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The Short of It: Why Quick Content Matters Now

Posted on October 31, 2022 by Celena Fine

Topics: Content, Social Listening and Trend Spotting, Earned Media Relations

Today’s meme may be blowing up your digital airwaves, but chances are it’ll be old news by tomorrow. In the constantly evolving media ecosystem, it can be tough for a communications professional to sort through the static and identify the trends ...

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Why Do Brands Need To Be at the Forefront of Trends?

Posted on October 26, 2022 by Celena Fine

Topics: Social Listening and Trend Spotting

The most effective marketing communications programs are those where a brand’s perspective is seamlessly woven into the cultural conversation — and by extension, into the news cycle. Because of this, we are excited to unveil What’s Next, Now, a new ...

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How to Spot a Trend: Listening for the Shift

Posted on May 27, 2021 by Celena Fine

Topics: Social Listening and Trend Spotting

Trends are changes that stick around. Social changes, technological changes, expectation changes. Spotting them before they fully take to the mainstream can be a huge advantage for brands who strive to be up-to-date and on-trend. By identifying a ...

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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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How to Make Headlines When New News Isn’t Happening

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Celena Fine

Topics: Thought Leadership, Social Listening and Trend Spotting, Earned Media Relations

In the world of PR, it’s wonderful to have a constant flow of organic news. However, that’s not always the case — in fact, most of the time, quite the opposite is true. During those “slow news periods (like between product announcements and ...

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Brands Take a Stand II: Strategies That Stick

Posted on February 20, 2019 by Amelia Vernon

Topics: Thought Leadership, Social Listening and Trend Spotting, Messaging and Positioning

Today’s consumers, particularly younger ones, want to see companies be more human, take more risks, and speak out on social and political issues relevant to their brand values. However, as discussed in our previous blog, “When Brands Take a Stand,” ...

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