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

Shift Communications

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.

PRTech Is Evolving. Is Your PR Strategy?

PR Expanded

In a recent post , I suggested leveraging Nielsen’s research in order to create data-driven marketing and communications plans. That’s the front-end work every successful campaign entails, but the data cycle doesn’t end there. Equally as important is analyzing campaign data after it has run its course so that those findings can inform future work i.e., once you’ve garnered media hits, it’s then time to uncover the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the work.

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Why CEOs Should Invest in PR Attribution and PR Measurement


So what does digital marketing growth have to do with PR? PR and marketing convergence. What smart marketers learned using MarTech and Marketing automation was that their online videos, ads, and email marketing campaigns perform better when integrated with a strong, holistic PR and content marketing strategy. Digital communications attracts and engages customers: What is the New PR? Social media is a game changer, and it starts with PR and communications.

Getting Your PR Measurement Program in Shape for 2016

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Unfortunately there is no silver bullet measurement tool. 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 do you make the most of that data? Check out our PR measurement tool.

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. 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.

Using Google Analytics to Inform your B2B Tech PR Program

Shift Communications

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.

Recipes: The Missing Ingredient in Many Food PR Content Marketing Mixes

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While product trials and demos can whet an editor’s appetite for a story, recipes are rich content that can both maximize PR campaigns and drive measurable business results in multiple ways. Let’s face it though – if you’re pitching a turkey-themed recipe, odds are so is everyone else. One way to spice up the pitch is using Google Trends early on to identify other food related trends and tailor your recipe pitch accordingly.

Crisis Issue? Own It: Shark Week Case Study, Part 4

Shift Communications

While press release distribution can be costly, the practice can be valuable which is why companies across the globe use them in their PR strategy. The important part of a press release is the proactive media pitching that accompanies a press release. While issuing a press release over a distribution wire is effective, personally pitching key contacts in the national, trade and local media will be an added layer of exposure for any announcement.

Tips to improve your research for PR programs

Media Bullseye

Research is a big part of doing public relations work properly, across virtually every practice of PR. Research is also critical to conducting good measurement. You need to research in order to determine what a reasonable baseline is prior to establishing a measurement program, for example. If there is an incumbent PR firm that you’re looking to displace, are there any industry publications that have covered the work currently being done for the prospective client?

SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q3 2015

Shift Communications

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.

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.

How to get crucial data from your media list

PR Daily

Here’s how one PR veteran argues you should think about cultivating connections with the media in the digital age. And, generally, it’s safe to say that the appetite most reporters and editors have for getting pitches from PR pros has waned. Every piece of news I pitch starts with an exclusive, so I’m not mass-pitching the same thing to dozens and dozens of journalists. Standardize the data.

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How to Plan for 2017 With PR Analytics


2017 is already off to a flying start and we are getting lots of questions from PR pros and agencies about which metrics and KPI's they need to optimize their PR plans. We thought it would be worth sharing an outline for a data-driven PR strategy leveraging advanced analytics that will help you get exceptional results. Once you’ve identified the mentions that moved the SEO needle, you can target those publications with more pitches. PR Strategy