Category Archive for: Marketing Technology

What PR Professionals Should Have Learned at IBM World of Watson

This week, I attended IBM’s premier analytics and insights conference, World of Watson. Over 4 days, I learned about the future of cognitive computing – artificial intelligence and machine learning – and how it will change the world of public relations. During that time, I met exactly four PR professionals, all of them IBM employees.…

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B2B Tech PR

Using Google Analytics to Inform your B2B Tech PR Program

You may have noticed already that we talk a lot about data-driven PR at SHIFT. It’s not just a topic on our blog, it’s a concept we are encouraged to prioritize in every facet of our PR strategies. We’ve discussed on this blog before how to use a data-driven approach to drafting a pitch, but…

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The Sorry State of Social Media Engagement

Engagement is everything in social media marketing. Without engagement, algorithms won’t favor our content, and audiences won’t take actions to become customers. Thus, we would expect the biggest, best, most well-known brands in the world to expend serious effort and resources on building engagement. How much engagement, as a percentage, would you guess the top…

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Social Tools

Social Tools Aren’t All There is to Marketing and PR: How They Help

Listen to any marketing meeting at pretty much any mid-sized to large corporation and you’ll hear a conversation that circles the topics of “Should we have a Snapchat? What’s our Instagram strategy?” And so on. To me, it’s a bit terrifying. But there’s something worth considering, too. What’s With all the Social Media Hype? I’ve…

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business ROI

PR and Marketing: Embrace All Data Sources to Drive Business ROI

Content shock, social avalanches, data deluge – pick your phrase du jour. However described, PR and Marketing is awash is data. It would seem logical that communicators would rush to embrace data as a strong asset in defining and refining strategy for better outcomes. And yet many prospects and clients are stating that they only…

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How Digital Marketing Technology has Affected PR

If you’re working in the public relations field you may have noticed that there are increasingly more tools and data points at your disposal. In the past few years, PR has been able to leverage digital marketing technology tools and techniques. Take for example, the way that businesses are evolving to keep in constant contact…

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State of Social

State of Social Q2 2016: LinkedIn Bought by Microsoft

LinkedIn, the premier business-focused social network, is no more as an independent company. In June 2016, Microsoft purchased it for $26.2 billion, one of the largest social network acquisitions ever. While LinkedIn will continue to operate as a social network, we expect this to be one of the last State of Social reports on the…

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Twitter App

The Best Twitter App for the C-Suite

Twitter is a powerful social media tool; despite our prognostications that it’s reached a plateau, Twitter still punched far above its weight because of its open, public nature. Tune into any broadcast television news broadcast and you’re likely to see tweets on screen as correspondents discuss the topic of the day – doubly so if…

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Google Analytics for PR Pros

Why Google Analytics is a PR Professional’s BFF – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we outlined why having access to a client’s Google Analytics can be beneficial for a PR program. From being able to identify which pieces of earned coverage drove the most traffic to a client’s website to analyzing data that can be used to make strategic program decisions, the initial…

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Digital Advertising and Public Relations, Part 4: Advertising Channels

Public relations professionals often make mention of the concepts of earned, owned, and paid media. However, when they begin to talk about media, they quickly brushed past paid media. Ignoring paid media is a capital mistake; doing so ignores a body of strategies and tactics which complement and enhance the power of earned media and…

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