Strategic Communications Toolkit: The Importance of SEO

2017-12-04T11:53:05+00:00 By |

On the Internet, we aren’t people, organizations, or companies: We’re brands. Whether you are a startup, an established name, a for-profit business or a nonprofit venture, you are being Googled, and what searchers see is what (they think) you are. A lot of things can come up when someone searches your company. It can be a [...]

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

2018-01-10T14:02:03+00:00 By |

Last night, Twitter rolled out 280 characters for all users, doubling their previous 140-character limit. Twitter Product Manager Aliza Rosen explained the decision stemmed from data suggesting Twitter users frequently abandoned posts before hitting the "tweet" button because they were over 140 characters. We won’t know for a while if this was a smart business move [...]

The Importance of Good Judgment in PR

2017-08-31T16:52:45+00:00 By |

Arguably, nothing is more important to conducting effective PR than good judgment. Whether your organization is involved in a potentially controversial messaging campaign, or simply trying to raise awareness, the need for excellent judgment touches all aspects. Let’s explore just a few elements of PR requiring good judgment. When you speak publicly, your or your organization’s [...]

Stopping Modern-Day Yellow Journalism

2018-01-10T14:03:42+00:00 By |

At a time when facts and mutual respect are needed more than ever, some political donors are drafting a blueprint to expand echo chambers. On Sunday, The New York Times reported that the donor class is funneling its cash to partisan organizations with a reputation for designing viral-worthy social media content. You’ve likely seen the posts [...]

Facebook Changes Target Clickbait, Frustrates Social Media Specialists

2018-01-10T14:04:00+00:00 By |

Facebook has officially joined the fray to fight against fake news and has recently announced changes to the social media platform. Public relations professionals and social media specialists in particular, should be paying close attention since Facebook will be taking a microscope to the kind of language users employ when editing article headlines and leads. Posts using clickbait-y [...]

The Element of Surprise as a PR Tactic

2018-01-10T14:04:39+00:00 By |

Planning a surprise is difficult. Take, for example, a recent surprise party I planned for a friend turning 30—there was an added layer of secrecy to our conversations, as we tried to cover our tracks and avoid any suspicions. We were, after all, relying on that moment of surprise to take an ordinary celebration and make [...]

I Am Not a Crook: How to Message Tough Situations

2018-01-10T14:05:09+00:00 By |

“I am not a crook,” Richard Nixon said in relation to the Watergate scandal in 1973. It was a short, declarative sentence – perfect for a sound byte. The only problem was that it was perceived as so disingenuous that the sentence began to represent exactly what Nixon was purporting not to be: a crook. As [...]