What is Data-Driven PR? Part 1 of 9

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We’ve used the expression data-driven PR for quite some time now, but haven’t clearly defined it. What does data-driven PR mean? How do you know whether your public relations efforts are data-driven or not? To be data-driven is to make decisions with data first and foremost. Many PR practitioners rely on intuition, experience, or informal qualitative practices to make decisions. Data guides our decisions.

What Is Data-Driven PR, Part 2: Question Development

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We’ve used the expression data-driven PR for quite some time now, but haven’t clearly defined it. What does data-driven PR mean? How do you know whether your public relations efforts are data-driven or not? To be data-driven is to make decisions with data first and foremost. In this series, we’ll examine how to become a more data-driven PR professional. Data Data-Driven PR Public Relations

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What is Data-Driven PR, Part 6: Analysis

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We’ve used the expression data-driven PR for quite some time now, but haven’t clearly defined it. What does data-driven PR mean? How do you know whether your public relations efforts are data-driven or not? To be data-driven is to make decisions with data first and foremost. In this series, we’ll examine how to become a more data-driven PR professional. Identifiable variables and data sources.

What is Data-Driven PR, Part 4: Hypothesizing

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We’ve used the expression data-driven PR for quite some time now, but haven’t clearly defined it. What does data-driven PR mean? How do you know whether your public relations efforts are data-driven or not? To be data-driven is to make decisions with data first and foremost. In this series, we’ll examine how to become a more data-driven PR professional. Isn’t data the basis of data-driven PR?

What is Data-Driven PR, Part 3: Defining Data

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We’ve used the expression data-driven PR for quite some time now, but haven’t clearly defined it. What does data-driven PR mean? How do you know whether your public relations efforts are data-driven or not? To be data-driven is to make decisions with data first and foremost. In this series, we’ll examine how to become a more data-driven PR professional. Defining Data. Data Sources.

What is Data-Driven PR, Part 5: Testing

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We’ve used the expression data-driven PR for quite some time now, but haven’t clearly defined it. What does data-driven PR mean? How do you know whether your public relations efforts are data-driven or not? To be data-driven is to make decisions with data first and foremost. In this series, we’ll examine how to become a more data-driven PR professional. Data Data-Driven PR Public Relations

What is Data-Driven PR, Part 9: Pitching With Data

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We’ve used the expression data-driven PR for quite some time now, but haven’t clearly defined it. What does data-driven PR mean? How do you know whether your public relations efforts are data-driven or not? To be data-driven is to make decisions with data first and foremost. In this series, we’ll examine how to become a more data-driven PR professional. Kicking Data-Driven PR Up a Notch.

Embracing the Data-Driven PR Future (And Math)

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Some public relations professionals have said they entered the field to avoid complex math. As communications becomes more digital, more quantified, and more data-driven, the pressure is on for pros to be as comfortable with data collection, metrics and measurement as they are at writing and creativity. To explore why this is important, let’s look at an example of how data helps PR get press for clients.

What is Data-Driven PR, Part 8: Crafting the Pitch

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We’ve used the expression data-driven PR for quite some time now, but haven’t clearly defined it. What does data-driven PR mean? How do you know whether your public relations efforts are data-driven or not? To be data-driven is to make decisions with data first and foremost. In this series, we’ll examine how to become a more data-driven PR professional. Crafting the Data-Driven Pitch.

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. We agree on the qualitative outputs of public relations: Increased awareness of your company and its products/services.

Top Public Relations Trends in 2018: Introduction

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What’s ahead for the public relations profession amidst a world of disruption? In this series, we’ll examine some of the major trends we see ahead and how PR practitioners of all stripes should prepare. The 2018 PR Mega-Trends. Hyper-Segmentation of News Means Hyper-Segmentation of PR. PR must adapt to realize that no one audience exists any longer; brands and clients instead address dozens or hundreds of micro-audiences in their communications.

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IBM Vision: The Future of AI and Public Relations

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We see this happening in the communications and PR industry. Legacy publications find themselves more under the gun every day, with declining subscribers and decreasing advertising revenues. 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. Industry publications and articles. The Data Science Shortage.

Top Data-Driven PR Trends of 2016: Interactive Infographics

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What does the future hold for public relations professionals? In this series, we’ll examine a few data-driven trends that could mean success or failure for your PR efforts in 2016. Top-tier publications like the New York Times and Washington Post have changed from static infographics to dynamic, interactive infographics powered by complex web applications. Click to view the live infographic and work with the data. Public Relations Strategy

Public Relations Jobseekers: Act Before 2017 Ends

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Only sales professionals aiming to hit quota and publicly-traded companies seeking a strong quarter close go full throttle until December 31. Given this backdrop, when would a jobseeker in the public relations industry be best served to look for work? Predicting PR Job Searches. Jobseekers searching for PR jobs will swamp prospective employers just a couple of weeks into the new year. When To Find a Public Relations Job.

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. Advertising Data Data-Driven PR Marketing Metrics Strategy

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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. For example, if we are trying to build out our earned media strategy and developing public relations pitches, using trending topics in a relevant way gives you an opportunity to be noticed by reporters. 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.

Public Relations Metrics Are Like Apples for Pie

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As part of the AMEC Measurement Week, I’ve been asked to prepare some quick thoughts on how to explain PR metrics to stakeholders and executives. The job of effective public relations is to create and strengthen relationships with your audience. So to answer the question of what PR should be measured by, it’s about our ability to generate the right audiences. If PR is generating the wrong audience, it’s creating the equivalent of rotten apples.

How To Reach Top-Tier Influencers on PR Budgets

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However, for public relations practitioners, influencer marketing poses significant challenges, such as: Cost : influencer marketing costs reach into 7-figures for top-tier influencers, far out of range of most public relations budgets. Access : influencers guard themselves with agents, agencies of their own, and handlers, making working with them challenging in some cases. The best PR professionals will never deliver impact if they land great hits in the wrong publications.

Connecting PR To Business Results

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One of the most common requests I’ve received in my work in public relations is, “ how do we connect our public relations efforts to business results? ”. This question – and its many variations – is a disguise for a much simpler question: How does PR help me make money / not get fired? Public relations is a tool for building awareness and trust. PR Isn’t Sales. Public relations is not a tool for selling things. The Impact of PR.

Using Google Analytics to Inform your B2B Tech PR Program

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You may have noticed already that we talk a lot about data-driven PR at SHIFT. It’s not just a topic on our blog, it’s a concept we are encouraged to prioritize in every facet of our PR strategies. We’ve discussed on this blog before how to use a data-driven approach to drafting a pitch , but when that pitch turns into a great piece of coverage for your client, there are data-driven strategies you can take to measure the success of the hit.

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. are public, we do have a fair number of similarly-exciting clients that we simply can’t disclose.) If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re already starting to grow familiar with the term “Data-Driven PR.”

The Citizen Analyst Manifesto, Part 1: Introduction

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In the same vein as the citizen journalist democratized media, the citizen analyst is empowered to do independent analysis of publicly available data. Instead of relying on third party analysis in the news, a citizen analyst can pick up the source data and find an answer for themselves, then work with a citizen journalist to shed light on the truth. As you’ve read over the past months, we are at a critical time in marketing and public relations.

Three Public Relations Mega-Trends in 2017

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What does the public relations industry have to look forward to in 2017? What’s in stock for us as practitioners, as agencies, as companies seeking to build awareness, reputation, and trust? Just in news publications alone, we saw an astonishing 72 million news stories written in 2016 according to Google News, an all-time high. How can we use data, analytics, and algorithms to achieve awareness at scale? Analytics Data-Driven PR Marketing Media Public Relations

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. Seek out opportunities to build relationships with reporters or to become regular contributors to a publication (Inc., but also consider trade publications that cover your industry. 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.

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

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There’s the tide of public opinion – the heat, the energy. s PR reps/trusted advisors/crisis comms ride-or-dies, deny the fire of its resources we shall. 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. Creative Crisis Communications Data-Driven PR Public Relations

IBM CDO Strategy Summit Roundup

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SHIFT Communications and NATIONAL Public Relations sent a team of three to the Boston CDO Strategy Summit to learn and share data-driven experiences. What’s on the minds of Chief Data Officers as we talked for two days about key issues in data? With such significant investments in AI, CDOs shared concerns about AI governance, especially around generated data such as meta-data. Implications for Marketing and PR.

The Most Important Metric in PR Today

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I was asked recently what the most important metric, the most important thing to measure in PR is. However, if we distill down the essence of public relations, it’s to build awareness and trust in a brand, such that people want to share it, talk about it, and ultimately buy from it. So, what measurable trait helps us determine the effectiveness of PR? The Most Important Metric in PR Today is Branded Non-Negative Search. Public relations creates mindshare.

Why automated sentiment analysis is broken and how to fix it

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One of the most difficult challenges reporting and analytics face in public relations measurement is sentiment analysis. If you have hours or even days before reporting is due, then perform a human-driven sampled sentiment analysis. Using the data analysis tool of your choice, understand the size of the data you’re dealing with, then calculate how many samples you’ll need to examine. Analytics Data Data-Driven PR Metrics Public Relations

How to build communities of social media influence

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The post How to build communities of social media influence appeared first on SHIFT Communications PR Agency - Boston | New York | San Francisco | Austin. Advertising Data-Driven PR Influence Marketing Marketing Technology Public Relations Strategy As marketers and communicators, we have focused relentlessly on the single influencer. This is the megaphone, the broadcast personality who has the biggest reach, the biggest audience, the loudest voice.

New SHIFT eBook: Predictive Analytics and the Future of PR

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Modern companies and organizations have the capability to leverage data to produce insights and data-driven business decisions. As such, the future of business is in large data sets and the observations derived from the analysis. Public relations, a communication-driven field, can and will continue to benefit from this futuristic tool. By definition, it’s the “statistical discipline of predicting what’s likely to happen based on existing data.”

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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.

How to find a 10x Marketer, Part 1: Introduction

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As the Digital Marketing and Data Driven PR environments become more competitive, your goal should be staying one step ahead of your competition. You have all the latest tools, read all the industry publications, and know all the big players. I’ve worked in areas such as public health research, IT, sales, marketing, and software engineering.

Reenergizing the PR Planning Process

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Every quarter to six months, we work with clients to create a new PR plan for the following quarter or remainder of the year. If you’ve been working in the PR business long enough, the PR planning process can become rather formulaic, especially if you’ve worked with the client over a long period of time. What tends to happen if you aren’t vigilant is that the strategy and tactics blend together and each PR plan starts to look very similar to the others.

Breaching 140: Who’s Using Twitter’s 280 Characters?

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Naturally, as one of the first-ever social media agencies, we wanted to understand the impact of the doubled character limits. Some observations we noted: Marketing and PR aren’t making significant use of the new character limits. We’ll look at the data again in a few months to see if adoption of the 280 character limit continues to increase, where users settle on length overall, and whether the level of engagement increases in relation to tweet length.

How to Measure the Success of Video Communications

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However, one area where video-minded PR professionals fall short is how to measure the success of video communications. Once we’ve got our data compiled in an orderly fashion, we need to understand what drives the actions we care about. As we mentioned in our recent webinar on Google Data Studio™ , many of our stakeholders don’t need every scrap of data we can provide. Analytics Data-Driven PR Marketing Metrics Public Relations Video

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SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q4 Content 2018

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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. All earned media, like all public relations efforts, are not the same. GOOGLE ANALYTICS 101: 5 METRICS FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS. As PR pros, we should be familiar with the different types of metrics that demonstrate the success of our work. HOW TO BEST MEASURE YOUR PR SUCCESS.

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.

The Earned Media Holy Grail: Business Press Coverage

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When I first started in PR, the desire was an article in a major national newspaper, above the fold and on the right side. Now, any sane (and knowledgeable) PR person will explain to their client that the business press coverage might not drive the type of website traffic and content engagement they want (which Google Analytics can easily show us). Data-Driven PR Earned Media Media Public Relations

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

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In the last post, we introduced the idea of predictive analytics in public relations. Public relations would benefit strongly from predictive analytics, forecasting communications needs in advance. 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. Clean Data.

How to measure the quality of your audience

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One of the core tenets of effective public relations is building the right audience. You don’t need to be as popular as Taylor Swift in order for PR to deliver real results to the bottom line as long as you have the right audience. Certainly, you can look downfunnel and see how many closed deals you’re getting in your sales CRM, but if your website is broken or your retail staff are surly, you may not see the results you want no matter how good your PR is.