The Public Relations Blog

Forbes Agency Council: Should you become a member?

Someone has invited you to join the Forbes Agency Council and you’re very flattered. Your immediate thought is that you should promote this honor and leverage your achievement to the hilt. However, let’s take a deeper look. Is it really an honor? Or, is it just another paid membership?

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

Do you know the difference between PR and marketing?

Why the distinctions matter to your company and bottom line

In some companies, public relations and marketing share the same space, with their goals and functions used interchangeably. At other companies, they’re separate, with different reporting structures and a constant battle for budget dollars between the two. Some organizations have one function reporting to the other. How does your company handle these disciplines and, more importantly, are you using them correctly?

This was just one of the topics at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s highly anticipated 2017 Global Communications Study. How we structure and utilize PR and marketing is a major issue facing the PR industry and one your company must tackle to ensure you’re getting the maximum benefit and profitability.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

Hire a PR firm with experience in your industry

3 tips to be certain your PR agency knows your field and can deliver success

Why would you risk hiring a public relations firm that hasn’t achieved results within your company’s industry? Before hiring a PR firm, do your due diligence to ensure you’re hiring a firm that fits your needs and wants – one that can create a successful PR campaign in your industry. Hiring an inexperienced PR agency is mistake No. 6 in Axia Public Relations’ list of 15 mistakes companies make when hiring a PR firm. Check out our three tips to ensure you hire an experienced PR firm that will bring you success.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

3 key ways to use social media for crisis communications

How to make the most of social media when times are tough

Even the most seasoned public relations professionals find managing social media in a crisis challenging. News spreads fast on social media. Things can escalate in a matter of minutes. Marketing departments are often in a position where they must act swiftly and shrewdly when their company’s reputation is at stake. The good news is that social media can help you mitigate crises when you use it wisely.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Crisis PR, Social Media

Students today, leaders tomorrow; Axia talks PR at UNF

3 qualities you need for PR success

The public relations game has changed drastically since the introduction of the 24-hour news cycle. It’s no longer sufficient to draft news releases, run campaigns and manage crises. While the methods have changed, the heart of PR remains the same.

Students today will be decision-makers tomorrow. The next generation of PR professionals looks to current leaders to guide it. Axia Public Relations’ CEO Jason Mudd is doing his part to help shape the future of PR. He understands the changing landscape and the importance of blending the old with the new in PR tactics. Joined by other experts at the University of North Florida (UNF), Mudd gave advice on the qualities every PR expert should have.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

5 media-pitching rules for 2018

How to build long-lasting media relationships

When you think of media, you think about placement for your company’s product or service. However, media is much more than getting your story published. Pitching your story to the media is about creating long-term mutually beneficial relationships with journalists. How do you pitch so that journalists will pick your content and connect with you as a source for their future stories?

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured

How long will it take for public relations to work?

3 key points for maximizing the effectiveness of your PR strategy

Having been in the public relations game for nearly two decades, I’ve found that one question continues to plague our industry: How long will it take to see the value of public relations? Everything we do in business should net a return – that’s the whole point, right? PR has most certainly transitioned into a business of measurement. Where once clip books and impressions marked success, we must determine today’s campaign success by precise metrics and established goals.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

3 ways to step up your SEO game

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a controversial topic for many marketers. With Google often changing its algorithms, some companies doubt whether SEO should remain an important part of their online marketing efforts. Google strives to bring the best search results to its users based on how people interact with content. By incorporating these techniques, you can optimize your company’s marketing endeavors.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, SEO, Online Public Relations

6 tips for PR students to achieve success

Advice for students planning a public relations career

The school year is in full swing, and public relations students are likely juggling multiple class projects and thinking about the thing that’s on most college students’ minds: getting a job after college. Here are six tips to help students secure a great job in PR.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Opportunities

Beautiful blogging: 5 ways to build a more engaging blog

Use creative content to reach your audience

With search engines placing more emphasis on valuable content, a once-static website can now become a more dynamic calling card for any company. An optimal way to keep your website fresh is to create and maintain a well-crafted blog to attract new visitors and further build relationships with those who have visited previously. With greater focus on inbound marketing, companies are ditching aggressive sales and marketing approaches of yesteryear and replacing them with conscientious, thoughtful and strategic engagement to assert differentiation.

Blogs are evolving to incorporate useful and creative content in the form of videos and hyper-localized content. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you consider your blogging efforts.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Online Public Relations, Blog

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