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You had big dreams for your PR strategy at CES – and for good reason. Your product is awesome, your announcements were on-point, your CEO attended and his comments on the industry were unique, insightful and airtight. You even found extra budget for press events and the entire PR team was on the ground to pitch reporters at the show – they got you on-air with CNET on opening day! You were ready to take on the world – CES 2015 was your moment and no one could stop you! But your dreams quickly became Read more […]

Many public relations professionals are focused on the day-to-day within the agency – securing coverage, setting strategy, developing relationships with reporters, metrics, etc. While all of this is critical, it is equally important to remember to invest and nurture the team’s relationship with the client contact, whether it’s the Marketing Manager, the PR Director, or the head of Corporate Communications. In a new post for PR News, Anu Kher, Senior Account Executive at Affect, writes: “To Read more […]

Twitter has seen its fair share of marketing mishaps over the last year, from celebrities to executives to companies jumping the gun on the use of hashtags and tweet chats without putting much thought or preparation into them beforehand. Last week Topps Company’s #RockThatRock campaign received some backlash, and simultaneously we saw CNN create some controversy with their #AskACop hashtag, designed to create discussion between viewers and cops during its special, CNN Tonight‘s #CopsUnderFire. Instead Read more […]

Last week, the Topps Company – maker of Ring Pops candy – experienced backlash and a potential investigation by the Federal Trade Commission after the company launched its #RockThatRock campaign, which invited users to post photos on social media showing how they wear their “edible bling.” However, some pre-teen and teen girls entered the contest posting photos that some construed as provocative. As a result, several advocacy groups have asked the FTC to investigate the Topps Company, claiming Read more […]

Whether you’re a startup or an established company, increasing visibility for your organization is a constant uphill battle, especially in an over-saturated market. However, promoting your business and staying top-of-mind with customers, partners and prospects doesn’t always have to require large budgets or extensive teams to execute. Here are five proven tactics you can do now to help boost the visibility of your organization: 1. Make an official announcement Are you launching a new product Read more […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]