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State of Social Media Q4 2015: Less than 25% Active LinkedIn Members

LinkedIn, the former dark horse of social media, has not only grown past Twitter, but is a serious publishing platform in its own right. Let’s see what LinkedIn reported for its Q3 earnings. Growth LinkedIn’s membership continues to grow, passing 400 million registered users: Above, we see sustained 4% quarter over quarter growth, indicating a…

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Emerging Social Platforms

When a new social media platform comes out, there’s usually a mad rush to be the first on the platform. But using new social media platforms has advantages and disadvantages. Don’t rush into new platforms until you’re sure you can utilize them effectively. Wait, why shouldn’t you stampede to the hot, new social thing? Companies…

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Can I Quote You on That? Three Interviewing Blunders to Avoid

In my last post, I shared three ways to bungle your product launch and touched briefly on preparing your executives for media interviews. Let’s dig into this a bit more. First, why is media training so important? Because this is a chance to speak to a wider audience and therefore, any missteps can be magnified.…

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Native Advertising: Should PR Shore Up the Defenses or Lead an Expeditionary Force?

With a host of media, advertising and adtech companies on the roster, many of our teams at SHIFT are grappling with stories relating to how native advertising is impacting these industries. But we have probably thought a little less about how it is affecting our own corner of marketing land. According to an Advertising Age…

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Cultivating Influence: Identify, Reach, and Engage Influencers

Influencer marketing is much more than who has the largest number of followers. In our new eBook, Cultivating Influence, we’ll explore influencer management and marketing in depth: Why does influence matter? Is it really worth our time? In an ever-changing digital landscape, the influencer may keep us afloat. What is influence? We look back to…

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Boring Press Release Bingo is Back!

Every year, we analyze thousands of press releases to determine what words are popping up in press releases over and over again throughout the year. We’ve done blog posts and infographics in the past, but last year we wanted to do something a little more fun with our ‘Top 50 Most Overused Words in PR’…

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State of Social Media Q4 2015: Half of Facebook Users Go Mobile Only

The largest social network in the world – practically a planet unto itself – released its Q4 and 2015 calendar earnings. Let’s see how Facebook closed out 2015. One change from previous State of Social reports: our charts are now interactive and embeddable. Hover over any data point to see exact numbers. User Growth Facebook’s…

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Stay Social: How to Maintain Impactful Influencer Relationships

The emergence of social media brought direct and immediate access to everyday consumers. With each new social platform comes a group of expert users who are able to inspire, empower and encourage large fan bases. The voices of influencers have become especially pertinent and widely accepted by brands. The definition of “social influencer” differs for…

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Key Marketing Lessons for PR Pros

In the spring of 2015, SHIFT launched its cutting-edge Marketing Technology Immersion (MTI) program to help the agency develop a better understanding of SHIFT’s data-driven approach to communications and client services. The program offers SHIFTers the opportunity to participate in an educational course that allows traditional PR pros like myself the chance to dip our…

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Don’t Be Outdated: Why It’s Important to Refresh Your Models

It’s becoming more fashionable to claim that your PR and marketing is “data-driven,” but what exactly does that mean? It means we evaluate our situation honestly, using the most unbiased tools at our disposal. This often means using data about our current market or audience to create a model. A model is simply a substitute…

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