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Last week, we published the best articles on media monitoring and measurement that appeared in the blog in 2018. For this week, we’ve gathered the best posts on a range of more general public relations and marketing topics.

The articles include best practices for working with journalists and gaining more favorable media coverage, what PR can learn from how major brands successfully – or not successfully — managed PR crises, and how communications pros can advance their careers. Others articles can help PR and marketing pros polish their writing and editing skills or improve their brand’s communications strategy.

Bookmark a link to this list and turn to it throughout the year whenever you have a question how to improve your PR or marketing practices.

7 Vital New Skills to Survive & Thrive in PR

While writing and relationship-building remain fundamental skills, successful PR careers now require other abilities. PR now involves far more than writing press releases and contacting journalists.



8 Successful Strategies PR Agencies Use to Win New Clients

how PR agencies win clientsTo succeed, PR agencies must promote themselves even while they hustle for clients. Convincing potential clients that the agency is “the best match” is often the deciding factor.



Best Practices for Corporate Online Newsrooms

online corporate newsroom best practicesAn online newsroom offers a potent tool to win media attention and promote the brand’s messages directly to journalists, consumers and B2B buyers. One approach likely to flop: merely posting press releases.



How to Write Executive Quotes that Wow

Vibrant quotes can transform staid news releases and other PR content into memorable stories, but most executive quotes are uninspired, wishy-washy and, in fact, quite horrible. Here’s how to compose quotes that editors include in articles, bring articles to life, and make your quoted executives look good.



10 Cost-Effective PR & Marketing Methods for Non-Profits

nonprofits facebook fundraisingBecause PR and social media campaigns can be implemented with relatively small investments, they are especially valuable to cash-strapped nonprofits.



How PR Can Spearhead Corporate Social Responsibility

role of public relations in corporate social responsibility

Corporations are being called on to demonstrate how they contribute to society. As corporate social responsibility gains attention, PR departments can help plan, lead and publicize CSR programs.



How PR Teams Can Weather Natural Disasters

PR crisis plans for natural disasters, corporate communications for severe weather events

It’s now essential to include severe weather events in PR crisis communications plans. While plans for severe storms are similar to plans of other types of crises, they hold important differences.




No Chicken? Lessons from KFC’s PR Crisis Response

KFC’s PR crisis response to a chicken shortage that shut down hundreds of restaurants won accolades from consumers and PR and marketing professionals.




5 PR Crisis Lessons from the Tide Pod Challenge

The Tide Pod Challenge exemplifies a kind of PR crises companies may not expect: people intentionally misusing the company’s product. No one can predict when videos of people misusing a product will spread on social media, but a well-developed plan and social media monitoring can help organizations react quickly and decisively.



New PR Crisis Playbook Needed for Today’s Changed Media Landscape

The accelerated pace of today’s media environment and new attitudes of customers require a new – or at least revised – PR crisis playbook. Careful assessment of potential risks, advanced planning, and ongoing media monitoring and measurement are more important than ever to ensure the company survives a PR crisis.



Key Lessons from Major PR Crises of 2018: Facebook, Tesla & Papa John’s

facebook PR crisisThe three PR crisis involving well-known brands provide important PR and corporate communications lessons.




How Triage Improves PR Crisis Management

Triage Improves PR Crisis ManagementSocial media monitoring can alert brands of customer service problems and potential reputation-damaging crises. But not every problem or negative exchange is a crisis.



6 Keys to a Blissful Marriage between PR & Marketing

tips to integrate PR & marketingAs PR and marketing functions have come to overlap, success often hinges on how well the two groups can work together. These “happy marriage tips” can help PR and marketing find professional bliss together – and meet the organization’s overall business goals.



10 Ways to Amplify Favorable Media Mentions

Winning press coverage is challenging, so it’s worth celebrating. But it is only the first step in getting your message out to your audience.




10 Tips for an Effective Joint Press Release

10 Tips for an Effective Joint Press ReleaseJoint press releases offer outsized publicity gains that few firms can obtain on their own. They also present special challenges.



14 Tips to Prevent Proofreading Errors

Proofreading is an indispensable public relations function. Without thorough proofreading, an embarrassing mistake will eventually end up in print, on a website or in a sign (as in the illustration). These tips can improve your proofreading skills and prevent mortifying errors.



8 Reasons Why PR Should Love Small Niche (or Trade) Publications

PR benefits of niche and trade publicationsBusinesses often underestimate the PR value of trade journals and other niche publications. Their readerships may be small, but niche publications offer enormous PR benefits.



14 Tips: How to Create & Promote Surveys that Produce Superb Publicity and PR Success

online survey tips for public relations PRSurveys can generate outsized publicity results, especially if they reveal unexpected findings that contradict a conventional view. Some survey reports, however, gain little or no publicity. What makes the difference?



Press Release Embargoes Can Still Work: 9 Steps to Employ an Embargo Properly in Public Relations

how public relations gets media attention, PR media relations tipsSome believe embargoes have disappeared, but under the right circumstances and in expert hands they can still improve public relations results. Today’s embargoes are quite different from the embargoes of pre-internet times.



10 Steps to Win Major Earned Media Mentions during Quarterly Earnings Season

Win Major Earned Media Mentions during Quarterly Earnings SeasonThe quarterly earnings seasons offer companies prime PR opportunities. Achieving favorable media mentions in major publications can be challenging, but proper PR practices greatly improve the odds.



10 Ways to Succeed with PR Pitches during the Holiday Season

holiday PR pitching tips, holiday media pitching adviceThe holiday season offers special opportunities for media relations and content marketing. PR pros can take advantage of the fact that both web and print publications still need to fill their digital and paper pages.



How to Vet Influencers for More Effective Influencer Marketing

how to vet influencers for influencer marketingThe key to effective influencer marketing is finding influencers who can be trusted to post appropriate and compelling content, rather than trying to control their posts.



Fighting Misinformation (Fake News) Around the World

Fighting Misinformation (Fake News) Around the WorldPolicy makers around the world are grappling with how to combat fake news. Proposals have received mixed reviews at best.



How to Create a Winning Thought Leadership Strategy: Role of PR

public relations oversees native advertisingThought leadership is a proven and powerful tool to present and reinforce ideas and viewpoints – and to build trust in an organization. In an earlier age, it was the go-to PR strategy of leading corporate executives.



The Secret to Accelerating Executive Career Success: “See Forward”

The ability to envision how the company will adapt to new trends and technology can transform ordinary executives into venerated businesses leaders.



9 Sneaky Media Interview Tricks and How to Respond to Them

Some reporters use sneaky interview tricks that can catch corporate communications spokespersons off guard, resulting in replies they later regret.



PR Lessons from the Amazing Gun Control Campaign by Parkland Students

Parkland high school students impressed PR veterans with their public relations campaign for gun restrictions. Their poise during media interviews, social media expertise and passionate message helped create one of the most effective PR campaigns in recent memory.



9 Essential Elements of Influencer Marketing Contracts

influencer marketing contractsWell-developed contracts with social media influencers specify expectations and help protect brands from rogue behavior. Although some contract clauses may seem overly restrictive, professional influencers may appreciate explicit expectations.



5 Examples of Superb Corporate Apologies

5 examples of superb company apologiesCrafting a public apology that appears sincere and mollifies the offended or damaged parties requires careful wording. PR pros can learn lessons on creating apologies by examining examples of carefully crafted and effective corporate apologies.



9 Nifty PR Writing Techniques to Grab Skim Readers

how to write for skimmersMost readers usually skim articles online. Here’s how communication professionals can adjust their writing style to accommodate them.



10 Main Components of a First-Class Press Kit

key components of press kits, media kits for public relations & media relationsPress kits are an essential public relations tool. Organizing comprehensive information about the organization in one location can help gain publicity for the company, provide background to a range of important stakeholders, and show the company in a favorable light to its entire range of constituencies.



8 Keys to Creating Presentations that Convince C-Suite Executives

Presentations that Convince C-Suite ExecutivesMedia monitoring and measurement tools can gather and organize the necessary data, but PR pros need to explain the data in face-to-face presentations to convince top executives to approve their proposals.



Big Roadblocks for Influencer Marketing: Measurement, Transparency & Fraud

influencer marketing roadblocks measurement fraud transparencyToo little measurement and transparency and too much fraud threaten to squash the growth of influencer marketing. Sophisticated measurement tools and increased vigilance against unethical behavior can re-energize influencer marketing.



How PR Can Win More and Better Media Coverage at Trade Shows

trade show PR,Because large trade shows attract many journalists, they offer the opportunity to gain important media coverage. Implementing a comprehensive trade show PR strategy can pay off in extraordinary media placements.



Increased Spending on Public Relations Adds Credibility to Marketing Messages

public relations spending, PR measurementBusinesses will spend more on public relations as they recognize its value. Most marketers plan to increase internal staffing and overall spending on public relations over the next five years, according to new research.