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Why Justin Trudeau’s Trevor Noah tweet is brilliant

Sherrilynne Starkie

When the government announces new funding for a children’s charity there is usually a news release, a press conference and a photo opportunity of some description. The media will break the story. The political opposition will provide a critical soundbite. Spin doctors will provide colour and context.

Has the sonic brand concept finally come of age?

Sherrilynne Starkie

News of the launch of Mastercard’s new sonic brand reminded me of my Strive PR days in the Isle of Man. We helped a technology company develop and launch a ‘sonic logo’. It was so long ago that my memory fails me in recalling the client.

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The easy way to produce eBooks

Sherrilynne Starkie

eBooks are proven to be great drivers of content marketing success. The good news is that creating beautifully designed lead magnets no longer takes special design skills or big budgets. The key to digital content success is in providing the target audience with real value.

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Is blogging still relevant in 2019?

Sherrilynne Starkie

In 2019 we are experiencing a resurgence in corporate blogging. For the first time in nine years, a greater proportion of Fortune 500 companies use blogs compared to that of Inc. 500 companies, according to new research from Umass Dartmouth. .

Social Media Automation 101

A beginner's guide to social media automation tools and getting automation right.

Podcast Playlist: A blast from the past

Sherrilynne Starkie

A couple of weeks ago I published a list of the podcasts I’d been listening to and people seemed to really like it. So here’s an update with what I’ve listened to and enjoyed this past week. For Immediate Release #171: Ice Cream For Breakfast.

Top Five: What’s your (Instagram) story?

Sherrilynne Starkie

This week’s top 5 social media news for marketing and communications professionals! We feature the new Facebook Messenger Unsend. See some how-to info for Instagram Messenger. Get information from Facebook on fighting fake news. Learn about Pinterest’s smarter search.

Top Five: Should Facebook be regulated?

Sherrilynne Starkie

In this week’s Top 5 social media news for marketing and communications professionals we highlight new Google video display ads, a Forrester Research report on future digital marketing spend, TikTok’s FTC fine, Quora and potential Facebook regulation in the UK.

Marketing graphics as easy as pie!

Sherrilynne Starkie

Today is National Pie Day, and what better day to demonstrate how Snappa can help make relevant, topical marketing graphics. The image below took three minutes to make and not much longer to configure it share on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. It’s graphic design in a snap!

Why your social media isn’t working

Sherrilynne Starkie

It’s been said that life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes and, if we want to avoid sadness, we can’t resist them. The adage holds true in the world of social and digital media where the pace of change is constant.

The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media

Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.

Instagram infographic: Using Stories for business

Sherrilynne Starkie

Here’s a great Instagram infographic! Since 2016, Instagram Stories have been a defining feature of the platform in engaging its 300 million daily users. With this feature users capture, modify and post related images and video content in a slideshow format.

What every consultant should know about social media analytics

Sherrilynne Starkie

The kind of people who are attracted to a career in PR tend to be ‘right-brained’, that is intuitive, creative and subjective. That’s why they are great at relationships, writing and coming up with inventive campaign ideas.

Zuck’s facts about Facebook

Sherrilynne Starkie

Often when someone has a PR problem, they call people like me to help them fix it. More often than not, somebody has done something bad and has been found out. The media are reporting on it. People are talking about it online. Customers stop buying. Share prices fall. Regulators come in.

Top Five: Facebook ads are getting smarter

Sherrilynne Starkie

Top five social media news stories for marcoms professionals this week feature new innovations for businesses from Facebook, LinkedIn Live video and new features from YouTube and Whats App. Facebook Merges Instagram Direct with Page Inbox, Allows Page Access to Groups.

Social Media Marketing GPS

SMGPS will tell you the why & how to use social media for marketing, 1 tweet at a time. You'll learn essentials in digestible little spoonfuls.

Canada’s most trusted magazine

Sherrilynne Starkie

Canadian Living is the nation’s most-trusted magazine brand as voted a national survey of 17,000 shoppers.

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Must have graphic design skills for social media consultants

Sherrilynne Starkie

Great social media consultants don’t have to be RGD-certified, but they do need to have considerable design know-how. They should also have some basic design skills to bring to marketing and communications projects. It takes a lot of design knowledge to develop a social media strategy and plan a program. For example, there are dozens (probably 100s) of format requirements for the various social networks and platforms.

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Top Five: Research shows that Facebook is successfully tackling fake news

Sherrilynne Starkie

Top 5 must-know social media news for the week includes stories about a new Messenger, Soundcloud’s Instagram integration, YouTube’s changed engagement metrics, the fight against fake news and Snapchat’s power with youth demographics. Facebook launches Messenger 4.

Infographic: The Growing Power of Instagram

Sherrilynne Starkie

What is this decade’s fastest growing social media platform? Instagram! If you’ve not added it to your marketing and communications mix, what are you waiting for? Already 71 per cent of marketers are increasing their investment in this channel.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Want to gain a massive following on Instagram?

Sherrilynne Starkie

Did you know that one daily post to Instagram is the key to growing a massive following? Your follower growth rate can almost double by posting seven times a week. Consistency is crucial. The best results come from regular posting. Instagram is more than just a photo sharing network.

Why real social media experts are also great writers

Sherrilynne Starkie

The ability to tell good stories well will be THE disruptive marketing trend for 2018. It moves content marketing beyond the funnel into true, emotional engagement with stakeholder. Writing is the foundational skill for storytelling, no matter if it’s an article, a video or any other story format.

Who will blink first in Canadian community newspaper staredown?

Sherrilynne Starkie

The Canadian newspaper industry has, so far, been unsuccessful in securing a Federal government bailout as both readers and advertisers flock to social media for news and entertainment.

Facebook scandal: The dawn of a new era in social media marketing?

Sherrilynne Starkie

Issues about trust, transparency and ethics in social media are being discussed around many dinner tables this week. Facebook’s so-called data breach is dominating news cycles, and the story is making people more aware of how the social network uses their data.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.

How a social media consultant can help your business

Sherrilynne Starkie

When you figure that nine out of ten Canadian adults use social media, it’s clear where the best marketing opportunity is. Many organizations are on social media, yet they don’t see tangible business advantages.

Top Five: Social networks invest in quality news

Sherrilynne Starkie

This week’s must-know social media news for marketing and communications professionals includes headlines about Facebook’s attempt to clean up, support for journalism from Twitter and Google, the continuing importance of links in SEO and some new, clever features from LinkedIn.

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Taking part in the Facebook 10-year challenge?

Sherrilynne Starkie

Did you take part in the latest Facebook name the 10-year challenge? The idea is for people to post their very first ever Facebook profile pic next to the most recent one.

Podcast Playlist: A mix of motivation, news and entertainment

Sherrilynne Starkie

According to Edison Research, Canadian podcast audiences tend to spend more than six hours weekly listening to their favourite shows. Podcasts great way to keep on top of social media and industry trends and news. A lot of podcasts are motivational and educational, others are just very entertaining.

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Top 7 leads to draw audiences in

Sherrilynne Starkie

Sometimes getting the first, or lead, paragraph right is the hardest thing about writing a story. Whether it’s a blog post, a short video or podcast or even an opinion column, get it right, and the rest of the content will flow.

Is Facebook advertising worth it?

Sherrilynne Starkie

Is Facebook advertising worth it? The numbers speak for themselves: about 3 million businesses are spending more than $30 billion on Facebook ads each year. It’s because they are more potent than most of the options.

Top Five: The night that YouTube went dark

Sherrilynne Starkie

This week’s must-know social media news includes the YouTube outage, a religious stance on women and social media, Coke’s misstep in New Zealand, Snapchat’s new original programming and Google’s shopping insights.

A digital media framework for smart marketing communications

Sherrilynne Starkie

Balancing activities across owned, earned, shared and paid media strategies is the best way to get a demonstrable return on investment (ROI) for today’s marketing and communications campaigns.

Top Five: New social media ‘stories’ features

Sherrilynne Starkie

Must-know social media news for communicators and marketers for this week include new Stories innovations from Facebook and YouTube, insight on finance journalists, a new editor for a LGBTQ+ magazine and search innovations from Google. New CTA buttons for Facebook Page stories.

CPRS new vision: ethics in public relations

Sherrilynne Starkie

“As a profession public relations gets the respect it deserves,” said NO ONE EVER among the men and women who actually earn their living this way. In fact, the term PR is often seen as synomous with cover up or fluffy or even insubstantial!

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Top Five: What do Facebook’s growth numbers mean?

Sherrilynne Starkie

This week’s Top 5 must-know news for marketing, communications and PR professionals includes new social functions for Vimeo, Facebook’s growth trends, Twitter and retweets, Pinterest users and fun emojis. Now publish directly to LinkedIn with Vimeo.

Do John Naisbitt’s Megatrend predictions still hold true for 2018?

Sherrilynne Starkie

Google John Naisbitt and you’ll find more than 1,300 web pages, most of the referencing his 1982 seminal work Megatrends. In it, Naisbitt identifies the global trends that will form the future political and economic world.

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A cannabis guide to help Canadian marketers comply with legislation

Sherrilynne Starkie

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for a month, you’re aware that cannabis is now legal in Canada. Marketing and communications professionals are fascinated to see how the promotional aspect of a new, but highly regulated, industry rolls out.

Five content marketing tricks of a great social media consultant

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Special Tricks. Here’s five content marketing tricks to improve content marketing initiatives. As in most professions, an experienced social media consultant knows certain tricks of the trade to content marketing work better, faster, easier. Trick 1: Be specific when setting goals.