Measuring PR and earned media has always been something of a challenge in the past, but thanks to digital marketing and metrics tools, it’s easier today to find the impact of PR, even with businesses that have significant offline components. In this series on the SHIFT blog, we’re looking at 7 different ways to see how PR is improving the performance of your digital marketing and sales programs for organizations of all kinds. Take a look at parts 1-4:
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Over on the SHIFT blog, our team took a look at influence – the psychological phenomenon, not the social media metric – and how public relations can be used to grow your influence. Take a look at the entire six part series:
Our next series, 7 ways to measure PR, is just getting underway. Be sure to visit over the next couple of weeks as it rolls out!
Over on the SHIFT blog, our team is taking a look at influence – the psychological phenomenon, not the social media metric – and how public relations can be used to grow your influence. Take a look at the first three pieces of a six part series:
Stay tuned to the SHIFT blog for the rest of the series!
We were in talks with a FORTUNE 1000 brand marketer recently, who described one of the challenges they’d faced with prior agencies: “It’s not that they didn’t come up with some great ideas; it’s just that all of those ideas seemed to come with a $100K+ price tag to execute.”
It’s not that a $100K+ idea (or million-dollar idea for that matter) can’t be awesome and effective, either; but it’s also true that the appetite for such initiatives is naturally small. There are only so many times you can convince a client to do such things. Because they tend to be elaborate they take a while to pull off (that’s an opportunity cost, right there). And in every case the price of failure is high; every project of this nature is born with a target on its back.
Gimme cheap and fast any day. Cheap, fast ideas can also be awesome and effective. They’re low-cost so you can do them far more often. They are NOT low-risk, especially for a big brand with high exposure risks, but, there is far more forgiveness for breaking stuff if you didn’t also break the bank.
A few weeks ago I hinted cryptically that I’d have big news to share. Did I say “big?” I meant BIG. Here’s the official language from today’s press release:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – Feb 14, 2013) – SHIFT Communications today announced that Toyota has selected the award-winning firm as its primary PR agency in the Northeast Region, which includes New York, New England, Washington, D.C., and the mid-Atlantic states. The firm will also play a lead role in strategic planning for the brand; driving earned media nationally with mainstream and social media outlets; and highlighting the motor company’s philanthropic and community relations programs.
SHIFT was selected following a competitive agency review conducted by Toyota’s corporate communications team. The account will be serviced out of SHIFT’s San Francisco office, with regional support from its Boston and New York offices.
“Throughout our agency selection process, the SHIFT team impressed us with their innovative thinking, creativity and responsiveness,” said Steven Curtis, corporate manager, corporate communications at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. “SHIFT clearly understands the new PR model of earned, owned and paid media and we’re excited to begin our partnership.”
“Toyota is a brand with deep roots in innovation,” said Todd Defren, CEO of SHIFT Communications. “That forward-thinking mindset is incredibly synergistic with SHIFT’s approach and we look forward to working closely with the team at Toyota to bring that same level of innovation to its communications.”
I can think of no sweeter Valentine’s Day gift for the staff at SHIFT. Let’s face it, as a mid-sized agency we tend to be the underdog when presented with such opportunities, so victories like this are a validation of the hard work our team puts in each day to make sure we deserve to bring home the laurels now and then.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the leadership in Toyota’s communications team for their trust, advocacy and partnership. It’s already been a great ride and I am incredibly optimistic about what we can do together!