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Why Use Inbound PR?

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Nov-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Inbound PR

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Successful PR is no longer about writing press releases and pitching them to a bunch of journalists and counting coverage as the measure of success. 

Successful PR in the 21st century is about using the entire PESO (Paid, Earned, Owned & Shared media) model with an inbound approach that is strategically planned with the numbers in mind, allowing you to use analytics and real data to measure success. 

Why the need for change? Because the world has gone digital. 

We are addicted to our phones where we can get information 24/7 at our own pace depending on our own needs.

We don't need anyone else to inform us or educate us.

I don't read the news. The news finds me on my Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn feeds. 

As a consumer and as a professional, I find the content that I want or need to consume completely on my own without the need for someone to give it to me.

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Is PR Adopting Data and Analytics?

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Nov-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations

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Is PR finally adopting data and analytics? 

The 2018 Global Comms Report by PRWeek and Cision certainly suggests so.

The report reveals a twist that underscores a rising commitment to getting data right and understanding of how crucial analytics are when it comes to proving comms' business-wide impact. 

But don't get too excited now. 

As the study concludes, most respondents still have far to go to fully take advantage of all technology and data benefits. This challenge is particularly evident when it comes to proving comms’ bottom-line impact. That said, the results do reflect an increasing ability to use data to link comms efforts to certain consumer activities.

Let's take a closer look at the results. 

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6 Key Tactics to Use When You Need to Persuade Someone

[fa icon="calendar'] 06-Nov-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Leadership, Project Management, Program Management

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Almost every day at work, I find myself in a situation where I need to persuade someone to do something and most of the times, this someone wouldn't even report to me. 

As you can imagine, this is extremely difficult to do because others have their own jobs and priorities and trying to impose yours on them isn't as simple. 

I've found that to make someone to agree to a proposal (a pitch for an executive yes or a request to someone to do pieces of work) you need to rely on one particular weapon - influence. 

Becoming influential, though, is a lengthy process that in my opinion revolves around building relationships with people and growing your own reputation. 

But sometimes, even if you are the most influential person in the company, you'll inevitably get pushback. 

Ideally, you should be prepared for such an outcome in advance. A helpful strategy I've used in such tricky situations is analysing and planning with Cialdini's six principles of persuasion. 

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The State of Corporate Communications in 19 Stats

[fa icon="calendar'] 30-Oct-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Internal Communication, Public Relations

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76% of communications professionals agree that ‘digital communications is the future of communications.'

How many of them actually live by this now is not a lot as you'll see below. 

I recently came across a research report on communicating in an integrated world and want to show you some of the most interesting findings from my point of view. 

Before I get into some of the stats, I want to make a quick comment. Digital and social media as well as proving their ROI continue to remain this widely challenging area for communications professionals which is beyond me. It's been over a decade since this movement started and you'd think that 10+ years should be enough to change mindsets and work procedures. 

Change management is not easy, I know. But not adapting quickly puts your company at too big of a risk. Sticking with the status quo might allow you to continue growing at the same rate but I'd urge you to think about your cost of inaction and see how that growth rate would be affected if you didn't change quickly enough. 

Let's look into the data now. 

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Inbound 3.0 and the New Inbound Methodology Explained

[fa icon="calendar'] 23-Oct-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Inbound Marketing

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 Nowadays, millions of organisations around the world do inbound. 

At HubSpot, we began the inbound movement about 13 years ago when we noticed a major shift in the market where customers were beginning to change how they were consuming information and making purchase decisions. 

The inbound movement began with inbound marketing which enabled companies to adjust to this new reality and attract customers to their products and services via content marketing, social media marketing, SEO and other types of owned media. This approach allowed businesses to generate a ton of leads and pass them onto sales to close them as customers. It worked really well and it still does but it's not enough.

Just as 13 years ago, we're now seeing another shift in the market that centres around customers as your biggest driver of revenue growth. 

With that, the definition of inbound and the inbound methodology had to adapt too to help businesses grow better in the 21st century. 

Let me welcome you to the era of Inbound 3.0 and help you understand how you can be a true inbound business. 

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