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Breaking News: Insider Tips on Pitching From a Former TV News Reporter

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Zak Sos

Topics: Thought Leadership, Earned Media Relations

This just in: After a decade in the breaking-news world of broadcast journalism, much of it as a TV reporter in New York City, I made the leap from receiving pitches to crafting them. Needless to say, in my years in front of the camera I received my ...

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Frequently Asked Questions: TikTok

Posted on September 13, 2019 by Cassie Morris

Topics: Social FAQ, Social Media

Ticktock. It’s a sound that can spur a variety of thoughts. Some minds turn to the relentless tick, tick, tick of the clock … while others have the uncontrollable urge to belt Ke$ha at the top of their lungs (don’t stop, make it pop).  But there is ...

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When Activism Strikes: Is Your Brand Ready for a Boycott?

Posted on August 29, 2019 by Marian Hughes

Topics: Messaging and Positioning, Planning, Crisis Communications

Information travels at lightning speed. One minute you’re making arrangements to work out with a friend, and, seconds later, you could be sending a text with a potential change of plans should anything come up, say like a brand-wide boycott of your ...

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3 Reasons You Should Stop, Collaborate, and (Social) Listen

Posted on August 16, 2019 by Stephanie Malkus

Topics: Social Media, Social Listening and Trend Spotting, Conversation Marketing

How often do you listen — really listen — to the world around you? Birds chirping, leaves rustling in the wind … the road rage-induced honking horn of an irritated driver? Ah, the sounds of nature. The truth is, life’s soothing harmonies are often ...

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Lessons From Levi’s on Fade-Resistant Relevance

Posted on July 31, 2019 by Sue Parente

Topics: Thought Leadership, Branding, Messaging and Positioning

Relevance is an unspoken priority for most brands and essential to build a business that will last. It isn’t just about fresh, hip marketing campaigns — it’s about your customers, the context of their lives, and the options available to them. ...

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Say Yes and … Other Agency Best Practices That Drive Creativity

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Kathy Wilson

Topics: Thought Leadership, Content, Employee Communications

I thought a lot about the notion of creativity as I prepared to write this blog. It’s a word that’s thrown around pretty frequently in the communications field. Certainly most PR programs aim to be creative in support of an organization’s business ...

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