Category Archive for: Media

Six Media Consumption Secret Weapons for PR Professionals

As PR professionals, we’re glued to the news. We’re hungry to stay updated on the latest trends and breaking stories, never knowing where that next campaign idea or pitch angle will come from. Sure, we stay in-the-know on PR, marketing and mobile/social industry news, as well as our clients’ industries, but there’s also a need…

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How to be a Media Expert

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read. Clients expect us to be media experts. The only way to deliver on this is to actually ingest the news on a daily basis. When I’m interviewing a prospective candidate for a junior-PR position, my go-to question every time is “what do you read?” It’s a simple…

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Incorporating the Media Business Model into Pitches

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been looking at outbound media pitches and reconsidering the way we should be approaching media. As PR professionals, we tend to fall into a comfortable pattern. We’re given a piece of news from a client and, based upon our knowledge of the media, we shape up a pitch. As…

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How DOES Mobile Change The Brandscape?

Today, with over 2 billion smartphones in use, the ways in which consumers experience brands is fundamentally different. This is no fad – it is projected that by 2020, 80% of adults on Earth will have a smart phone. The way we think of the “internet” as a place for brands must fundamentally change to…

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Delivering the Packaged Story: A Recipe for Success

After years of going to new business pitches, participating in new client kick-off meetings and even chatting through our weekly check-in meetings with clients, one question almost always pops up: “How do we get into top business and trade publications?” While some PR people might shy away from this question, I personally love it. In…

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Can I Quote You on That? Three Interviewing Blunders to Avoid

In my last post, I shared three ways to bungle your product launch and touched briefly on preparing your executives for media interviews. Let’s dig into this a bit more. First, why is media training so important? Because this is a chance to speak to a wider audience and therefore, any missteps can be magnified.…

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Don’t Be Outdated: Why It’s Important to Refresh Your Models

It’s becoming more fashionable to claim that your PR and marketing is “data-driven,” but what exactly does that mean? It means we evaluate our situation honestly, using the most unbiased tools at our disposal. This often means using data about our current market or audience to create a model. A model is simply a substitute…

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Looking Back at 2015’s Top Healthcare Headlines to Help You Look Ahead

Healthcare made a lot of headlines this year. But what does that mean to the healthcare industry? A while back we explained the PEST framework for understanding competitive threats. With this in mind, let’s examine a few of 2015’s top healthcare headlines as they’ll be a contributing factor into what happens in 2016 and beyond.…

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Why Your Brand Should Be on Tumblr

You’ve heard of Twitter’s little blue bird, but what about Tumblr’s little white T? Tumblr is an emerging content platform that’s a blog/social media hybrid. You can post text, photos, quotes, links, music and videos – like many other social platforms. What separates Tumblr from the rest of the pack, and why should your brand…

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SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q4 2015

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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