Has PR Writing Become the Death Knell of Bylines?

Earlier today I came across this TechCrunch article: Rethinking contributors on TechCrunch, stating that the publication is changing the way it accepts contributed content. Moving forward, there will be no more pitching – industry experts hoping to place a byline article will need to be invited. When explaining its reasoning for the shift, the company notes: “Independent writers and respected industry investors and entrepreneurs have given us great (and insanely popular from a traffic standpoint) 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 HR Tech: 5 Things Reporters Want from You Today

The HR tech industry is growing quickly. Human resources executives are now sitting at the C-suite table, and are in need of solutions to help them better understand their employees’ behaviors, staffing trends and employee costs – and the tech sector has responded with fantastic tools to do all of these things in more. While HR tech companies are delivering useful, important solutions, many of them are still having a hard time cracking the media – and they need to do so in order to get visibility Read more […]

Meet Affect @ Ragan’s Visual Communications Conference at Cisco, September 21-23

Content marketing is getting harder everyday. Comms pros are challenged to create creative, exciting content to stand out from the competition – while dealing with consumers’ shortening attention spans and a heavier reliance on mobile phones. Most brands understand that visuals need to be a part of their content marketing strategy – but don’t know where to start or how to make sure that they achieve ROI for their efforts. Join Affect at Ragan’s Visual Communications Conference at Cisco headquarters 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 […]

How to Demonstrate ROI on PR – Measure, Measure, Measure

Gone are the days when PR ROI was difficult to measure – in fact, most companies have been looking to measure the impact of their PR campaigns for some time now. But as companies put a greater emphasis on data-driven results, and measurement becomes an increasingly important component of PR, everyone from CMOs to heads of PR agencies still struggle to understand exactly what should be included when measuring their results. In a very competitive marketplace for clients, dollars and internal resources, Read more […]

Highlights from Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report

Every year, the industry looks to Verizon for key security statistics and to report on the state of security globally. From a public relations perspective, the findings in this report help kick-off the discussion for upcoming trends as well as provides interesting statistics to draw from when creating content. For 2016, the report highlights that companies need not only guard against new threats, but also remember the basics. In fact, phishing schemes have seen a resurgence in popularity, with Read more […]

70% of Content Marketing is Ineffective: 3 Areas to Reconsider

A recent survey by the Content Marketing Institute found that only 30% of B2B companies in North America feel their organizations are effective at content marketing. That number is astounding considering over 80% of B2B marketers and 50% of B2B companies have a content marketing strategy – and it’s safe to say that most of the rest of them are putting out some kind of content, albeit absent some kind of strategy. If you’re among that 70% of companies not seeing ROI from your content marketing Read more […]

Quality Advice from Top Tech Journalists: Part 2

Welcome back for Part 2! If you missed part 1 featuring tips from Jason Perlow from ZDNet, click here. The second panelist for the PRSA webinar, A Tech PR Trifecta, was Martin Bryant, Editor-at-Large at The Next Web. Martin has been in the industry for a number of years and has climbed the ladder at The Next Web from a writer to the top dog. About The Next Web At The Next Web, there are 12 staff members located all over the globe, including the U.K., U.S. east coast, U.S. west coast, Read more […]

Four Key Tips for Successful Media Relations Results

When first starting out in the PR industry, achieving a breakthrough in a top tier business publication or in a key tech vertical outlet can seem like a lofty goal. The good news is that with the right strategy (and a little bit of persistence) it’s achievable! Here are a few tips to incorporate into your daily pitching activities so you can make inroads with those “dream” outlets on your media list.

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