Category Archive for: Analytics

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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Three Public Relations Mega-Trends in 2017: Where Are We Now?

Earlier this year we published a blog post highlighting the three PR mega-trends we predicted would shape our industry in 2017. Now that we’re almost halfway through the year (what?!), we wanted to take a look back at how these trends have impacted our efforts so far. Content Shockwave According to Google News, there were…

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Demystifying Data Part 4: Data Analysis – You have the data, now what?

You’ve identified your questions, you’ve tracked down your data set, you’ve cleaned and verified it – now you need to do something with it. It’s party time! The good news is that these days there is no shortage of tools that can help you put your data down, flip it and reverse it. If you…

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Return on Marketing Investement

Finance Marketing: How to Measure Your Return on Marketing Investment

This is the fourth part in a four-part series, which explores how to measure different elements and channels of our various marketing strategies in order to calculate our return on marketing investment. If you missed the first three parts of the series, you can explore the obstacles facing your marketing department, how to build out…

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bounce rate

Why a High Bounce Rate Isn’t Bad

Bounce rate is defined as “the percentage of visitors to a particular website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page”. The featured snippet kindly uses a word in the sentence to enhance the definition: “a rising bounce rate is a sure sign that your homepage is boring or off-putting.” Surely that…

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How to Measure the Success of Video Communications

As we’ve detailed previously, video is hot. It’s one of the most engaging ways to communicate with an audience, and digital platforms are doubling down on video. However, one area where video-minded PR professionals fall short is how to measure the success of video communications. How do we know when our video is contributing to…

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State of Social Twitter

State of Social Q4 2016: Twitter Sees Negative Revenue Growth

Twitter, the social network which still comprises the backbone of most social media metrics, made it through another year. While speculation was rampant about its purchase, it ended the year still an independent entity. Let’s see how it fared. Audience Growth Twitter’s audience growth continued to decline, slipping below 1% quarter over quarter: Mobile growth…

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What is Data-Driven PR, Part 7: Refinement

We’ve used the expression data-driven PR for quite some time now, but haven’t clearly defined it. What does data-driven PR mean? How do you know whether your public relations efforts are data-driven or not? To be data-driven is to make decisions with data first and foremost. In this series, we’ll examine how to become a…

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best of q4

SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q4 2016

As each year comes to a close, we like to sneak a peek into the SHIFT archives to see our content hits and misses. When devising a content strategy for a new year, it’s important to take note of what worked (and why) to plan what’s to come next year. Want to see how to…

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