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State of Social Q2 2017: Snapchat Active User Growth Slows

Snapchat, the shiniest new object in social media (at least as far as publicly-traded companies go), held its second earnings call since its initial public offering (IPO) recently, and the news from the yellow ghost isn’t great. Let’s dig into what Snapchat had to say. User Growth Snapchat reports its userbase by quarterly averaged daily…

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State of Social

State of Social Media, 2Q 2017: Twitter Fails to Grow Users

Twitter, the 140-character stream of what’s happening now, surprised everyone by reversing its Q1 growth and falling flat – literally – with no quarterly user growth. Let’s see what else happened in their Q2 earnings. Audience Growth We see the surprise below: 0.0% growth from quarter to quarter for Twitter’s monthly active users: Twitter, during…

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How to Create Thought Leadership, Part 1: Introduction

Thought leadership. What is it? Why is it important to a public relations or marketing communications program? Since 2004, thought leadership’s share of search has risen from approximately 5,000 searches per month globally to nearly 22,000 searches per month as communicators seek ideas for creating it. PR professionals need to transform their leaders and subject…

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How to Reach the C-Suite With Public Relations

As marketers and communicators, our goal is to reach the most important people to our companies and clients. Sometimes, that’s the media side, reaching influential journalists and publishers. Other times, that’s the company side, reaching executives and decision-makers. Marketers in particular face perpetual challenges attracting the attention of senior decision-makers at organizations. At the recent…

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investor relations

What is Investor Relations?

What is investor relations? How does investor relations relate to public relations? Investor relations (or IR) is a specific sub-discipline of public relations that revolves around how a company communicates with investors, shareholders, government authorities, and the financial community. Unlike regular public relations practices, investor relations practices must be tightly integrated with a corporation’s accounting…

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Fast Track Your Data: An IBM Machine Learning Event Recap

I had the pleasure and privilege to attend IBM’s Machine Learning event, Fast Track Your Data, recently in Munich, Germany. While the event covered a number of topics including hybrid cloud data management, governance, and machine learning, a couple items stand out for marketers and communicators to pay attention to. Simplifying Data Science Data science,…

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GDPR Primer for Marketing and Public Relations

Marketers, advertisers, and public relations professionals are ill-informed and ill-equipped to manage the largest change in data and privacy in the last 20 years: GDPR. What is GDPR? GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, is an EU regulation which strengthens data protection and privacy for EU citizens and the companies they do business with. GDPR…

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health information technology

HIMSS BrandHIT Preview: What’s New in Healthcare IT Marketing

Healthcare IT marketing is one of the hottest, fastest growing industries in the world as digital health, precision medicine, and artificial intelligence meet traditional healthcare. What’s new in healthcare IT marketing? This Wednesday kicks off the BrandHIT Marketing Summit in Vegas, a two-day HIMSS event where attendees will discover what’s next in the health information…

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Connecting PR To Business Results

One of the most common requests I’ve received in my work in public relations is, “how do we connect our public relations efforts to business results?”. This question – and its many variations – is a disguise for a much simpler question: How does PR help me make money / not get fired? Public relations…

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The Thrill of Solving: Alteryx Inspire 2017

In a whirlwind two days in Las Vegas, I reaffirmed my belief in the future of analytics and its potential to change businesses for the better. I attended Alteryx Inspire 2017, a client of SHIFT Communications, to see what one of the leading business intelligence and data analytics companies in the world was up to.…

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