Adjusting Media Strategy at Times of Crisis
Posted on 01-20-2017 by Megan Burnside

When a disaster or bad publicity strikes a company, PR agencies and departments earn their keep. Of course, not every organization will thrive under tough circumstances. These events separate good PR teams that can provide positive return on investment from those that struggle. The media landscape... Read More

2017 PR Superpowers: Speed, Diligence, Humanity
Posted on 01-13-2017 by Megan Burnside

With a whole new year stretching out in front of you, it's time to take stock of what trends and changes your department or company is going to face in the months ahead. The next steps for the Public Relations universe will likely include a few continuing trends from 2016, alongside a few long-gestating... Read More

3 PR Failures of 2016 & the Lessons We Learn
Posted on 01-05-2017 by Megan Burnside

Every calendar year is full of inspiring successful Public Relations campaigns - and some embarrassing mistakes. While the latter category may be promotions those companies would rather forget, they offer strong educational lessons for the rest of the PR community. Critically looking back Companies... Read More

Fantastic PR exposure (And where to find It)
Posted on 12-15-2016 by Megan Burnside

When you're working on PR pitches to the media between major events or product launches, you may wish you had a magic spell up your sleeve. Your job is essentially to conjure something valuable - favorable coverage - out of thin air. It's time to believe in magic. This kind of hype-building... Read More

Black Friday Kicking Off Holiday Shopping: An Idea That's Going Global
Posted on 12-02-2016 by Megan Burnside

Coordinating a global PR strategy can sometimes seem like a Sisyphean struggle. When cornerstone ideas of your company's (or client's) brand don't cross international borders, there's a temptation to either limit your reach or cook up completely different strategies for each territory... Read More

Missed Media Opportunity: The Presidential Debates Failed to Sway Millennials
Posted on 11-21-2016 by Megan Burnside

This post was guest written by Brandon Teeple, a junior at Wright State University. The Millennial Generation, those who are born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, have recently become the largest generation in the U.S. They range anywhere from recent high school or college graduates to critical... Read More

Unraveling the Results: What Media Monitoring Reveals Post-Election 2016
Posted on 11-18-2016 by Megan Burnside

The case could certainly be made that no other presidential race in memory or potentially history has received so much media attention—and, let’s face it, felt so much like a reality TV show—as this one. Now that the election is one for the record books, let’s take a look at how... Read More

Creating a Sustainable PR Strategy
Posted on 11-11-2016 by Megan Burnside

It's not enough to only score Public Relations victories when there is a new product to promote or a major news event to link. Keeping excitement for a brand at a simmering level for a long time keeps companies in touch with news providers and the public at large, and there are plenty of actions... Read More

Is Social Media Hinting at Who May Win the Presidential Election?
Posted on 11-07-2016 by Megan Burnside

The race is tight, so coloring in the electoral map has proven to be an arduous task. Media monitoring and social media analysis may help to color in some of those states by providing a glimpse into voter sentiment and enthusiasm that polls might not capture. Take a look at a guest blog post brought... Read More

3 Insights from Election 2016 Media Monitoring
Posted on 11-04-2016 by Megan Burnside

What a difference a year and even a week makes. When we started tracking the presidential election coverage a year and a half ago, we aimed to test a few theories: Higher media coverage would lead to better poll results Social media would play a role in the election Swing states would reign... Read More

Tricks and Treats of Halloween-Based PR
Posted on 10-31-2016 by Megan Burnside

The temptation to use Halloween and the entire month of October as a tie-in to new product launches is great for brands, as the season's themes are wide-ranging, fun and unabashedly commercial. That said, PR firms and departments need to be careful at this time of year. Without a keen and up-to-date... Read More

TV Can Teach Public Relations a Lesson or Three
Posted on 10-20-2016 by Megan Burnside

A new media launch is a PR masterclass. No matter the field you promote in, you can draw inspiration and information from observing how movies, television shows and online media offerings present themselves. With the recent launch of fall TV shows in the U.S., there are plenty of great examples to choose... Read More

Ignite Passion with Corporate Social Responsibility
Posted on 10-17-2016 by Megan Burnside

Being a PR professional today means bringing news outlets and consumers closer to companies than they've ever come before. It's a social media-powered age wherein people examine the organizations they do business with. This often now means ensuring the company's values come through loud and... Read More

Has the Presidential Campaign Turned Into a Research Assignment?
Posted on 10-14-2016 by Megan Burnside

This post was guest written by Courtney Resnicky, a senior at Wright State University. The battle between who is telling the truth, who is twisting the truth, and who is flat out lying during this Presidential election seems to have become more heated than ever. In both presidential debates we’ve... Read More

Using Media Monitoring to Manage, Protect and Grow Brands
Posted on 10-12-2016 by Megan Burnside

"I'll leave it to chance," said no PR professional ever. But, do all PR professionals have a fast and effective way to stay atop of media buzz? Last September, we brought together three media intelligence experts to share best practices for utilizing media monitoring to manage, protect... Read More

Candidates Are Missing the Opportunity to Inspire Millennials
Posted on 10-05-2016 by Megan Burnside

This post was guest written by Brandon Teeple, a junior at Wright State University. What topics do you care about? Is it ever-increasing national budget? Or is it, perhaps, protecting gun rights? Each generation has a particular set of issues that are important to them, based on what stage of life... Read More

Are You Brave Enough to Risk Going Viral?
Posted on 09-28-2016 by Megan Burnside

Since the dawn of the social media age, viral success has been a PR goal. The idea of scoring maximum coverage for little outlay is often too exciting to pass up. But that doesn't mean companies should chase this goal recklessly. There are a huge number of risks, and campaigns designed for viral... Read More

What Election Issues Will Have the Largest Impact on College Students?
Posted on 09-24-2016 by Megan Burnside

This post was guest written by Courtney Resnicky, a senior at Wright State University. The election season always brings “hot button” issues into the limelight, and this year is no different. Although many of the issues are universal, there are a select few that may have a larger impact... Read More

Back-to-school Tops Local & Digital Media Opportunities for Brands
Posted on 09-20-2016 by Megan Burnside

PR departments and agencies looking for great cross-promotional opportunities in the fall have an ace in the hole: In many parts of the world, it's the start of a new school year. The back-to-school experience is relevant across a huge range of geographic and cultural divisions, and with the right... Read More

The Missing Millennial and Confused Media
Posted on 09-15-2016 by Megan Burnside

This post was guest written by Courtney Resnicky, a senior at Wright State University. Millennials—those born between 1981 and 1998—have now surpassed Baby Boomers by half a million , according to PEW research. While this may not seem like a huge number, the historic election taking place... Read More

Using Pop Culture to Create Measurable Buzz and Engagement
Posted on 09-02-2016 by Megan Burnside

Engaging with pop culture in an intelligent way can be an irresistible PR tactic. It's only natural to want to position a brand alongside people and events that are drawing huge amounts of coverage to try and reap some of that excitement and buzz. When done correctly, the results can be hugely... Read More

Media Monitoring Shows Sexism Abounds...Still
Posted on 08-25-2016 by Megan Burnside

August 26 th is a big day in women’s history—that day in 1920 that Congress certified the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote. When Congress passed the joint resolution 51 years later to commemorate the event with an annual Women’s Equality Day, it said the holiday... Read More

Lessons from the news tracker - Olympics edition
Posted on 08-22-2016 by Megan Burnside

There are always lessons to be taken from which people, places and events are getting the most media coverage. A major sporting event such as the Olympic Games provides a great chance to focus in on the athletes, countries and companies involved. The patterns and sentiments embedded in the data show... Read More

Scholarship Winners to Weigh in on the Media, Millennials and Election 2016
Posted on 08-19-2016 by Kari Abitbol

Earlier this year, Pew Research announced, “Millennials, who already have surpassed Baby Boomers as the United States’ largest living generation, now have caught up to the Boomers when it comes to their share of the American electorate.” Of course, the statement also came with a question... Read More

Reputation Management in a Media Circus
Posted on 08-15-2016 by Megan Burnside

“Without promotion, something terrible happens… nothing!” Sounds like a quote any brand might ascribe to these days, right? Actually, those words come from one of the most brilliant promotors of the 19 th century and founder of the Barnum & Baily Circus—Phineas Taylor Barnum... Read More