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PR for beginners

Every company needs PR to build trust, increase sales, and more

What is public relations?

The world revolves around relationships. Every company has relationships with its customers, shareholders, and employees as well as the public. Without these relationships, business would cease to exist. So, what does public relations have to do with relationships?

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Topics: Public Relations, Earned media, Owned media, Shared Media

5,000 ways to celebrate now that you’ve made it onto the Inc. 5000 list

Promote your company and its accomplishments


Congratulations on making it to the Inc. 5000 list! Whether your company is No. 1 or No. 5,000, it’s a tremendous honor to receive, and it’s time to spread the word of your company’s achievement. So, where should you start? There are thousands of ways for you to share with employees, customers, and the public that your hard work has paid off. OK, so we may not have 5,000 ideas. However, we do have 25 ways for your company to celebrate, in addition to our original 16 ways to promote your Inc. 5000 honor. Feel free to substitute the number 5,000 with your exact ranking number on the list.

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Topics: Awards, PR Tips, Earned media, Shared Media, Owned media

3 reasons to use Facebook groups to promote your company

Why your organization should have a Facebook group

Facebook groups have become part of our daily Facebook use, and most people belong to multiple groups. While Facebook groups are extremely useful in general, they have a huge impact when you use them in your marketing strategy along with your company’s business page. Here are three reasons why.

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Topics: Shared Media, Facebook, PR Tips

What is shared media?

Shared media is social media. It’s evolving and continues to build beyond just marketing or the customer service teams using it. Organizations have begun to use it as their main source of communications internally and externally. Shared media includes publishing to social sites, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

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Topics: Shared Media, Social Media

The social media news desk: The big earned media opportunity your PR is missing

Traditional public relations isn’t working anymore. Fewer Americans rely on TV news, while nearly half of all U.S. adults get their news from Facebook, according to surveys conducted by Pew Research Center. PR professionals must adapt to the ever-changing social and digital age. Here’s the opportunity most PR pros and their PR agencies are missing: the social media news desk.

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Topics: Earned media, Shared Media, Owned media, Pitch

Facebook tests new rating system for business pages

Why customer reviews on social media are more important than ever

Today, almost everyone has a Facebook account. For companies, this means huge opportunities to connect with audiences, promote products and services, and gain reviews. Facebook’s review system has become a respected source for online reviews over the years. We’ve recently learned that Facebook may have a new rating system in the works that could change the way it calculates review scores. Here’s what we know.

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Topics: Shared Media, Online Review Management, ReviewMaxer

Turn your earned media pitches into shared and owned media content to get more visibility

3 tools we recommend to create the content you’ll use to pitch

Most news outlets have a social media or digital desk, and they’re always looking for great content to publish. Turn a news release into a short video or infographic – or grab the reporter’s attention with a corresponding GIF. News outlets are more likely to publish high-quality content on their social media platforms, and the results are often even greater than TV or newspaper (earned media) coverage. Think about it: Social media coverage has the potential of reaching thousands and even millions of people. Your local TV station’s 6 p.m. segment might not.

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Topics: Earned media, Shared Media, Owned media, PR Tips

8 easy steps to perform a social media audit

Use these steps to evaluate how well your social media strategy is working

A social media audit is an evaluation of what’s working and what’s not working with your social media strategy and what you can improve. Additionally, it takes inventory of all your accounts, messages, and materials and their reach. It functions within a communications audit to measure the success of the messages your company sends out.

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Topics: Shared Media, Social Media

6 ways to engage journalists on social media

In order to earn media coverage for your company, it’s important to have good relationships with reporters. Axia Public Relations compiled 15 insider tips for earning media coverage for your company, and engaging a reporter on social media is tip No. 2. Engagement is key in establishing and building working relationships with journalists.

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Topics: Earned media, Shared Media, PR Tips

3 reasons why a social media plan is necessary

With all the fuss about engaging content, companies look to communications professionals for guidance as to how they can use content to advance brand awareness, image, and public perception. Even though a handful of YouTube sensations earn unexpected and almost accidental viral success, effective, long-term social marketing requires planning and forethought.

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Topics: Shared Media, Social Media

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