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Once Upon a Time …: The Art of Storytelling

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Guest Post by Elena Bosch. The art of storytelling is rooted in the origins of every society. As far back as history can reach, humans have used storytelling to teach the next generation, to connect with others, to protect their culture and much, much more.

Trust Me, I’m a Communicator

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Guest Post by John Friedman. It is a difficult time to be a professional communicator. Trust and credibility are two of the attributes that we rely upon to do our jobs.

Creative Storytelling: Picture This: It’s Not Just the Words – It’s What You Do with Them

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Guest Post by Mary Wascavage. Every morning I listen to the Elvis Duran Morning Show on my way in to work. I like to be entertained throughout my commute, and Duran’s show doesn’t disappoint. It’s talk-show-meets-freak-show with popular contemporary music added in for good measure.

PR Ethics … “You CAN Handle the Truth”

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Guest Post by Kirk Hazlett. Jack Nicholson’s explosive response to Tom Cruise’s relentless questioning in “A Few Good Men” more than a quarter-century ago has always hung out in the back of my mind as I’ve worked with employers and clients over the years. “ You can’t handle the truth.”.

Social Media Automation 101

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

Are You Writing Intelligent Content? Should You Be?

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Guest Post by Kathy Vaské. Intelligent content aka structured content is breaking out of its traditional boundaries. No longer is it used solely for product catalogs, technical specifications and the like.

How Do You Build A Brand? Start by Asking What Drives Human Behavior

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Guest Post by Simon Erskine Locke. When it comes to building brands most experts will likely start with the tactics: Develop a mission statement or messages, create a logo, use PR, advertise and leverage social media. To be clear, these are all important components of the brand building process.

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It’s As If Those Parkland Kids Learned from a Pro

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Guest Post by Paula Kiger. You have to promise me you won’t share this.”. The coordinator of a group of social media advocates said this via Facebook one night about eight years ago, on our private page.

Command Attention by Telling Your Company’s Story

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Guest Post by Rob Biesenbach. It’s an old story: PR people are often terrible when it comes to our own PR. I recently attended an industry event featuring a group of agency leaders who were clearly smart, successful people.

#measurePR Recap (September 2018): Ethics of PR Measurement

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Guest Post by Jen Zingsheim Phillips. The September #measurePR Twitter chat featured guests Sultana Ali and Kirk Hazlett. Sultana F. Ali, APR, has a 15+ year career in communications and marketing, and is adjunct faculty in Georgetown University’s Corporate Communication and Public Relations program.

We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends

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I sometimes feel like the entire WORLD is a disaster zone. There is so much pain and suffering and heartache pretty much everywhere I turn. TBH, it’s overwhelming.

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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.

25 Free Digital Marketing Tools for Nonprofits

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Guest Post by Laura Petrolino. The life of a communications pro for a nonprofit organization is one that seems to require a daily mix of magic tricks, extreme sport level time management and creativity.

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Cyberbullying: My Week on LinkedIn

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About a week ago, I posited what I thought was a fairly innocuous question on LinkedIn: It got a few interesting responses, which was great; I was, after all, asking a question. That was about a week ago. Suddenly, over this past weekend, the number of views had crossed 10,000.

Career Development Tips for the 2018 Professional

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Guest Post by Makeda Waterman. At the end of the year, most professionals spend time contemplating achievements and areas of opportunity in their career. You are a hard-working professional with the talent to succeed in your industry.

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Permission to Be Human

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Which moments in time are forever etched in your mind? Can you recall exactly where you were, what you were wearing, how you felt, how it changed your life in perhaps some infinitesimal but incredibly impactful way? Here are some of mine: 1.

17 Lessons I’ve Learned in the 17 Years Since I Came to America

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Swiping through Facebook this morning, I realized that today marked a unique anniversary for me: 17 years ago today, I landed in the United States for the very first time, knowing that I was stepping into a whole new life.

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.

Our Industry, Your Answers: Breaking Down the 2018 JOTW Communications Survey

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Guest Post by Scott Kaminski. Corporate communications and PR can be a lonely business of sorts. As communicators, we are sometimes holed up in self-imposed exile creating content for others to deliver on ever-shrinking budgets. Or are we?

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Daring PR Professionals and the Lawyers Who Love Them: A Primer for Avoiding Legal Problems

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Guest Post by Kerry O’Shea Gorgone. Contrary to popular belief, lawyers do not enjoy making your job harder by nixing your creative campaign ideas.

Creative Communications: Lessons from Health and Wellness Brands

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Guest Post by Hanna Knowles. Look better. Be stronger. Get fit faster. Feel young again. Before and after. These messages are tired and far from creative. Yet, health and wellness brands refuse to let them go.

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8 Reasons Your Content Campaigns Fail (And How To Fix Them)

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Guest Post by Brandon Andersen. 90% of content campaigns fail to meet business objectives. What’s more, only 5% of content produces 90% of audience engagement. So when you’re launching your content campaign, the odds are already stacked against you.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

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

On IWD, Advice for Women in PR, From (Mostly) Women in PR

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Watching what’s been going on this International Women’s Day (that’s today, in case you’re wondering and/or have been living under a rock) has been pretty interesting: The New York Times has done a pretty good job of curating what’s been happening around the world today.

How a Trip to Antigua Dropped Into My Lap Thanks to Intentionality

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Would you believe I literally dreamed up a trip to Antigua? Had this not happened to me, I would have called myself crazy, or “woo woo,” or maybe something even more colorful. But it did.

Life and Career Lessons from Two Very Different Wonder Women

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Wonder Woman showed up in my life in no uncertain way twice this past week. And she made me wonder (sic): How much effort do we really put into becoming who we say we want to be? The first time WW showed up was at the Takoma Park, Md.,

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Ready Yourself Now for a Mobile Only Future

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Guest Post by Amanda DiSilvestro. How do you communicate with customers or potential customers? We all know how we used to communicate—phone, direct mail, in person. Technology drives our communications, and that’s only going to increase, again and again, and again.

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8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

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

How a #toeselfie Can Build Your Network

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So I just got back from a beach business getaway to Antigua (you might remember my telling you about it a few weeks ago ). OMG, it was awesome.

Inspiring Communications: What You Make Is Not What You Do

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Guest Post by John Friedman. Inspiring communications focuses people on the real value in your products or services.

Want Your Content to Stand Out? Look to “the Basics.”

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Guest Post by Lukas Treu. Creating content that someone actually wants to read is extremely difficult these days.

#SocialPR Spotlight: Brandon Andersen

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Today’s a big day. Not just because I can now say, “Christmas is next week,” (yay!) but because today’s #SocialPR Spotlight shines bright on one of the absolute smartest and nicest people ever: Brandon Andersen, Chief Strategist at Ceralytics.

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10 Content Marketing Tricks That Will Help Your Brand Stand Out

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Guest Post by Monika Jansen. There’s a lot of noise out there. You are drowning in emails, ads and brand messages – and so are your prospects and clients. The best way to stand out from the noisy crowd is by employing a few tricks of the content marketing trade.

#SocialPR Spotlight: Duncan Alney

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I love introducing you to all my Social PR Virtuosos, but this week, I’m particularly stoked! You see, Duncan Alney – who’s profiled below – and I have known each other since high school. Yes, that’s how long we go back!

#measurePR Recap (August 2017): How Measurement Affects Strategy Development

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In August, #measurePR focused on incorporating measurement from the start of your campaign before even thinking of implement your strategy.

Employee Evangelists: Your Secret Social PR Weapon in a Crisis

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Guest Post by Laurel Kennedy. Social media has redefined crisis response in three important ways: outlet options, messaging speed and employee engagement. The proliferation of new media outlets has changed everything about how companies communicate.

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To Cision, With Love

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Dear Cision, Healthcare shmealthcare, you totally stole the show this week with your B.I.G. N.E.W.S. You know… that not-so-little bolt from the blue that you’re going public. And that you’ll have “ an anticipated initial enterprise value of approximately $2.4 billion.”

No More Silver Bullet. Now what?

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A few days ago, I co-presented a webinar (thank you CommPRO.biz !) on #KickAssContent marketing with two of my favorite people, Brandon Andersen and Heidi Sullivan. KickAssContent marketing. The three of us designed this webinar like so: Brandon: why content audits are so critical.

#SocialPR Spotlight: Mercy Chikowore

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This week I’m thrilled to feature Mercy Chikowore – a bona fide Social PR Virtuoso and good friend – in the Social PR Spotlight! I’ve known Mercy so long now, I don’t even remember how we met.

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The Case for Nonprofit Storytelling

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Guest Post by Mike Connell. Storytelling: whether you’re in PR, marketing or a like-minded communications discipline, it’s stories that affect change. Statistics can draw us into a campaign. Humor can hook us. Shocking imagery can, well, shock us. But stories have us coming back for more.

#measurePR Recap (October 2017): How Gender Bias Affects the Bottom-Line

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Guest Post by Jen Zingsheim Phillips. The October #measurePR Twitter chat focused on the issue of gender bias in advertising and how measurement of gender bias can affect PR. Our guest for the October chat was Angie Jeffrey , APR, ABX’s Vice President of Brand Management.

#measurePR Recap (April 2017): Measuring Financial Communications

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Guest Post by Jen Zingsheim Phillips. The April #measurePR chat fell the Thursday before Tax Day, so Shonali invited some of PR’s best financial communications pros with measurement advice for everyone—from those just starting out to seasoned pros.

#SocialPR Spotlight: Laura Kaslow

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Happy Halloween! There are no tricks here, only treats as we get to know Laura Kaslow in this week’s Social PR Spotlight.