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Is it unethical for PR agencies to ghostwrite for their clients?

Ghostwriting is a commonplace practice in public relations and can be found everywhere, from your favorite books to the most notable speeches. But what exactly is ghostwriting?


It may be easier to start with what ghostwriting isn’t. Ghostwriting isn’t plagiarism. Plagiarism is the theft of original work with no attribution or permission given by the original author. Plagiarism is a one-route selfish and unethical act of theft, whereas ghostwriting drives down a two-way road of collaboration. 

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Topics: ethics

What’s the difference between geofencing and geotargeting?

How to properly use these location-specific digital techniques


Digital marketing is a tricky domain with plenty of jargon that can leave you scratching your head. Take, for example, geofencing and geotargeting. Although they sound similar, these location-based strategies are quite different. 


Learning the difference between geofencing and geotargeting can significantly enhance your overall digital marketing efforts and your ROI. 

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Topics: public relations, ethics, online public relations

Journalism ethics versus public relations ethics

How do we ensure that communication pros abide by their codes of ethics?

Both the journalism and public relations industries have always struggled with negative reputations. People have been calling PR practitioners “spin doctors” for decades, and, as the era of fake news fell upon us, it changed the face of journalism. Despite unfortunate widespread beliefs, both PR pros and journalists follow strict codes of ethics in their work.

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Topics: ethics, earned media

2 approaches to make sure your communication is bias-free and ethical

Apply these methods to your PR and marketing materials

When you hire a public relations firm, you trust its members to make ethical decisions and use best practices in all stages of communication with your audiences. Persuasive communication methods work to change your audience’s awareness, attitude, or behavior. When working to persuade someone, whether it’s to attend, purchase, visit, follow, or donate, apply the T.A.R.E.S. test or the duty-based method to ensure ethical best practices. Read our post “3 golden rules of PR in 2018” to dive deeper into which ethical standards are trending this year.

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Topics: public relations, ethics, earned media

3 golden rules of PR ethics in 2018

How to be an ethical public relations professional

Some people think of public relations professionals as manipulators of public perceptions. Sadly, some individuals view PR strategies as tools to trick people into doing something. PR professionals are often accused of distorting reality and spreading propaganda. How do you avoid ethical accusations in your PR practice? Here are three rules to remember to remain ethical as a PR practitioner.

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Topics: public relations, ethics, earned media

4 important don’ts for PR professionals

How to stay ethical in the digital marketing world

Ethics in public relations is critical. In today’s digital world, it’s so easy to reach a broad audience; you can influence consumers’ behavior and obtain useful information about them. You can use various marketing and PR strategies to convert consumers. This makes them very vulnerable to scams and deception.

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Topics: public relations, ethics, shared media

5 ethical rules your influencer marketing campaign cannot do without

How to build lasting relationships with thought leaders in your industry using ethical standards

Maintaining business relationships with influencers in your niche is a great way to deliver your message to your target audience and convert prospects into loyal customers. But no business relationship will last long without an ethical foundation. How do you build relationships with thought leaders in your niche ethically?

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Topics: public relations, thought leadership, ethics

Top 5 ethical concerns in measuring PR efforts

Practicing ethical public relations is a key step to building your business credibility and long-term successful relations with your target audience. However, ethical concerns do not extend only to the implementation of your PR efforts, but also to the measuring and representing of your PR success. Here are the top five ethical concerns for measuring your PR efforts:

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Topics: public relations, ethics, measurement

6 tips for practicing ethical inbound marketing

When creating your inbound marketing strategy, maintain high standards

Inbound marketing takes time and effort. You do your best to write interesting original content; create social media posts and monitor comments; find captivating images for your work; and manage your readers’ testimonials. Through all your hard work, keep in mind that it’s important to be honest with your audience in your every inbound marketing effort.

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Topics: public relations, ethics, inbound marketing

Don’t separate ethics from reputation management

Learn why both are important to your company’s image and bottom line

Your company’s reputation precedes you in every meeting, event and interaction with the public. It’s what consumers use to decide whether they can trust you and your product and if they should spend money with you.

You may think that a good reputation just happens; that if you are well behaved and don’t actively seek to do harm, people will notice. But this is not the case. It’s vital to manage your reputation – and do so ethically.

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Topics: public relations, reputation management, ethics

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