Category Archive for: Tools

Reverse Engineering: It’s for PR Pros, Too

Reverse engineering: the process of extracting knowledge or design information from anything man-made and reproducing it or reproducing anything based on the extracted information. The process often involves disassembling something and analyzing its components and workings in detail. –Wikipedia Ever wonder why a pitch you shipped out to 5, 10, or even more reporters garnered little or no response? How about…

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PR and the Google Customer Journey to Online Purchase

In 2015, Google released its Customer Journey to Online Purchase insights tool and there was much rejoicing. Marketers and communicators found great value in Google’s generic models for how customers made decisions with marketing inputs. However, many were concerned that its overly broad models – “business and industrial”, for example – could mean a B2B…

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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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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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Emerging Social Platforms

When a new social media platform comes out, there’s usually a mad rush to be the first on the platform. But using new social media platforms has advantages and disadvantages. Don’t rush into new platforms until you’re sure you can utilize them effectively. Wait, why shouldn’t you stampede to the hot, new social thing? Companies…

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Don’t Be Outdated: Why It’s Important to Refresh Your Models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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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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SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q3 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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Turning Hand-Me-Downs into Healthcare Hits

There is almost always going to be another company that is more innovative, taking a new approach or has more acquisitions. In other words, sometimes a client just isn’t worthy of the news that they so badly want to be a part of. The healthcare industry is unique in that it is simultaneously at the…

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