Brands, Here’s How to Captivate Consumers in the Age of Distraction

Cision

After surveying 2,000 adults to test their attention spans, Microsoft found that technology, social media, and the large volume of media people consume daily is linked to their inability to focus for extended periods of time. The implication, of course, is that consumers are less likely to absorb the marketing messages we’re deploying. Upon snapping photos of them, participants were given the option to add a branded filter to their Snapchat photos.

Facebook’s New “See First” Feature Gives Consumers Control, Challenges Brands

Cision

While users may rejoice over the new update, brands need to adjust their social strategy to adapt to the change. Getting your followers to prioritize your page may be a challenge, but once they do, your brand will benefit from getting content in front of those who want it.

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Social Media for Consumer vs. B2B: Three Fundamental Differences

PR Expanded

Most of the work I’ve seen profiled in best practices, case studies, award entries, panel discussions and other channels has been consumer-facing – as in work done by companies or agencies to advance the agenda of a B2C company or a consumer product (Oreo, Dove or Skittles anyone?).

4 Ways to Win Over Skeptical Consumers

Cision

The numbers on brand advertising are dismal as well, as less than a quarter of people have faith in what companies have to say. In the early 2000s, brands relied on emotional marketing to persuade people to buy their products. All of the goodwill that brands had generated disappeared.

6 Ways to Connect With Consumers Using Periscope

Cision

With forecasts estimating that video will make up 80 to 90 percent of global consumer traffic by 2019 , live video streaming apps like Periscope are expected to stay in the spotlight. Here are six ways Periscope can influence the way your brand interacts with consumers: 1.

Start Spreading the News: SHIFT NY 2016 Consumer Media Highlights

Shift Communications

SHIFT New York’s consumer team kept up a full court press in 2016, keeping our clients’ brands top of mind among relevant technology and lifestyle reporters and delivering relevant, timely content to their readers. So… on to the consumer media goodness!

Brand managers speak emoji to reach device-driven consumers

PR Daily

Emojis are everywhere—including in the marketing campaigns for many well-known brands. The typographical cartoon symbols have been lifted from the smartphone screens of millennials and inserted into the strategies of brands such as Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza and General Electric.

What Consumers Think About Travel Technology

Cision

Many are using digital travel technology, a trend that is changing the way consumers interact with airlines, hotel chains and other companies. With Disney’s success, more travel brands will follow their lead. But these apps must be seamless and hassle-free or consumers will reject them.

CSR poll: Consumers prefer brands that support their ideals

PR Daily

Not only do consumers expect the companies they patronize to have a social conscience, they’re expecting businesses to be at the vanguard in solving pressing societal problems. Corporate social responsibility has become a necessity for organizations of all sizes.

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Study: Consumers want to interact, be ‘friends’ with brands

PR Daily

It looks like people want relationships just as much as brand managers do. A Trendera study reveals that 63 percent of consumers want brands to treat them like friends. That’s good news for marketers who feel that interacting with consumers is their top priority.

#PR Takes Your Business Beyond #Brand Awareness

PR Expanded

Brand awareness is just the beginning of what good PR can do for your company. But, where do you begin in a constantly changing media landscape with the highly digitized consumer? Consumers Drive Their News and Information. Branding Media PR 2.0

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Exploring the Differences between Consumer PR and B2B PR

Shift Communications

If you’ve worked with or for a PR agency, chances are you understand the difference between consumer PR and B2B PR. Therefore, my take on consumer PR is colored by past experiences and recent conversations with my very talented SHIFT consumer colleagues.

Barilla sponsored ‘study’ fools consumers

PR Daily

A rep for Barilla—a well-known pasta brand—said the organization was “encouraged by the findings.”. Is pasta good for you? In the worlds of health and marketing, it depends whom you ask.

3 ways brand managers can interact with consumers online

PR Daily

It’s also important for brand managers to remember that social media isn’t just an extension of your customer service team. Truly become your brand when you’re online and engaging with fans. Is your brand serious, funny, goofy, witty or sweet?

Why PR is so Important for Consumer Electronics

5W PR

With the emergence of influencer marketing , it’s vital that your brand is on point with its PR messaging. Here are some tips on why a strong Public Relations campaign is needed for your Consumer Electronics brand. Electronics are applicable to all walks of life.

Improve Brand Storytelling by Making Your Audience the Main Character

Cision

When it comes to marketing and branding, there’s a vast array of techniques to employ. Telling stories to sell brands is not a new idea, but the advent of social media has given businesses new ways to get those stories to potential customers.

Poll: Consumers more likely to buy from brands they follow online

PR Daily

Still, many PR and marketing managers struggle with just how to spend their time crafting and publishing content online—and what will best engage consumers of all ages. Here’s what brand managers should know: 1. 1 as most consumers’ preferred social network.

How marketers can connect with mobile-focused consumers

PR Daily

Google reports that in order to meet this growing trend, marketers should account for new conversion types and think about measurement in a way that connects with consumers using various screens and channels. Mobile marketing comes into play most when consumers take action.

Study: 64 percent of consumers purchase after watching a video online

PR Daily

A majority of consumers (64 percent) admit making a purchase after watching a Facebook video in the last month. More than half of consumers (60 percent) watch a branded video on Facebook every day. It’s becoming harder to cut through it and make an impact on consumers’ behavior.

How the FTC’s New Social Media Guidelines Affect Your Brand

Cision

The new rules mainly call for stricter disclosure requirements on the relationships between brands and influencers. Consumers value honesty, and with the new guidelines, everything is out in the open so there’s nothing preventing consumers from trusting your brand.

Chipotle hones loyalty to bring consumers back

PR Daily

Chipotle’s brand managers are trying everything to get people to rekindle their bygone obsessions with the fast-casual burrito pioneer. Last month, consumers lined up for free burritos.

Consumers, brands respond to Burger King's Halloween sandwich

PR Daily

Speaking of Burger King, surely the brand has a response to all this mess, right? There’s been no official statement from the brand. While Burger King remains silent, other brands are stepping in to take part in the joke: Whatever the color of your buns, we'll keep them clean: [link].

Report: More than 65 percent of consumers connect with brands emotionally

PR Daily

Some brands are able to go beyond simple marketing to tap into consumers’ emotions. At that point, your brand becomes less of a product and more of a lifestyle. The vast majority of emotional connections with brands are positive (91 percent).

3 Things You Need to Know About Brand Journalism

Cision

Consumers have started to tune out brand messages. But don’t fret, there’s a way to break through, gain back their attention and make your brand be heard: brand journalism. Let’s start with the basics: brand journalism is not journalism.

Give Your Food and Beverage Brand a Face People Can Trust with Influencer Marketing

Cision

When it comes to influencer marketing, food and beverage brands are beginning to step away from big stars in favor of a different track. Rachel Mansfield is one healthy living blogger and Instagram influencer who has promoted food and beverage brands on her platform.

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Work Hack: Gathering Consumer Insights

Shift Communications

How can you fine-tune your own consumer insights? Maybe you assume all consumers feel strongly about a topic, but you haven’t spent the time reading their comment threads in blogs. Pay attention to how other brands are messaging – what else is competing for attention?

3 Questions to Ask Before Diving Into Brand Journalism

Cision

Do the marketing tools and tactics you use actually keep your brand top of mind? It may be time to say out with the old (traditional TV advertising) and in with the new (brand journalism). Readers who turn to brand newsrooms want to be in the know before their competitors.

Influencer Marketing: Amplify your Brand and Drive Targeted Traffic

5W PR

A brand will find a celebrity to endorse their products. Then, the brand pays that celebrity, who in turn goes on their social media and mentions the product. Since Jenner has a large fan base consisting of Fashion Nova’s target market, this partnership is beneficial to the brand.

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Study: Consumers remain distrustful of sponsored content

PR Daily

Despite the growth of brand-sponsored content, consumers are slow to embrace such articles. The investments pay off as brands receive a boost in awareness as clicks and shares abound. However, consumers are still wary of native advertising, according to a recent report.

Captivate Consumers in the Age of Distraction: Ideas for Brands

Beyond PR

After surveying 2,000 adults to test their attention spans, Microsoft found that technology, social media, and the large volume of media people consume daily is linked to their inability to focus for extended periods of time. Consumers, too, love to be pleasantly surprised.

Brand Ambassadors, Brand Advocates: These Programs Aren’t Easy!

Rock the Status Quo

Don’t Let The Plethora of Blog Posts Fool You It’s easy to tout the benefits of brand advocate programs – of which there are many – but there isn’t enough discussion around just how difficult it is to create and sustain one. What is the difference between a brand ambassadors, brand advocates and just an online community? Even Wikipedia incorrectly redirects a search for “brand advocate” to the “brand ambassador” page.

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Brand PR Lessons from SXSW Taco Trucks and Sessions: Authenticity Counts

Cision

For this post, I want to focus on one session: SXSW Podcast Stage: On Brand. The panel was an engaged discussion on brands and individuals choosing to take a stand and share their beliefs on politically charged issues in an increasingly polarized political climate.

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3 Factors That Shape Your Brand Journalism Strategy

Cision

A study released by Elite Daily found that only 1 percent of millennials would trust a brand after seeing a compelling ad. So where do consumers place their trust? That’s where brand journalism comes into play. Does your brand have offices across multiple regions or continents?

How to connect your content to an evolving consumer

PR Daily

Although some things have changed dramatically—like a switch from relying on newspapers and magazines to platforms such as Periscope and branded content—others have remained constant.

5 ways to create extraordinary consumer experiences on LinkedIn

PR Daily

In a time when consumer attention is the ultimate commodity, maximizing each social media channel to create memorable experiences has become a powerful strategy. What's unique about this effort is that it's hard to find any notable brand personalities or mascots on the platform.

Social Media for Consumer vs. B2B: Three Fundamental Differences

PR Expanded

Most of the work I’ve seen profiled in best practices, case studies, award entries, panel discussions and other channels has been consumer-facing – as in work done by companies or agencies to advance the agenda of a B2C company or a consumer product (Oreo, Dove or Skittles anyone?).

Consumers defend Old Navy’s tweet amid racist comments

PR Daily

For brand managers, the sound of silence might be the most effective noise of all. Several users threatened to boycott the brand—similar to the more than 1.1 Old Navy has recently made headlines for a tweet it sent out on April 29: Oh, happy day! Our #ThankYouEvent is finally here.

The #1 Facebook Post Mistake Every Brand Should Avoid

Polaris

The last thing they want—or expect—to see in their news feed is a blatant sales pitch from your brand. For brands, the way to get the most value from Facebook is to view it as a social setting (which it obviously is) and behave in manner that will make you popular.

Maximize Consumer Love This Valentine's Day (Infographic)

PR 20/20

Sabrina is the Marketing Manager for The Shelf , an influencer marketing platform that enables brands and agencies to connect with the most relevant influencers. Brand BusinessThe following is a guest post by Sabrina Fenster.

7 Ways To Crisis-Proof Your Brand

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

What’s the cost of a brand crisis? United’s reputation storm came just days after brand Pepsi weathered a different kind of eruption. All three are large brands with the resources to come back from a negative situation.