Back to the future or fast forward to a new normal?
Posted on 07-18-2017 by Vorheean

By Sam Knowles, Founder & MD of Insight Agents, a corporate and brand storytelling consultancy News is neither a fixed nor a finite entity. There are some periods in history when it feels like there’s just more happening than at others. I’m not talking about the Dark Ages (which suffered... Read More

The Evolution of Fake News
Posted on 07-13-2017 by Korinne Bressler

News (n(y)o͞oz) Noun Newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events. Have you ever shared a story of the latest ‘news’ that you heard from a friend, saw in a grocery store check-out line or spotted on social media? Let’s face it: We’ve... Read More

Working with corporate leadership for valuable PR strategies
Posted on 07-11-2017 by Vorheean

When a public relations strategy is an internal piece of work, generated by your PR team with little input from corporate leaders or alignment with overall company goals, it may end up far less valuable than you'd hoped. Deriving more value from your campaigns means re-contextualizing them as assets... Read More

PR Reputation Management: Embracing long-term preparation
Posted on 06-27-2017 by Vorheean

Reputation management, one of the major branches of modern public relations, is at its most important when a crisis strikes. If a brand you're representing comes into bad press, your efforts to burnish the company's image will face a major test. There are really two kinds of actions that will... Read More

Smart media intelligence tips gleaned from the Joy of Painting
Posted on 06-20-2017 by Vorheean

From 1983 until 1994, PBS aired The Joy of Painting , which featured the always good-natured Bob Ross demonstrating wet-on-wet oil painting. While it doesn’t sound like a show that would attract a large audience, the show—and Bob’s folksy, conversational teaching style—enjoyed... Read More

Media Analytics: How to combine qualitative and quantitative successes for valuable PR
Posted on 06-13-2017 by Vorheean

How many people are seeing your PR messages? This is likely one of the first and most important metrics you check once a story with media analytics once your pitch reaches the masses. While this is a good start, however, it's premature to call a campaign a success until you've determined whether... Read More

Get the Most Out of Competitive Intelligence
Posted on 05-08-2017 by Anna Stevens

F ictional detective Sherlock Holmes is frequently quoted in forums and blogs related to competitive intelligence (CI). After all, he was obsessed with data. In The Boscombe Valley Mystery, for example, Holmes says, “You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.” He isn’t... Read More

5 Tips From PR Professionals to Remain Career-Relevant
Posted on 04-12-2017 by Anna Stevens

In such a fast paced world, it is important to continuously develop a skill set that helps you remain career-relevant, especially in the PR world. Recently, we hosted a webinar with three PR experts: Lauren Doyle, Vice President of Wordsworth Communication, Sean Parker, Vice President & PR Director... Read More

A Deeper Look into the 5 "P"s of Human Rights
Posted on 04-05-2017 by Anna Stevens

Two years ago, the United Nations set 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all” by 2030. This astounding effort, led by 193 countries, encourages organizations and citizens alike to take action and change the world for the... Read More

5 Ways To Sharpen Your Modern PR Skills
Posted on 03-17-2017 by Anna Stevens

Public relations operations are a little different today than in the past, and failing to take the changes into account could harm your agency or department. Skills that were highly relevant only a few years ago could fail you now, and progress in the industry could be tied to your ability to evolve... Read More

Media Relations for PR Departments in 2017
Posted on 03-06-2017 by Megan Burnside

The media research you perform as a PR professional has perhaps never been as important as it is today. Getting your message in front of an interested audience is still valuable, but the players on the news landscape are not the same as they have been. The rise of fake news and deliberate misinformation... Read More

PR Storylines and Lessons from the Oscars
Posted on 02-27-2017 by Megan Burnside

When the Academy Awards ceremony takes place, millions tune into the pageantry and excitement of the big night. Of course, as a PR professional, you have your own perspective of Hollywood's celebration of itself. There are plenty of lessons and useful tactics embedded in the endless campaigns actors... Read More

Information Trend: Narrative versus Fact Warfare
Posted on 02-22-2017 by Megan Burnside

Below is a guest post from LexisNexis's Thomas Stoeckle, who heads up the Small Data Forum podcast -- a podcast that makes big data less intimidating, more actionable and thus more valuable. Episode 6 of the Small Data Forum podcast continues the discussion from our 2016 year-end edition, which... Read More

Why PR Pros Love Valentine's Day
Posted on 02-14-2017 by Megan Burnside

Creating PR campaigns and placing stories that reflect the season or any relevant holiday are tactics pulled right from the public relations playbook. Valentine's Day provides so many opportunities to connect brands with emotions, and pros shouldn't let it pass them by. Even when the holiday... Read More

3 Tips for Operating in a Post-truth World
Posted on 02-02-2017 by Megan Burnside

In an already confusing landscape of post-truth and fake news, President Trump's administration recently added to the quagmire by using the phrase 'Alternative Facts'. With the public becoming more skeptical by the minute, reputation has never been so valuable nor so easily lost. Building... Read More

Fantastic PR exposure (And where to find It)
Posted on 12-15-2016 by Megan Burnside

When you're working on PR pitches to the media between major events or product launches, you may wish you had a magic spell up your sleeve. Your job is essentially to conjure something valuable - favorable coverage - out of thin air. It's time to believe in magic. This kind of hype-building... Read More

Black Friday Kicking Off Holiday Shopping: An Idea That's Going Global
Posted on 12-02-2016 by Megan Burnside

Coordinating a global PR strategy can sometimes seem like a Sisyphean struggle. When cornerstone ideas of your company's (or client's) brand don't cross international borders, there's a temptation to either limit your reach or cook up completely different strategies for each territory... Read More

Fact-Checking News Research in the ‘Onion’ Era
Posted on 12-02-2016 by Janelle Coates

It’s not unheard of for TV shows—like Saturday Night Live—or parody news sites—like The Onion—to bend the latest headlines to their will for the sake of comedy. But recently, headlines have trumpeted a disturbing trend: the rise of deliberately misleading or even entirely... Read More

Unraveling the Results: What Media Monitoring Reveals Post-Election 2016
Posted on 11-18-2016 by Megan Burnside

The case could certainly be made that no other presidential race in memory or potentially history has received so much media attention—and, let’s face it, felt so much like a reality TV show—as this one. Now that the election is one for the record books, let’s take a look at how... Read More