Category Archive for: Influence

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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influencer programs

Consumer Corner: 3 Tips for Building Successful Influencer Programs

Influencers programs have become an important part of many PR strategies, particularly consumer PR strategies, and especially when coupled with traditional media relations. When done well, influencer programs can create powerful brand advocates for your client who spread awareness and drive conversions. If executed poorly, you could end up with indifferent partners who are only…

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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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influencer marketing

Consumer Corner: Influencer Marketing vs. Earned Media

It’s no secret the traditional media landscape is changing – and rapidly. In response, brands, journalists, marketers and communicators are constantly adjusting how they operate. As PR professionals, navigating this swift evolution of the news industry means continually evaluating where – and how – consumers are being influenced most. Due in part to a major…

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Celebrity Ambassador

Consumer Corner: Selecting the Right Celebrity Ambassador

Like me, you’ve probably watched a movie and seen a product integration that seemed out of place, or seen an ad with a celebrity ambassador that just didn’t seem like a good fit. Most recently, the Twittersphere was in a tizzy over Ed Sheeran’s cameo in Game of Thrones. Diehard fans were NOT into it,…

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crisis issue

Crisis Issue? Own It: Shark Week Case Study, Part 4

Miss earlier posts in this series? Check out part 1, part 2 and part 3 before diving into the below.  Despite G.W.’s best efforts, the Shark Week crisis issue is really hammer(head)ing his donut business. He’s done his research so he knows that sharks are getting a bad rep for no good reason, but his…

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influencers

Data Driven PR and the Role of Influencers

Clients of all shapes and sizes are working hard to fully grasp the concept and application of influencers. Can a traditional reporter at the Wall Street Journal be an influencer? Can a vertical industry analyst be an influencer? What about a hobbyist developer in Cleveland, a mom in Reno or a scientist at Harvard –…

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The Importance of Media Training at the Olympics

We are just under 100 days away from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The games officially begin on Friday, August 5th lasting until Sunday, August 21st. Along with dazzling displays of athleticism, you’ll also get to witness another time-honored Olympic tradition – corporate branding. And while the stadiums, clothing, and merchandise will…

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The Difference Between Influencer Marketing and Affiliate Marketing

As marketers and communicators, we have multiple goals. We are tasked with achieving: Increased reach and audience growth Increased engagement and mind share Increased prospect and lead generation to fuel sales Indirectly increased sales and revenue No one tool or method achieves all these objectives well. We would be foolhardy to assume that such a…

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Are influencers overpaid? A data-driven exploration of influencer metrics

A recent article in Digiday made the bold claim by a marketing executive that influencers are overpaid and generally do not advance business objectives. Let’s examine this claim’s merits. Do influencers matter? Are they overpaid? What are influencers paid to deliver? The first, most important question to answer is what are we buying when we…

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