Category Archive for: Strategy

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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b2b security vendors

B2B Security Vendors: Prepare for Scrutiny

Growing Skepticism Toward Vendors’ Claims Public sentiment toward technology vendors is undergoing a significant shift. Just take a look at what Ben Smith at Buzzfeed is saying, or the message behind Franklin Foer’s new book, “World Without Mind.” The shift reflects a growing skepticism in the claims technology providers make about their products and services.…

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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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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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How to Reach the C-Suite With Public Relations

As marketers and communicators, our goal is to reach the most important people to our companies and clients. Sometimes, that’s the media side, reaching influential journalists and publishers. Other times, that’s the company side, reaching executives and decision-makers. Marketers in particular face perpetual challenges attracting the attention of senior decision-makers at organizations. At the recent…

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Regression Analysis for Marketing

How to Use a Regression Analysis for Marketing Purposes

In today’s digital marketing world, with so much information and tools at our fingertips, data analysis is more necessary than ever before. What better way to leverage this information than using what is essentially a correlation analysis? Correlation analysis allows you to measure the strength of the relationship between certain data points and actions (but…

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GDPR Primer for Marketing and Public Relations

Marketers, advertisers, and public relations professionals are ill-informed and ill-equipped to manage the largest change in data and privacy in the last 20 years: GDPR. What is GDPR? GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, is an EU regulation which strengthens data protection and privacy for EU citizens and the companies they do business with. GDPR…

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health information technology

HIMSS BrandHIT Preview: What’s New in Healthcare IT Marketing

Healthcare IT marketing is one of the hottest, fastest growing industries in the world as digital health, precision medicine, and artificial intelligence meet traditional healthcare. What’s new in healthcare IT marketing? This Wednesday kicks off the BrandHIT Marketing Summit in Vegas, a two-day HIMSS event where attendees will discover what’s next in the health information…

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Connecting PR To Business Results

One of the most common requests I’ve received in my work in public relations is, “how do we connect our public relations efforts to business results?”. This question – and its many variations – is a disguise for a much simpler question: How does PR help me make money / not get fired? Public relations…

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How to choose a martech stack

How to Choose a Marketing Technology Stack, Part 7 of 7: The Future

In this series, we’ll unpack our marketing technology deployment strategy. We’ll learn how to properly plan a marketing technology stack rollout, develop a sensible governance model, examine what could go wrong, and succeed on the first try rather than patch and duct tape a disaster repeatedly. Part 7: The Future of Marketing Technology and Project…

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