Robot Reporters: It’s a Real Thing

This post was first published by Meredith L. Eaton on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

Associated Press RobotsNotice anything peculiar about this CNBC story? Or this one on NBC News? Or here on Fox Business? Yes, they are all culled from the Associated Press and are all covering financial reports, but, what you may not have noticed is that they don’t have a byline. Instead, they all have a little disclaimer at the bottom that reads, This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.”

That’s right. These articles – and scores more – were written with no human involvement whatsoever. We are officially welcoming the era of robot reporters. Read more

3 Startups That Will Build on Chicago Tech’s Record-Setting 2014

This post was first published by Erica Frank on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

Image via Creative Commons/Andrew E. Larsen (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Image via Creative Commons/Andrew E. Larsen (CC BY-ND 2.0)

It may be bitterly cold in Chicago, but the city’s tech scene is heating up. According to Built in Chicago’s 2014 Annual Report, local tech companies raised a cool $1.6 billion in investment and exits climbed to a record high of $7 billion. Although not traditionally considered a hotbed for technology startups, Chicago is quickly evolving into one of the nation’s newest tech hubs. The resources for first-time and veteran entrepreneurs alike are growing, and the power of collaboration is fueling like-minded people to succeed more than ever before.  Read more

It’s Show Time! 5 Tips for Successful Event PR from a CES Vet

This post was first published by Lisa Sorrentino on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

Event PR CESAs public relations professionals, we live and breathe news. Often, the best platform to announce our clients‘ news is at an industry trade show. Most recently, one of the biggest shows in the tech world came and went, leaving our heads spinning and hearts pounding with excitement. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the biggest shows of the year for several of March’s clients, and it typically drives some of the biggest pushes for messaging and news announcements for companies.

During the ramp-up for any show, PR pros are crazed with schedules, logistics, messaging and last-minute to-dos. Now that CES has come and gone, here are some of our event PR best practices that will help you make a conference a success for your client. Read more