Brand messaging shows up everywhere these days, from the screens in our pockets to the sides of sports stadiums. The ubiquity of brand content makes the fight for ever-decreasing attention spans only tougher as the number of communications platforms multiplies. It’s enough to make traditional forms of messaging, like the press release, obsolete.

There’s no doubt that today’s savvy marketers are looking beyond the standard release, either replacing it altogether or adapting it to the new world order in communications. Spicing up the customary press release format with strong visual elements—like infographics or video content, for instance—can make messages easier to digest and better fodder for social media engagement. Other brands have discovered that going big with live events offers … Continue Reading

If you were forced to pick one way in which companies have evolved the most significantly since the turn of the century, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more popular response than communication.

Social media has created two-way dialogue and real brand accountability. The 24/7 news cycle has amplified the impact of any crisis, from CEOs sticking their foot in their mouths to customer data breaches. Brands are compelled to be socially and environmentally conscious. Heck, Millennials want to know your charitable partners before they buy your goods or apply for your jobs.

These are just a few of the new functions that fall on the shoulders of today’s Chief Communications Officer (CCO). No longer is this a role exclusively … Continue Reading

You’re only as good as your first page of Google search results. That’s the reality of today’s business environment. Keeping a company’s online reputation as pristine as possible is a baseline for any sophisticated marketing strategy.

Need proof? The Edelman Trust Barometer for 2015 found that Internet search engines are now the most trusted source of news and general information. When surveyed, 72% of online users said they trusted search engine results, a statistic that’s up 8% from 2014. Put another way, nearly three quarters of potential customers searching a company’s name will likely trust what Google returns on that first page. Glowing results will drive sales. Negative results will not.

One of the best ways to control what shows … Continue Reading