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Bots, Visualisation and 4 More Key Themes in Communication for 2017 & Beyond

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-Aug-2017 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations

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Did you know that 53.3% of communication professionals have low visual communication skills? 

I learned this from the latest European Communication Monitor 2017 which is a yearly survey that looks at trends and challenges in the communication industry. This year, over 3,300 professionals from 50 European countries took part in the research. 

Here's a quick video of some of the key findings: 

 I went through the research slides and this fantastic summary to put together my six key themes: 

Six Key Themes in Communication for 2017 and Beyond

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Press Freedom: Does It Exist?

[fa icon="calendar'] 01-Aug-2017 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations

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Did you know that China and Vietnam hold the world's largest prisons for journalists and bloggers?

I came across The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders and found the study fascinating. It shows you how different countries and regions are in terms of how the media functions by measuring the level of pluralism, media independence, and respect for the safety and freedom of journalists. I think when you live somewhere you just assume that things are the same in every other country which is clearly not the case. 

If you work in a global organisation, you need to be aware of cultural differences because they determine how to communicate and make decisions. And when you work in PR or communications for global clients and run global campaigns, then understanding how the media works in the countries around the world is crucial. 

The study doesn't have a particularly positive view of the world, explaining how attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise where we have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms – especially in democracies. Some facts are frankly shocking.

Let's take a look.

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The PR Agency of the Future: Here's What It Looks Like

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-Jul-2017 08:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations

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If your PR agency disappeared tomorrow, would your clients miss you? 

How quickly would they replace you? 

Not easy questions, I know, but they're important when you think about why you are in the PR business, the value that you're currently providing and the type of agency you envision in the near future. 

Are you a nice to have, a should have or a must have? In other words, are you irreplaceable?

The irreplaceable agencies are the ones who not just deliver remarkable work but whose work's remarkability clearly drives bottom line results.

The agencies that clients fear to lose are the ones who can very easily measure and tie their activities to the impact they're making on the client's financial goals.  

But in the ever-changing digital and technological landscape, what do PR agencies need to do to survive and most importantly to evolve to be fit for the future? 

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How Not to Pitch Influencers

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Jun-2017 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Inbound PR

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I've been running this blog for five and a half years. 

As my audience started to grow, I began receiving emails from people either sharing content that I might like and want to use or pitches for guest posts. 

I was so excited back then! They liked my blog and wanted to be part of it! They wanted to contribute for my audience! 

With time and with the growth in traffic and subscribers, the number of pitches increased, especially after my talk at INBOUND16

Which I'm happy about for sure, however, my inbox now gets flooded with bad emails. Really bad emails. 

Pitches that are spammy, mass emails that were clearly not just for me, untargeted or irrelevant suggestions. 

Because I worked in PR and specialised in blogger relations, I'm amazed at the terrible pitches I'm getting so I want to show you some examples of what not to do and give you some tips on what to do instead.

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PR Has Work to Do Before It Deserves a Seat the Board Table

[fa icon="calendar'] 18-Apr-2017 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations

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PR skills are still lacking and the gender pay gap is still heavily prevalent, especially in agencies. 

These were two of the findings that struck the most out for me when I was reading the results of the eight State of PR survey done by the CIPR - the largest professional PR body in Europe. 

When we look at what PR people do daily, the research reveals a 10% jump in the number of respondents spending most and some of their time on strategic planning - going up to 60%.

No surprise, though, that content creation and media relations are at the top of this list, respectively at 82% and 73%. But what's surprising is that measurement and evaluation hasn't moved much since last year and is still at the 50s.

I've always said that PR people are the best content creators but are really bad at measurement even though they all say that's the area they need to improve. However, if you're not spending time on time on it, how are you going to improve it? Reading this research makes me feel like Inbound PR is making more and more sense

To that point, quantitative and qualitative data analysis are among the top weakest skills and competencies. 

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