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7 components of an effective news release

How to write a news release that gains media coverage for your company


If your company has an announcement it wants to make, then a news release may be a great option for you to share that news. A news release is an official announcement that a company or nonprofit issues to the news media. There’s a right way and a wrong way, though, to create a press release. The better it is, the easier it will be to secure earned media coverage. These seven tips will help you write an effective news release to gain earned media coverage for your company.

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Topics: Media Relations, News Release, earned media coverage, Earned media

Use Google to verify a PR firm’s capabilities

How you can properly vet a company before doing business with them


We were in the final in-person pitch with a prospective client. The client was a tech company that had developed a negative reputation online for its fast-paced growth because it had hurt some feelings along the way. While the company earned this reputation, the managers saw the errors of their ways and wanted to get a better handle on the company’s reputation after improving its operations and culture.

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Topics: SEO, Investment, PR measurement, Earned media

Overcoming 3 common PR measurement objections

You do have the time, money, and data to measure public relations


The reasons for incorporating measurement and evaluation into your company’s public relations strategy are many:

  • You know actual metrics behind reach, impressions, items, mentions, and engagement to understand the effectiveness of campaigns.
  • You see which media channels certain audiences are most responsive to.
  • You can predict future trends for better planning and agile response.
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Topics: Investment, PR measurement, PR evaluation, Earned media

2 reasons you should use both traditional media and social media to attract leads

There aren’t many people who read the newspaper at breakfast anymore. Most of us get the news from our phones through social media. However, traditional media – like newspapers and major news outlets – still hold value in our fast-paced, 24-hour news cycle. Social media curates content from many sources, including traditional media outlets. Its platforms are a dynamic medium that your company should use to share news as well as engage with current and future customers.

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Topics: Media Relations, Social Media, Media, Earned media

What’s the difference between crisis communications, reputation management, and review management?

As a public relations firm dedicated to helping companies manage crisis communications, improve their reputations, and manage online reviews, it often surprises us how many of our prospective clients don’t understand the differences between these things. We think it’s important to educate companies about these critical areas of PR. If you don’t know the difference between crisis communications, reputation management, and review management, you’re in luck, as we outline the three below.

 

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Crisis Communications, Online Review Management, Earned media

Are media kits dead?

3 ways to bring your media relations efforts back to life with help from PR


Over the years, the business community has reported that many tools and concepts are “dead.” From press releases to polling, people are quick to declare the premature end of something that no longer seems to be working for them. One such device that has suffered this fate is the media kit. Is it really dead – or perhaps just misunderstood and misused?

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Topics: Digital PR, Media Relations, FAQ, Earned media

Is blockchain for public relations?

Blockchain has received a lot of attention in recent months, especially after the explosive growth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in December. Many people associate blockchain solely with financial applications. Others see potential for blockchain technology in nearly all aspects of life. It’s helpful to have a basic understanding of what blockchain is in order to thoughtfully consider how it may help your company, including your public relations efforts.

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Topics: High Tech, Financial Services, Investment, Earned media

How to use Facebook pixel

Learn what a Facebook pixel is and how you can implement it for your company

If you use Facebook ads for your clients, Facebook pixel is a helpful tool. Facebook pixel is code for your website that helps you track conversions, remarket, create audiences and run more effective ads. Fine-tuning your customers’ target markets just got so much easier.

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Topics: Social Media, Facebook, Shared Media

Use PR and earned media coverage to announce employment opportunities and recruit candidates

Pitching the media about company news that has a positive economic impact is one of the best ways to gain earned media coverage. (Hint: That’s because it’s newsworthy.) This is especially true when it comes to announcing jobs. News stories about employment opportunities are a great way to recruit employees. The news media enjoys sharing this news with their audiences. If your company plans to expand and increase its workforce significantly, then it’s an opportunity to gain some earned media coverage.

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Topics: earned media coverage, Earned media

3 mistakes Starbucks made in handling its crisis in Philadelphia

Don’t make these errors when a crisis hits your company

On the afternoon of Thursday, April 12, an employee at a Starbucks in Philadelphia decided that two men who were sitting at a table and had not purchased anything were a threat. That employee called the police who arrested the men and held them in custody until 1:30 a.m. the next morning. The men, who were waiting for a business associate, were African-American. Another Starbucks patron, Melissa DePino, recorded the incident and posted the video to Twitter at 2:12 that same afternoon. She tagged the video @Starbucks.

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Topics: Crisis Communications, Earned media

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