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STUDY: Readers Remember Misleading Headlines

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Here at Mediabistro, we often get requests from reps to change or alter our headlines. We usually respond with annoyance, but a study featured in Fast Company yesterday explains why such demands can be very important: readers will remember a misleading headline even when they read the full article for a better understanding of the story.

The paper, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, makes a pretty basic point: headlines can be “misleading” without being incorrect — and the difference between the two is often lost on readers through no real fault of their own.

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20 Tools Every PR Professional Needs to Know

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Ever come across the saying “A good craftsman never blames his (or her) tools?”

There is a very real reason for that aphorism: a tool is only as effective as the craftsman (or woman, as it were) who uses it. If you consider the average PR practitioner, you could probably name most of the tools in his/her proverbial toolbox. Most of them are bookmarked in a folder with about four to six items that include Vision…sorry, Cision/Vocus, a couple of necessary subscriptions to PR News, PR Week, and O’Dwyers, and the various and sundry blogs out there discussing what’s up in the industry.

However, in these days of online accessibility, one’s toolbox should be so full of useful tools that you can’t even close it. Don’t know what we mean?

Here’s a list of 20 necessary tools every PR professional should know and use. 

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5 Important Skills PR Interns Should Possess Before They Get the Gig

pr internInternships have never carried as much importance in PR as they do today.

In this new marketplace, PR agencies can afford to be more persnickety about the people they want to recruit and bring into the fold. They are asked to do so much more. They are expected to get less recognition. And it’s all in the hope that they’ll score a permanent fixture on the team.

You need to have “soft skills” when you walk in the door. That’s not to say you are a dunce looking for direction, but you have assets that are pliable and position you for success. Instead of just getting by on a pretty face and nice cologne, you need to bring a little something to the table.

It’s hard out there for an up-and-comer, so if you want to ensure you get a sniff that AAC or AC job, here is this week’s #5Things: 5 important skills PR interns should possess before they get the gig. 

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Understanding 5 Types of Reporters (and How to Work with Them)

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This edition of ‘5 Things,’ like many others, was inspired by a lunch we had recently with a few PR colleagues. It all started with a simple question and some half-assed Caesar salad concoction.

What is the difference between a journalist and a reporter? 

Much like a cop and a detective, a football player and linebacker, or even a career PR agency rat and an alcoholic, one is simply a more detailed iteration of the other.

The journalism category includes many jobs, and a reporter is someone who writes stories for a living but doesn’t necessarily how to master the other needs of the news industry (e.g., editing, production, publishing, anchoring). Now that we see the difference, here are 5 types of reporters and how to work with them.

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A Day in the Life of a Marketer: Long Hours, No Lunch, Dashed Dreams of Being an ‘Artist’

Oh good, it’s not just me.

According to a new survey conducted by AtTask in partnership with MarketingProfs, life is hard for modern day marketers and public relations professionals.

Here’s the breakdown: we work long hours (the survey found that nearly one in four of us works 10 or more on an average day); we’re slaves to our inbox (3 to 4 hours each day on email); we routinely skip lunch breaks (56 percent of us eat at our desks).

Despite all this, we still feel like we can’t get anything done. Case in point:

“An astounding 40 percent of marketers blame manual tasks, unexpected projects and rework as primary sources of lost productivity.”

Sadder still, one in three of us still dreams of a career in the arts while another 16 percent are scheming to transition into a more left-brained field like business, law or engineering.

Does this all sound like the conversation you just had with your next-door office mate?

It’s deja vu all over again.

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3 Proven Tips for Pitching Bloggers

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For a couple of years, I was just a boisterous guy with an opinion. Then, something happened. I don’t know if I began speaking to people differently or if it was that new Paleo diet I was on, but it was strange — I got pitched.

The email took me on a trip down Amnesia Lane; I had completely forgotten what it felt like to receive a pitch. Back in the old days when I worked in media, I received pitches via phone … or even fax. This newfangled “email” pitch took some getting used to, but I didn’t respond well because the pitch didn’t relate to anything I could discuss, didn’t include my name anywhere, and only served to relay information about a specific product.

It should go without saying that this is not the best way to pitch. For those pros who spend countless hours trying to pitch bloggers, we have three tips.

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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Keyword Research

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If you need me, I’ll be doing some research.

If you have been in public relations for any amount of time, you have heard the call from a client or an account director for the wish … list: “Hey, so we really need to find this brand on page one or two of Google. And fast. Any suggestions?”

Oh sure, let me just break out my smartphone and dial up Matt Cutts for a quick bit of insight. Be right back.

Annnnnnnd since that will never happen this side of TMZ stalking … well, me, it’s time to get strategic with your research. However, understand all that time online needs to be spent searching for one thing — keywords. Why? That’s how that brand will be found in the first place.

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Yet Another Study Downplays the Value of Paid Media

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It doesn’t really speak to me.

Yesterday we posted on a Kentico survey revealing that the public, while skeptical, is willing to place some of its invaluable trust in that magic cure-all we call “content marketing.”

Now who does the public not trust? You guessed it: marketers and advertisers!!

Another study released today by research consultancy Insights in Marketing that surveyed nearly 3,500 consumers actually came to some interesting conclusions.

Stick with us here…

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NASDAQ Paper: ‘What Do Journalists Want?’

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Last week NASDAQ‘s Corporate Solutions group and Ragan Communications published a white paper titled “What Journalists Want” that outlines general trends in PR/writer relations.

Much of the paper concerns points that seem basic but may be easily forgotten: maintain and regularly update your contact list, pitch infographics whenever possible, include embed codes with all videos, send mobile-friendly content, etc.

Professors and scribes offer always-relevant advice like “send useful materials to writers even if it doesn’t concern your client” (an idea we support 115%) and “be specific and direct with email subject lines, using the word ‘you’ to directly address the recipient.”

These are all useful tips, but they’re also familiar to most veterans of the media relations practice.

On that note, we spoke to Mike Piispanen, VP of PR solutions at NASDAQ OMX, to get some additional thoughts on the paper.

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5 Things to Know Before Purchasing a Domain Name

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Here’s the strangest thing about URLs and the act of finding the right domain name: it’s quickly becoming the job of PR professionals.

Because available domain names are being purchased for proper use or just “squatters’ rights”, you’ll have to consider so much more than just “my address online” (dot) whatever when making the decision.

Issues to consider: client perception, anything even vaguely resembling trademark infringement, and basic stupidity. For your convenience, here are 5 things you need to know before purchasing a domain name.

Away we go, then…

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