5 Types of Tools For Freelance PR Pros

Flack Me

Category: Flack Me Summary: With the prevalence of social media, brand journalism and digital marketing campaigns, more and more PR pros are cutting the cord on the typical office gig

8 Keys to Reaching Gen Z on Social Media

Flack Me

Category: Flack Me Summary: Publishers and brand managers are already trying to pinpoint what catches the attention of a generation that’s yet to come of age

5 Alcohol Brands with Great Social Media

Ron Torossian

It’s not an easy job to do social media and booze brands – Finding that blend may be almost as difficult of finding the right blend to create a momentous alcohol. Here are five brands that seem to have found the right mix: Crown Royal. Brand PR Social Media

Social Media Strategy Template

The Proactive Report

Download the PDF of the Social Media Strategy Template here. Almost three-quarters of all adults are active in social media, according to the Pew Research Center. 92% of marketers claim that social media marketing is important for their business.

Should Brands Talk Back On Social Media?

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

As all PR and social media pros know, a brand’s digital presence is both very powerful and very fragile. A flippant attitude or a risky tweet can take a brand even further. Social platforms are made for snark, right? So, when should a brand talk back?

5 Offline Marketing Tactics That Boost Social Media Engagement

Cision

According to a recent study by Fluent , consumers who are reached through a greater number of channels engage more with, and buy more from, brands. billion are active on social media. There’s still a lot of audience to be tapped into outside the social media world.

Book Review: A Roadmap for Teaching Social Media

PR Expanded

Here’s my video book review of A Roadmap for Teaching Social Media by Dr. Karen Freberg who is an assistant professor teaching Strategic Communications at the University of Louisville.

Personal Versus Private in PR and Social Media

Cision

As digital and social media continue to blur the lines between an individual’s public and private lives, and we move forward in a world where the fusion of these two seems inevitable, it is crucial for all of us to understand the difference between what is private and what is personal, but public.

Social Media Content Cheat Sheet

The Proactive Report

Every blogger or brand has content that could and should be re-purposed for use on social media. Digital PR Tip Sheets Online PR cheat sheet content images Social Media Strategy

How to Improve Your Social Media Targeting

Cision

Since the inception of social media platforms, one of the biggest challenges has been how to properly reach your desired audience. I’ll also try to give a sense of what criteria you can target for each of the platforms for paid and organic social. Social Targeting on Twitter.

Do These Mistakes Keep You From A Bigger Social Media Budget?

Cision

There is one very obvious reason why social media and influencer marketing do not make up the majority of a brand’s communications or advertising budget. We’re having a hard time selling the higher-ups on social media. Social media has massive power.

Brand Engagement on Social Media Has Never Mattered Less

Sword and the Script

This means social media posts that include video are granted better reach on the platform. In turn, social media experts have rushed to proclaim brands should be using video to drive better engagement. This is especially if brands try to promote external links.

Social Media Marketing for Complete Beginners

ReimaginePR

When it comes to generating leads, creating a community, and interacting with your customers, nothing tops social media. Social media is the perfect way to build exposure for your brand and increase traffic to your website, but how do you do that? Sprout Social.

Discovering the Roadmap in Teaching Social Media

PR Expanded

I have always been very passionate about social media, but when it comes to teaching social media, there is nothing more rewarding. How did I get started teaching social media? Truly embracing what it means to be a “social media professor.”

Social Media Mistakes

The Proactive Report

The 2015 PRESSfeed/SNCR Media Trends report shows that almost 100% of companies – large and small – are using some form of social media marketing. Social media may be a new channel of communication, but it is still just that: communication.

3 Reasons Why Social Media Influencers Make Powerful Brand Partners

Cision

Chances are you know who Kim Kardashian is and you may be thinking her widespread influence could launch your brand to the masses. When you’re looking to align your brand with an influencer, it may be tempting to target a famous celebrity.

Infographic: How Journalists Use Social Media in 2016

Cision

As Cision’s 2016 Global Social Journalism Study notes, email continues to not only be the most common form of contact between journalists and PR professionals, it’s also the most preferred. However, to reach journalists tomorrow , agencies and brand communicators must consider the other options gaining ground. Turn to social media instead, which was a close second to email as the most preferred form of contact between journalists and PR professionals.

Handling Social Media Complainers

Rock the Status Quo

They’re unavoidable on social media and most of us quake in fear at the thought of handling them wrong. Customer service is a HUGE component of social media, but does it apply to public relations? There is a direct line between social media and corporate reputation.

Social Media Influencers: The Ultimate Partners for Your Brand

Cision

Ninety-two percent of consumers trust recommendations from individuals over brands and 65 percent read more than four reviews before they put their trust in a business. So how will brands resonate with their audiences if they aren’t listening? Social media influencers.

Tricks of the PR Trade for Social Media

Ron Torossian

Eons ago, public relations was largely focused on building relationships with journalists and the media. Today that focus continues, but it has become only a part of what PR agencies do to help their clients build their brands. Ronn Torossian BRANDING Celebrity PR Social Media

Are You Really Listening on Social Media?

Cision

Simply “being” on social media isn’t always enough. When I say “listening,” what I mean is monitoring mentions of your brand across all social networks, whether you have a presence on them or not. From there, you or your social media team can respond appropriately.

Approaching Teaching Social Media In the New Academic Year

Karen Freberg

With professors who are teaching social media, this can be a daunting and intimidating task in many ways. Teaching social media, as I have written about many times, is a constant prep. I know when I started teaching social media several years ago, this was not the case.

The Case for Customer Service Marketing: Social Media Marketing World Recap

Cision

When I arrived at Social Media Marketing World (SMMW) last Wednesday, I was excited to learn how to generate more leads via social media. You’re in PR, communications, social media or any other marketing function.

Establishing a [new] Social Media Class: Introducing #FrebergSM

Karen Freberg

The life of a social media professor is both absolutely fabulous, but also challenging to meet the expectations that are being made by both the profession, and universities. This will help bridge the science and art of social media.

5 Brands Share What’s Working in Social Media Marketing

Cision

When my friends at Cision suggested we publish a second Social Business Journal , we considered several topics. We arrived at a topic that appeals to every marketer active in social media. Following is a summary of the common themes across their social business journey.

5 Tips for Building Social Media Ambassador Programs

Ron Torossian

With all the buzz on social media , it can be difficult to get your brand singled out and heard among the others. For this reason, many brands enlist social media ambassadors to help publicize their products, services or their story.

Using the Right Social Media Language

The Proactive Report

GUEST POST by Mike Falkow, Creative Director of Meritus Media. Social media has become the elephant in the room when it comes to business nowadays. Social media today is about visual storytelling and each platform has developed its own shorthand, a unique language if you will.

Using Social Media During a Crisis

Ron Torossian

Social media has forever changed how people stay in touch with each other and get updates on each other’s lives. Because of its soaring popularity, many brands turn to social media to help with marketing and public relations efforts. However, increasingly, brands also use social media as part of their crisis communications … READ MORE ». Ronn Torossian 5WPR CEO BRANDING Crisis PR Crisis PR Agency Public Relations Social Media

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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. With the rise of social media, and things like Periscope, there is a lot more user-generated content,” says Chris Lucas, VP of marketing at Formstack. “It

How to Tackle Social Media for Your Business Even When Technology is Not Your Strong Suit

ReimaginePR

If you think you can keep your business out of the social media scene, think again. You may not think you’re tech-savvy enough to master social media for your business. Remember, all of these social media sites were foreign territory for everyone when they first launched.

Indy 500 Brands: The Social Media Champs

Cision

Real-time social media coverage of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. First we started off our monitoring with a classic battle of the brands: Honda vs. Chevy. These two big-name car brands are the only ones you’ll see on the Indy 500 race track.

What Goes in a Social Media Promotion Plan?

ReimaginePR

So I like to think that this same situation occurs—on a much less extreme level—anytime you’re promoting on social media without a plan. In order to navigate the world of social media, you’ve got to have a solid plan in place. I have a fun idea.

Blaming Social Media is Always Bad PR

Marketwired

Do a Google search on blaming social media and you’ll find nearly one million results. They range from social media being blamed for your bad mood to the 2011 London Riots being blamed on social nets. Social networks have taken the world by storm.

Should You Hire Someone to Manage Your Social Media?

Cision

You know you need a presence on social media, and you’ve done your best to update your profiles regularly… but it’s a challenge to stay on top of it when you have so much else going on in running your small business. Why Do I Think I Want a Social Media Manager?

Social Media and PR – Go Together Like Peanut Butter & Jelly

Cision

It’s the same thing with social media and PR. Social Media = Peanut Butter. Think of social media as the peanut butter. As a business owner, you must be on social media. billion active social media users in the world.

#PRExpanded Guest Post: Socializing Your Brand … What’s That?

PR Expanded

Just a few short years ago, brands were pondering whether to give this social media thing a try or not. There was this popular belief that social media wouldn’t last, so why put yourself or your company out there? First off, social media is here to stay.

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Social Media, Personal Branding, and Advice for Students: An afternoon w/ Jason Falls

Karen Freberg

One of my favorite people in social media came to class. What I really appreciated about Jason’s talk today for my advanced social media class was on the subject of personal branding. Personal brands do not get you into every door.

How A Holistic Approach to Social Media Can Improve Brand Performance

Cision

But MGM Resorts International is actually the brand behind more than a dozen hotels in Las Vegas, including the iconic Bellagio, Circus Circus and Luxor, as well as properties around the U.S. Until mid-2015, each MGM Resorts International property managed its own social media and content.

Refining your B2B Social Media Strategy

The Hoffman Agency

When you think of brands that are absolutely crushing it on social media, the top 10 names (or 20) you think of are probably B2C, so there is little to no point in B2B companies embarking on them, right? Don’t weave in your brand name every chance you get.

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Enhance PR Through These Simple Social Media Tips

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Our public relations clients are always looking for ways to leverage traditional media on social channels in a relevant, traffic-building way. We observed how well some organizations and businesses are using social media to amplify other efforts and want to pass on a few current tips.