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Burger King’s Wily Voice-Activating Ad Thwarted by Google (With Some Help From Online Pranksters)

April 13th, 2017 by

Burger King has transformed a simple TV ad into a mouthwatering engagement goldmine…almost. The fast-food chain would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those pesky kids at Google (and on the internet at large). On April 12, Burger King aired an ad in which an actor asks, “OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?” The line was intended to prompt Google Home devices to read a list of Whopper ingredients from Wikipedia, but anonymous pranksters edited the Whopper Wikipedia article to include some less-than-appetizing ingredients.

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A Disconnect? Journalists and Influencers Say Audiences Are More Responsive to Cold, Hard Facts Than to Emotional Content

March 31st, 2017 by

Journalists and influencers believe that factual content ranks higher with online audiences than emotional content, according to a recent Cision report. Yet at a panel discussion in New York this week, communicators said that emotionally driven content has undeniable power to attract audiences and can even build trust in a brand.

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How Southwest Airlines Preps Timely Content, Far in Advance

March 30th, 2017 by

Timely content is king. The good news in today’s digital world is that companies are now in the content driver’s seat. But with so many channels and platforms at their disposal, many brands struggle to be relevant on all of them, all the time. That is leading some to make poor decisions about content type, timing and topic. Here are two examples of how Southwest Airlines strikes while the iron is hot.

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Lyft, Uber Get Easy PR Wins at SXSW

March 13th, 2017 by

Lyft and Uber have been locked in PR warfare against each other this year, but the first weekend of Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest was a feather in the cap of both ride-sharing platforms. And they didn’t have to do a thing—they just stood by and watched as others failed to do their job successfully.

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How Southwest Airlines Uses Social Listening to Produce Compelling Videos

March 3rd, 2017 by

New digital platforms are driving the evolution of communications departments into media conglomerates, generating graphic, video and other content for both broad and targeted audiences. The agenda spans from an annual horizon of what we need to communicate, all the way down to what just happened a moment ago online and whether there is an organic way to join the conversation. So, Southwest Airlines is exploring how to create content from conversation trends, born out of data and presented in a timely manner.

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The Evolution of Coca-Cola’s Brand Journalism Journey

February 28th, 2017 by

At just over 125 years young, The Coca-Cola Company made a decision that its best stories could no longer be contained by traditional paths. With the speed of communication driving faster to keep up with the speed of connection, we decided to transform our corporate destination into an online magazine that delivered at the speed of our consumers’—and critics’—digital lives. With that, Coca-Cola Journey was launched.

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Nike’s ‘Equality’ Campaign: Before, During and After the Grammys

February 13th, 2017 by

During the the 2017 Grammy Awards ceremony, Nike premiered its star-studded “Equality” ad, part of its newest campaign calling for racial and social equality on and off the court. Nike made its campaign as much a part of the conversation leading up to the Grammys as whether Adele or Beyoncé would sweep their respective categories. So how did Nike, a shoe brand, make sure that it shone nearly as bright as Beyoncé’s golden goddess costume during the festivities? Here’s a look at Nike’s strategic execution of the “Equality” campaign leading up to, during and following the Grammy ceremony.

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Snowed In? Warm Up With 3 Influencer Campaign Tips From Sunny SoCal

February 9th, 2017 by

If you’re trapped at the airport or at home in the first (and hopefully last) blizzard of 2017, PR News has you covered with reading material: These sunny influencer tips from the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board will have you thinking of warmer days in no time. Bill Karz, vice president of digital marketing at L.A. Tourism and Convention Board, shares influencer tactics as a sneak peak of his session at PR News’ Digital Summit, Feb. 24 in Huntington Beach, CA.

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Launching a Video Campaign? Use This Checklist First

February 7th, 2017 by

The top social platforms see upward of 22 billion video views per day.That number is expected to climb this year. PR pros who haven’t yet integrated video into their campaign strategy are likely missing out on reaching significant portions of their audiences. But that doesn’t mean they should jump into video without a solid game plan or expect to go viral on their first attempt.

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4 PR-Related Trends to Watch at CES 2017

January 4th, 2017 by

There’s nothing better than a business trip during the first week of January to shock staffers back into the harsh reality of the work world after well-deserved time off during the holidays. While that’s probably not why the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins this week—the cost of convention space is lower in early January, particularly in colder climates and travel budgets are full at the year’s start—it accomplishes the mission well.