Category Archive for: Tools

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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6 Compelling Reasons Why Your Business Should Use Instagram for Marketing

As a marketer, you may feel like you’re riding a two-headed dragon by managing social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Why add another fire-breathing head like Instagram into the mix? Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all present their own unique challenges, but here’s why you should implement Instagram as a marketing tool, even if you’re already…

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3 Small Gmail Tools with Big Impact for PR & Marketing Pros

Ever send an email you instantly regretted? Of course you have. We all have. The misspelled name. The forgotten attachment. The horror of the accidental “reply all.” We can check, double check and triple check every email before sending, but occasionally human error gets in the way. As PR pros, I’m sure everyone has felt…

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How to measure the quality of your audience

Do you have the right audience? One of the core tenets of effective public relations is building the right audience. You don’t need to be as popular as Taylor Swift in order for PR to deliver real results to the bottom line as long as you have the right audience. (though it certainly doesn’t hurt)…

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Data doesn’t have to be scary

Big data is a buzzword thrown around in every industry. Companies of all shapes and sizes collect data that can be used to make strategic decisions at every level. Wal-Mart completes one million customer transactions every hour, and with them comes 2.5 petabytes of data. That’s the equivalent of the amount of books in America’s…

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Up Your Intel With LinkedIn

Today, we’re excited to announce the release of our latest eBook, ‘LinkedIn for Businesses & Brands.’ LinkedIn is often underused, and its usefulness to brands is often understated. It can truly be a powerful tool for businesses. Our eBook walks through seven core ways brands can use LinkedIn, from the very first steps to utilizing…

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Google’s Primer App – Quick Lessons on PR and Marketing

With the advent of new technologies for the public relations, marketing and advertising industries, it can be hard for a new business or solo entrepreneur to know where to get started and what the current best practices should be. Yesterday, to combat that confusion for small businesses, Google released an iOS app with short lessons…

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