Category Archive for: Tools

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Don’t Be Outdated: Why It’s Important to Refresh Your Models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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5 Tips on Creating an Extraordinary YouTube Channel for Your Brand

Ah, YouTube. Seldom mentioned with major social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, yet still a household name. Many brands don’t leverage YouTube to its fullest extent – which can mean a major missed opportunity. The site boasts approximately 1 billion unique visitors each month and 6 billion hours of video watched. From a survey of…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Use Pinterest as a Marketing Tool

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are typically the “big three” social channels a marketer has to look for when crafting a social media strategy. But as the social media landscape changes and evolves, these may no longer be enough. Here’s the case for why you, a savvy marketer/social media manager, should add Pinterest to your company’s…

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