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 […]

Pitching Reporters on Social Media – What Works & What Doesn’t

Last week, we attended a PRSA event, “Meet the Media: How Journalists Use Social Media for News and Sources,” and heard from a great panel of journalists including: Galina Espinoza – senior director, strategic content, NBC News (moderator) Michael Roston – senior staff editor, The New York Times Paula Rizzo – senior health producer, Fox News Kaitlin Ahern – editor, Parents.com Lindsay Goldwert – freelancer, Fast Company, The Daily News, Marketwatch, Glamour, ABCNews.com Read more […]

Social Media Trends Impacting Brands in 2016

2016 has seen the emergence of several new feature launches and naturally evolving behavioral changes. Recently, Forbes has compiled a list of 6 trends that are impacting the way brands use and interact on social channels. Corporations are seeing diminishing ROI as channels like Facebook are changing its newsfeed algorithms to prioritize user preferences for quality content Consumers prefer real-time content as mobile applications make social engagement readily available Users prioritize Read more […]

Social Media as News-Driver: How to Make your Stories Clickable

It may come as no surprise that social media has become the biggest source of news for today’s consumers, and thus what trends on social has a big impact on what media outlets decide to cover. A study recently came out underscoring that fact, with stats showing that 51% of online users are now getting their news from social media at least once a week. Knowing this, brands need to change their PR strategies to make sure their companies stay relevant and visible. So how can you make sure your Read more […]

3 Ways to Keep Your Communications Plan Hot

With summer officially upon us, many companies tend to lay off the pedal when it comes to marketing and communications. It can be tough with a rotating schedule of vacations, holidays, and early release days to keep that marketing plan running at full throttle – but summer is actually one of the best times to engage your target audience. Just because customers or prospects are on vacation doesn’t mean they aren’t checking social media or reading the news. Here are three things you can do to Read more […]

Part 2 – FTC Advertising Guidelines: New Guidance on Wording and Placement of Disclosures

Last month, we reported on FTC’s clarification around its Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Through a set of FAQs, they provided new guidance on proper marketing procedures and techniques, including the purchasing and selling of fake “likes,” which we reported on previously. In addition, they also provided direction on what constitutes as clear and conspicuous disclosure of material connections. Here what you need to know:   Bloggers need Read more […]

Twitter Changing DM Length Policies – What You Should Know

Recently, the Twitter Development Team announced that it is changing how the messaging system works and will now allow Direct Messages (DMs) to be over 140 characters. Previously, if a follower wanted to send a Direct Message (DM) to your company’s Twitter handle that was over 140 characters, the user would have to send multiple messages or send a short message requesting to move the conversation to a different platform, such as email or phone. Twitter is removing the 140 character limit from Direct Read more […]