Category Archive for: Public Relations

creative idea generation

Creative PR: 4 Idea Generation Techniques

In 1926, psychologist Graham Wallas outlined the basic creative process, which has been the overall framework for understanding and fostering creativity for almost a century. The Wallas process has four general stages: Preparation: loading up your mind to be creative Inspiration/Insight: the process of generating ideas Incubation: the process of refining and iterating ideas Verification: the process…

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Bucking the Valley Startup Trend

A decade ago, if a startup company wasn’t in Silicon Valley it would struggle to secure media and investor attention. Today’s startups have an expanded, legitimate and thriving list of options on where to set their roots. A report from the Progressive Policy Institute earlier this year detailed how the startup economy has spread in…

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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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marketing and pr not the same thing

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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The Cost of a PR Disaster

The Cost of a PR Disaster

It Only Takes One PR Disaster It often takes decades to build a strong, respected brand. Unfortunately, all of that hard work can be undone in one PR disaster. Innovations in technology and the rise of social media make it possible for bad press and controversy to spread virally. If your company is not prepared…

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predictive analytics in pr

{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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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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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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predictive analytics in pr

{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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New PR Professionals

4 Career Building Tips For New PR Professionals (That Can’t Be Achieved Behind a Computer)

Strong Career Moves For New PR Professionals It’s back to school time here in New England and across much of the country. Back to school season is often a time of reflection. I have most recently been thinking about what advice I’d give to an emerging generation of new PR professionals that have recently entered the…

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