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Stop the Insanity. Fire Your PR Firm in 2014.

Marketing Craftmanship

Its source notwithstanding, the axiom applies perfectly to the great number of companies that retain PR firms, year after year, to generate publicity that will have little or no impact on tangible business outcomes. Fire your PR firm in 2014. Counting Media Clips is a Zero Sum Game.

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The Herb Schmertz Era: When Public Relations Had Some Balls

Marketing Craftmanship

brings to mind what many consider to be a golden age for Public Relations; the period from the mid-60s to mid-80s, when the PR profession had the mandate, the skills and the balls to stand up to criticism leveled against the organizations and people whom they represented. Herb Schmertz was no reckless PR cowboy.


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The Real Price We All Pay for “Brand Journalism”

Marketing Craftmanship

Promotional messaging that for decades had been identified and quarantined by the media as ADVERTORIAL content – now safely re-branded as “sponsored” or “native” content – has gained legitimacy as bona fide editorial information worthy of placement in the New York Times or the CBS Evening News.

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Infographics, Videos and Listicles Have Changed the Look of the MAT Release in Today’s Digital World


If you’re a longtime PR professional, you’re well aware of how this branded style of content works in the industry. If you’re new to the PR world, you may have heard of the MAT release, but maybe you haven’t leverage its power yet. And this powerful marketing and PR tool has evolved to accommodate a wide variety of content.

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How Print Publications Impact B2B Content Marketing Development

KoMarketing Associates

Even print-based advertorials, where the intent should clearly be understood as promotion, were considered of higher quality (at least by those surveyed), than all but one of the four forms of digital publication choices offered. Here are a few ideas to consider: Connect with PR-Based Media Relations Initiatives.

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What Is Earned Media?


As the name suggests, a PR executive has relationships with members of the media and continuously pitch their clients to be included in various publications, news shows, podcasts and more. Additional earned media definitions, according to PR professionals. “It’s You have not paid to be mentioned.

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Blogger outreach is earned media PR, isn’t it?


Long-story-short is that my long-tail strategy for blogger outreach, influenced heavily by the Cluetrain Manifesto , digs much deeper than just the top-50 or even to top-600 bloggers; in fact, my strategy doesn’t care anything at all about Klout , Compete, Google PR, or even page views or age of site.