When considering a public relations approach to get your company in the news, you may focus on newsworthy announcements. Initiatives like product launches, customer wins and new hires have traditionally been popular topics for press releases. But what do you do in between the news peaks?
One option is to pursue contributed articles. What’s a contributed article? Unlike an article written by a reporter about a company or its products, contributed articles are written by the company and are meant to lend a vendor-neutral perspective on topics relevant to a publication’s readers[i].
What can contributed articles do for you and your company? They can:
- Position you as a thought leader
- Help you be seen as the expert
- Increase your visibility
- Lead to other opportunities – speaking, more opportunities to write articles, be quoted in roundups and so forth
And with media publications continuing to downsize their editorial staffs, many are looking for contributed content to help fill their digital and print pages. Continue reading How Contributed Articles Can Boost Your PR Program
2018 held lessons for all of us in PR. While we can look to brands who did PR right for inspiration, sometimes we learn as much from the fails as we do from the wins.
As we look back on a year filled with brilliance – and sometimes ignorance – we consider what made these brands and their choices unforgettable.
Here are my selections for some of the best and worst public relations moments of the year. Continue reading 7 of the Best – and Worst – PR Plays in 2018
We may be in denial, but the holidays are indeed upon us. With Thanksgiving just over a week away and Christmas coming soon on its heels, we need to be looking at the calendar to make our PR plans.
While timing is always important in public relations, trying to get media coverage at this time of year can be especially challenging. Continue reading Time Your PR Right to Get the Most From It Over the Holidays
While talk of artificial intelligence, or AI, permeates the public relations world, there’s little understanding of how it’s impacting what we do now – and what we’ll do in the future.
Christopher Penn, THE person you should follow to get smart about AI, and I had a chat recently about how PR pros can expect AI to improve their job functions, and what they can be doing right now to prepare for the future. Here’s a recap. Continue reading What PR Pros Need to Know About AI: A Conversation with Christopher Penn
In this week’s PR Crisis of the Week column, we look at a brand that made its crisis worse by sharing misinformation, a brand who can’t seem to do anything right and a brand who’s been in this column more than any other brand.
Here we go: Continue reading PR Crisis of the Week: AT&T, USA Gymnastics and Facebook
Which brands found themselves in crisis management mode this week?
We’ll take a look at a social media platform that finally met its demise, an event that went awry causing its founder some legal trouble and a popular sparkling water brand that hit a snag. Continue reading PR Crisis of the Week: Google+, Fyre Festival and La Croix
Another week – and more brands in crisis.
This week, we have Facebook, Tesla and GE, all major entities which find themselves in the midst of chaos, as well as Oregon winemakers who face an unprecedented crisis. Which brands will excel in crisis management? Continue reading PR Crisis of the Week: Facebook, Tesla, GE and Oregon Winemakers
Today’s PR Crisis of the Week post takes a look at brands in hot water, including a leading pet store chain, a popular social media platform, a major coffee and baked goods chain – and the latest in the saga of a fruit crisis. Continue reading PR Crisis of the Week: PetSmart, Instagram, Dunkin – and Fruit Again?
This week’s PR Crisis of the Week post finds several brands facing tough days ahead as they attempt to extricate themselves from sticky situations ranging from airline issues to fat shaming to ticket scalping. Continue reading PR Crisis of the Week: Jet Airways, Revolve and Ticketmaster
It’s time for this week’s PR Crisis of the Week post, where I give an overview of some of the brands who found themselves in crisis mode.
This week in PR crisis news, we have a major news network, a former social media darling – and strawberries? Continue reading PR Crisis of the Week: CBS, Snapchat and — Strawberries?