Category Archive for: Media

No News, No Problem: How to Keep a Steady Media Relations Drumbeat

Last week: Hired a former internet prodigy as CTO. This week: Launching a first-of-its-kind product. Next week: Announcing $100 billion funding round. This caliber (and frequency) of announcements are what PR dreams are made of. But, in reality, we understand that a company’s news cycle ebbs and flows. A product launch date shifts, an acquisition…

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reporter relationships

Consumer Corner: No Client News? 4 Ways to Maintain a Reporter Relationship During a News Lull

In life, you never want to be that person. That person that only reaches out when they need something, and never returns the favor. That person that only talks about themselves, and forgets to ask how the other person is doing. We all know that person and they’re the worst. So, as a public relations…

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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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media relations

8 Tips to Start a Strong Media Relations Day

Media relations is often the bread and butter of any PR program, and at SHIFT we pride ourselves on being some of the best trend spotters and pitch and content developers in the industry. However, the path to PR is not always the same for everyone, and the tricks and tips we’ve all learned along…

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business press coverage

The Earned Media Holy Grail: Business Press Coverage

It’s rare that a week goes by without the team talking about business press coverage. All clients want it, and few understand what it takes to get it. When I first started in PR, the desire was an article in a major national newspaper, above the fold and on the right side. Now, in the…

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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 communications plan

Knowledge Is Key For Crisis Comms: Shark Week Case Study, Part 2

Miss the intro to this Shark Week crisis comms series? Read it here before moving on to part 2. G.W.’s vegan donut shop is suffering from a crisis as a result of the negative media attention around sharks during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Luckily, G.W. has fin here before – and knows just what to…

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headline writing

When Great Headline Writing Isn’t Enough

Thanks to the many intense pressures existing in digital advertising, media and content marketing, the importance of a good headline has grown exponentially in recent years. Taking the media example, 20 years ago an attention grabbing headline was important to capture a reader’s attention and engage them, but they had already bought the newspaper! Now,…

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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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freelancers

How PR Pros Can Help Freelancers [Q&A with Curtis Silver]

From HuffPost and Forbes to Good Housekeeping, many well-known publications have come to rely on freelance writers. Their creativity and connections help editors cover areas that aren’t on their radar. Despite the freedom to pursue a variety of topics, contributors aren’t immune to the issue that’s plaguing all writers: a dip in page views. So,…

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