts, And Empathy

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

COVID-19 instantly upended the way brands communicate with customers. Some channels were simply wiped out – pity the luxury brand that had signed multimillion-dollar agreements for airport screens, for example. Suddenly, most marketing was irrelevant, or worse.

Burger King UK apologizes for offensive tweet, Unilever drops ‘normal’ from beauty product branding, and Google adds context to news stories

PR Daily

Hello, communicators: Taco Bell has jumped on the non-fungible token (NFT) train by offering 25 tokens for what the brand called “iconic and original artwork inspired by our tacos at the easily digestible price of our menu items.”.

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Free White Paper! Build a Brand Journalism Program


Your audience no longer responds to traditional advertising. In fact, custom content is 92 percent more effective than traditional advertising. So how can you create content that will spread awareness of your brand and drive sales? The key is brand journalism, a subtle form of storytelling that benefits both your brand and your audience. While traditional journalists seek to inform and educate, brand journalism aims to engage audiences and increase brand impact.

3 Factors That Shape Your Brand Journalism Strategy


Buyers no longer pay attention to traditional advertisements. A study released by Elite Daily found that only 1 percent of millennials would trust a brand after seeing a compelling ad. That’s where brand journalism comes into play. Unlike content marketing , brand journalism places people front and center, rather than the products that affect those people. Brand journalism aims to attract new audiences and guide them towards other messaging without self-promotion.

Facebook deemed most trusted channel for branded content

PR Daily

Consumers say Facebook is the channel in which they are most likely to trust content created by a brand/company, according to. Respondents gave Facebook an average score of 4 as a trusted source of content from brands (1 = most trusted; 10 = least trusted). Download this free white paper to learn how to tell compelling stories that navigate through the noise, boost your brand and drive sales. Advertising effectiveness on new customers.

Everything You Need to Know About Content Marketing When You Don’t Have Time


Do you ever wonder how great brands manage to post so much relevant, awesome content as often as they do? At its heart, it’s a conversation between your brand and its audience (or potential audience). Just like your brand’s story, these conversations and messages need to be authentic and genuine. Content marketing includes everything you say in person, print, online and in video.

Critical Mention Announces Ten Straight Months of Record Bookings

Critical Mention

The recent addition of licensed content – which allows clients to see behind digital paywalls – to the platform has proven extremely valuable to public relations and advertising agencies, commercial brands, financial institutions, universities and government organizations, helping boost new bookings 60 percent through the first two quarters of FY2019, year over year.

7 Inspiring Brand Marketing Campaigns Designed to Change the World


From General Mills and Campbell’s Soup to Swiffer and Target, America’s biggest brands are embracing the challenge of supporting social justice, diversity and cultural change. As SVP and CMO, Addicks led the company’s advertising, promotion, brand public relations, design, packaging, digital media, licensing and multicultural initiatives; built such iconic food brands as Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Yoplait and Pillsbury and created equity platforms including Box Tops for Education.

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5 tips for digital brand managers to handle a crisis

PR Daily

Creating a brand used to take years. Companies often started locally or regionally, developed loyal customers and built a market identity—supplemented by print or electronic advertising as brands grew. In addition to taking a long time, brand building also took a great deal of money. Flash forward to today: Though it’s still possible to build a brand using those traditional ways, doing it all at once, digitally, is now much more common.

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The Old “New Media” and Marketing Tools with Novel Twists [UML]

Sword and the Script

However, other traditionally print new organizations – notably the Wall Street Journal and USA Today – got into the podcast game far earlier. Disruptive opportunities like the chance to rank first for voice search in search engines: “Beyond playing into trends, voice interactions with chatbots, virtual assistants and other IoT technologies have the potential to upend traditional search and display advertising models in the near future, even for giants in the space like Google.

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Kroger joins push for tougher gun laws, consumers readily change brands, and WeWork’s founder walks back trademark sale

PR Daily

A whopping 46% of consumers tell us they are more likely to try new brands than they were five years ago; a clear signal to a trend we should expect to intensify. How can brand managers build loyalty with their audiences? million for the rights to the word “We” to brand the holding firm that held WeWork. Pinterest seeks to woo advertisers and international users as IPO looms.

How targeted press efforts boost your brand's bottom line

PR Daily

BusinessWire , consumers still trust news coverage more than advertising. After a sharp decline over the past 10 years, broadcast and print media have slightly rebounded. In much the same way, local and industry-specific print publications can have a stronger impact on your business than paid newspaper advertisements. A print review or interview helps you reach a wider online audience than social outreach on its own will do.

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Icons: Drucker, Einstein and the Final Confessions of David Ogilvy [UML]

Sword and the Script

The copy I bought of David Ogilvy’s “ Confessions of an Advertising Man ” roughly 15 years ago was used. To the best of my recollection, it appeared the book was out of print, yet there was a seller on a little startup called willing to part ways with a hardcover copy. Despite the book’s age and the fact it was written by an advertiser, I was amazed at how relevant was to my day-to-day work. Marketing PR advertising PR history unscripted marketing

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How are you building a strong hospital brand?

PR Daily

Health care is a competitive business, and it takes a strong brand to give your hospital a mark of distinction. Building that brand starts with focusing on a few key areas: Branding challenges. Branding a health care organization means recognizing the needs of the typical customer base and catering to them. FREE DOWNLOAD: How to manage online feedback and brand reputation ]. Consider these steps to a stronger brand: Deliver on your promises.

The PR Opportunity for Brands as Publishers Tinker with Journalism

Sword and the Script

This fee will cover an expanded profile in print which will run even sooner – within 30 days of purchase, in addition to an online listing,” according to the publisher’s message [emphasis added]. And with that, what was once a community service of sorts, with some editorial oversight, has become an advertisement. This has been accentuated by cuts to editorial staff, and increasingly, a slow but steady shift towards advertisements masquerading as news.