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Predictive Analytics in Action

Grounding process in a real-world example is one of the best ways to understand a new capability. Our recent series on predictive analytics shared a good deal of information on the why and the how of predictive’s benefits for PR. Our VP of Marketing Tech, Chris Penn, even detailed a theoretical example of how predictive…

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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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{PR}edict: Predictive Analytics and the Future of PR, Part 4

In the last post, we looked at a sample prediction using Google Analytics™ data to make a prediction about my blog’s website traffic. We used clean, compatible, well-chosen data and looked forward 365 days to see what future performance of my blog looked like. What if, however, we didn’t have textbook data at our fingertips?…

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B2B Security Vendors: Prepare for Scrutiny

Growing Skepticism Toward Vendors’ Claims Public sentiment toward technology vendors is undergoing a significant shift. Just take a look at what Ben Smith at Buzzfeed is saying, or the message behind Franklin Foer’s new book, “World Without Mind.” The shift reflects a growing skepticism in the claims technology providers make about their products and services.…

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{PR}edict: Predictive Analytics and the Future of PR, Part 3

In the last post, we reviewed the necessary ingredients to make successful predictions: good data. We defined good data as clean, compatible, and chosen well. Let’s next look at a predictive analytics example every PR practitioner will benefit from. Matching Customer Behavior to Public Relations The purpose of public relations is to generate awareness and…

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What PR Professionals Learned at the Google Analytics™ Certified Partner Summit

Last week, SHIFT and NATIONAL Public Relations (SHIFT’s parent company) had the honor of representing the public relations world at the Measurement For Growth Google Analytics™ Certified Partner Summit. Along with NATIONAL Vice President of Marketing Technology Jonathan Litwack, I had the privilege of learning from Google where state of the art marketing measurement will be…

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What is a media impression

PR 101: What is a Media Impression?

One of the most common metrics talked about in traditional public relations as well as advertising is the media impression. However, it’s not always clear what an impression is or why it matters, not to mention, some folks believe impressions don’t matter at all. Let’s dig into this metric and understand what it truly measures.…

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The Data-Driven Now That’s What I Call Music! Guide

This post is a collaboration between trendy, very stylish Millennial marketing analyst Nick Patterson and grumpy old GenXer Christopher Penn. NP: Who remembers the good ole days of taking a trip to the local F.Y.E., snagging the latest and greatest version of the Now That’s What I Call Music! CD, and popping that puppy in…

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