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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Government needs good PR firm counsel

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Government, whether federal, state or local, has many arms – so there’s many departments and areas of concern and a multitude of people and organizations to keep happy. Any help in the process is good, but specialized help from a PR firm can make or break any effort made by that governing entity. A good PR firm can also lend ...

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THE SPIN CYCLE — Key results from Pew’s social media survey

As Meerkat loses the spotlight to Periscope and everyone tries to remember what Ello was all about, we could use a bit of research for clarity on the current state of social media. The ever-reliable Pew Research Center did just that with its extensive study on The Digital Lives of Teenagers. Here are the top takeaways: 1. Facebook is just ...

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THE SPIN CYCLE: Twitter launches Curator search tool for media outlets

By TODD SMITH Twitter has launched Curator, its new product that lets media organizations, publishers, and broadcasters identify, filter and display tweets and Vine videos on any screen in real-time. The free service, which is something of a competitor to Storify, is designed to help those in the media industry and, soon, others too, make better sense of the barrage ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE — Local news still drives audience in a digital age

Whether in a tech-savvy metropolis or a city where the town square is still the communication hub, local news matters deeply to the lives of residents. Across three disparate metro areas in the U.S., nearly nine-in-ten residents follow local news closely – and about half do so very closely, according to a new, in-depth Pew Research Center study, conducted in ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE: 6 troublesome word pairs are bane of PR folks

Words are magic, and us PR practitioners ply our craft by building brands that make an impact through communication and strong writing. The Spin Cycle is always grabbing the publicity microphone and amplifying the importance of word choice. It’s the honey that makes brands golden. Here are the top word pairings that drive wordsmiths – and journalists alike – crazy! ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE: 5 reputation winners of Super Bowl XLIX

The Super Bowl was a big hit for many big brands – and their ad spots. Comprehensive research from various sources (primarily TiVo, YouTube, USA Today’s Ad Meter, and Twitter polling via AdAge) indicate these five brands have received a positive boost from the work they did surrounding the big game: 1. Budweiser For whatever reason (read: consistency), Americans now ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE: Turn your content, data into compelling news

One of the best PR tools in today’s fast-paced, 24-7 news cycle world is including numbers in your media pitch to attract journalist attention. Case in point: over the holidays, New York Post business reporter John Crudele published an article sarcastically “gifting” coverage to a select handful of PR peeps whose pitches had originally gone unanswered. Why these pitches were ...

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