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“Old Man Look at My Life, I’m a Lot Like You”: A Millennial POV on Generations

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Fair Warning:  This is a blog post about being young and misunderstood, but also one that reminds my generation they’re not alone. Guest Post by Emma Hawes. want people to know, “I’m not alone,” and like the R.E.M. song says, “ Everybody Hurts.” Before I continue, I want to stress that while research is needed for each age group, stereotypes are unnecessary.

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Is it Shortsighted Not to Host Your Own Blog?

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Alison Kenney asked this question yesterday in a Facebook group I belong to: “When it comes to your own website, do you think a blog is a must?” ” You’re reading this blog on a business website, so you already know what my answer is. Why do people ask whether or not you should host your own blog? Managing your own blog takes time. are not.

The 4 Secrets of Influencer Engagement

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This does not mean re-tweeting them once and then emailing them asking for a 1000 word blog post the next day. Pro Tip: Let the influencer know you value their opinions by featuring their insights in a blog post or relaying their feedback back to the product team. 4. Influencer marketing has officially gone mainstream. Check out these success stories from Philips and Travelocity.).

The Dos and Don’ts of a Social Media Automation Strategy

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It also lets you connect your blog feed to your social accounts to make sure any new post you publish is automatically shared with your audience.  Disclosure: I write for the DrumUp Blog.). 2. When she isn’t writing or editing blogs, she likes to experiment with new tools that help social media marketers. Guest Post by Vasudha Veeranna. Review everything you share. DrumUp.

Master The Next Wave Of Social

As social media adoption becomes more and more mainstream, marketing leaders race to keep up - creating blogs, communities, and Facebook pages, all too often without a clear road map in mind

5 Reasons Snapchat is Integrated Communications New Best Friend

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Rather than a lengthy blog post, you’re using 10 second bursts of video or pictures to bring your audience into your world. Guest Post by Matt LaCasse. have to say it: Snapchat is the hot NKOTB for social media. Some of us are the exception to that age rule, and Snapchat continues to gain market share in these older demographics. It’s fun to use. But Snapchat is cheaper. 2016).

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The Ultimate Guide to Social PR Strategy: A Blueprint for Success

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Here’s a screen grab from FTC’s blog. Take the UK Marketing Network group on LinkedIn , for example, which I learned about through the Link Humans blog. Now that you’ve come this far, here’s what I think you should do next: Grab the companion e-guide that complements this monster blog post. GIPHY link. to get the good old word out. Ready to dive in?

Jokes Aside: The Very Serious Business of Adding Humor to Your Marketing Mix

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With the dizzying array of marketing collateral currently being distributed and managed by marketing departments (e-mail campaigns, direct mail pieces, social media content, blog postings, etc.), the opportunities to employ humor are practically endless. Guest Post by  Scott Kaminski. As a general rule, everyone thinks they have a great sense of humor. What about B2B? Again, it depends.

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Data and Storytelling: PR’s Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Here’s a great example of where 2 small sets of data resulted in a blog post  and continue to lead conversations we have with PR pros about the power of connective tissue. This Not just a killer blog post, but also a fundamental shift in the way we think about and develop content at AirPR. Guest Post by Leta Soza. There’s something irresistible about a perfect pairing. The result?

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Draw Me a Story: Six Storytelling Lessons From Cartooning

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You can find Rob on Twitter , LinkedIn  and his blog. Guest Post by  Rob Cottingham. Think of cartoons as storytelling, and you probably think of animation or graphic novels. But single-panel cartoons are stories, too — just really distilled ones. Here are six of the key lessons I’ve learned along the way, and the cartoons that helped to teach me: 1. Surprise me. The reader’s the hero.

Finding Keywords: The First Step to Blogging Success

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That’s a blog post for another day. Take every question your company gets asked and consider writing a blog post to answer it. 5. Competitor websites, blogs and industry forums. Add to that list and then you’ve got a pre-vetted list of blog post titles you can easily pull from when the muse strikes. Finding Keywords: The First Step to Blogging Success. Ask them!

Monday Roundup: Get Started With Blogging

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Maybe you’re even planning to get started with blogging? On January 10th, this blog turns seven. Getting started on blogging can be daunting, but IMHO is worth it. I’ve heard from quite a few of you who want to make blogging a priority this year. Blog Topics: How to Come up with Blog Post Topic Ideas! How to Start a Successful Blog Today.

The Continuing Evolution of the Indian PR Landscape

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With a keen interest in social media, she blogs regularly at In My Humble Opinion. As the Indian PR landscape continues to evolve, it is fascinating to see clients adapt to the integration of digital efforts. For example, a press event is not restricted to just calling reporters on the ground. Though the “what” to communicate remains constant, the “how” to communicate is constantly changing.

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Monday Roundup: With Love, the Social Media Spotlight

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That has a huge impact on PR, so if you don’t already know him, check out his blog and podcast at Customers That Stick. Seeing as how Valentine’s Day is around the corner, the Birdie and I thought we’d focus this edition of the Monday Roundup on seven people who contribute extensively to the practice of PR today (in some cases, indirectly). Jodi Echakowitz. Bess Winston.

Thought Leadership: Wise Thoughts from Wide Experience

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He blogs at  A Professor’s Thoughts. The term “thought leadership” is slowly slipping into the gray anonymity of overuse. It seems like I’m seeing it used for everything from “how to solve world hunger” to “how to change your kitchen sink.”. The question that must be answered, in my (probably less-than) humble opinion is: “What truly  does  define a ‘thought leader’?”.

What’s On the New Multimedia Cart?

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still can’t believe that when I started my blog, I was arrogant enough to think that words were enough and didn’t want to use images. I know I’m dating myself, but whenever someone says multimedia, I think of those nondescript A/V carts of my high school and university days. And while I liked the idea of multimedia, I never imagined myself as the person behind the cart. Video to go.

New Year Resolutions for the Social PR Pro

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Blog about your experiences  (and that’s one New Year resolution I’ve heard from not just one, but several people). I hear 45% of Americans usually make New Year resolutions (are you one of them, or one of the 38% who absolutely never make ’em?!). Here are some of the most common ones for this year: Lose weight. Get organized. Spend less, save more. 27, 2015). Lose weight.

Digital Crisis Communications: When to Shut Up

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Now you would have to be able to communicate through Twitter, through a blog, through Pinterest, through Facebook.” The moon must be in the seventh house, or something, because all of a sudden all I see and hear is about digital crisis communications. Image: Dingzeyu Li via Unsplash. First of all, it would have to be faster. There wasn’t even CNN at the time. ” Then (!),

State of Crisis Communications and Social Media from a Professor’s Perspective

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Guest Post by  Karen Freberg. Social media and crisis communications has become one of the fastest growing areas of both practice and research for today’s communication landscape. recent report from Continuity Insights in 2014 shows that “over half (58%) rated mobile technologies [are considered] as absolutely vital in carrying out crisis communications plans, up 5% since 2013” (page 4).

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It’s 2015 and #PRDiversity Is Still An Issue

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Yes, you get TWO guest posts this week. I’ll be back in the blogging saddle next week. When not blogging here, Mayra can be found communicating in status updates, thinking in hashtags and living life in 140-characters. Ed: Did you do a double take? And that’s no double talk. Enjoy! Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” ~ Stephen R. Covey. Scary. And And sad.

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15 Blog Headlines That Don’t Suck

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If you came here looking for 15 blog headlines that don’t suck… you were sucked in. By a blog headline that didn’t suck! “Find ways to get people to your blog !” So when it comes to keeping up with my blog reading, I’ve been doing a woefully poor job. Even if it’s from a blog(ger) I know and respect. I confess. That photo?

Social Sharing: What Makes It Tick?

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asked him if I could share my answer, as I thought it would make for a good blog post and, true to his word, he consented. Now, for most of us who call social media “home,” often working in  and on the business mean the same thing: spending more time online, tweeting more, blogging more, Facebooking more, etc. The psychology of social sharing. Why me?

The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Thought Leader

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You started a blog, penned some insightful articles and accumulated a couple thousand followers on Twitter. Guest Post by C.A. Newberry. Shall we label you a “thought leader?” ” Nope, not happening. Sorry. But while that may sound a bit harsh, the teenager who lives down the block did the same thing. What makes a thought leader? Apple. Steve Jobs. Ring a bell?

Blogging Upstream

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Tootzypop , the lifestyle blog I founded for savvy women over 40 , is no exception. In women’s online media, the formula is one part fashion and beauty, one part yoga and fitness, one part recipe swap, a ginormous dose of mommy blogging; mix and cover with a thick frosting of e-shopping. The world doesn’t need another fashion blog, yoga site, or recipe roundup. Not the formula.

Content Marketing: Without Community, It’s Only Half the Equation

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You spent the first few months creating great blog content (in your opinion, and let’s assume, for the sake of argument, your opinion is spot on). Every time you reply to a tweet sharing a blog post link, for example, Livefyre counts it as a comment. Commenting on blogs published by the kinds of people you hope will come over and comment on your  blog. What gives?

What I Learned from my Social PR Makeover

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While typing this blog, I tried looking for Simon Sinek’s TED talk “ Start with Why.” I ” I was told by Shonali to find my “why” and she suggested I watch it. I had to stop Sinek’s lecture because I started losing my focus on writing this blog. really loved Mercy ’s point that she tries to blog at least once a day. Guest Post by Emma Hawes  .

The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

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That means they are circulating via email and internet blogs at lightening [sic] speed. Guest post by Jenelle Conner. I am a social media advocate. It’s where I work. love the collaborative energy, thoughts and community. But I hate the ugly side of social media sharing; especially when kids are involved. ” So, how did it all happen? The image went viral. Too funny!!!”

Just Write

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Yesterday Mark Schaefer published a terrific post on how to pluck up the courage to blog with confidence. and then some, before I got my started on my blogging journey. And I also recalled how I might never have actually started that journey had it not been for Kami Huyse  asking me to guest blog for her back in 2008. how much time will it take?, who will read it?, ” Yes.

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How to Develop Meaningful PR Measurement

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The image below is a screenshot of Facebook Analytics from my blog’s Facebook Page: You can see that some posts are more popular than others, some were clicked-through more than others, but it’s all empty calories. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Peter Drucker. From a big picture perspective, most of us believe that we can measure almost anything.

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Smarter Ways to Measure Authoritative Content

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Back in the day – and I’m talking not that long ago – the number of comments you got on your blog were a big deal. An “engaged” blog was one that drew a lot of attention, comments, back links, etc. Does blogging still matter?  in July 2014: 61 comments. How to get off your ass and start blogging , August 2015: 5 comments. Image: Thinkstock.

On Public Relations and Taking Out the Garbage

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He blogs at A Professors Thoughts. I recently had a talk em off the ledge conversation with a young friend who has just passed the half-year mark with a big-city PR firm. She had targeted this particular firm because its focus and client mix mirrored what she had been passionate about in college, and she dove in with enthusiasm. Image: Nehama Verter via Flickr, CC 2.0.

Possibly the Most Important Metric of All: Your Gut

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This is not a political blog, so just FYI, if I see comments that cross the line (read the blog guidelines if you haven’t already), I will delete them. I am completely maddened by the world we’re currently living in. Reader alert: there is no sugar-coating in today’s post. It’s pretty raw, because that’s how I am right now. Thank you. . Ten years ago.

How to Measure PR and Marketing Outcomes on Snapchat

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Author information Jim Dougherty writer at leaderswest digital marketing journal Jim Dougherty writes about content and social media at leaderswest.com, and is a frequent contributor to the Cision blog. “Snapchat has overcome some remarkable hurdles by tapping into features that make it appealing for certain demographics, and that doesn’t mean just tweens and millenials. Snap Open %.

Twitter and Television: A Match Made In Heaven

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He also  blogs. I have a confession to make. When I’m asked how I like to spend my free time, I tend to hem and haw. “Riding my bike,” or “reading up on the day’s news” are the answers I usually give, and those are true. But deep down inside, I know that the truth is the box that sits in my living room. Television. “The Blacklist.” in New York.

Streak: Possibly the Best CRM System for Small Business

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Here’s a post from the Streak blog that explains these features. If you manage a blogging team and want to keep everyone informed as to what is going on where, you could try using Streak to do so, assuming you are willing to give them all access to the specific pipeline. Remember when someone would say “CRM” and (y)our eyes would glaze over? Image: t. Enter Streak.

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Social Media: The Key to Transforming Doctor-Patient Communication

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But while a few doctors including Wendy Sue Swanson, MD , author of the Seattle Mama Doc blog and Natasha Burgert, MD , author of KC Kids Doc blog , are using digital communication to communicate better with their patients, according to a 2011 survey by AMN Healthcare only 8% of physicians said they use social media at work to connect with patients. If social media and blogs in the U.S

6 Rules of Thumb for Successful Brand Publishing

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Building a visually appealing and engaging website, writing regular blogs, e-mail marketing, use of multi-media (videos/photos/ Info graphics) and using social networks to target the audience are various ways to share a brand story. Instead of overloading your blogs/Facebook/Twitter, quality and consistent content makes for a more meaningful and personalized audience experience. 3.

7 Pillars of Solid Influencer Marketing Programs

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blog posts, maybe even building to a blog community). ” I saved the email for two reasons: I figured it was great for teaching (like this blog post!); and. As more and more brands jump on the influencer marketing bandwagon, how they structure influencer programs and communications is becoming increasingly important. Here are some guidelines. 1. Make Create content?

How To Use Twitter For PR

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Publicizing news, blog posts, videos… basically, any kind of content. A lot of companies still only share their own content on Twitter. 2. Add in #measurePR, and the requests for guest blog posts, “appearances” on other Twitter chats, as well as offline queries from prospective clients and speaking opportunities steadily grew. Image: TheNextWeb via Flickr, CC 2.0.

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