December, 2018

How Russia Used PR To Hack Our Election

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

A remarkable aspect of Russian propaganda efforts around our elections is how well they follow the modern social media and public relations playbook. Maybe because the news has come out in steady drips over two years, I hadn’t put the full picture together.

Mailing Away Your DNA

Mindful Marketing

by David Hagenbuch , founder of Mindful Marketing & author of Honorable Influence Looking for a unique gift for a family member this holiday season? Have you thought of surprising them with the ‘gift of ancestry’?

13 Lead Generation Tactics That Will Explode Your PR Campaign

B2B PR Sense

A skilled coach on the field has a game book of several tried and true plays that are designed to maximize the performance of his or her players. In the same way, every brand needs a "game book" of lead generation tactics to maximize the effectiveness of its campaigns.

3 Content Marketing Trends for 2019

The Proactive Report

It’s that time of year again. We’re approaching the end of 2018 and businesses are looking ahead to the New Year. Many of you are already in the throes of planning. Keep these three important trends in mind while you work on how to improve your results next year.

Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

Learn how to find and use influencers and advocates to gain buyer's trust on your behalf.

Deborah Weinstein on the Challenges Confronting PR and Digital Marketing

Flack's Revenge

Today I share Deborah Weinstein’s answers to questions about the challenges confronting social media marketing and digital communications. It is the latest in my series of interviews with industry experts (see this post , which sets the stage).

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PR Winners: The Best Stories of 2018

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

For public relations and reputation experts, it’s easy to point out the brands and personalities who mishandled bad news or missed opportunities after public mistakes. Our list of the PR losers of the past 12 months is out, but what about the good news stories of the year?

Identify Your Target Audience and Use Influencers to Boost your Reach

Ronn Torossian

If you want to maximize sales and get the most out of your marketing budget, you need to define your target market. By identifying who you are selling your products to, you can answer other important questions in marketing such as, why should they buy your product?

Thought Leadership Strategy: How to Crush It in B2B Business

B2B PR Sense

Thought leadership strategy is like climbing a mountain. There's no shortcuts. It takes a lot of time and effort to work your way to the top, but once you're there, you have an amazing view. Plus, you have the advantage of towering over your competitors.

Business Video Marketing Trends Shifting to Animated Video Stories in 2019

The Proactive Report

Image credit. In this week’s post about the three content rends for 2019, I highlighted the need for more visuals and video, but I didn’t mention animation.

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Top 15 Free PR Ideas to Grow Your Online Business

You've got a great idea, you've built your killer team, and you've maybe even gone through the first round or two of funding.

Next Steps in Social Media Marketing

Flack's Revenge

If social media were a brand, it’s one that I think most would agree has been tarnished. The reputation hits come from many directions. Sure, Facebook’s troubles have been front and center. It’s nothing short of mind boggling, the mischief and misdeeds that run rampant there.

Power of Digital Storytelling: A Guide for Nonprofits to Engage Youth to Become Change Agents

PR Expanded

Credit: Giving Compass (www.givingcompass.org). A Guest Post B y Rana Shenawi, G raduate Student, American University, PR Expanded Blog Contest Winner. Just last month on Sept.

Tech Trends Media Didn’t Care About In 2018

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

In tech PR , the only constant is change. Every year, we see new trends in technology emerge that can inform our programs, content, or even real-time newsjacking. To make way for the new trends, others that have had their time in the spotlight may fall out of favor.

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How eScooters can Earn Respect?

Ronn Torossian

There are a lot of ways to get around these days: personal cars, public transit, ride-sharing, traditional cabs, bikes, skateboards and, increasingly, electric scooters.

The Best of 2018: Our Most Popular PR Posts of the Year

B2B PR Sense

We've scoured our archives to bring you the most popular posts from this year. These posts range in topics from B2B PR campaigns, to B2B marketing strategy, to the best PR tools. But all of these posts have one very important thing in common: You.

Infographic: How to write copy that compels action

PR Daily

Getting audiences to respond immediately to your calls to action is essential for marketing success. This guide can help you write content that encourages consumers to act. The words you use matter when entreating customers to take action.

Frank Strong on Next Steps in Social Media Marketing

Flack's Revenge

I have been writing about issues challenging social media and digital communications, and speaking with thought leaders on the topic. In this installment, I interview Frank Strong, Founder & President of Sword & Script Media, LLC.

Betting on Sports Gambling

Mindful Marketing

by David Hagenbuch , founder of Mindful Marketing & author of Honorable Influence What skills did your parents teach you when you were growing up? Maybe they showed you how to throw a baseball, ride a bike, or drive a car.

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The PR “Losers” of 2018

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Against the backdrop of an ever-faster news cycle, 2018 has featured brands and personalities who seized unexpected opportunities to generate positive PR. By the same token, 2018 has brought public disasters for others. Which stories captivated us in 2018, and who came out where? Here’s part one of my list for 2018 PR Winners and Losers. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. The PR Losers. Facebook just can’t catch a break.

Many Camps Using Meng Wanzhou Arrest to Promote Their Message?

Ronn Torossian

One of the biggest global headlines of the past few weeks has been the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, which shocked millions and touched off a firestorm of protests in Huawei’s home country, China.

Word of Mouth Marketing: How to Spark Positive Conversations

B2B PR Sense

What is word of mouth marketing? And what makes it such a powerful tool? Let's start with an example. Say you catch an ad on social media for a new product. It claims to be the best of its class and will transform your business.

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Report: Journalists are ditching the press release

PR Daily

A recent survey of reporters revealed that many are ignoring press releases. How can you capture their attention? Turn to social media, consider data and build relationships. The press release isn’t dead, but its traditional format is on life support.

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Does Social Media Marketing need a Reboot? Drew Neisser Chimes in

Flack's Revenge

Drew Neisser, Founder & CEO of Renegade. I have been blogging about challenges confronting digital PR and social media marketing. You can read those posts to learn more.

How To Never Lose A Customer Again

Melissa Agnes

How you make your customers feel … is the powerful differentiator from your competitors, lends to the emotional connection you build with your stakeholders, and can ultimately make or break your brand’s invincibility.

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Google’s Turn On The Hot Seat: A PR View

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Considering his status as “one of the most powerful people on the planet,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai has kept a low profile. But this week, after Google skipped earlier Congressional hearings involving his peers at Twitter and Facebook, Pichai had his moment under pressure.

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Marketing mistakes to avoid during the holidays

Ronn Torossian

It’s the holiday season, which also means it’s the season for retail and e-commerce. It’s the time of year when you can really reel in some profits for your business. According to Adobe Analytics, the total online U.S. retail sales for the last two months of 2017 amounted to more than $108 billion.

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Voice over trend predictions for 2019—and the impact on marketing

Agility PR Solutions

Which voice trends will dominate in 2019—and what might their impact be on marketing and ad campaigns?

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Report: U.S. workers hate ‘open’ office spaces

PR Daily

Before you go knocking walls down or dismantling cubicles in the name of collaboration and productivity, peruse the results of this new survey. Would you change jobs to find a less annoying workspace?

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Flack's Revenge - Untitled Article

Flack's Revenge

Neal Schaffer on Social Media Challenges & Opportunities for 2019. I was thrilled when Neal Schaffer agreed to participate in my series about challenges facing social media marketing. Neal is a social media speaker and consultant ranked by Forbes and others as a top influencer.

Building Brand Invincibility Requires Intentional Attention

Melissa Agnes

How to systemize the process of giving attention to the right things.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions For Better PR Campaigns In 2019

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

The beginning of a new year often brings a turning-the-page feeling of renewal. While we had a wonderful 2018, now feels like the right time to refresh and refocus our efforts for an even better 2019. In PR , we’re getting ready to clear an ever-rising bar.

Avoid Brand-Killing Tweets

Ronn Torossian

Twitter is a tremendous social media communication tool. Unfortunately, it’s also been where far too many careers and brands have gone to die, imploding in a barrage of negative PR related to, sometimes, a single tweet.

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The most important media relations skill for 2019? Empathy

Agility PR Solutions

Even before they were being branded enemies of the people and being mailed pipe bombs, these were tough times for members of the media.