Category Archive for: Press Release

news announcement

The Times to Avoid Making a News Announcement

You’ve put a ton of time, effort, blood, sweat and tears into a news announcement. You’ve developed sound messaging, created killer creative content, drafted a fantastic press release and wrote thoughtful, tailored pitches to reporters you’re convinced will jump all over the news. It’s game day and you’re ready to go. It’s your time to…

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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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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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Business Press

5 Business Press Hits & The PR Strategy Behind Them

Google. Facebook. Yahoo! These are the giants that so often demand the attention and set the agendas of business press. But coverage in The Wall Street Journals, Forbes, Business Insiders and Fortunes of the world are achievable for companies of all sizes – startup or mature, public or private. And the seemingly unknowable rhyme and…

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Press Releases Don’t Work

What occurs a thousand times a day but is rarely noticed? The answer: public relations professionals publish a press release. SHIFT Communications delved into the raw Google News database of millions of news stories per year to extract just press releases. What we found amazed (but didn’t surprise) us: Last month, for the first time…

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The 5 Components of a Successful Press Release

A press release, as defined by Entrepreneur, is “a public relations announcement issued to the news media and other targeted publications for the purpose of letting the public know of company developments.” And with that — a press release can be key in securing coverage. There are many different reasons for publishing a press release;…

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Actually, There’s NOT an Email Blast for That

Recently, a friend living in Singapore shared an article with me that resonates deeply. Published by Tech in Asia and authored by Onboardly director of public relations Crystal Richard, the piece is titled “How the role of PR has gone from being a distributor to a connector.” Suffice it to say, I highly encourage you…

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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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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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