Data-Driven PR Milestone: SHIFT Becomes Google Analytics Certified Partner

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Digital has been in SHIFT’s blood for over a decade, from being one of the first agencies to embrace social media to creating the social media press release and social media newsroom. One of the greatest challenges to public relations as an industry since the advent of digital marketing and communications is how to measure the effectiveness of PR. These qualitative benefits of PR are as old as the marketing funnel itself. This is a core challenge of data-driven PR.

How to Research Industry Trends Hassle-Free

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The ability to tap into this knowledge can help inform owned, earned, and paid media of your organization’s PR and marketing efforts. If we are building out a content strategy for owned media, like a company blog, using content that pertains to trending topics is a way to take advantage of the increasing searches on Google. Well, first it’s a free media monitoring tool and while other tools may give more analytical data about coverage, they also can eat into a budget.

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Building the Plane Mid-Flight: SHIFT’s New Website

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The important thing for us, beyond the upgraded look and feel, was to hammer on the data-driven PR aspect. We are not only the first and only PR agency to stake a claim as a Google Analytics Certified Partner, we are doing stuff with data behind the scenes that is wowing us, and our clients, with everything from influencer identification to advanced ROI calculations. We’re also well on our way to embedding at least one data jockey on every Agency team.

IBM Vision: The Future of AI and Public Relations

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We see this happening in the communications and PR industry. At the same time, generation after generation of new media pop up, from blogs to social media to video influencers and more. One of the most impressive demonstrations of managing unstructured data was IBM Watson’s ability to read and interpret legal and financial regulations, then compare a company’s compliance with those regulations. The Data Science Shortage. Data science faces an enormous labor shortage.

SHIFT Communications: 12 Years and Counting

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Back in 2003, the Agency’s first concern was whether – and how – the 30-odd people who had survived the wreckage of our predecessor firm might make a go of it under our new banner. We’ve grown to eclipse our precursor agency in size and scope. Within the Agency itself, I still fondly recall mandating that every SHIFTer “get on Facebook and Twitter,” and the groans that that elicited from a staff that had already grown fatigued by all the Social Media hype.

How To Reach Top-Tier Influencers on PR Budgets

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Access : influencers guard themselves with agents, agencies of their own, and handlers, making working with them challenging in some cases. Given these potential complications, how might we leverage our public relations capabilities to align with or reach influencers on more traditional PR budgets and messaging? This is a modern twist on an age-old PR strategy: by creating awareness in publications that our target audiences read, we help our companies and clients grow.

The State of the Press Release in 2015

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In early 2013, we published a blog sharing what we felt were the worst times and days for press releases. That blog post is to this day (over two years later) one of the most highly trafficked page on SHIFT’s website. The topic of press releases and when or when not to put one out over the wire is one that is all too popular in PR. First, we analyzed the distribution patterns of over 100,000 press releases published via Marketwired, PRWeb and PR Newswire in 2015.

How to Build a Data-Driven Public Speaking Program

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We’ve covered the basics of public speaking here on the SHIFT blog before. Rather than just wing it or have a purely canned talk that may not be relevant to the audience and the event, we can look to data. Let’s dig into what a data-driven public speaking strategy would look like as part of your overall data-driven PR program. Consider offering them a chance to guest blog or participate in some meaningful way in advance of the event.

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Now What? How to Stay Top-of-Mind Post-Launch

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Media relations is a core part of any PR program, and in this case having a steady, ongoing media effort will help you remain a part of the conversation. Do a quick audit of what owned properties make sense for you – a blog , social media, etc. — Find what works best for your audience and map out a PR plan that will help ensure you’re always a part of the conversation. Data-Driven PR News Public RelationsCongratulations!

3 Reasons Small Business Needs Social Media

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Here are the top three benefits of having a robust social media presence: A World of Glorious Market Data. Useful – but not quite as powerful as the truths their data can untangle. With plenty of free analytics tools available, there are many of options for interpreting this data. On top of that, free tools like Iconosquare for Instagram and Google Analytics can provide data on other platforms that don’t have sufficient native offerings. We’ve all seen it before.

Data-driven still needs human decisions

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During the raging debate that followed re: firing Ellen Pao (and why Alexis Ohanian chose to tell the world on Friday afternoon), a redditor linked our blog post on worst days and times to send a press release for context on why Friday afternoons are coveted when you have bad news to shove out the door. Data would say to us, syndicate this, talk with people on reddit about it, take action. We don’t deny that data is valuable when it comes to making human-driven decisions.

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Crisis Management 101: Shark Week Case Study, Pt. 1

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s PR reps/trusted advisors/crisis comms ride-or-dies, deny the fire of its resources we shall. In this five part blog crisis management series, we’ll walk through how we would work with our pretend client, G.W., This series will touch briefly on the following offerings/capabilities from SHIFT’s PR, marketing tech and creative services teams: Media monitoring. 1 appeared first on SHIFT Communications PR Agency - Boston | New York | San Francisco | Austin.

Does social media sharing matter?

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Let’s first get our data. I’ll use data from my personal website so as to avoid revealing anything under NDA. The data cannot answer this question for us. We see that for this data set, LinkedIn matters the most (r of.71), followed by Facebook (r of.65), then by Twitter (r of.39, a moderate positive relationship), and finally Google+ (r of.32). Instead of sharing a blog post once a day, I could schedule it to be shared 2, 3, or even 4 times a day.

Getting Your PR Measurement Program in Shape for 2016

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Both in-house and agency marketing teams will be defending the year’s work, planning for 2016 and securing (or hopefully expanding!) That does not mean we are left without resources to help define PR success and set the agenda for an even more data-driven PR program in the New Year. You have gathered the data to defend your program, you’ve run data-driven analysis and you’re ready to create an even better PR plan for 2016.

SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q4 Content 2018

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Want to see how to do this for your blog? Our top posts, the best of Q4 content of 2018, focused on earned media, Google Analytics metrics, and measuring PR success. 3 CATEGORIES OF PR AND EARNED MEDIA. As PR pros, we should be familiar with the different types of metrics that demonstrate the success of our work. With a plethora of digital tools, SaaS programs, and technology at our fingertips, it seems we are able to access more and more data.

Find your Brand’s Optimum Facebook Strategy

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The question facing both our agency and our clients is: Of these two basic Facebook paid media strategies, which is more effective for actually getting your content seen? To answer that question, we did our homework using our own data in a research experiment to determine what strategy worked best for our audience (i.e. if you want to replicate this for your own purposes, use your data, not our conclusions ). Overall, our experiment gave us nine weeks of data.

How to Use Analytics to Build Your 2015 Marketing Plan

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As marketers, PR professionals, and advertisers begin to wind down the year (save for those in retail who are firing on all cylinders right now), one of the top things you’ll focus on in 2014 is reviewing the numbers. However, all of this data processing may not necessarily lead to any insights or any strategic changes; in many cases, we’ll be publishing massive quantities of shelfware that will go unseen.

Owned Content: Calculating Success

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From blog posts to white papers, most companies create some form of owned content but not all are utilizing it to its fullest potential – or even know how it performs on its own. Daily blog posts demand large amounts of time and effort. Marketers, PR Pros, and Advertisers are in a daily battle to remove opinion from decision making and tactical execution. Rather, content decisions should rely on one influence above others, data. Owned content.

{PR}edict: Predictive Analytics and the Future of PR, Part 2

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The foundation of predictive analytics is one familiar to modern PR practitioners: data. What Data Do We Need for Predictive Analytics? To make accurate predictions, we need data with three attributes, what I call the three Cs: Clean. If our data lacks any of these attributes, creating reliable predictions will be impossible. Clean Data. Prediction is nothing more than sophisticated mathematical extrapolation of existing data. Compatible Data.

Using Data In Your 2018 PR Planning Process

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You know what that means — PR planning is in full swing. PR planning is so valuable, especially from an internal operations standpoint. As much as I love creating a solid PR plan, it’s also very time consuming if you have high-strategy accounts. For PR pros in the midst of the planning madness — myself included — there is a better and more efficient way to create PR plans, and it all revolves around data.

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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? But there are lots of other options for PR pros to source relevant data, and many are inexpensive and fairly easy to find. Data to power PR storytelling. Social monitoring and listening not only give us a heads up on customer service issues or negative PR, but they can illuminate industry trends and customer behavior.

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Using Data from Google Tools to Boost Your PR Pitches

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If you’re an avid (or even a sometimes) reader of the SHIFT blog, then you already know data-driven public relations is something we know well. Our PR teams have been taking an analytical approach to forming their account strategies for some time, and our clients have been very pleased with the results. Here’s a quick overview of how each can help support your PR program.

PR and the Marketing Technology Skills Gap

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Media Lab and Deloitte launched the joint project Data USA. We also installed a policy as an agency that each team can go “heads down,” where we set aside dedicated time to keeping up on key trends. At SHIFT we run a daily blog and a weekly SHIFT Happens newsletter, which daily and weekly provide summary news from the front lines of PR and Marketing. Analytics Data-Driven PR Marketing Technology Public Relations Training

3 Google Analytics Issues to Correct for Better Data

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In between those times where you use Google Analytics to do reporting, there is plenty of maintenance to do to ensure that the data that you rely on to make decisions is accurate and will lead to the best decisions. Last but not least, want to get search engine data inside Google Analytics? I personally like to use the report to see the CTR rate of our blog posts given the number of impressions those landing pages get. Data-Driven PR Marketing Technology google analytics

SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q4 2015

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Want to see how to do this for your blog? Our top posts from the fourth quarter of 2015 focused on best and worst times for press releases, connecting PR and sales, and measuring PR for 2016 planning. Ah, the question on every PR pro’s mind. How to Help Sales and PR Speak the Same Language. At the end of the day, sales and PR both want the same thing: the success of the business. Getting Your PR Measurement Program in Shape for 2016.

{PR}edict: Predictive Analytics and the Future of PR, Part 4

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In the last post , we looked at a sample prediction using Google Analytics™ data to make a prediction about my blog’s website traffic. We used clean, compatible, well-chosen data and looked forward 365 days to see what future performance of my blog looked like. What if, however, we didn’t have textbook data at our fingertips? Bad Data. The first and most common scenario in predictive analytics is flat-out bad data. Next: The Future of PR.

How DOES Mobile Change The Brandscape?

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In the PR and marketing space, we hear a lot of talk about how mobile devices change the “brandscape” as we know it. It certainly is convenient that nearly everyone carries a mobile device with built-in GPS, devices that are constantly communicating that location data to outside parties. appeared first on SHIFT Communications PR Agency - Boston | New York | San Francisco | Austin.

3 Reasons Small Business Needs Social Media

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Here are the top three benefits of having a robust social media presence: A World of Glorious Market Data. Useful – but not quite as powerful as the truths their data can untangle. With plenty of free analytics tools available, there are many of options for interpreting this data. On top of that, free tools like Iconosquare for Instagram and Google Analytics can provide data on other platforms that don’t have sufficient native offerings. We’ve all seen it before.

3 Reasons Small Business Needs Social Media

Shift Communications

Here are the top three benefits of having a robust social media presence: A World of Glorious Market Data. Useful – but not quite as powerful as the truths their data can untangle. With plenty of free analytics tools available, there are many of options for interpreting this data. On top of that, free tools like Iconosquare for Instagram and Google Analytics can provide data on other platforms that don’t have sufficient native offerings. We’ve all seen it before.

Data doesn’t have to be scary

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Big data is a buzzword thrown around in every industry. Companies of all shapes and sizes collect data that can be used to make strategic decisions at every level. petabytes of data. The data available to PR professionals and marketers today has the potential to answer so many questions, but the problem is: lots of people don’t know what to do with the data they have. Social Media Data. PR pros, want a deeper dive?

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{PR}edict: Predictive Analytics and the Future of PR, Part 3

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In the last post, we reviewed the necessary ingredients to make successful predictions: good data. We defined good data as clean, compatible, and chosen well. Let’s next look at a predictive analytics example every PR practitioner will benefit from. The PR industry operates this way mainly because we’ve not had access to predictive software or good data. Example: Matching Search Intent to PR. What Would PR Do?

Don’t Be Outdated: Why It’s Important to Refresh Your Models

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It’s becoming more fashionable to claim that your PR and marketing is “data-driven,” but what exactly does that mean? This often means using data about our current market or audience to create a model. One thing that every data-driven communications professional needs to understand: our models are not reality; they are a separate entity. Why can this be such a problem for marketing and PR?

SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q3 2015

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Want to see how to do this for your blog? Our top posts from the third quarter of 2015 focused on PR strategy, Facebook, and Twitter. Let’s jump in: How to Choose a PR Strategy: Part 1 of 6. The hot topic in PR is always strategy. SHIFT honed in on creating a way to choose a PR strategy based on visible, measurable criteria and a meta-strategic framework. These dimensions create four PR environments – traditional, chaotic, innovative, and collaborative.

The State of the Press Release in 2015

Shift Communications

In early 2013, we published a blog sharing what we felt were the worst times and days for press releases. That blog post is to this day (over two years later) one of the most highly trafficked page on SHIFT’s website. The topic of press releases and when or when not to put one out over the wire is one that is all too popular in PR. First, we analyzed the distribution patterns of over 100,000 press releases published via Marketwired, PRWeb and PR Newswire in 2015.

The State of the Press Release in 2015

Shift Communications

In early 2013, we published a blog sharing what we felt were the worst times and days for press releases. That blog post is to this day (over two years later) one of the most highly trafficked page on SHIFT’s website. The topic of press releases and when or when not to put one out over the wire is one that is all too popular in PR. First, we analyzed the distribution patterns of over 100,000 press releases published via Marketwired, PRWeb and PR Newswire in 2015.

Share your data for a better PR program

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If you’re working with a data-driven PR firm, chances are at some point in your relationship you will be asked to grant access to a variety of marketing and data systems. To understand how systems access informs your PR program, we’ll reference the SHIFT Earned Media Hub Strategy as the base framework. This helps to narrow down PR campaigns, making them more appealing to your target audiences.

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From PR to Marketing: Why You Should Expand Your Skill Set

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It’s hard to miss all the articles and blog posts about how the PR industry is changing, how it’s integrating with new skill sets. Today, I wanted to dive a little more into my personal experience on the subject – including why PR pros should honestly start thinking about expanding their skill sets (and where to start). years working on the technology PR team. I was already starting to see the need to integrate our traditional PR practices with marketing tech.

Social Media Game of Thrones: A Song of PR and Social

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This was a simpler time, when MySpace ruled the social media sphere and people still blogged heavily on services like LiveJournal. We took published user base data for as many social networks as we could round up, loaded them into analytics software, and turned the data into treemaps. The post Social Media Game of Thrones: A Song of PR and Social appeared first on SHIFT Communications PR Agency - Boston | New York | San Francisco | Austin.

How to Grow an Agency

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Now that we’ve popped the champagne and cut the cake, it feels natural to consider not just HOW MUCH we’ve grown, but HOW we’ve grown – and more importantly, what does that suggest for mid-sized agencies in an increasingly competitive market? The reality is, for those of us in the “mid-size” bracket, it’s tough to compete directly against the pockets of the large, public agencies when it comes to growth – whether we are talking about sheer footprint, new services or practice specialties.

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The secret to becoming a trusted PR professional

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Shel Israel followed up in our discussion last week about the automation (or lack thereof) of persuasion technologies and public relations by asking: Since you are in the business of building trust for clients, why are so many PR people not trusted by the media? Part of the reason is intent and motivation; a journalist knows that any PR person is approaching them with an agenda. The best PR professionals figure out how to deliver value to both the client AND the journalist.