Category Archive for: News

Welcome to the family, Padilla!

We’re thrilled to share that SHIFT’s parent company, AVENIR GLOBAL, has acquired award-winning PR and communications company Padilla. Welcome to the family! Padilla brings its 210 employees across six offices in the US to the network, along with expertise in Food & Beverage, Agribusiness, Technology and Manufacturing. Not to mention their close to 60 years…

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healthcare

Takeaways from PULSE: The Atlantic Summit On Health Care

Monday’s PULSE: The Atlantic Summit On Health Care, similar to any current healthcare events, routinely covered all the major, hot topics in today’s healthcare system, from opioid crisis, and precision medicine, to care costs, with an impressive roster of speakers and panelists sharing their deep thoughts on where healthcare is heading in various areas. Here…

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Facebook crisis

Lesson From Facebook: 5 Tips on Handling Crisis Communications

Crisis communications is the opposite of traditional public relations and involves putting out a “fire” of some sort. Your brand might be under scrutiny for something said or done from a product recall to a bad tweet. There is often a tide of public and media opinion that follows. Your response is the most important…

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Rethinking Data-Driven Marketing in the Wake of the Cambridge Analytica Scandal

It’s a strange time to be a data scientist. News about Cambridge Analytica’s ‘problematic’ (we prefer the term morally bankrupt) approach to data analysis has left the 23 million Canadians on Facebook feeling suspicious and defenseless. And the community of social, behavioral and data scientists who work in marketing and communications have never looked more like…

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Learn from Luxury brands

What Social Media Marketers Can Learn from Luxury Brands

When implementing strategies that involve social media optimization, experts can use a software program that offers detailed statistics, post videos that feature a company’s products, add reviews that describe services that a business offers, evaluate the strategies that competitors utilize, offer rewards for individuals who buy the company’s products and examine the interests of potential…

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Successful PR program

Can Successful PR Programs Ever Operate in a Vacuum?

Put up your hand if you’ve ever been in this situation: client says they want to be in the New York Times so the PR team schedules a call. On that call you review relevant reporters with the client and walk through relevant topics/trends that will catch the reporter’s attention, making sure to provide strong…

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consumer PR

2018 Predictions: Consumer PR Edition

It’s hard to believe that 2017 has come and gone. Between “fake news,” Oscar mix-ups, and an adorably blundered BBC interview, it was a roller coaster of entertainment (at least that’s what many of us are choosing to remember over the countless negative stories). Now we turn to the new year and think about impending…

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Top Healthcare Stories of 2017

It’s been quite a year for healthcare in the news. From Washington’s epic healthcare reform battle to the mega merger of CVS and Aetna. Here’s a look back at the top five healthcare stories that made headlines in 2017: The fate of the Affordable Care Act Of course we should start with the failed Trump…

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How to Create Animated GIFs for Twitter

Video content is great and wonderfully compelling, but it sometimes can get lost in the mix. So if you’ve got great short-form video content, how do you make sure it gets seen? Animated GIFs might be one approach to take. When Twitter announced that users have the ability to post animated GIFs the Internet rejoiced.…

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No News, No Problem: How to Keep a Steady Media Relations Drumbeat

Last week: Hired a former internet prodigy as CTO. This week: Launching a first-of-its-kind product. Next week: Announcing $100 billion funding round. This caliber (and frequency) of announcements are what PR dreams are made of. But, in reality, we understand that a company’s news cycle ebbs and flows. A product launch date shifts, an acquisition…

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