Category Archive for: Public Relations

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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thought leadership

When Thought Leadership Drives Lead Generation

Every company wants more leads, right? Influencing a target audience to meet a goal or take action is the heart of public relations. In a recent SHIFT blog, our VP of Marketing Tech, Chris Penn, answered the question ‘what is thought leadership?’. In simple terms it’s a recognition created by others that someone is an…

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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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State of Social

State of Social Media, 2Q 2017: Twitter Fails to Grow Users

Twitter, the 140-character stream of what’s happening now, surprised everyone by reversing its Q1 growth and falling flat – literally – with no quarterly user growth. Let’s see what else happened in their Q2 earnings. Audience Growth We see the surprise below: 0.0% growth from quarter to quarter for Twitter’s monthly active users: Twitter, during…

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Take a Bite out of Food PR

Consumer Corner: Taking a Bite Out of Food PR

By now, most of us have heard about Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market. The announcement, followed shortly by the revelations of a planned meal kit delivery program, ate the bulk of the news cycle in the food industry. The statement was a stark reminder to food startups – with powerhouses like Amazon dominating 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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How to Be the Boss of Your Time

How to Be the Boss of Your Time

As a PR professional, every hour of every day is different. What’s more, every hour of our day matters as we multi-task to stay on top of the news cycle and trend spot, navigate spur-of-the-moment client requests, meet multiple reporter demands, deflect sticky media situations, plan or pivot a client’s long-term strategy, attend multiple client…

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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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crisis situation

Speed Matters in a Crisis Situation: Shark Week Case Study, Part 3

Just tuning into this series? Check out part 1 and part 2 before diving into the following post on the importance of speed during a crisis situation.  Sharks must keep swimming to keep from drowning, right? We all know this. Well, it’s not entirely true. Jaws. Deep Blue Sea. Sharknado. This thing. Sharks have been…

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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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