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top tier influencers on pr budgets

How To Reach Top-Tier Influencers on PR Budgets

An astonishing amount of mindshare has been devoted to influencer marketing this year. Interest in influencer marketing is at all-time highs, and based on Google searches for the topic, there’s little indication that interest will flag. However, for public relations practitioners, influencer marketing poses significant challenges, such as: Cost: influencer marketing costs reach into 7-figures…

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State of Social Q3 2017: Snapchat Struggles For Relevance

Snapchat, the shiniest new object in social media (at least as far as publicly-traded companies go), held its third earnings call since its initial public offering (IPO) recently, and the little ghost is struggling. Let’s see what the company had to report. User Growth Snapchat reports its userbase by quarterly averaged daily active users, meaning…

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State of Social Media 3Q 2017: Facebook Nears $5 ARPU

Facebook, the largest social network and arguably the largest product ever made for the human race intentionally, released its 3Q 2017 earnings. Let’s see what the behemoth had to say. User Growth After passing 2 billion monthly active users last quarter, Facebook notched another 72 million or so new monthly active users for 3.29% growth.…

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State of Social Media, 3Q 2017: Twitter Restates

Twitter, the 140-character stream of what’s happening now, surprised everyone with a measurement disclosure. Let’s dig into everything they announced. Audience Growth We see modest growth below, as Twitter adds an additional 1.23% quarter-over-quarter growth in monthly active users: Twitter now addresses 330 million users around the world; their presence is largely international. Only 69…

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IBM CDO Strategy Summit Roundup

The IBM Chief Data Officer Strategy Summit, a bi-annual event hosted by IBM, just wrapped up its fall edition. At this event, Chief Data Officers from around the world to discuss and share insights as peers. SHIFT Communications and NATIONAL Public Relations sent a team of three to the Boston CDO Strategy Summit to learn…

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Creative PR: 4 Idea Generation Techniques

In 1926, psychologist Graham Wallas outlined the basic creative process, which has been the overall framework for understanding and fostering creativity for almost a century. The Wallas process has four general stages: Preparation: loading up your mind to be creative Inspiration/Insight: the process of generating ideas Incubation: the process of refining and iterating ideas Verification: the process…

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How to Analyze Conference Data For Marketing and PR

Conferences are amazing, rich sources of information; by their very nature, they bring an industry’s audience together in one location. One of the services we provide to clients is the ability to investigate a conference or event for marketing communications purposes. The Value of Conference Data What happens when we bring a crowd of like-minded…

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Are Marketing and PR The Same Thing?

Here’s an interesting question posed to us recently: “Are marketing and PR the same thing?” The answer to this question is: no. At their cores, public relations and marketing have different goals, but share similar methods and tactics. The Goal of PR The goal of public relations is to create awareness and trust. The job…

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{PR}edict: Predictive Analytics and the Future of PR, Part 5

In this series, we’ve looked at what predictive analytics is, why it’s important to public relations professionals, and a glimpse at some actual predictions: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Pre-Requisites to Predictive Analytics for PR Part 3: Predictive Analytics for PR, Applied Part 4: Where Predictive Analytics for PR Goes Wrong Now that we’ve surveyed…

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How Influence Works

How Influence Works: Social Media and the Social Impact Theory

The Social Impact Theory In 1981, long before social media existed, Ohio State University psychologist Bibb Latané coined the social impact theory after conducting a series of experiments to validate his hypothesis about how influence works. Three factors make up social impact within his theory: Strength: How important is the influencing group to the target…

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