Road to RSA 2017: Media to Watch, Big Trends & Hot Roundups

The road to RSA is always paved with good intentions — from the official media list teeming with hot press contacts, an incredible agenda with the industry’s most visible thought leaders, hot launch predictions, and the notion that the world’s leading security professionals will all come together and find solutions to the most important issues/challenges at hand in a new era of cyber warfare. With persistent and increasing cyber attacks and data breaches, to a new President and political power Read more […]

The Facebook Journalism Project: What it Means for PR Pros

Since the 2016 presidential election, Facebook has taken some real heat for the proliferation of fake news – frankly, that it wasn’t doing enough to stop it or acknowledging its damage and repercussions. I couldn’t help but agree – as a PR pro – it’s easy for me to separate reliable outlets, sources and journalists from garbage, but sadly, I’ve watched fake news spread like wildfire – even within my own personal network of family and friends. Last week, Facebook announced the Facebook Journalism Read more […]

2017: Preparing for Industry Change

The saying goes “the only constant is change” – and here at Affect, our team is gearing up for the New Year and all the changes it will bring to our industry.  Our executive team –  Sandra Fathi, President; Melissa Baratta, Senior Vice President, Healthcare Practice Lead; Katie Creaser, Senior Vice President; and Brittany Bevacqua, Vice President, have shared predictions for B2B public relations and social media in 2017. Content marketing becomes content creation for coverage.  A 40% Read more […]

No News? No Problem. Here’s 5 Ways to Stand Out at Tech’s Biggest Conferences

The New Year is fast approaching, and with it comes the return of the industry’s biggest conferences and expos—CES (consumer tech; Las Vegas), RSA (security; San Francisco) and MWC (mobile; Barcelona) to name a few. While there may be no better place to rub elbows with top journalists, securing valuable press coverage can be challenging without the right media strategy. Many PR traditionalists believe that a compelling announcement or product/service launch during the event is the ticket Read more […]

Affect Appoints Melissa Baratta Healthcare Practice Lead

Today we’re happy to announce Melissa Baratta, Senior Vice President, will lead Affect’s healthcare practice. Melissa joined the Affect team four years ago and has an extensive background working with healthcare companies to raise their brand profiles and position them as thought leaders. She has managed PR programs for large organizations such as GlaxoSmithKline Oncology to local health providers like Axon Health Associates. She has led PR and marketing programs for healthcare providers, Read more […]

Tech Media Watch: It’s All About the Airwaves

  Back in March, I profiled a handful of new(er) columns, podcasts and people that were taking technology reporting to the next level. Roughly six months later, those outposts are thriving, and yet, the media landscape continues to evolve at a steady clip. Many media outlets are doubling down on the popular podcast format, while others are experimenting with social media platforms and video as a way to reach new audiences. Without further ado, here’s the latest batch you should know about: Bloomberg Read more […]

Hey Healthcare Brands – Want to Know a Secret (about Storytelling)?

Today’s PR pros face a target audience that is over-stimulated, disengaged and distracted. Brands, particularly in the crowded healthcare market, are challenged to connect with customers in a meaningful way. Every brand faces a unique set of challenges in crafting and maintaining its share of voice. While established brands must strive to maintain their voice in the midst of an evolving marketplace splintered by start-ups, those same start-ups are faced with a “David vs. Goliath” situation Read more […]

Spotlight on Security Technology: Getting the Media’s Attention

Data breaches, DDoS attacks, ransomware, malware, botnets and more – not a day goes by without one of these cybersecurity threats splashed across the front page of the news. Organizations of all types and sizes including Yahoo, LinkedIn and even the Democratic National Committee have fallen victim to hackers. As a result, the security and technology media landscape has become one of the most competitive, with reporters battling to be the first to break the news of the latest attack and industry Read more […]

Meet the Tech Media Recap

Last week we organized and hosted a “Meet the Tech Media” event with PRSA NY. Moderated by Affect VP Katie Creaser, we had an excellent panel of journalists including: Jeff John Roberts – Law & Tech Reporter, Fortune Marc Ferranti – Editor in Chief, IDG News Service Shira Ovide – Technology Columnist, Bloomberg Gadfly Nicholas Deleon – Consumer Technology Editor, Vice Media’s Motherboard Cale Weissman – Reporter, Fast Company The panelists discussed their Read more […]

PR Considerations from Apple’s “Boring” Product Launch

In the B2B technology space, we see companies all the time that face the same problem: how can they generate greater awareness and demand in the market when they only have a single product or a limited amount of offerings? For these companies, it may take years to develop new products, and the build up to get there via point solutions or update releases is lackluster at best for journalists. The ability to get around this challenge successfully requires a sound, multi-faceted PR strategy that goes Read more […]