5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic is changing media relations

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Navigating the ever-changing landscape of media is never easy. In the midst of this, the media landscape continues to evolve. Prior to COVID, unless your clients lived in a major media market, chances of regular national TV appearances were slim.

How PR’s value transcends media relations

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Getting earned media hits is of great value to all organizations, but PR pros can do so much more to safeguard reputations and drive a conversation about their brand or client. You have to be a shrewd media manager—and show your value to the bottom line. The digital disruption driving this recalibration of the media industry was the focus of a fireside chat at a recent Ragan conference broadcast for our Communications Spotlight podcast. Better storytelling.

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How storytelling builds trusted relationships

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As I’ve shared the book with friends, employees and clients, it’s been a pleasure to hear how many are sharing it with their daughters and mothers, and even more surprising, the men who have been champions of sharing my story as well.

Sallie Mae employees at the heart of scholarship fundraising efforts

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The program also provides a meaningful way for Sallie Mae’s 2,000 employees to get involved at the ground level and contribute to the mission by raising funds for the scholarship program. RELATED: Ragan's Media Relations Awards will recognize the best campaigns and initiatives.

4 ways OKCupid handles media relations during COVID-19

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Finding stories in your data can lead to big earned media wins. Those numbers—along with the stories behind them—can create an attractive story for a journalist, netting your organization media coverage despite headlines being dominated by COVID-19 news and information. Yet, successfully navigating media relations efforts during this time of uncertainty requires communications savvy. At the core, all communication and media professionals are storytellers,” Kaye says.

Ragan survey: Brand storytelling increases in importance

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Brand storytelling has dramatically increased in both importance and volume over the last three months, likely driven by the communications urgency of the pandemic and associated crises of 2020. The survey and an accompanying event were sponsored by 3BL Media and News Direct.

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5 ways Microsoft’s chief storyteller makes content more human

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Storytelling has become a crucial strategy for communicators looking to attract attention from both employees and consumers. Our attention is under attack,” says Steve Clayton, Microsoft’s chief storyteller and general manager of the company’s Innovation, Culture and Stories team. “By Here five ways you can breathe life into your storytelling efforts: 1. To excel at human storytelling, you must focus on the people at the heart of your content.

How to generate authentic brand advocacy from your employees

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More and more employers recognize the power of employee advocacy on social media. They’ve learned that employees offer an authentic and cost-effective way to spread company PR and marketing messages. Employees are widely available and can both defend and promote their organization. Many companies offer employees incentives—such as prize drawings, company logo items, extra time off or cash—to promote the brand’s message on their personal social media accounts.

Chief empathy officers; Managing media requests; Employee burnout; and more

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How should you prioritize media requests in the current crisis? Here are some tips from Ragan Consulting Group’s Nick Lanyi on how to triage your media relations strategy. Employees say that even when leaders push for employees to take time for themselves, sometimes teams won’t follow the directive. As you settle in for the long haul, consider employees’ needs. Here’s a hint: It’s all about your employees.

5 tactics to sidestep common storytelling pitfalls

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At a time when we have more data than we can possibly use and people connect on social media platforms, storytelling is an ideal tool for PR and marketing. When considerations collide, storytelling suffers. There’s a tendency in business storytelling to sugarcoat anything negative or embarrassing. The most interesting and authentic hero could be a low-level employee in an organization, or perhaps a customer.

8 rules to follow for media relations in 2021

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Experts share their inspiration and advice for finding earned media success in the coming year. So, what will be the key to success for earned media in 2021? I think that brands are looking for a way to cut through in a more meaningful way to get media coverage,” she says. “We

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

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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. How are social media influencers helping to spread crucial information about the outbreak?

GitHub apologizes for firing employee over ‘Nazi’ remark, hospitals and governments turn to influencers for COVID-19 campaigns, and the NRA declares bankruptcy

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Here are today’s top stories: GitHub apologizes for firing employee over ‘Nazi’ remark. The company issued a mea culpa after it fired a Jewish employee on Jan. We expect all employees to be respectful, professional, and follow GitHub policies on discrimination and harassment.

Google employees unionize, WhatsApp hits record numbers, and Epic invests in new NC headquarters

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Here are today’s top stories: Google responds to new employee union. In the current climate, where support for employees and emphasis on worker well-being is at a high-point for the corporate world, Google is affirming its commitment to workers’ rights.

Boyd Gaming lays off 2,500 employees, Apple asks retail employees to WFH, and earned media drives 88% of consumers to websites

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Here are today’s top stories: Boyd Gaming lays off 2,500 employees. The company, which owns and operates 10 casinos in Las Vegas, announced job cuts affecting at least 25% of its workforce—or roughly 2,500 employees. Why it’s important: Don’t stop at meeting legal standards for notifying employees about furloughs and layoffs. It doesn’t take that long to reap the benefits of storytelling within media relations efforts, either.

Shake Shack returns $10M loan, P&G embraces marketing during COVID-19, and grocery employees get asked to wear masks

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Why it matters: The current crisis is making executives and communicators scramble to reassemble a new playbook as they engage both employees and consumers and safeguard their brand reputation. Kroger, Walmart and Sam’s Club are asking employees to wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. In a memo to employees, Walmart wrote : We hope this step will promote safety and consistency across all of our facilities and be of comfort to our customers and members.

Ford to cut 1,000 jobs, Verizon to hire nearly 1,000 WFH employees, and Twitter rolls out ‘Quote Tweet’ feature

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Ford to cut 1,000 jobs as Verizon hires nearly 1,000 employees. Why it’s important: As organizations continue to struggle with restructuring plans, do your best to communicate often and transparently with your employees.

Tyson fires employees involved in COVID-19 ‘betting pool,’ Burger King turns Instagram over to competitors, and Twitch bans derogatory lingo

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Here are today’s top stories: Tyson fires employees involved in COVID-19 ‘betting pool’. An outbreak centered around the plant infected more than 1,000 employees, at least six of whom died. “We

IBM stops facial recognition work, employees seek fewer open workplaces, cosmetics brands drop talc, and more

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Public transit use is a key concern for many organizations’ leaders as they try to chart a way back to the office for their employees. Google Maps could be an essential resource for helping your employees find safe ways to return to work in the coming months. then president of IBM, wrote to all employees: ”.Each In a new poll, IPR and the Harris Poll asked employees about their expectations for returning to the office.

At ServiceNow, every communicator is a storyteller

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Lest you doubt the importance of storytelling at the cloud computing company ServiceNow , a staffing priority gives away the game. Every member of the communication team is a storyteller, says Emily Russel, head of the employee communications and engagement team. Storytelling is woven through all the company’s communications, both internal and external. The heart of everything we do is around storytelling,” Russel says. “It’s Empathy as a storytelling tool.

Why media relations is paramount to academic institutions

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We have heard of the decimation of the once-powerful mainstream media outlets and the rise of alternative methods of gathering and disseminating news. Media relations still matters. It is a great way to reach your audience directly, without a filter—but that very filter gives media placements their legitimacy. Media relations efforts can aid in all of these endeavors. Scholarly activity is only advanced by having relevant comment by faculty in media.

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

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VIRTUAL EVENT: Keep employees informed, engaged and inspired ]. Though both traditional and digital media budgets should increase in May and June, advertising spending on traditional channels is taking a harder hit: Image courtesy of IAB. Until then, we pray for those affected by the virus, protection for the health care professionals caring for the sick, economic security for all impacted businesses and employees, and wisdom for our leaders.

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

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As the coronavirus continues to sweep the nation, there are companies hard at work ensuring that their customers and patients are still getting the resources and care they need for a host of medical issues not related to Covid-19. 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.

What Does “Storytelling” Mean to You? 105 Answers from Communicators

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Storytelling is a powerful means of persuasion; it can be both a strategy, as in an overall narrative but it also can be a tactic, like using vignettes; here’s what a recent survey found. Years ago, there was a consultant in the DC area that had an unusual title on his business card: “chief storyteller.” The idea of “ storytelling ” was even stranger. I’m a believer in storytelling. Yet storytelling can mean different things to different people.

Adidas rejects employee claims on diversity, employee welfare tops ranks of reopening concerns, Publix stays the course on BLM attire, and more

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Here are today’s top stories: Addidas “rejects all statements” made by employee letter on diversity. However, when an employee letter signed by 83 employees questioned the approach, the brand refused to give ground. CNN Business reported : The letter also calls for the creation of an anonymous platform where employees can report instances of racism and discrimination, and for protection against retaliation.

Uber lays off 3,700 employees, Frontier Airlines’ social distancing fee provokes anger, and Kraft Heinz Canada offers ketchup puzzles

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Also: One-quarter of consumers think there’s too many COVID-19 messages in ads, Spotify tests video podcasts, lessons from GE’s failed media relations response, and more. By encouraging conversation, Kraft Heinz Canada’s social media team can also reach out for further engagement opportunities. Here are today’s top stories: Uber lays off 3,700 employees. Dara’s note to employees: pic.twitter.com/6kxpstqhCc.

Survey: Measurement, storytelling cited as top weaknesses

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A wide range of communicators—from public relations pros to human resources specialists—perceive measurement as their major Achilles’ heel. A majority of internal communicators, PR professionals, social media specialists and human resources communicators placed “Measuring the impact of your role” at the top. By contrast, speechwriters and media relations professionals listed “telling interesting stories about boring topics” as their top concern. Public relations.

Twitter expands COVID-19 policies, Snap reports ad revenue growth, and Lowe’s highlights employees for the NFL Draft

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Also: Email is the preferred channel to communicate with employees during the pandemic, Wendy’s offers free nuggets, takeaways from the Ragan community, and more. You can help social media platforms including Twitter by reporting misleading content. You can also help your employees and consumers guard against misinformation and phishing attacks by sharing information from authorized sources and warning them what to watch for in terms of fake news.

A Colorado university’s robust storytelling turns heads

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Campus communication might not be a high-profile beat, but storytelling gold awaits those who dig beyond the often-prosaic crust of academia. It takes more energy, effort and resources to unearth hidden storytelling gems and to mine sources around campus, but the strategy is paying dividends for the school. Here’s what they shared: Ragan: What’s the secret behind your approach to storytelling? Same goes for our video storytelling.

Microsoft loses TikTok bid, Amazon to hire 100,000 employees, and Peeps won’t be on shelves for holidays

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Though the cartoon is meant for marketers, PR pros can also relate: “Sales Impact of Advertising” – new cartoon and post on the tension between long-term brand building and short-term direct response [link] #marketing #cartoon #marketoon pic.twitter.com/TMKRDogL17.

Walmart announces employee bonuses and extended leave, Warner Bros. to stream films with theatrical releases, and Southwest warns of 6,800 job cuts

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Hello, communicators: As many employees continue to work remotely and workforces are dispersed during COVID-19, holiday office parties are being canceled or turned into virtual gatherings—the latter of which is another obstacle for employee engagement during a time of Zoom fatigue.

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Best Buy to furlough 51k employees, Carnival chief promises robust comeback, and Google reminds people to wash hands

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Here are today’s top stories: Best Buy to furlough 51,000 employees. The retail chain’s temporary layoffs will affect hourly store employees across the United States, with most of its part-time workers affected. Employees will keep their health care benefits for at least three months. The messages focused on employees and customers, using language such as “our overriding priority on safety” instead of corporate jargon.

Bon Appétit journalists quit YouTube series, Facebook employees to WFH until July 2021, and Hasbro pulls Trolls World Tour doll

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Contributing” workers at Condé Nast are contractors, rather than staff employees; Ms. If your employees are unhappy, the truth will eventually come to light—and often, it will result in a tarnished reputation and eroded consumer trust.

United Airlines to furlough 16,000 employees, Walmart creates virtual toy focus groups, and Facebook to block political ads the week before presidential elections

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Also : Venice Film Festival holds first industry event in six months, 49% of employees say their organizations excel at COVID-19 safety measures, Unilever’s sustainability pledge, and more. United Airlines to furlough more than 16,000 employees. Other employees are taking unpaid leave.

New Yorker suspends reporter for exposing himself on Zoom, CVS to hire 15,000 employees and 64% of consumers to holiday shop online during COVID-19

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Danbury, Connecticut’s recent sense of humor brought fundraising and media coverage. The publication announced that it suspended Jeffrey Toobin after the reporter was seen touching himself during an election simulation with other New Yorker employees.

Marks and Spencer to lay off 7,000 employees, 300 Pizza Hut locations to close, and ‘Ellen’ cuts ties with senior producers

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Also: How consumers are using social media during COVID-19, a snark-filled out-of-office email from Ryan Reynolds, Disney Channel debuts first LGBTQ character, and more. More than half (55%) use social media to stay current with news: Image courtesy of Sprout Social.

Adding storytelling to technology in developing ‘Innovation Relations’

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As a passionate public relations professional, I am always evaluating new ideas and business models that benefit our clients and inspire creativity and growth. Research from the media and other sources is all around us. RELATED: Joins us in New York City for our Media Relations and Measurement Summit ]. 77% of employees are more loyal to innovative companies. Ken Makovsky is a trustee and former co-chairman of the Institute for Public Relations.

Brands drop The Richards Group for racist remarks, Zoom launches events marketplace, and Wells Fargo fires 100 employees for abusing COVID-19 aid

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The New York Times reported : During a Zoom gathering of more than three dozen Richards Group employees on Thursday, a creative team working on the Motel 6 account presented an idea for an ad to Stan Richards, who founded the Richards Group in 1976. Hormel will also donate one meal to Feeding America for each entry, up to 10,000 meals, and is also encouraging people to post the declicious masks on social media platforms under the #BreathableBacon hashtag.

Technology special feature for communicators

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One of the many lessons we’ve learned in 2020 is technology is paramount to reaching, communicating, and engaging with employees. Simpplr helps companies who want to better connect, inspire, collaborate with, and engage employees. Develop employees’ networks.

Employee emails worsen Boeing’s reputation, Taco Bell offers $100K salaries, and Carnival bans offensive clothing

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Communicators looking to hone their skills might enjoy the “resolution suites” aimed at expanding your network, building a business or cultivating photography skills that can boost your social media content. We'll be selecting the 20 most creative & inspiring travel-related resolutions to win $2020 and make them happen in 2020. That’s another big reason employees stay (or leave) organizations.