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Drew Neisser on Next Steps for Social Media Marketing

I have been blogging about challenges confronting digital PR and social media marketing. You can read those posts to learn more. In a nutshell, issues have surfaced over the past couple of years (related to fake news, online manipulation, growing privacy concerns as examples) that

FUD 2.0 and the State of PR Ethics

I’m always interested in topics related to my profession, PR, and the industry we serve, technology. So I was eager to see what NY Times had to say in Jack Nicas’s recent piece: How Facebook’s P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech. Longtime readers know that

Social Tools Summit 2017 Boston

I enjoyed attending my third consecutive Social Tools Summit event in Boston last week, where I moderated a panel on branding and thought leadership. It was great to take a day and get caught up on the state of the art in social media. The field

What to do when PR hits a Pay Wall

PR folks know the feeling. You put a press release over the wire - and then duck. Not necessarily because of all the press inquiries that come in (wouldn't that be great)? You duck to avoid the flood of offers from pay-to-play opportunities. Each one needs

3 Ways to Blow out Influencer Marketing Results

When looking for the right influencers, it's tempting to focus on the big fish, the ones with huge followings. Most think that size matters (as I've pointed out, influence is not just a number). Then again, much has been said about the benefits of targeting micro-influencers

Huffington Goes Viral with Data Science – You can Too

Cross posted on Hack the Feed My recent posts have explored how publishers are working with social platforms to expand audience and adapt story telling formats (see Publishers & Platforms In a Relationship, and Platforms as Publishers: 6 Key Takeaways for Brands). They reported the experiences

The Invisible Warriors: Millennials & Social Media

By Laura Davenport, Intern Lazy, they call us. Apathetic, they accuse. Insults like these, and many others aside—materialistic, selfish, and lacking in focus, to name a few—are leveled at the Millennial Generation on a regular basis. When they accuse us of these charges, I wonder to

SXSW '14: Lessons, Observations, Free Hugs and Hashtags

Last week I made it out to Austin, TX for the ever-so-popular South by Southwest (SXSW) conference. Big tech companies such as Yahoo!, Spotify, Samsung, Pandora and Vevo filled the streets and various venues throughout downtown Austin. If you’re not familiar with the setup of