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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Things You Can Do Now to Boost Visibility

Whether you’re a startup or an established company, increasing visibility for your organization is a constant uphill battle, especially in an over-saturated market. However, promoting your business and staying top-of-mind with customers, partners and prospects doesn’t always have to require large budgets or extensive teams to execute. Here are five proven tactics you can do now to help boost the visibility of your organization: 1. Make an official announcement Are you launching a new product Read more […]

6 Steps to the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Whether you’re a large, well-branded enterprise or a small start-up, having a well crafted, easy to understand elevator pitch is crucial to hooking reporters or new customer leads. If you can’t explain what the company does in 2-3 sentences, chances are you’ll lose your audience’s interest before you get to the important stuff. There are a couple of mistakes I commonly see with new elevator pitches: – Trying to cram too much information into the pitch, so the main point gets lost – Talking Read more […]

A Simple Guide to Twitter Analytics for PR Pros

A few weeks ago, Twitter opened up it’s analytics dashboard to everyone – making measurement a whole lot easier for content marketers. Twitter Analytics is a free tool that eliminates some of the guesswork and excruciating manual data analysis from measuring ROI for the platform. The dashboard gives you insight into how your Twitter content is performing, who your audience actually is and how much engagement you’ve generated. In short – it can help you determine whether you’ve reached Twitter Read more […]

Google Analytics for PR Pros: 4 Things You Should Know

Whether you are gathering website data for your own firm or a client, understanding what the information you are collecting means and how it can translated into actionable business intelligence is crucial in making sound recommendations for your communications strategy. When it comes to tools for learning more about your website’s performance, none are more ubiquitous or important than Google Analytics, with its vast data segments that can be pulled and analyzed. Google Analytics is especially Read more […]

Countering the Holiday News Blitz

Halloween is upon us, and you know what that means? For some, it’s candy and treats, but for PR pros, it marks the beginning of the holiday season. The last few months of the year are a special time for many of us: family comes into town, turkey dinners are cooked and we get to re-watch all of our favorite Claymation movies. But for PR professionals, it means one thing: editors and reporters are going holiday-crazy. Stories that have anything to do with any of the holidays that occur around Read more […]