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4 Tactics for Increasing Attendance at Local Events

April 26th, 2018 by

Promoting an event in 2018 is a tough gig, especially at this time of year. Summer vacations are around the corner and it’s hard to compete with Coachella or a night of binge-watching “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Luckily, there are some tactics that will grab your potential attendees’ attention and help ensure they show up on the big day. Here are four tips for upping RSVPs for your next event.

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3 Ways the Psychology of Images Affects Your Content’s Reach

April 12th, 2018 by

Not every communicator has time to study the best technical practices behind creating an effective image, of course, but understanding why certain images engage the eyes more than others requires no advanced study. Having shot news events and concerts for the better part of a decade, PR News’ Justin Joffe shares some common characteristics among his featured images that have garnered the most love, shares and engagement.

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The Zuckerberg Factor: 3 Reasons Why U.S. Brands Now Fear GDPR

April 10th, 2018 by

As Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress, speculation is swirling as to whether Facebook will integrate portions of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into preventive measures it’s taking against future data leaks and election meddling. Brands operating solely in the U.S. now have strong reasons to fear (and begin preparing for) GDPR.

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Online Ads Not as Relevant as Marketers Think; Even Strong Content Struggles to Break Through

April 10th, 2018 by

Marketers and communicators admit they don’t always know if their messages are reaching the intended audiences. Yet most believe those messages are relevant when they make it to the target audience. Uh, maybe not, according to a new Adobe survey.

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AI, Fake News and Future-Proofing Dominate Annual Page Society Seminar

April 6th, 2018 by

The organization formerly known as the Arthur W. Page Society—now it’s simply “Page”— hosted its annual Spring Seminar this week at New York City’s Conrad Hotel, bringing together communicators from across the globe for two days of panels, keynotes and breakout sessions that addressed the theme “Are You Future-Proofed? Disruption, Innovation and the CCO.”

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SXSW 2018: 5 Consumer Shifts Shaping 2020

March 15th, 2018 by

At SXSW 2018, thanks to immersive experiences showcasing the massive advancements in augmented reality and virtual reality, attendees were afforded the opportunity to experience firsthand how close we are to the seemingly distant future we saw in movies like “Back to the Future Part II” and “Minority Report.” That future now seems to be only 22 months away.

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Three Areas Where AI Can Help Communicators Right Now

March 2nd, 2018 by

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been around since the 1950s, though you’d think it’s brand new judging by the number of recent news articles mentioning it. Communicators can take advantage of AI now and they needn’t be engineers to do so, argues Jared Carneson, global lead, social innovation, for FleishmanHillard. There is a slew of tools that flirt with the AI space that can ease communicators’ workload. Carneson offers a look at several and urges communicators to experiment.

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A 12-Point Checklist for Vetting Influencers

February 8th, 2018 by

Legendary Hollywood director John Huston was fond of saying that he didn’t direct actors—he cast them. He would cast actors because they were right for a particular role, and that judgment alone was the limit of his direction of their performances. You can apply this same approach to the ways in which your brand works with influencers. The bulk of the job is in finding and vetting the right influencers.

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4 Ways Machine Learning May Soon Solve (Some of Your) PR Problems

February 6th, 2018 by

If the fragmented media environment is a sick patient, machine learning may be the cure. That was the proposition Andrew Heyward, visiting scholar from MIT’s Media Laboratory and former president of CBS News, outlined in his presentation, “Can Robots Solve Your PR Problems?” at the New York offices of agency Makovsky on Feb. 6.

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12 Must-Haves for a PR Pro’s Virtual Toolbox

January 11th, 2018 by

Are you afraid to face your inbox, which probably is overflowing with email that’s of little or no use? And is the lack of a research assistant looking up names and addresses of key journalists slowing your workflow? Fortunately, it’s 2018 and there’s a bevy of tech tools that can help PR pros like you. Here are 12 that will raise your productivity immediately.