5 Tips for Building Brand Believers

March 20, 2015

By Vilan Trub, Business Wire

Bernadette Morris, CEO and President of Black PR Wire, and Raschanda Hall, Director of Global Media Relations at Business Wire, cohosted a conference spotlighting the best practices in multicultural marketing. Hall explained that it was important to understand how to tap into the Black market because “according to Target Market News, the Black American economy already represents the 20th largest market in the world.” The event was initially described as a webinar on how to best reach the Black market, however, what resulted was a fantastic discussion that applied to all developing campaigns, reflecting how connected society has become in a digital world.

  1. Multicultural Markets are more Connected than Ever Before

Communications professional Danyele L.C. Davis, Vice President of Flowers Communications Group, explained that multicultural markets are more connected than ever before.

“The one thing I really want to dispel is that total market is not general market.”

Flowers Communication Group has successfully implemented the Cultural Fusion Model: Assess, Embrace, and Customize. Targeting minority markets the way they were targeted in the past is outdated and destined to alienate your target audience. Millennials see themselves completely differently and the best way to reach them is to assess cultural nuances.

  1. Who Influences Your Target Market?

Courtney Cunningham, Esq., Co-Founder and Managing Director of Commonground/MGS, explained that minorities, like all people, are influenced by region, religion, and upbringing. He referenced a series of commercials in which a Black male is shown failing at many attempts to use household products to do some basic cleaning. This example showcases how a target market is not being effectively reached because the people behind the advertising campaign have a misconception that minority males do not know how to take care of a household. He compared his reaction when watching the commercials to that of a professional lawyer watching a highly dramatized courtroom drama. The result is that you know what you are watching is fake, a stereotype.

  1. Don’t Just Target Your Market, Go to Them!

Danyele L.C. Davis brings up the example of technology and faith. The accepted idea was that cell phones had no place in church. It was considered a big “no-no.” That notion has since changed and the only way to know that is to be immersed in the community. The result was a newfound knowledge that Bible apps and selfies are regularly being used as a mode to connect in church and are quickly becoming integral to the faith community. It was the authenticity behind her attempts to understand this community that led her to identify current trends and make an impact with the #inspiredmobility campaign.

  1. Employees Must Be Brand Ambassadors

Alicia R. Alston, Vice President of Global Communications at Prudential Financial, Inc., stressed the importance of authenticity when attempting to build a connection with a market. She expressed that creating a legitimate and lasting connection with a market can only occur when the people responsible for implementing a campaign have a clear understanding of both the target market and their respective community. Alston makes the point that “employees be brand ambassadors for us” in regards to how employees should represent their respective companies.

  1. There’s More Than One Type of Marketing

Amber Bullock, Executive VP, Community & Youth Engagement for American Legacy Foundation, has been engaged in what is called counter marketing. American Legacy Foundation has been behind the easily recognized Truth anti-tobacco campaign, aimed at educating and influencing the public by exposing the dangers of using tobacco products. Bullock believes that to be successful in today’s world of communication, the emphasis must be placed on people and not the product.

The hour-long conference was followed by half an hour of question and answer. There was a clear consent amongst the group that the communication landscape is changing and it is important to understand what those changes are in order to connect with any target market. The millennial generation is not only forcing the industry to rethink the concept of multicultural marketing, but marketing in a much broader sense. Ultimately, all marketing is target marketing because the idea of a general market is one that is at best misconceived.

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PR Updates and Changes for the Week of March 16

March 16, 2015

Welcome to this week’s edition of recent account wins and job changes within the public relations industry.  Have news you would like us to include, just let us know!

Austin
Sanders\Wingo Advertising has introduced a new division, The Knowledge Group, consisting of 23 members across offices in Austin, El Paso, Atlanta and New York. Article

Boston
Greenough Communications announced it has increased its Account Director ranks with the addition of three senior practitioners to address the agency’s growth. Brad Puffer, Amy Legere and Rachel Vaccari will provide counsel, media relations and team leadership for the agency’s healthcare, professional services, technology and non-profit clientele. Article

PAN Communications today announced the strategic hires of Lauren Arnold and Darlene Doyle as vice presidents joining the agency’s growing technology and healthcare practices. Article

Matter Communications announced it has acquired search marketing firm Search Maven Media. Article

Hollywood Public Relations this month announced the expansion of its client portfolio with the addition of Ovuline and JMATEK North America, LLC to its roster. Article

Communications professionals responsible for sustainability and CSR will share best practices in a free webinar series organized by 3BL Media and kicking off March 18. Article

Paul Andrew has been appointed Harvard University‘s vice president for public affairs and communications. Article

Charlotte
Actor Marc John Jefferies announced he has selected French/West/Vaughan as his public relations agency of record. Article

Travel and tourism firm Fuel has named Jay Juan Garcia as director of sales and marketing. Article

Chicago
Brixy has hired KidStuff Public Relations to handle marketing and public relations for the group. Article

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has named Debra Goetz as senior vice president, corporate marketing and global communications. Article

Cleveland
Major League Baseball has chosen Game Day Communications to assist in its efforts for the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park and other related events. Article

DC
Ketchum has named Dr. Christopher Handler as SVP and director of its social marketing practice. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has named Ellen Moran an executive vice president and the general manager of the global public relations firm’s office in Washington, D.C. Article

Wendy Katzen “Party Perfect” has selected Cornerstone Communications as its public relations and marketing strategy agency of record. Article

Global Strategy Group has hired Matt Canter as senior vice president. In addition, Kate Hansen has come on board as vice president, communications from FWD.us, an advocacy organization in the tech community; and John Cipriani as director, research, having most recently worked for the chief strategy officer at Microsoft. Article

Denver
Fruition has announced Melanie Davidson will be named president. Article

Los Angeles
Ketchum Sports & Entertainment has hired Kelly Mullen as VP of branded entertainment. Article

Silvercrest Advertising announced the launch of its public relations and communications department, which allows the firm to employ more enhanced cross-channel marketing tactics for its clients that can benefit from strategic media relations campaigns and programs. Article

The Pollack PR Marketing Group has been selected by The City of Santa Monica‘s Wellbeing Project as their agency of record. Article

Health Net has named Peter O’Neill vice president, investor relations and corporate communications.  Article

Bud Genius has launched an investor relations website. BGMedTech.com includes company news, profiles of company divisions, updates on legalization efforts, and media relations and IR contact information. Article

Caruso Affiliated has hired Steven Martin as SVP of strategic alliances and entertainment. Article

Miami
The Resort at Pedregal announced the appointment of Cataline Green as Director of Sales and Marketing. Article

Pushing the Envelope has hired Kate Walter, MA, APR as Public Relations and Project Manager. Article

Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing announced that Waldan International has retained them for a national publicity campaign.  Article

FJ Communications has recently added new assignments, including internal communications for French global energy firm Total in the Latin American region; communications strategy, media relations and event support for interactive whiteboard developer Smart Technologies in Mexico; communications planning and branding profile for Chinese manufacturer of radio transceivers and radio systems Hytera in Mexico; and external communications in Peru and Mexico for consumer finance technology company Kreditech. Article

Minneapolis
TeamQuest has announced the appointment of Dino Balafas as Vice President of Marketing. Article

New York
Ketchum‘s controversial PR assignment for Russia, a relationship that has spanned nine years, has ended in the US and Europe. Article

AMC Networks has hired Bernadette Simpao as VP of corporate communications.  Article

Jaguar Growth Partners has brought on Quyen Tran as principal leading fundraising and investor relations. Article

The CHR Group has appointed Jonathan Zaback president of its newly formed Communications and Brand Marketing Division. Article

Ogilvy Public Relations announced that Melissa Smith has been named Executive Vice President and Group Director of the agency’s New York Brand Marketing Practice, effective January 2015. Article

Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative hired the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick to help expand existing markets and find new ones. Article

Island Harvest has retained Long Island public relations firm Epoch 5 to head up its public relations, branding and marketing initiatives. Article

Susan Fraysse Russ has been named senior vice president, communications at MPA-The Association of Magazine Media. Article

Spectrum has opened in New York under the leadership of managing director Michelle Gross. Other new additions include senior vice presidents Michelle Strier and Tim Goddard. Article

Korn Ferry has hired Peter McDermott as a principal in the corporate affairs practice. Article

Shutterstock has brought on Craig Felenstein as SVP of investor relations. Article

Philadelphia
Comcast has promoted CCO D’Arcy Rudnay to EVP. Article

The annual report of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission released on March 5, 2015 named Princeton Public Affairs Group as New Jersey’s top lobbying organization based on 2014 revenue. PPAG has held this distinction for twelve consecutive years. Article

Sacramento
Perry Communications has added the California Craft Brewers Association and the Sierra Nevada Conservatory to its client roster. Article

San Diego
KCD PR has been selected by AIG Advisor Group as its agency of record. Article

San Francisco
Chris Knight has launched Divino Group, a brand marketing and PR consultancy that plans to provide CMOs and brand marketers with solutions for the new new media world. Knight founded the firm with six others, including husband Celso Dulay, who will serve as executive producer in charge of the group’s video and broadcast news services; Diana Stoneberg, a consumer tech product expert and television and radio personality; Gretchen Throop Williams, an artist with experience across graphic design, photography, music and video; Kimberly Quinn Devine, who worked with Knight for more than a decade at FleishmanHillard and Cohn & Wolfe; and Matt Schwarz and Tania Kempf, who also worked with Knight early in their careers. Article

Austin, San Francisco & Seattle
FILTER announced the addition of three new senior level staff members and the opening of an office in Austin, Texas. Article

Chicago & Nashville
Humana Inc. has named Golin its public relations agency of record. Article

Nashville &New York
Roland Corporation U.S. announced the appointment of Nashville- and New York-based firm Clyne Media as agency of record to spearhead public relations and editorial initiatives. Article

Los Angeles & New York
After spending the past seven years as an account executive at BWR on both coasts, Kevin McLaughlin has joined Craig Bankey in Main Stage Public Relations, a bicoastal firm. Article

Hong Kong
Social media platform Hootsuite has shifted Asia-Pacific PR duties to Waggener Edstrom following a competitive review. Article

Porter Novelli has relocated agency veteran Angie Schneider from Seattle to Singapore to oversee the firm’s Asia-Pacific operations. Article

Wagstaff Worldwide announced it is now working with Bangkok-based Akaryn Hospitality Management Services. Article

Frankfurt
Fink & Fuchs PR has been awarded a contract to develop and execute public relations activities on behalf of the federal administration, including all Federal Ministries and subordinate authorities. Article

London
UK telecoms group Lebara has handed multi-market PR duties to Text 100, the Holmes Report has learned. Article

Paul Fabretti has departed Telefonica to take on a global social media role for Microsoft‘s consumer apps and services (CAS) division. Article

Alison Couper has joined online ratings and reviews provider Feefo in the newly-created role of VP, brand and communications. Article

Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has promoted Victoria Marcroft to VP of marketing, promotion, and publicity. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has launched a people and purpose practice under the leadership of Laura House. The unit has also expanded with the addition of two specialist consultants, Eloise Hindes (formerly of AB Communications) and Kitty Gordon (who joins from Which? Consumer’s Association). Article

Media company Sanoma has named Sandra van Vreedendaal as chief communication officer. Article

Weber Shandwick has been appointed by the United Nations Volunteers to coordinate media and stakeholder launch events coinciding with publication of the second State of the World’s Volunteerism Report in summer 2015. Article

Golin has appointed Kate Miller as the agency’s first head of media to lead its “connector” community. Article

Golf brand TaylorMade-adidas Golf has appointed global social media agency We Are Social as its strategic and creative social media agency in Europe. Article

Rachael Evans has joined Man Bites Dog in a senior consultancy role. Article

Sarah Long has joined Beattie Communications to lead Only Travel, its travel PR, social and digital boutique. Article

Mischief PR has been appointed as the International PR agency for Paddy’s Bathroom, a new organic and natural children’s toiletry range created by Ella’s Kitchen founder Paul Lindley. Article

Atomic has been appointed by security specialist, RiskIQ, following a competitive pitch. Article

Virgo Health has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Tom Griffiths as head of digital. Article

TVC Group managing director Nicky Minter-Green is stepping down as MD of the agency, after nine years in the role. Article

Paris
FTI Consulting has added Massimo Baldinato, John Clancy, Kyra Obolensky and Roeland Van der Stappen as senior directors; Robrecht Vandormael as director; Maria Tsoni as senior consultant; and Matilda Wallmon as consultant, bringing its team in Brussels to 60 consultants. Article

PROI Worldwide has added Distinct Communication in Luxembourg to its membership to provide more comprehensive coverage in the EMEA region. Article

Sydney
Carol Potter is joining Edelman as executive vice-chairman for the firm’s Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APACMEA) region, after spending the past eight years as CEO of BBDO China. Article

Tokyo
Geometry Global Japan has launched a new film to draw visitors to Saga City, Japan. The film, ‘Alien of Ariake’, tells the story of an alien creature that lives in the nearby Ariake Sea. Article

Toronto
Cohn & Wolfe | Toronto announced a series of appointments to the team, further reinforcing the agency’s core strengths, and expanding its expertise and service offerings. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada announced two new senior leaders in its corporate practice. Effective immediately, Jason MacDonald and Susan Schutta join as vice presidents in the firm’s Ottawa and Toronto offices, respectively. Article

Accor North America has awarded the public relations account for its Canadian Sofitel and Novotel hotels to Citoyen Optimum. Article

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PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of Feb 23

February 25, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Senior Client Services, Rep Business Wire 

Here are the latest changes and updates in the PR industry.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.  Have your own update to include?  Let us know!

Boston
Racepoint Global announced the hiring of Edward Christopher as Executive Vice President, Account Services. Article

Dallas
Lewis Public Relations announced Ashley Brazell has joined the firm as an associate to accommodate new clients and continued growth. Article

The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named its officers and board of directors for 2015. Article

Deoleo North America has chosen The Integer Group as its agency of record. Article

DC
Planit announced the promotion of Hector Gonzalez to director of account management. Article

BrandLinkDC has been retained by &pizza, a Washington, D.C.-headquartered pizza brand. Article

Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group has been selected to spearhead a golf destination public relations program for the greater Branson area in southwest Missouri. Article

DBC PR + Social Media has been hired as AOR by handcrafted soda maker Q Drinks and Kitchensurfing, a private chef service. Article

Los Angeles
W2O Group has acquired Arc2 Communications & Media. Article

Virtual Piggy has selected Los Angeles-based technology public relations firm PMBC Group as its strategic public relations partner. Article

JMPR Public Relations, Inc. announced that it has been signed as agency of record for Strider Sports International. Article

Miami
Ink Link Marketing was named PR Agency of Record by Church’s Chicken. Article

Sachs Media Group has launched the Breakthrough Research unit, which will specialize in public policy analysis, data collection, and message testing. Karen Cyphers will lead the team as VP of research and policy. Article

Republica has appointed Tony Arner to the role of CFO. Article

Fish Consulting announced it has added Blink Fitness, Captain D’s, i9 Sports and Tropical Smoothie Cafe to its roster. Article

InHealth Media has named Patrick Shaw as its new public relations coordinator. Article

New York
DBC PR+ Social has been appointed the agency of record for Kitchensurfing and Q Drinks. Website

René Mack, former president of the travel practice at Weber Shandwick, and Cathleen Johnson, founder and head of the travel practice at Edelman, are now leading Percepture Travel, a division of Percepture, Inc. Article

Jennifer Connelly, founder and CEO of Jennifer Connelly Public Relations (JCPR), has been named one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ. Article

5W Public Relations has been named PR Agency of Record by Dr. Creflo Dollar, American evangelist pastor and founder of World Changers Church International (WCCI), and Creflo Dollar Ministries, one of the largest Christian community churches in the world. Article

Curzon PR is expanding its international presence with the establishment of a New York office. Article

Indra Public Relations announced the signing of Aquaçai USA and is the official PR agency on record. Article

Didit has acquired public relations firm Bridge Global Strategies LLC in Manhattan. Article

Atrium PR announced that it has hired Gabrielle Fratangelo as Account Executive. Article

5W Public Relations announced that senior PR executive Dara Busch has joined the agency as a Senior Vice President who will be overseeing its Consumer division. Article

Philadelphia
ScripsAmerica announced that it has selected Gregory FCA as agency of record for its investor relations initiatives. Article

Phoenix
Havas PR has opened a full-service office in Phoenix. Article

Harlem Globetrotters International is partnering with five firms as it celebrates the team’s 90th anniversary. The company is working with United Talent Agency, Whistle Sports, Licensing Street, and Lead Dog Marketing. It continues to work with Coyne PR on communications. Article

The members of the Public Relations Society of America Counselors Academy have elected Abbie S. Fink, vice president/general manager of HMA Public Relations as its chair. Article

San Francisco
Expense report technology Tallie has selected Waggener Edstrom Communications as its AOR. Article

DC & New York
ICR announced two senior hires to its Corporate Communications Group. Crisis communications and public affairs veteran Michael W. Robinson joins the firm as managing director and former business and financial journalist John Jannarone as senior vice president. Article

Los Angeles & Paris
The Comexposium Group has acquired Mobile Motion LLC. Paran Johar, the founder of the Los Angeles-­-based company, remains its CEO. Article

San Francisco, Seattle & Paris
Edelman has hired four new executives to help boost its food expertise in Europe and the US Western region. Article

Hong Kong
Ogilvy Public Relations Indonesia announced Misty Maitimoe as Deputy Managing Director of the organization. Article

Ogilvy China has been selected by the Consumer Electronics Association to assist with strategic brand communications and activation in support of the 2015 International CES Asia, which will run May 25-27 in Shanghai. Article

Vero Public Relations has launched a new division to manage social and digital communications and content development for clients. Vero Content Creative will be based in Bangok and offer services including community management, social media strategy development and implementation, online brand monitoring, key opinion leader outreach and management and creative content marketing. Article

À La Carte Productions, a division of Peter Knipp Holdings, has appointed Heat branding as the official public relations agency of the World Gourmet Summit 2015. Article

Lenovo is looking for marketing communications agency support for its global smartphone business, the Holmes Report has learned. Article

Frankfurt
Rocket Internet has spun-off its communications division as a standalone agency called RCKT. Article

London
Former Shell communications chief  Björn Edlund has joined Omnicom public relations firm Kreab as a senior advisor in London. Article

Weber Shandwick’s Stockholm-based business intelligence unit, United Minds, will open in London. Headed up by Hélène Vinberg, associate at Prime-the Swedish firm acquired in 2014-and United Minds, the new operation is part of a push to expand the firm’s strategic planning offer. Other moves include the recent appointment of UK director of analytics Elizabeth Gladwin and the addition of an analytics practice in Germany. Article

Teneo Holdings has appointed Charles Watson as chairman of Teneo International. Article

Corporate law firm Addleshaw Goddard has added media lawyer Lucy Middleton to its reputation protection team. Article

Baku 2015 European Games has appointed Colin Gibson as deputy director of communications. Article

Instinctif Partners has been appointed by Fisch Asset Management to raise its pan-European profile. Article

A new oil and gas consultancy backed by GE and McDermott has called in H+K Strategies London to help build its brand. Article

Ogilvy PR has named Michael Frohlich to the newly-created role of chief operating officer for EMEA.  Article

Paris
MSC Cruises has named Luca Biondolillo as chief communications officer. Article

Sydney
Dilip Yadav is departing Weber Shandwick after 20 years with the agency in India. Article

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Applying 8 Modern Day Dating “Rules” to Public Relations

February 14, 2015

By Serena Ehrlich, Director, Social + Evolving Media, Business Wire

https://openclipart.org/detail/192604/heartbleed-patch-needed-by-rejon-192604As Valentine’s Day approaches, we turned our thoughts to how news distribution actually resembles dating. In this piece from today’s PR Daily, Hannah Kelly from Business Wire Paris looks at eight modern dating “rules” and how they apply to news releases.

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[RECAP] LeWeb 2014: Silicon Valley in Paris

January 23, 2015

By Simona Colletta, Media Relations Specialist – Paris

Launched in 2004 to deepen the connection between big companies, startups, visionaries, and leaders in technology, LeWeb is Europe’s greatest internet conference and, in just ten years, has become a must-attend event worldwide. Business Wire was proud to be the official news distributor of LeWeb 2014 which had 3500 visitors, 300 journalists and 70 bloggers all from 80 different countries attend this year’s conference.

LeWeb 2014

The conference is seen as a passport for corporate success. Every year LeWeb organizes a startup competition, with winners of the past editions having earned between 500.000 and 1 million euros during the year following the event.  This year there was something new about the startup competition: a pre-competition was organized in four European cities (Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and Stockholm) with the winner in each city chosen to participate in the Paris final competition. This year’s winner was Jukedeck, which automatically creates cheap, free-access, unlimited music. Its CEO Ed Rex astonished the audience by rapping his pitch in front of the judging panel.

An apple a day… does it keep the e-doctor away?

This edition of LeWeb was dedicated to the theme of Digital Health. Fred Wilson, a famous American investor (Twitter, Soundcloud, Foursquare, etc.), predicted that in 2015, successful and innovating companies will appear in the health sector. The potential impact of digital help could revolutionize the industry for medical staff and patients alike; therefore investments in this sector keep growing exponentially. As LeWeb conference called it – Digital Health would be “the reinvention of Healthcare.”

Doctor Daniel Kraft, a Harvard-trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator (with over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation), delivered one of the most significant speeches of this year’s conference.  Doctor Kraft gave an interesting perspective of tomorrow’s patient, who he says will be equipped with sensors in order to follow and measure his/her health day by day. He said, “With connected health, you will become your own health’s boss”.  Kraft believes the individual will be more responsible and autonomous, and he/she will share information with his/her doctor, just as he/she now shares pictures or music on social networks. Business actors such as Apple, outside of this sector until now, will start to conquer the territory with, for example, the Healthkit, now available on iPhones.

Nicolas Huchet

Nicolas Huchet and BionicoHand

While there were many attention-grabbing speeches and products and projects, one stood out in particular. Bionicohand is a French project that aims to make accessible “the construction of a prosthetic upper limb at a low cost, due to standardized parts and open sources, easy to repair and therefore accessible to people with limited financial resources. This project wants to open new opportunities for emerging countries that do not have access to such equipment.”

Bionico’s CEO, Nicolas Huchet, presented the project. Nicolas’s arm was amputated when he was 18 and he was equipped with a myoelectric prosthesis, which allowed him to open and close a pincer. This was a good first step toward autonomy, but today there are many high-tech solutions that allow for the opportunity to better simulate human hands in motion. The problem is that high-tech prostheses can cost up to €65.000 and they are not covered by French social security. So Nicolas decided to build his own prosthesis using 3D printing technology (with the help of a local Fablab). That is how Bionicohand was born in 2013. Its mission is to give the same opportunity to others, who can download the plans for free.

Stay connected

LeWeb is a great occasion for co-working and networking. It gives companies the opportunity to be known in this “cruel” technology world and, at the same time, gives the private individual the opportunity to learn about technology and tech trends, even if they are a new to the techspace.

With all of this amazing information being shared at LeWeb, Isn’t it a good reason for visiting Paris next winter?

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Business Wire Promotes 3 Top Media Relations Experts: Raschanda Hall, Pilar Portela and Matthew Allinson

November 13, 2014

By Serena Ehrlich, Director of Social and Evolving Media

Earlier today, Business Wire announced the promotions of three media relations experts, Raschanda Hall, Director of Global Media Relations, Pilar Portela, Media Relations Manager, U.S., and Matthew Allinson, Media Relations Manager, International.  Business Wire has the most media relations experts in the newswire industry.  Each day, this team works with large and small media outlets across the globe to ensure the widest visibility and usage of our client’s press releases.

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Meet Raschanda

Raschanda has spent the last 14 years leading Business Wire’s global media relations team through the fast-paced, changing media landscape, utilizing her formidable communication skills, understanding of emerging technology, and pioneering social media presence to expand Business Wire’s reach to media and influencers worldwide. Raschanda’s focus is on strategies to further establish and expand Business Wire’s circuit offerings and targeted delivery using the latest technology and communications tools. Her work provides Business Wire the advantage in reaching both traditional, online, trade and specialty press and social media audiences around the world.

Raschanda is an active member of many journalism and PR industry organizations including the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Publicity Club of Chicago, ColorComm and the National Black Public Relations Society where she serves as Vice President of the Chicago chapter.  She is based in Chicago and is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans. You can follow Raschanda on Twitter at @RaschandaHall.

PilarMeet Pilar

Pilar has been with Business Wire for 18 years and joined the Media Relations department 6 years ago.  In her current role, she oversees the U.S. Media Relations team and is responsible for developing, maintaining, and expanding relationships with the Southeast and Multicultural media, especially U.S. Hispanic. In recent years, she has been a key player in developing Business Wire’s LatinoWire circuits, speaking on industry panels and cultivating relationships with Hispanic journalists and media properties.

Pilar is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists where she has served as Officer At Large for 4 years. Based in Miami, Pilar is a graduate of New York University (NYU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where she earned an MBA.

Matt 1Meet Matt

Matt has spent the past 12 years in various roles within Business Wire’s International Media Relations Department. He has endeavored to enhance Business Wire’s global reach by coordinating licensing agreements, developing partnerships with international news outlets, cultivating relationships with journalists in all corners of the globe, and directing a staff of media relations professionals in Canada, Europe, and Asia. Matt is also an active member of the Western Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and regularly organizes media events in the Pacific Northwest.

Originally from Colorado, Matt has spent the past 4years in Seattle. He has a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Colorado and a certificate in Social Media Implementation from the University of Washington.

Business Wire’s media relations team covers the world from Business Wire offices in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo.


The Perfect Recipe for the PR Professional: Data, Multimedia & Engagement

October 21, 2014

By Jennifer Dunn, Senior Account Executive, Business Wire

In today’s world of marketing and PR, one of the topics constantly being discussed is “big data and measurement.” For some, this is an exciting topic; for others it may seem overwhelming because there is so much information to digest. I fall somewhere in between as I believe it’s all in how the information is conveyed to me in regards to whether or not I will find the information stale or enlightening. One could compare this to – what makes news or a press release more engaging – think straight text releases vs. ones with photos or video.

perfect recipe for pr professional

I attended a number of sessions at PRSA International in Washington, D.C., October 12-14th, but have to say, by far, the one that really stuck with me was “Big Data and Analytics for Communications Pros: Why the Math Matters” with Mike Buckley, VP of global business communications at Facebook as the featured speaker. Not only did he provide great insight on how data can be utilized to measure results, but was engaging and honest.

Interesting Points from Buckley’s session:

  • “There is more data created in one day than grains of sand on every beach in the world.”
  • “Use data to understand what is going on. Embrace it.”
  • “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”
  • “Understand the cycle, shorten the cycle, get ahead of the cycle using data.” Math grounded some of Facebook’s major business decisions such as the purchase of Instagram. They received lots of negative press, but they just rode it out and now FCBK and Instagram are two of the fastest-growing mobile apps.
  • “Look at social chatter as part of your analytics.”
  • “Your Facebook algorithm is governed by your actions. Choices have to be made and great content is key.”
  • “Data is not everything. It can be complex. Data will never replace human judgment and interaction.” This was probably the most powerful statement Buckley made during his presentation. He followed it by showing the video of John Berlin, a father whose son passed away January 28, 2012. Berlin had made a plea to Facebook trying to access his son’s “Look Back Video.” The entire crowd was just silent after seeing the video. Buckley said the video went viral and Facebook did reach out to John Berlin providing him access to his late son’s video.

What really made this session such a success, was the combination of Buckley’s presentation style and the use of engaging visuals/audio. Not once did I find myself disengaged from the discussion. I, along with the rest of the audience, was captivated throughout the entire session. Buckley successfully took a topic that can at times be dry and not exciting to some, and simplified it by relating to his audience, showing how they can make “big data” part of your everyday communications cycle.

This session really proved the importance of embracing data and including social analytics as part of that data and measurement. Further, it showed the impact multimedia can have on increasing overall engagement and word-of-mouth marketing.


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