10 Tips For Fighting Fake News: How to Fact Check Like a Pro Webinar Recap
Posted on 04-17-2017 by Anna Stevens

Living in a “Post-Truth” World The era of “post-truth” is on the rise. An adjective meaning “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, post-truth was... Read More

Analyzing the United Airlines PR Crisis at 20,000 Feet
Posted on 04-14-2017 by Megan Burnside

Crisis management is the kind of PR skill where companies learn more from bad examples than good ones. Your department or agency should, therefore, be taking notes concerning United Airlines and the way it handled the forcible removal of a passenger from one of its overbooked flights. We’ve compiled... 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

When in the Midst of Change, Be Ready for Crisis Management
Posted on 04-03-2017 by Anna Stevens

Keeping your brand's reputation intact is your primary duty as a public relations professional in 2017. Being ready for crises is an essential element of this kind of brand image protection. When an organization implements a major change in the way it operates, it's a great time to refresh your... 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

PR Pros vs The Spread of Disinformation
Posted on 02-16-2017 by Megan Burnside

"Fake news" - those are the words on the lips of everyone from the president of the United States to other global leaders and citizens around the world. There is confusion about what exactly people mean when they talk about fake news, but it's indisputable that incorrect information is... 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

Chinese New Year: a 4,000 Year Old Holiday with PR Possibilities
Posted on 02-09-2017 by Megan Burnside

Recently, more than a billion people celebrated the ringing in of the Year of the Rooster, and brands around the world cashed in by promoting their products and services. The geographic reach of Chinese New Year or Spring Festival promotional tie-ins is growing as population spreads, going from China... Read More

Post-Crisis Analysis: Learn From Your Mistakes
Posted on 02-03-2017 by Megan Burnside

Not understanding mistakes often leads to repeating them. This means that one of the most important things public relations departments or agencies can do after a negative story breaks is to carefully go over the event and move forward with a renewed approach to communication. It only takes one slip... 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

Adjusting Media Strategy at Times of Crisis
Posted on 01-20-2017 by Megan Burnside

When a disaster or bad publicity strikes a company, PR agencies and departments earn their keep. Of course, not every organization will thrive under tough circumstances. These events separate good PR teams that can provide positive return on investment from those that struggle. The media landscape... Read More

2017 PR Superpowers: Speed, Diligence, Humanity
Posted on 01-13-2017 by Megan Burnside

With a whole new year stretching out in front of you, it's time to take stock of what trends and changes your department or company is going to face in the months ahead. The next steps for the Public Relations universe will likely include a few continuing trends from 2016, alongside a few long-gestating... Read More

3 PR Failures of 2016 & the Lessons We Learn
Posted on 01-05-2017 by Megan Burnside

Every calendar year is full of inspiring successful Public Relations campaigns - and some embarrassing mistakes. While the latter category may be promotions those companies would rather forget, they offer strong educational lessons for the rest of the PR community. Critically looking back Companies... 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

Creating a Sustainable PR Strategy
Posted on 11-11-2016 by Megan Burnside

It's not enough to only score Public Relations victories when there is a new product to promote or a major news event to link. Keeping excitement for a brand at a simmering level for a long time keeps companies in touch with news providers and the public at large, and there are plenty of actions... Read More

TV Can Teach Public Relations a Lesson or Three
Posted on 10-20-2016 by Megan Burnside

A new media launch is a PR masterclass. No matter the field you promote in, you can draw inspiration and information from observing how movies, television shows and online media offerings present themselves. With the recent launch of fall TV shows in the U.S., there are plenty of great examples to choose... Read More

Ignite Passion with Corporate Social Responsibility
Posted on 10-17-2016 by Megan Burnside

Being a PR professional today means bringing news outlets and consumers closer to companies than they've ever come before. It's a social media-powered age wherein people examine the organizations they do business with. This often now means ensuring the company's values come through loud and... Read More

Using Media Monitoring to Manage, Protect and Grow Brands
Posted on 10-12-2016 by Megan Burnside

"I'll leave it to chance," said no PR professional ever. But, do all PR professionals have a fast and effective way to stay atop of media buzz? Last September, we brought together three media intelligence experts to share best practices for utilizing media monitoring to manage, protect... Read More

Are You Brave Enough to Risk Going Viral?
Posted on 09-28-2016 by Megan Burnside

Since the dawn of the social media age, viral success has been a PR goal. The idea of scoring maximum coverage for little outlay is often too exciting to pass up. But that doesn't mean companies should chase this goal recklessly. There are a huge number of risks, and campaigns designed for viral... Read More

Back-to-school Tops Local & Digital Media Opportunities for Brands
Posted on 09-20-2016 by Megan Burnside

PR departments and agencies looking for great cross-promotional opportunities in the fall have an ace in the hole: In many parts of the world, it's the start of a new school year. The back-to-school experience is relevant across a huge range of geographic and cultural divisions, and with the right... Read More

9 Tips for Boosting Non-Profit Fundraising
Posted on 08-22-2016 by Kari Abitbol

“Americans are embracing philanthropy at a higher level than ever before,” said Giving USA Foundation Chair W. Keith Curtis in a statement accompanying the release of the Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015 in June. The report also notes that giving in 2015... Read More