Sherrilynne Starkie

Rules for good media relations

Sherrilynne Starkie

Many companies fail to include a media relations strategy as part of their content marketing.

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What’s your social media marketing budget?

Sherrilynne Starkie

What should be your social media marketing budget? This is a common question. In the not-too-distant past, marketers used three per cent of turnover as the marketing budget ‘rule of thumb’. But things are not that simple anymore. Now, a good place to start is by looking at the required investment in time, not cash. Newbies are often surprised by how much time social media can eat. Other’s already know, and this terrifies them.

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Podcast: Heart-centred leadership communications

Sherrilynne Starkie

I’m lucky to host the Being Human Is Good For Business Podcast. We discuss leaders, leadership communications and leadership strategies. In this latest episode we discuss heart-centred leaders.

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What is Earned Media?

Sherrilynne Starkie

Earned media, often referred to as PR coverage, is growing in importance for today’s digital marketing success. People are returning to mainstream media in droves, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer 2020. Just two years ago the news media industry looked bleak with almost half, 44 per cent, of people checking the news less than once a week. Today’s picture is much rosier.

Social Media Automation 101

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

Podcast: Heart-centred leadership communications

Sherrilynne Starkie

Did you know that I offer podcast production services? That’s the reason I’ve hosting the Being Human Is Good For Business Podcast. In each episode, we discuss leaders, leadership communications and leadership strategies. In Episode 4 we discuss heart-centred leaders.

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How to lead and inspire others

Sherrilynne Starkie

I’m hosting a new business podcast about how to lead. Most people know me as a marketing communications professional. But, did you know that for years I’ve been a volunteer leader for IABC , the International Association of Business Communicators? I’m a past president of IABC Ottawa and am just about to step up as Chair of IABC Canada East Region. In addition, for almost 20 years I’ve held leadership roles at communications agencies in Canada, the USA and the UK.

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Webinar: PR the missing ingredient in content marketing

Sherrilynne Starkie

Is your campaign missing something? You’ve done your research, identified your audience, and have excellent content to promote… but it’s not getting the traction it deserves. Join me as I break down public relations’ crucial role in successful content marketing campaigns.

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. This is how it’s done, right? Source: Facebook. Nope, not anymore. Not if you want to engage the Millennial and Gen Z audience, especially in the run up to a national election.

Foundations for integrated digital marketing

Sherrilynne Starkie

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This ancient Chinese proverb still holds true in today’s marketing world. There are literally thousands of marketing platforms, apps, channels, networks and formats. For overwhelmed marketers wondering where to begin, the best first single step is understanding integrated digital marketting. Ok, so what is integrated digital marketing? It’s when PR meets advertising meets direct response meets ecommerce meets sales.

Webinar: PR the missing ingredient in content marketing

Sherrilynne Starkie

Is your campaign missing something? You’ve done your research, identified your audience, and have excellent content to promote… but it’s not getting the traction it deserves. Join me as I break down public relations’ crucial role in successful content marketing campaigns. I’ll be providing practical tips for great digital PR. But wait, there’s more: Learn how to maximize ROI through publicity and influencer relations. Discover the essential elements of an integrated strategy that pays off.

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.

Trust in business is the catalyst for change

Sherrilynne Starkie

People’s trust in both government and business continues to wane, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer 2020. And, although trust in capitalism is at all-time low, there’s hope. Despite there being little trust in the ethics of businesses and brands, survey respondents said that business is a great deal more competent than government or non-government organizations. Edelman Global CEO Richard Edelman said ths shows the potential for business to be the catalyst for change.

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Want to own Google Page One?

Sherrilynne Starkie

If you want to own Google Page One for your key search terms, I’ve shared my secrets in this recent webinar for my friends at Agility PR, the software and services company for public relations professionals. A lot of marketers put considerable time into creating content and growing their social media following. They spend budgets on digital ads for promotion and yet, they continue to be disappointed with the results.

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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. These are essential skills and talents, but to be a successful social media consultant you must add some ‘left-brain’ qualities. It takes being logical, objective and analytical too. This is because it’s essential to be able to take data and turn it into actionable insight.

Top news in social media

Sherrilynne Starkie

Each week I scan the hundreds of industry websites to keep abreast of the news. Here’s this week’s list of the most important, must-know social media news featuring LinkedIn, World Emoji Day, Instagram Sales and Instagram anti-bullying. LinkedIn is adding three new advertising features plus an optimized click pricing option.

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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. To succeed we must constantly change what we do and how we do it. Keeping up is not easy. It takes time and resources. Understanding and managing an ever-expanding set of digital channels can be a 24/7 process.

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.

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. Produce something people find useful or entertaining, such as a funny video or an article explaining how to do something, and you’ll get clicks, shares and comments.

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Instagram announced new designs in Explore

Sherrilynne Starkie

Instagram is introducing new designs in Explore to improve the discovery experience. The new navigation bar features shortcuts to IGTV and Shopping followed by topic channels tailored to the user’s interests, such as Food, Art and Travel. IGTV” and “Shop” shortcuts are pinned to the front of the bar. These changes are a boon to brands looking to build Instagram as a direct sales channel. The Explore grid now features Stories too. The changes are just starting to roll out.

Top Five: Google is shuttering G+

Sherrilynne Starkie

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back with this week’s Top 5 Must-Know News for PR and marketing communications professionals. Top stories this week include Facebook’s crackdown, Google’s continuing investment in quality news, another new Instagram feature, the final throes of Google’s G+ and how all emoji are being treated equal on Twitter. Facebook cracks down on link bait and ad farms.

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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. But the backroom deal between competing newspaper publishing companies Postmedia and TorStar must surely up the ante. Photo by Mike Ackerman on Unsplash.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

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

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. Of course, no matter how talented, few people can always write effortlessly. What makes writing great is the process of planning, drafting, revision and redrafting.

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. Facebook ads are radically different from mainstream media and other digital platform ads. They allow advertisers to target only those people who are most likely to be interested and to find value in the offer.

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. Of course, this wasn’t exactly a data breach, because users have willingly agreed to allow Facebook to access and sell their data. They just didn’t really understand what they have been agreeing to. deleteFacebook ?

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. I’ve been listening to Shel Holtz’s podcast for ten years and rarely miss an episode. Each is absolutely filled with must-know news for PR and marketing and it provides a ton of insight into current issues and trends.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

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

Facebook offers translation for Canadian Indigenous language

Sherrilynne Starkie

In 1993 the territory of Nunavut was established in Canada, and as part of the 2018 Nunavut Day celebrations, Facebook announced that it is opening Inuktut for translation so that the community can help translate Facebook into their language. . Done in partnership with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) and Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit (IUT), now Inuktut speakers can use the Translate Facebook app to offer a proposed translation for the strings of words and phrases.

Top Five Social Media News: Instagram native scheduling is here!

Sherrilynne Starkie

Lots of social media news out this week and here’s a summary of the top five stories you need to know. Pinterest improves organic reach for retailers. Pinterest has launched a personalized “ shopping hub” that displays at the top of users’ feeds with product recommendations pulled from retailers’ organic ProductPins and Catalog feeds.

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Top Five: Happy 15th Birthday to GMail

Sherrilynne Starkie

Top news this week from the world of social media includes the death of Google+, Facebook’s war on hate, LinkedIn’s lookalike audiences, GMail’s 15th birthday and a primer on using TikTok. Google+ died yesterday. “On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts,” the company said in a notice in late January.

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Five steps to positive media coverage

Sherrilynne Starkie

Getting covered by the news media is essential to digital marketing success. Not only does it provide visibility for your company, product or service, it powers most content marketing and social media strategies. Whether your target audience is consumers, businesses or other stakeholders, without having earned media coverage as part of your marketing mix, you’re not realizing your full digital marketing potential.

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Instagram ads are growing

Sherrilynne Starkie

The Motley Fool is reporting that Instagram ads are now a significant source of revenue for Facebook, generating an estimated 20 per cent of the company’s total in 2019. That number should climb even higher in 2020, as Facebook continues to improve Stories ads. These are heavily weighted toward Instagram. Here’s why Instagram ads work: Intent. Users are seeking out brands, where as Facebook users are looking to connect with people. Engagement.

Five content marketing tricks of a great social media consultant

Sherrilynne Starkie

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. If the brief is PR, the goal is awareness, and if it’s marketing the goal is more likely conversions.

How Twitter & Facebook are making social media ads more transparent

Sherrilynne Starkie

Fake news is nothing new (think of the National Enquirer founded in 1926), but with last year’s Brexit and US election votes, it’s certainly become more sinister. A certain leader of the free world bandies the term about to denigrate negative media coverage but that’s not an accurate definition. Fake news today, is not “Hillary Clinton Adopts Alien Baby’ type stories. Its pure propaganda published online with the deliberate purpose of spreading misinformation. Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash.

Instagram fact checking comes to Canada

Sherrilynne Starkie

Earlier this year Instagram introduced fact-checking in the US to help identify, review and label false information. Starting today the program goes worldwide, including in Canada. The program means that Instagram’s partners are independently assessing information to reduce the distribution of fake news. When content has been rated as false, Instagram reduces its distribution by removing it from Explore and hashtag pages.

Facebook relevance metrics are changing

Sherrilynne Starkie

If one thing is true of Facebook marketing, it’s that change is constant. The platform is always updating features and functions and keeping on top is the key to success. Facebook is updating how it measures ad relevance, for example. The single ad ‘relevance score’ is disappearing. Three new metrics are replacing it. There’s also and update on ‘potential reach’, and other metrics are going away.

How social media transformed PR

Sherrilynne Starkie

Back in December 2007, the Society for New Media Research Symposium did a study into the influence of social media in PR. In the survey of 300 communications professionals, more than half agreed that social media was becoming valuable. Other key findings: 27% reported social media was a core element of communications strategies. 3% said social media had little or no value. Those three per cent couldn’t have been more wrong.

Changes to Google News

Sherrilynne Starkie

Google is now using machine learning to group top media stories in Google Search and has implemented carousels to improve search relevance and make news easy to access. Searchers now see a carousel of articles at the top of the search results highlighting relevant news. When there are multiple stories related to a search, Google is organizing the results by story.

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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. Facebook is rolling out a new, simplified version of Messenger: Messenger 4. It puts the focus back on messaging and connecting.

Survey: Canadians are OK with sharing personal data

Sherrilynne Starkie

More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of Canadians, are pragmatic or unconcerned about sharing their personal data. This view is even more prevalent among Canadians millennials, at 86 per cent, according to a survey from the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA). . The study, “Data Privacy – What the Canadian Consumer Really Thinks”, shows that people’s comfort with data-sharing is increasing.

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What the heck are social media consultants and what do they do all day?

Sherrilynne Starkie

Social media consultants are not masters of the dark arts. Nor are they only those bearded hipsters who never look away from their iPhone. They are highly-qualified professionals with specific digital marketing and communications skills and experience. Here’s a look at what they bring to a job. They are strategic advisors. Companies often call a consultant in because social media is not working. It’s not helping them get to where they want to be.

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! Having been a professional communicator for more than 20 years, I have to admit this still riles me.

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