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GlobalCom PR Network

This post was first published by GlobalCom PR Network member Finn PR – Raf Weverbergh and Kristien Vermoesen 

The GDPR, the new EU regulation for data protection and privacy, will have a double impact on corporate communication professionals when it goes “live” on May 25th:

  • you will need to create information and policies that are required under GDPR for the entire organization
  • you also need to make sure that the corporate communication department itself is GDPR compliant, especially in relation to storing and processing stakeholder information

To help you understand what needs to be done, we assembled this checklist, ranked from important and urgent to less urgent.

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Event Management Spreckley GlobalCom PR Network

This post was first published by Joanna Newsome, Account Director on Spreckley’s blog, Spreckley.

If you think a trade event is just an excuse for a jolly for your sales team, it’s time to trade that old school mentality for a fresh perspective. It’s a myth that trade shows in the UK are dying out – although I bet you can name several that no longer run (International Direct Marketing Show anyone?), I would argue they’ve learned from their mistakes and become more focused, and (judging from my own experience of over 13 years going to all sorts of shows) with a more senior delegate attendance.

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GlobalCom PR Network

This post was first published by Rachel DeFrank on Interprose’s blog, Interprose Voice.

Content Marketing. You’ve heard the term, but have you got a strategy in place? It’s crucial in this day and age to populate your social media with interesting and relevant content to keep the engagement levels high, but where do you even begin?

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This post was originally published by Laurie Davis on the Interprose Voice blog.

From education opportunities to new business contacts, conferences can be of immense value to you with the proper planning and execution. However, there is no way around it – attending a conference is expensive. From the hotel, to food, to exhibiting, to the conference registration alone, it adds up quickly. All the more reason to make sure you get the most value out of attending a conference.

Here are some quick tips for before, during, and after to maximize your conference experience.

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This post was first published by Jeny Dowlin on Interprose’s blog, Interprose Voice.

Recently, I have been developing website banners to share and promote client events. To ensure time wasn’t wasted on producing ineffective banner sizes (and there are over a dozen potential size options), I referenced Google AdSense and other marketing resources on what are the most successful banner sizes in terms of catching people’s eyes on a page and actual clicking.

For the past decade, three banner sizes have consistently accounted for 78 percent of banner ad impressions. With the rise of people viewing sites on mobile devices, two additional sizes have been added to the mix.

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This post was originally published by Ryan Alford on the Interprose Voice blog.

Are you a goal setter? And do you create goals in preparation for the New Year?

I read an article that called goal-setting “a practice for losers”. I almost fell out of my chair. Reading on, the author made a case for creating positive systems and habits, in place of goal-setting. Okay, I get it. That makes sense. But I ignored this hip, new way of working and went old school: I now write my goals down and put them in a place where I could be reminded of their importance each day.

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This post was first published by Kristin V. McNulty on March Communications’ blog M+PR Nonsense.

I wasn’t born this way—immersed in all-things digital, that is.Confessions_DigitalStrategist_Image

The world was quite different then. It was 1985 and Madonna just made history for most cassette tape sales. Floppy disks were at the forefront. Phone books were tangible. “Please Be Kind and Rewind” was a slogan printed on every VHS cover in Blockbuster. Disposable cameras were cutting edge. And, the only time a computer was used in school was to play The Oregon Trail. It wouldn’t be for another 10 years that the “internet” would become a household term. And, even still, it was seemingly limited to a jovial You’ve Got Mail greeting after five minutes of ear-piercing dial-up.

While I most definitely am dating myself, I appreciate inherently knowing a world before Wi-Fi. A world where direct mail advertising was king and “word of mouth” promotion was queen. I’ve since seen targeted print campaigns become overshadowed by online strategy. I’ve witnessed Facebook mainstream into newsrooms and businesses. I’ve watched Twitter change the real-time dissemination of information. And, I’ve observed search engines shape the very landscape of website presence and design.

While I’m still a closeted ‘80s girls at heart (donning a scrunchie and admittedly listening to New Kids on the Block time and again), I also have had to evolve right beside it. I’ve studied it. I’ve adapted to it. And, now I’m helping clients stay ahead of it. The it being a world whose axis now spins on digital enterprise.

As we head into 2016, it’s mission-critical for every company to be foundationally optimized in order to successfully launch branding initiatives that are palpable for mass consumption. Here are five things that your company should be doing now in order to not be “so last year” when the ball drops at midnight: Read more

This post was first published by Sarah Love on March Communications’ blog PR Nonsense.

Grammar in Content Marketing

It should come as no surprise that content marketing is growing in importance for PR. But, much of that value is eroded when content isn’t written correctly. With that in mind, here is a list of some grammar rules to keep in mind as you build out content for your brand or for yourself. Read more

This post was first published by Sarah Love on March Communications’ blog PR Nonsense.

PR Acquisition

We recently helped a client through an acquisition, its third during our time as its tech PR agency. Each acquisition announcement is different, as we’ve learned from this client and the many others we’ve supported through this process.

Here are three tips to keep in mind as you prepare a PR campaign around acquisition news: Read more

This post was first published by Emily Hines on March Communications’ blog PR Nonsense.

Content Marketing HeadachesLast Friday, March held a content marketing and copyright issues crash course, led by our peers Jim Young (@JW_Young) and Manny Veiga (@zmveiga). Jim and Manny offered several tips and tricks to navigating the world of copyright issues, discussing best practices when publishing and curating content.

The session included great discussions and insights that are useful to PR folk and content marketers, as we are confronted with copyright issues on a daily basis. Here are three tips that I learned not to do that may help others trying to stay out of legal hot water: Read more