Category Archive for: Tools

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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Social Media Press Release 3.0: 2014 Edition

It’s hard to imagine, for most Millennials at least, a time when social media was not a part of everyday life. In 2006, when the business world first began exploring social networks, SHIFT developed the social media press release. Although its early form was not at all flashy by today’s standards, its focus centered on…

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What’s a UTM Tag and What’s it Doing in my PR?

Ever followed a link to an article or blog post on Twitter, and noticed that it had a string of extra text tacked onto the end with a bunch of underscores and equal signs? It probably looked something like this: http://www.shiftcomm.com/blog/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SHIFTblog That’s a UTM code. Though a familiar friend to the digital marketer, to many…

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Google Analytics 101: 5 Updated Metrics for Public Relations

One of the greatest challenges of Google Analytics is the frequency at which Google iterates the application, making changes to improve it and add functionality. For people who don’t use it on a daily basis, coming back to the application even a month later can be bewildering. Back in April, Google Analytics made this all the…

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The Value of Knowing Your Audience

We’ve talked a fair amount on this blog about social tools, the role of PR and marketing in lead generation and the changing landscape of analytics. One thing that can get lost in the rush to the latest tool or trend conversation is a fundamental tenant: the value of truly knowing your audience. By that…

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