marketing and pr not the same thing

Are Marketing and PR The Same Thing?

Here’s an interesting question posed to us recently: “Are marketing and PR the same thing?” The answer to this question is: no. At their cores, public relations and marketing have different goals, but share similar methods and tactics. The Goal of PR The goal of public relations is to create awareness and trust. The job…

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The Cost of a PR Disaster

The Cost of a PR Disaster

It Only Takes One PR Disaster It often takes decades to build a strong, respected brand. Unfortunately, all of that hard work can be undone in one PR disaster. Innovations in technology and the rise of social media make it possible for bad press and controversy to spread virally. If your company is not prepared…

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National Health IT Week

SHIFT Healthcare Celebrates National Health IT Week

This week marks the 11th annual National Health IT (NHIT) Week, which the founding organizations define as “a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of healthcare IT.” Over the course of #NHITWeek, individual health IT advocates and various healthcare organizations will attend in-person and/or virtual events at the nation’s capital and across the country.…

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predictive analytics in pr

{PR}edict: Predictive Analytics and the Future of PR, Part 5

In this series, we’ve looked at what predictive analytics is, why it’s important to public relations professionals, and a glimpse at some actual predictions: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Pre-Requisites to Predictive Analytics for PR Part 3: Predictive Analytics for PR, Applied Part 4: Where Predictive Analytics for PR Goes Wrong Now that we’ve surveyed…

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reporter relationships

Consumer Corner: No Client News? 4 Ways to Maintain a Reporter Relationship During a News Lull

In life, you never want to be that person. That person that only reaches out when they need something, and never returns the favor. That person that only talks about themselves, and forgets to ask how the other person is doing. We all know that person and they’re the worst. So, as a public relations…

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How Influence Works

How Influence Works: Social Media and the Social Impact Theory

The Social Impact Theory In 1981, long before social media existed, Ohio State University psychologist Bibb Latané coined the social impact theory after conducting a series of experiments to validate his hypothesis about how influence works. Three factors make up social impact within his theory: Strength: How important is the influencing group to the target…

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PPC Conversion Rates

How to Use Social Media Retargeting for Higher PPC Conversion Rates

Improve Your PPC Conversation Rates PPC is a mainstay of digital marketing. It puts your business ahead of all the other businesses that have worked their SEO magic to get the top rank, and it drives people to your website. However, it doesn’t boast the best conversion rates. So how can you improve your PPC…

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Brand Image

Clean Up Your Brand Image: 5 Tips From a Waste Industry Marketer

Waste Management may not be a glamorous industry, but everybody needs to deal with trash. When I joined Waste Industries in 2016, I was transitioning from a small-agency lifestyle to a big corporate entity. As a Digital Strategist, I was responsible for enhancing our brand image while ushering the company into the modern era of…

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predictive analytics in pr

{PR}edict: Predictive Analytics and the Future of PR, Part 4

In the last post, we looked at a sample prediction using Google Analytics™ data to make a prediction about my blog’s website traffic. We used clean, compatible, well-chosen data and looked forward 365 days to see what future performance of my blog looked like. What if, however, we didn’t have textbook data at our fingertips?…

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New PR Professionals

4 Career Building Tips For New PR Professionals (That Can’t Be Achieved Behind a Computer)

Strong Career Moves For New PR Professionals It’s back to school time here in New England and across much of the country. Back to school season is often a time of reflection. I have most recently been thinking about what advice I’d give to an emerging generation of new PR professionals that have recently entered the…

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