2015

The #PRStudChat Community Discusses PR Education and Learning on October 13th

PR Expanded

On Tuesday, October 13th at 8:30 p.m. ET, the #PRStudChat community will gather to discuss PR education and learning in the classroom. Ai Zhang, a professor at Stockton University in New Jersey, will host the Twitter chat. Professor Zhang has been instrumental in developing the PR courses at Stockton, and she is also the faculty advisor for the school’s PRSSA Chapter. PR professionals, educators and students will engage in a community discussion to share their perspectives on PR learning today.

How every startup needs to think about PR

Onclusive

When you’re a part of young company, ‘the grind’ shifts from doing the same thing day in and day out to constantly being asked to do a different (and often seemingly impossible) things day in and day out. As those … Continued. PR Education Jenn Hirsch PR PR challenges PR education PR tips public relations smart PR startup PR

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State of the Press Release in 2015

Ronn Torossian

One reason press releases have changed in 2015 is that public relations and the public has changed. In the 1920s, headlines for press releases were in the style of radio broadcasts. Press Releases Then and Now Here’s a headline from October 1929 from a Brooklyn Daily Eagle NY newspaper: “Wall Street In Panic [.]. The post State of the Press Release in 2015 appeared first on Ronn Torossian 5W Public Relations CEO Blog. Brand PR Ronn Torossian 5WPR CEO PR Agency

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8 things PR pros want for the holidays

PR Daily

I’m thinking we need a jolly old elf dedicated to rewarding communications professionals. If we had one, these goodies for today’s PR rock stars would be on his sleigh: 1. Unlimited coffee. Keep your eggnog. This time of year, PR pros need the hard stuff: caffeine. Communicators need a lot of energy to survive the year-end chaos. Yes, coffee will always be popular in our industry. Throw in a personal barista, and your PR buddy will love you forever. ​. Image via ). Planner 2.0.

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Harness the Power of Influencers and Advocates

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

We Had a Fire

ReimaginePR

We had a fire: . We didn’t talk too much about it or post it on social media sites. Too many people we love have lost children, so to boo-hoo about stuff seemed somehow wrong. Christmas + ice storm: It was just before Christmas and we were on the third day of the great Toronto power outage and ice storm.We were bundled in coats and under blankets, camping in our living room near the fireplace. Our neighbour Rosa with the gas stove brought over two hot meals a day and a pot of tea at night.

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Social Listening: A Few Facts Every PR PRo Must Know

Rock the Status Quo

According to a 2015 Brandwatch study , only 46.6% of brands engage with a tagged mention. Even worse, LESS THAN 5% respond to a complaint that isn’t tagged – leaving a whopping 95%+ of brands who allow trust and reputation to erode. It’s not that they don’t care–most, anyway–I believe they don’t have resources in place to catch (or handle) the mentions, and they don’t realize how damaging neglect can be. What is a tagged mention versus untagged?

10 Annoying Grammar Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Just About Anything

Polaris

I’m not actually that good with grammar. I certainly don’t consider myself a stickler or anywhere near the level of an expert when it comes to the finer points of the English language. . I often refer to Grammar Girl (or my handy Canadian Press Style Guide ) to avoid common pitfalls of punctuation, capitalization and other grammatical fundamentals. However, I do have several grammatical pet peeves that sometimes transform me into a rabid dog—and I’m not the only one.

Appeal: Know a PR team still using powerpoint for coverage reports? Do them a favour.

The Resolution Blog

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How PR Fits Into the Sales Funnel

Cision

When it comes to sales, PR has always been thought of as a “top of funnel” contributor. While PR’s impact on the top of the funnel cannot be denied, this association does not fully encapsulate the impact PR has throughout the buyer’s journey in today’s digitally-driven landscape. The most critical ingredient in virtually every sales funnel is content , which is something PR produces and owns in droves.

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.

The 11th Falsehood About PR

PR Matters

Following up on my recent article in PR Daily on 10 Falsehoods About PR , let me get straight down to the 11th: PR is not media relations, or about publicity , as my communications peer Lyndon Johnson says. Yes, it is a vital process and tool in the PR kit. Unfortunately, too often people think media relations is synonymous with PR. PR is about managing and protecting the reputation of an organisation and individuals through communications that build mutually beneficial relationships.

How to Make the Most of Every Opportunity

PR Expanded

A Guest Post by Lauren McDonald, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism Student. Every opportunity is what you make of it. In March I heard about an opportunity to visit a film set for Pioneers in Skirts™ , a documentary about obstacles women still face in their careers. Given that my career aspiration is to one-day be an entertainment publicist , I jumped at the chance to meet a director and volunteer on her set. Before I arrived I researched the film and the director, Ashley Maria.

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Tech Talk With Sir Mix-A-Lot

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I get a lot of email. Like, A LOT. My team often teases me that my inbox and calendar look more like an anti-productivity war zone than the carefully color-coded, organized chaos it actually is. There is a method to … Continued. Interviews celebrity interview convergence Direct Dial Dysfunction interview PR public relations Sir Mix-A-Lot SXSW 2015 tech technology

Where is the PR Industry Heading in 2015?

Ronn Torossian

These days, more and more business owners are realizing that attaining excellent PR services can help them take their companies to unprecedented levels of success. At the same time, many PR professionals are realizing that they need to maintain a cutting edge perspective to ensure [.]. The post Where is the PR Industry Heading in 2015? appeared first on Ronn Torossian 5W Public Relations CEO Blog. Business PR Agency Ronn Torossian 5WPR CEO

How to “Kill It” During Your Next Big Change

When it comes to change communication, employees need your help to understand what’s happening. Use these four steps to help employees navigate change.

Social Media Strategy Template

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Is PR to Blame When Apathy Reigns?

ReimaginePR

Remember Ebola? Yes, that Ebola, the disease from somewhere in Africa that killed…well, quite a few people in…what were those exact countries, again? Wait, don’t remind me…wasn’t one of them French-speaking? Look, if you can’t remember, don’t worry. You’re in good company. The vast majority of the planet has done the same as you…forgotten. In fact, if you’re like most people, you never paid much attention to Ebola to begin with.

Sushi for PR Champions

Flack's Revenge

You’ve heard about Sushi for Beginners. This post is about Sushi for PR Champions. It was inspired by the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi , a documentary about the man behind a modest Sushi bar in Japan. Jiro Ono’s uncompromising approach earned his shop an unprecedented 3 Michelin star rating (which means it is worth a special trip to the country just to eat at the place). I think the movie offers valuable lessons about how to reach for perfection and provide a quality product or service.

Troll Control: Fabulous Tips From Four Experts

Rock the Status Quo

Every community manager worries about trolls. Potential risk, how to respond in a way that minimizes damage or–in a best case scenario–boost reputation when a troll jumps into a conversation… When you aren’t sure what to do, decision trees can make the decision simple. This one from Kuno Creative is pretty ingenious. Kinda fun, too, in a pre-Halloween kind of way.). LEARN FROM JAY BAER. Trolls have been on my mind lately.

Why Every Business Owner Needs to Know a Little Something about SEO

Polaris

Every business owner needs to know something about search engine optimization. If you don’t, your company could be burned, as mine was when Google’s Penguin update came along in 2012. Before Penguin, Google ranked my company either at the top, or near the top, of search results for almost every public relations keyword: Toronto PR firm, Canadian public relations agency, top PR firm Ontario, and on. And we’d held those positions for several years. Sound too good to be true?

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Inside Glass Lantern PR

The Resolution Blog

Can a ‘no office required’ approach really work for a PR practice? We interviewed Joshua Kail, co-founder of Glass Lantern PR in the United States to find out how not having an office works for their clients and how they are so confident in their results they offer a financial guarantee! What mix of skillets are behind your success? Media relations is the core skill and transparency is the belief.

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How to Structure Your Content in WordPress

Cision

A few years ago, Cyrus Shepard of Moz wrote a piece describing SEO Copywriting Tips. His first suggestion? Add structure to your content. While many things in SEO and digital media tend to change, this advice remains evergreen and the reason is simple: structure makes things more interesting for readers. What is structure? It’s the headings, the lists, the bold and italic text, the colors, the quotes and even the images.

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3 Must-Do’s (Right Now) to Make 2015 Crisis-Free

Melissa Agnes

Happy New Year! 2014 was an eventful year, especially when it came to crises of all different sizes and scales. But let’s not be fooled. 2014 is officially behind us, but the risks and threats that leave every organization open to destruction are not. In fact, as we saw with the Sony crisis in December, these risks and threats are only bound to grow – as are today’s crisis management challenges. So why not lead into 2015 on a crisis-intelligent note?

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Five Tips to Combat Your Daily PR Stress

PR Expanded

When you choose a career in public relations you’re opting into a position that requires you to adapt to stressful situations. After 27 years of PR, there are many wonderful aspects about my role that I absolutely love, solving communication challenges and creating campaigns that put a big smile on my face. However, that’s not what this post is about. I’ll save that discussion for another day.

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Math: PR Style

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Who remembers sitting in your [insert preferred mathematics class here] thinking, “When in the name of Merlin’s beard am I ever going to use this absurd theorem in real life? This feels like a gigantic waste of time.” I can … Continued. PR Education Adam Singer math mathematics PR PR education PR measurement PR tools public relations Ryan Rapp Shonali Burke

The Foundation of a Strong PR Campaign

Ronn Torossian

With few exceptions, successful PR campaigns aren’t the result of dumb luck. A PR effort that achieves its objectives is almost always the result of careful planning and savvy execution. If you take the time to lay the groundwork, the second part [.]. The post The Foundation of a Strong PR Campaign appeared first on Ronn Torossian 5W Public Relations CEO Blog. Brand PR Ronn Torossian Insights Public Relations

Prepping your PR plans for 2016: What to look for, what to ignore

Marketwired

[By Jason Mollica]. Between now and Dec. 31, you will be inundated with emails, blogs, and podcasts advising you how to get ready for 2016. Whether it is the next best monitoring platform, the social channel you MUST focus more on, or why you need to ditch the press release, the advice is enough to drive you to the eggnog bowl. Let’s make this easy for PR pros, though. In 2016, we want to make your lives a bit less hectic (hopefully).

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Brand Story to Watch: Bluebird Meadows

ReimaginePR

It’s hard for a cottage industry to compete in an overcrowded marketplace but 5 star Bluebird Meadows Bed and Breakfast has found a way. First of all, they’re just very good at what they do. We’re here to tell you that owner Donna Jerry makes the greatest 4 course homemade breakfast in the history of the universe. No exaggeration. Seriously, the sumptuous breakfast is literally designed so you don’t have to stop for lunch. But back to their brand storytelling. Photos.

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Google Glass Flop a Buzz Kill for IoT and “Fail Fast” Ethos

Flack's Revenge

We’d barely put down our Champagne glasses and CES party hats away when the tech field’s New Year’s buzz was killed with the news that Google was taking Glass off the market. It was probably the right thing to do, a real grownup decision for Google – a company that famously encourages employee innovation.

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How to Hand-Hold Your Clients Through Perfect Live Media Interviews

Rock the Status Quo

Your pitch worked! It was perfectly targeted to the TV journalist’s needs and audience, impeccably timed and well written. It’s booked at the station and on your client’s calendar. So what comes next? The interview! The very thought of appearing as a guest on live TV can make even the most seasoned media spokesperson quake in their boots and it’s our job to make sure they are prepared.

Is Social Media Helping or Hurting the Women’s Movement?

Polaris

Feminism is all the rage these days. I know because Hollywood tells me so. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler turned the Golden Globes into a feminist event. And in her Oscar acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor, Patricia Arquette called for pay equity while the likes of Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez and others in the audience whooped in agreement. Social media and Twitter in particular, amplified Arquette’s words.

Inside Innovation: NeoMam

The Resolution Blog

We love hearing about our customers great work. What campaign just earned them 1000 pieces of coverage? What tech has helped them create an additional 7 hours this week? What team structure has best integrated digital talent? We are in a privileged position to hear about the best comms development around the world. "We're on a mission to track down the world’s most amazing comms teams to discover their secrets, methods and philosophy" We’re not selfish at CoverageBook.

What PR Pros Need to Know About Facebook’s “Signal”

Cision

”Facebook wants to help journalists find the signal in the noise… And now it’s created a free newsgathering tool called Signal to help journos do just that.” – Julia Greenberg, Wired. For journalists across the world, Twitter has been the preferred tool to track breaking news and share updates in real time. All that may soon change….” – Shubhomita Bose, Small Business Trends writing about Signal. A few weeks ago, Facebook introduced a media tool for journalists called “Signal.”