Can Technology Companies Achieve Diversity?

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

One glaring example is the technology sector. Make no mistake, just like other businesses, Big Tech has stepped up with financial pledges to antiracist causes and statements of commitment to racial justice. But six years after their first diversity reports, a string of technology players have seen only marginal increases in the number of black employees. Starting with startups is a real key to building a more diverse technology sector and community.

3 keys to keep employees focused while working from home

PR Daily

In a July 2014 memo to employees, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated, “We are moving from a world where computing power was scarce to a place where it now is almost limitless, and where the true scarce commodity is increasingly human attention.”.

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Financial Services Content Report: Industry Benchmarks & 5 Keys to Success

Contently - Strategy

Financial services content is also incredibly complicated. This number includes content creation, distribution, technology, and talent. To help marketers be more efficient and effective, Contently created this new report that examines the state of financial services content marketing.

Instacart, Amazon employees strike over COVID-19, Macy’s furloughs employees, and Google thanks health care workers in video

PR Daily

Here are today’s top stories: Instacart and Amazon employees strike for COVID-19 protections. Workers at Amazon, Whole Foods and Instacart have staged strikes and “sick-outs” to protest a lack of COVID-19 protections and precautions, with employees asking for paid time off, hazard pay, hand sanitizer and other measures. Don’t treat your employees as commodities. ” [VIRTUAL EVENT: Keep employees informed, engaged and inspired ]. Technology updates.

Astellas Pharma’s strong employee culture an antidote to the current crisis

PR Daily

As vice president of communications for Astellas US, Moyra Knight’s team is helping to get the word out to employees, plus the patients, partners and other stakeholders, that Astellas is committed to their health and safety. Agencies, industry organizations, think tanks and universities are studying communications’ impact, consumer and customer behaviors and attitudes, new technologies and best practices. The company’s vice president of U.S.

Zoom chief focuses on winning back trust, Hobby Lobby closes and furloughs most employees, and Apple makes COVID-19 face shields

PR Daily

Zoom had previously advertised such a feature, but security experts discovered the underlying technology provided a lesser level of data protection. VIRTUAL EVENT: Keep employees informed, engaged and inspired ].

Verizon announces ‘seamless’ plan to buy out 10,400 employees

PR Daily

Thousands of employees are taking Verizon up on its offer to leave the company. The offer, which included 60 weeks of salary bonus and benefits depending on length of service, applied to 44,000 employees across Verizon’s business. This is a moment in time, given our financial and operational strength, to begin to better serve customers with more agility, speed and flexibility.”. FREE GUIDE: 6 trends in employee communication for 2019 ].

How technology’s 'Hummingbird Effect' evolves PR strategies

PR Daily

Today’s Technology Innovations. RELATED : Equip employees with the confidence to represent your brand.]. RELATED : Get live tours of industry-leading intranets that put the right information at employees' fingertips.]. The Economics of Technology Professor Susan Athey has designed a study and measured how networks such as Facebook and network aggregators like Google have impacted the consumption of news. I just finished reading “ How We Got to Now ” and loved the book.

Amazon, others restrict employee travel, social media’s growing dominance for marketing, and airlines halt flights over coronavirus fears

PR Daily

restrict employee travel. Business Insider reported : “While we have no information indicating any exposure to Nike employees, out of an abundance of caution, we are conducting a deep cleaning of campus,” a Nike spokesperson told KGW , the Portland, Oregon, NBC-affiliated station. Remember to include in your messages that these decisions are for your employees’ well-being. Only 7% plan on using technology like AR and VR more than they did in the past.

Google ordered to let employees speak out, how PR pros feel about the future of influencer marketing, and WeWork loses comms chief before IPO

PR Daily

Here are today’s top stories: Government to Google: Let employees speak out. The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Google to reassure employees that they are allowed to share political opinions and speak out about workplace issues, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Why you should care: How employees talk to each other and the outside world is a crucial piece of your organization’s reputation.

Uber highlights safety precautions, Condé Nast lays off 100 employees, and 44% of people talk about COVID-19 ‘most or all of the time’

PR Daily

In a press release, Uber wrote : Our new technology will verify if the driver is wearing a mask by asking them to take a selfie. Unlike our Real-Time ID Check system, this technology detects the mask as an object in the photo, and does not process biometric information or compare mask selfies to driver photos in our database.). Condé Nast lays off 100 employees.

$100 Million M&A for Internal Comms Tool: What’s Older is Still News in Marchlyjunetember [PR Tech Sum]

Sword and the Script

Though I do my best to keep tabs on news from PR technology providers for these roundups, I occasionally I miss one. The announcement said, “financial backers Kohlberg Ventures and Arrowroot Capital will continue as significant investors in the company, alongside the founders and management.”

As Gen Z rises, 3 workplace shifts are emerging

PR Daily

Diversity in thought, work ethic, life experiences, communication styles, and technological savvy provide opportunities and challenges in recruitment and retention. The study also found 18% of Gen Z employees have two jobs—a side gig plus their main job.

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How to offer ‘greater good’ in your COVID-19 communications

PR Daily

Companies are examining their business operations to determine what will keep them viable, mitigate the revenue bleed and ensure that employees are able to keep their jobs. VIRTUAL EVENT: Keep employees informed, engaged and inspired ].

Creating an internal task force around return to the workplace

PR Daily

Keller would take a cautious pace in returning to the office because employees were successfully working from home, Baranczyk says. About a third of employees said they like working from home better, and 40% saw pros and cons of each method.

My Explorations of Blockchain Technology, One Year In

Where the Fishermen Ain't

As of today, I will have been writing about the promise of blockchain technology for corporate communications for exactly a year. This was a case of the PR guy suddenly asserting a bit too much control over the technology-and-open-source evangelist.

What PR pros are sharing with stakeholders during COVID-19

PR Daily

How often do employees want to hear about health care messages, business continuity updates, and other missives? What do employees want to hear from their employers? Employees seem pleased with their organizations’ response, she says. Generally employees are feeling good about the transparency of their organizations and what they are communicating, but as this continues to evolve every day … the questions that I think companies are asking is; ‘How much do I share?

How tech companies can—and should—improve D&I efforts

PR Daily

One glaring example is the technology sector. Make no mistake, just like other businesses, Big Tech has stepped up with financial pledges to antiracist causes and statements of commitment to racial justice. But six years after their first diversity reports, a string of technology players have seen only marginal increases in the number of black employees. Starting with startups is a real key to building a more diverse technology sector and community.

Disney Parks rebrands Splash Mountain, Macy’s lays off 3,900 corporate employees, and Walmart gets backlash for ‘All Lives Matter’ t-shirts

PR Daily

CBS afiliiate KPIX 5 reported : “The Chapter 11 process will allow us to strengthen our financial structure as we recover from what has undoubtedly been the most challenging event in our company’s history” said CEO David McKillips in a prepared statement. The layoffs represent a fourth of Macy’s corporate employees and 3% of its total workforce. Image courtesy of Aki Technologies. Also: Amazon announces Climate Pledge Arena, Chuck E.

5 Ways Our Weekly FB Live Show Helped Grow Our Business & Our Work Culture

PR Expanded

We strive to make our office somewhere our employees enjoy being and we feel that shines through every week as we share laughs, snacks and recap the latest platform updates live on camera. Whether that is a new tech update or unicorn toast on Instagram, we encourage our employees to find content that they would have conversations about with their friends and family. Technology Video Courney Spritzer Facebook Live Live Video Streaming Socialfly SocialLIVE Stephanie Abrams Cartin

Merger Talk: How Credit Unions Can Communicate & Safeguard Their Reputations

Reputation Us

That is the question that credit unions (and financial institutions at large) are discreetly asking. When analyzing and auditing a respective credit union to determine if proceeding with a merger makes sense, considerations include the strength of both credit unions’ balance sheets, cultural similarities, and compatible technology and communication channels (e.g., Financial M&A Public Relations Reputation communications credit unions M&A Communications merger

The Making of Cision: A Brief History of 15 M&A Transactions that Consolidated a Sizable Chunk of the PR Technology Market into One Company

Sword and the Script

In the course of putting together the monthly PR technology summary ( PR Tech Sum ), I’ve realized that no news site has compiled a complete list of all the acquisitions around Cision. Today, the company is perhaps the largest of its kind, and I think understanding how it got to the place it is now, offers an interesting window into the world of PR and the evolution of technology for the digital PR community. 3) September 15, 2014: Visible Technologies.

Pornhub donates 50k masks and offers free subscriptions, digital platforms and tech partner to share COVID-19 information, and Tony Awards postponed

PR Daily

To help models who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, Pornhub will offer them 100% of their video sales after processing fee — for a total payout of 85% of video sales earnings on both Pornhub and its clip site Modelhub — for the month of April. PwC published a pulse survey of chief financial officers’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak, in which half (54%) said they expect “significant impact” to their organizations: Image courtesy of PwC. Technology updates.

My Explorations of Blockchain Technology, One Year In

Where the Fishermen Ain't

As of today, I will have been writing about the promise of blockchain technology for corporate communications for exactly a year. Now, perhaps a new line of inquiry could be exploring the degree to which one might trust “Vast Numbers of People You Don’t Even Know and Might Even Hate If You Actually Met, United by Peer-to-Peer Technology.”. This was a case of the PR guy suddenly asserting a bit too much control over the technology-and-open-source evangelist.

Keep Calm and Then What? How to plan your communications around the return to ?normal?

PR in High Definition

However, with the news that some of the technology giants will be working from home until Christmas, it’s fair to say that it’ll be at least Q4 before we see a return to anything resembling what we’d usually call normal. Is your company financially stable, and what are your ambitions?

Google, Microsoft and Verizon challenge Zoom, retail sales decline to new low, and PlayStation launches ‘Play at Home’ campaign

PR Daily

Verizon is acquiring Blue Jeans Network, The Wall Street Journal reported , to “bolster Verizon’s business group as the carrier rolls out faster 5G networks and pitches new applications of wireless technology to its largest corporate customers.”.

How The Right PR Makes Better Business Deals

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

Some executives are reluctant to share their end game, due to the unpredictability of market conditions or because they don’t want employees to be unsettled. Two years later, the company joined a Fortune 20 company as its key cloud marketing technology unit in a lucrative exit for investors.

Industry Consolidation Continues Among PR Vendors; PR Tech Sum: Onclusive, SocialChorus, Teletrax, iQ Media, Agility PR Solutions

Sword and the Script

There isn’t a whole lot of coverage about PR technology. Vocus owned or acquired brands like PRWeb, Help A Reporter Out (HARO), iContact, and several lesser-known social media technologies. Third, as a PR agency owner that specializes in B2B technology, I simply have an interest in keeping tabs on the ways technology is transforming my industry. c) PR Tech Reviews based on my review of the technology (1-2 per year).

3 Creative Ways Public Relations can Partner with Human Resources and Recruiting to Attract Talent

Sword and the Script

As progressed in my career, I began to have a better appreciation for recruiting, HR and the challenge of talent acquisition and employee retention. Another approach is to invite local leaders from government and associations like the local chamber or technology association. Importantly, the food truck was strategically located within walking distance to a large company with employees our company liked to poach. He was walking my way and I saw him before he saw me.

Keep Calm and Then What? How to plan your communications around the return to ‘normal’

PR in High Definition

However, with the news that some of the technology giants will be working from home until Christmas, it’s fair to say that it’ll be at least Q4 before we see a return to anything resembling what we’d usually call normal. With the furlough scheme potentially extended until September, now is the time to plan how to communicate with staff, as well as making sure that non-furloughed employees understand where they stand, and also feel appreciated.

Target, others to close for Easter Sunday, Home Depot stops selling N95 masks, and AdCouncil’s #AloneTogether PSAs

PR Daily

The chain announced employee benefits as well, which include additional paid time off, bonuses and health care benefits for employees’ dependents. FREE GUIDE: 7 ways to get honest feedback from employee surveys ]. Technology updates.

Dawn of the Intelligently Automated Agency

PR 20/20

Technology will get smarter , intelligently automating traditionally human-powered activities while adding layers of complexity to your martech stack. Now, what if I told you every one of those activities, and many more, could be done more efficiently using smarter technology that’s available today? That being said, releases can be an enormous drain on human and financial resources for large enterprises.

Importance of Corporate Communications

5W PR

While corporations have always been legal entities in their own right, new communication technologies have forced a change in the way companies communicate. In years gone by, corporations merely needed to appeal to the industry and the financial community.

More Intelligent, More Human: The Future of Marketing Is Both

PR 20/20

Technology and data have supercharged consumer expectations for a personalized, connected experience. But technology isn’t the whole story. The public expectations of your company have never been greater… Every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. And it’s not just the technology we’re excited about. Strategy Technology Marketing Strategy

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Recession is coming – are you prepared?

PR in High Definition

The publisher of the Mirror, Reach, was forced to furlough nearly 1,000 employees, City A.M. Employee communications – Furloughs, pay cuts, redundancies, working from home, redistributing responsibilities, changes to benefits, mental health… has there ever been so many important topics for employers to communicate on all within such a short space of time? Blog communication covid-19 public relations Recession technologyRecession is coming – are you prepared?

How COVID-19 has taught comms pros to lean into their strengths

PR Daily

As the largest provider of payment and financial transaction technology for more than 1 million merchant locations, 20,000 banks and capital markets firms around the world, and an employee base of over 55,000 people across 52 countries, our reach is massive. We relied on routine, informal updates from company leadership, starting with CEO Gary Norcross, to rally our employees, emphasizing their critical role in keeping the global economy and commerce up and running.

Brand24:  A Worthy Consideration for Media Monitoring [Product Review]

Sword and the Script

I haven’t seen a monitoring system that does this well yet and many monitoring systems OEM this technology, so some of these are using the same engine anyway under a white label. In other examples, I saw web and social posts from employees of a client I hadn’t seen before. I imagine there are similar financial and technical hurdles to pulling in content from social media sites. Marketing martech PR tools product review Technology

Female Founded Startups

5W PR

5WPR is celebrating Women’s History Month internally, by thanking our female employees for everything they do, and externally, by highlighting female founded startups that are making an impact. The Financial Gym is a national personal financial services company that takes a fitness-inspired approach to its clients’ finances. Over 90% of The Financial Gym’s clients achieve their financial goals creating peace of mind about their financial futures.

Recession is coming – are you prepared?

PR in High Definition

The publisher of the Mirror, Reach, was forced to furlough nearly 1,000 employees, City A.M. Employee communications – Furloughs, pay cuts, redundancies, working from home, redistributing responsibilities, changes to benefits, mental health… has there ever been so many important topics for employers to communicate on all within such a short space of time? Blog communication covid-19 public relations Recession technology

The need for Due diligence data room

ReimaginePR

The electronic data room technology is usually reliable and straightforward to use, which solution enables you to exchange newspapers for your corporation faster, much easier and more securely.

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