What would happen to the public relations industry if all network news disappeared? A report published by Convergence Consulting Group shows that 190,000 Canadians cut ties with their TV subscriptions in 2015, an 80 per cent increase from the previous year.
It’s becoming common practice for brands to pay content creators for tweets, Instagram posts and blog articles, but Cision’s 2016 State of the Media report shows that most journalists aren’t aware of influencer marketing. Or for those that are, it doesn’t seem to be a priority.
Earlier this week we shared insights from Amanda Riva, the CEO of THP, a creative agency that specializes in servicing food and lifestyle brands. In our interview we discussed tips on how to build a successful Instagram and Snapchat channel. We also discussed how she’s grown her business since 2012. Riva’s agency has grown from three employees to now over 50 and into a 16,000 square foot office space in downtown Toronto. This year the agency is opening an office in the UK.
Don’t be the link weak in the chain of command during a crisis. Work on these three soft-skills to be the hero in your brand’s time of need.
Local news can be your secret weapon to increasing mind-share and reaching new audiences. While national papers have struggled to maintain relevancy in an every-more digital environment, total circulation of community newspapers actually increased last year by more than 2 percent, according to a study by Newspapers Canada.
Right now Canadian’s have bargain-basement buying power on the world’s most prized natural resource: oil. Good thing we’re part of a global economy. When the price of oil slides, as does the Canadian dollar. With a barrel of oil costing less than $30 these days, our dollar is worth around $0.70 to the U.S. dollar. That may look dire, but this is the time you should double down on public relations and marketing efforts – particularly focused on the US.
There is little more controversial than the right to die and that controversy can be big news. Last February the Supreme Court of Canada legalized physician-assisted suicide for patients suffering from debilitating and painful conditions. The move made headlines with more than 500,000 shares on social media, making it 2015’s most shared news item according to the Globe and Mail.
New cars might be able to park themselves but they have yet to become self-selling. Fortunately for manufactures, newspapers have proven to be valuable partners in this effort and public relations professionals have a lot to learn from that process.
Every New Year brings new opportunities. For content creators, that means new media channels, tactics and stories to utilize. Before you can jump into what`s new you need to make sure you have some of 2015`s most impactful content marketing and digitial communications strategies.
The media in Canada is in crisis. On December 11, CHCH News announced it had filed for bankruptcy just before shedding dozens of jobs. Prior to that, one of Canada’s largest broadcasters Bell cut 400 positions, in November and The Toronto Star is writing editorial about its competitor’s job losses and executive pay. In this kind of media environment, it can be difficult for journalists and PR professionals to see a silver lining, but in this case it’s independent publishers.