20 December 2014

Email May Not Be New or Cool, But It’s Still the Killer App

Although we’re increasingly being told that email is outdated and largely ignored by anyone under thirty, a new study from the UK shows that email marketing is six times more effective than social media. Shopping and price comparison website Give as you Live, a shopping and price-comparison site with a strong charitable giving component, surveyed over four thousand shoppers in the UK and found that nearly two thirds (64 percent) would interrupt what they were doing to click on an link in a retailer’s marketing email. Only 10 percent said they’d click on a retailer’s link on a social media site.
18 December 2014

Dark Sites are Crucial for Effective Crisis Communications

In a recent post on Corp Comms called Going Dark, journalist Caroline Poynton explores the role of dark sites in crisis communications, beginning with an account of how Malaysia Airlines deployed its dark site just a few hours after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014. 
11 December 2014

Great News for PR: Google’s Spiders Now Love Good Writers

 “Google has slowly made PR the focus of searching online. And it’s up to you to capitalize on it,” says Mickie E. Kennedy in a recent post on B2C in which he explores the effects of the so-called “new SEO.” If you’ve been around long enough to remember the Wild Wild West days of the late nineties’ web and its primitive search engines, you know that, largely thanks to Google, we’ve come a long way. No longer is keyword-stuffing the ticket to high ranking, and Google’s latest update has taken the “fair search” trend even further.