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So long Communications Week! For the unfamiliar, Communications Week was a week-long celebration of the public relations, communications and media industries consisting of events held at different locations around New York City and online. Tiffany Guarnaccia, CEO of Kite Hill PR, founded Communications Week and according to her, “We are living in a time where the lines have blurred between the public relations and media industries. Now is the time to focus on how media is being disrupted and how Read more [...]

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Whether you’re a large, well-branded enterprise or a small start-up, having a well crafted, easy to understand elevator pitch is crucial to hooking reporters or new customer leads. If you can’t explain what the company does in 2-3 sentences, chances are you’ll lose your audience’s interest before you get to the important stuff. There are a couple of mistakes I commonly see with new elevator pitches: – Trying to cram too much information into the pitch, so the main point gets lost – Talking Read more [...]

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Rejection is par for the course in public relations, especially if media relations is one of your duties. Editors, reporters, producers: there will be a time when you hear a “no” from each one of them (That is, if you hear back at all—but that’s another post) during some time in your career. Don’t take it personally; media outlets receive hundreds, if not thousands of emails and phone calls during a regular business day and they cannot answer, or say yes, to everybody. However, when Read more [...]

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When your company is facing a crisis, it’s critical to respond immediately. However, the long-term consequences of a crisis can be just as harmful to your brand’s image as the initial event. Though a strong crisis communications plan is essential, reputation management is an important part of ensuring that your brand is able to effectively repair its image long after the dust has settled. Below are four steps that will allow you to transition from response to repair in the wake of a crisis. 1. Read more [...]

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In part two of our series on Pew’s 2014 State of the Media Report, we explore the growth in digital native news and the steps PR pros can take to build successful relationships with these outlets. Pew Research Center’s recently released State of the Media report gave many in the news business a reason to be cautiously optimistic. The reason? Juxtaposed against ongoing contraction in traditional print media, digital news outlets have continued to grow considerably over the past year. Amid Read more [...]

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Even after several years in the PR industry, I still enjoy “meet the press” events. These events are great opportunities to meet journalists and learn more about how your clients potentially align with the topics they cover. Most importantly, they provide critical information on how specific reporters prefer to work with PR practitioners. I recently attended a media luncheon hosted by the Publicity Club of New York, and came back with substantial insight from a handful of reporters at top-tier Read more [...]

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There are a ton of social media platforms out there with new platforms constantly being introduced. We all know the gratification that comes from finding a social media measurement, tracking, analytics, or aggregator tool that makes it easier to grow and know how you’re performing. Especially after the shut down of Google Reader, solid social media tools have become invaluable for PR and marketing professionals. That’s why when I came across this article from Inc outlining eight of the best Read more [...]

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Successful On-site PR Support

by Lulu Li on December 5, 2013

How to be a Valuable Partner at a Conference with Your Client Whether you’re a seasoned conference veteran, or a new comer, industry events are hectic and unpredictable.  As a PR professional, the goal is always to give your client every opportunity to shine – whether it is in front of reporters in attendance, potential customers or industry peers. Having been a conference producer in the past, I have seen many PR professionals try varying strategies to achieve success on-site. Now that I’m Read more [...]

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A big portion of our day at Affect is focused on media outreach for our PR clients. Because we’re pitching so often, sometimes it’s beneficial to go back to the basics, evaluate your process and make sure you’re checking off all of your boxes. Here’s a checklist of everything you should ask yourself before hitting the send button to that reporter. Do I understand the timeliness of the piece/topic? Why should the reporter write about this today? If there’s another breaking news item Read more [...]

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Every morning when I come into work, I look forward to logging on to see if we received any new entries for the The New York Job Project. The creativity, drive, and energy of this year’s contestants have been inspiring! I truly can’t wait to see who ends up taking the top six spots, the top three and eventually, who I will get to work with as a fellow employee. It’s anyone’s game at this point – all of the contestants are more than capable of winning this competition! Voting closes on Read more [...]

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