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

Why Journalists Need Reliable Tools for Public Records and News Research
Posted on 06-21-2016 by Janelle Coates

Like our own universe, the universe of content—books, magazines and newspapers—is expanding. More than 300,000 books are published in the U.S. annually. And on any given day, major U.S. newspapers like The Washington Post , The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal publish an average... Read More

Awareness Improves Your Ability to Avoid—or Ride Out—Disasters
Posted on 09-15-2015 by Mary Frericks

Natural and man-made disasters occur all too frequently. Last year alone, the world was rocked by a total of 336 catastrophic events , including 189 natural and 147 man-made disasters. In the past week, we’ve seen headlines following landslides and unprecedented flooding in Japan sharing the spotlight... Read More