AI

Thought Leadership Series: AI-Washing and PR, Part 1 of a Series

It’s not every day that the leaders of two highly regarded public companies enter into a public spat about a future technology, but perhaps AI is no ordinary technology. Elon Musk’s portrayal of AI as an existential threat to humanity is a sharp contrast from Mark Zuckerberg’s view of AI as an augmentative, non-destructive force…

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news announcement

The Times to Avoid Making a News Announcement

You’ve put a ton of time, effort, blood, sweat and tears into a news announcement. You’ve developed sound messaging, created killer creative content, drafted a fantastic press release and wrote thoughtful, tailored pitches to reporters you’re convinced will jump all over the news. It’s game day and you’re ready to go. It’s your time to…

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gacp summit

What PR Professionals Learned at the Google Analytics™ Certified Partner Summit

Last week, SHIFT and NATIONAL Public Relations (SHIFT’s parent company) had the honor of representing the public relations world at the Measurement For Growth Google Analytics™ Certified Partner Summit. Along with NATIONAL Vice President of Marketing Technology Jonathan Litwack, I had the privilege of learning from Google where state of the art marketing measurement will be…

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What is a media impression

PR 101: What is a Media Impression?

One of the most common metrics talked about in traditional public relations as well as advertising is the media impression. However, it’s not always clear what an impression is or why it matters, not to mention, some folks believe impressions don’t matter at all. Let’s dig into this metric and understand what it truly measures.…

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The Data-Driven Now That’s What I Call Music! Guide

This post is a collaboration between trendy, very stylish Millennial marketing analyst Nick Patterson and grumpy old GenXer Christopher Penn. NP: Who remembers the good ole days of taking a trip to the local F.Y.E., snagging the latest and greatest version of the Now That’s What I Call Music! CD, and popping that puppy in…

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funding

Funding & Culture: Buying in Does Not Have to Mean Selling Out

A strong round of funding can sometimes mean the difference between a company remaining a great local place to work or becoming a national powerhouse. However, the debate to seek or accept a funding round can be a difficult debate for some start-ups. The decision to accept funding may stem from how you interpret and…

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kaizen

Consumer Corner: Prep for the 2017 Holiday Season Using the Kaizen Method

For most retailers, a successful holiday shopping season is critical to sustained growth and success.  Historically, we will begin working with our retail clients on the following year’s holiday traffic driver campaigns as soon as all the decorations are taken down from the previous season. The first step to planning is taking the time to…

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Data-Driven Survival: Titanic Edition

“Mr. Andrews, forgive me. I did the sum in my head and with the number of lifeboats times the capacity you mentioned, forgive me, but it seems that there are not enough for everyone aboard.” – Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic According to Wikipedia, there were approximately 1,317 passengers and 900 crew…

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predictive analytics in pr

{PR}edict: Predictive Analytics and the Future of PR, Part 1

Public relations, marketing, and communications aren’t known for their futurist perspectives. More often than not, we’re reacting to the latest and greatest, from crisis communications (when the news is bad) to rapid response/newsjacking (when the news is good). Until now, our ability to keep a finger on the pulse of the news has been good…

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owned content

Owned Content: Calculating Success

Owned content. From blog posts to white papers, most companies create some form of owned content but not all are utilizing it to its fullest potential – or even know how it performs on its own. Given owned content can leave lasting impressions and expand your company’s reach through social sharing, having engaging and insightful…

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