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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A How-To PR Guide for Navigating RSA

The internationally renowned RSA Conference is considered the world’s largest information security event, attracting nearly 30,000 attendees every year and featuring everyone from major industry players to startups. The content that comes out of RSA is more valuable and attainable than ever before, given today’s evolving cyber threat landscape in our digitally connected world. This year the conference is making its way over to San Francisco on April 20th. From a PR perspective, one of the Read more […]

Five Steps to Spring Clean Your Marketing Plan

It’s mid-April. The sun is shining, the air is warmer – it’s time for iced coffee, lighter jackets and a good airing out of the home and office after being cooped up all winter. It’s also a good time to take a look at your marketing plan to see how it’s going so far in 2015. Dust off any cobwebs, add some shine and generally give it a good cleaning before we enter the summer months when half your team (and clients/customers) go out on vacation. Here are five ways to refresh your marketing Read more […]

5 Ways to Build a Better Relationship with Your PR Agency

My absolute favorite thing about my job is my relationships with Affect’s clients – and it always has been. Although I don’t play favorites, the best clients are the ones that view our agency as a true partner and extension of their marketing and communications team. It’s easy to do great work for companies that have confidence in the work that we do. That said, PR is a service industry and I’ve been in the game long enough to have seen clients come and go for a variety of reasons. As an agency, Read more […]

3 Takeaways from our Client Satisfaction Survey

Being a good PR executive first means being a good service provider. As an agency, we put a lot of emphasis on providing excellent client service – being trusted advisors, counselors and partners. We focus on cultivating strong relationships with our clients on a daily basis, but sometimes it helps to take a formal temperature check on how things are going and where we can improve. That’s why at the end of every year, we ask our clients for their honest, direct feedback on their experience with Read more […]

When the PR Party is Over: Tips for Coping with Post-CES Depression

You had big dreams for your PR strategy at CES – and for good reason. Your product is awesome, your announcements were on-point, your CEO attended and his comments on the industry were unique, insightful and airtight. You even found extra budget for press events and the entire PR team was on the ground to pitch reporters at the show – they got you on-air with CNET on opening day! You were ready to take on the world – CES 2015 was your moment and no one could stop you! But your dreams quickly became Read more […]