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10 Great Apps for PR Professionals

Today we bring you a guest post from Kelsey Libert reviewing ten top smartphone apps that can help PR pros.

Kelsey is a speaker, entrepreneur, and Internet enthusiast. She’s a chief development officer for a diverse website portfolio, where she runs the content development strategy and execution for several websites.

Thinking on your feet is essential for any PR pro. For example, consider the NFL Super Bowl XLVII ads. When Oreo leveraged a current event the second it happened, it resulted in a free to low cost campaign that earned nearly 15,000 re-tweets and more than 20,000 Facebook likes.

The catch is, in order to be on top of these current events, sometimes you need to be plugged in. This quick line of communication and organization depends largely on people moving quickly with technology. Below you’ll find ten mobile apps that will help you become a PR champion on the go.

1. LogMeIn (iPhone) LogMeIn Ignition (Android)
Mainstream media stories don’t usually coincide with your 9-5 job–some big events will end up happening while you’re off the clock. This is why it’s important to be able to plug into your office computer even when you’re not behind your desk.

The LogMeIn app offers free remote access to your desktop so you can open files, check your email, run programs and stay productive from your mobile device or any computer over the Internet. The LogMeIn app has the same encryption used by online banks, so you don’t even have to worry about security issues.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

MWW, a top ten global independent public relations firm, today announced that it has been retained by the makers of Nimbuzz, one of the world’s largest messaging apps with over 110 million registered users in more than 200 countries. The company taps MWW’s San Francisco-based consumer technology team to build and execute a communications campaign that will increase its visibility in the U.S. while augmenting its international presence.

Founded in 2006 in the Netherlands, Nimbuzz offers users and app that enables them to easily connect with friends through its messaging, call and video call features, which connect to various other social channels.

“Nimbuzz is a great story of a very cool, very useful communications service built on the strong foundation of a sound business model,” said Ephraim Cohen, EVP of MWW’s technology & digital content practice. “As Americans adopt mobile technology at a faster rate, Nimbuzz is perfectly poised to enter the U.S. marketplace.”

Here’s Your PitchEngine Mobile PR App

Dear PR pros: Are you interested in creating “stunning” content on the go with your smartphone or tablet? If so, we urge you to reconsider–typing on those tiny keypads is both annoying and notoriously inaccurate! Don’t even get us started on auto-correct…

That being said, if you’d simply like a shiny new tool to help you strategize and coordinate pitches and branded content projects more efficiently, then PitchEngine‘s new “automated PR mobile app” may well be of interest. After a September sneak preview, the company just released its newest invention on the impressionable world of public relations.

Founded in 2009, PitchEngine has one key selling point: Its platform’s ability to empower businesses, marketers and PR pros to create expansive web pages, or “social media releases”, in place of traditional pdfs and mass emails, thereby more effectively distributing content via all relevant messaging platforms. Now the company has released a new app tailoring that service to mobile users.

The given “sample pitch” isn’t too fancy–it’s a social media-enabled press release about a new Madonna statue at Madame Tussaud’s–but the accompanying demo video is short and, at the very least, interesting:

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Pinterest Pushes Ahead with New Mobile Apps

Digital scrapbooking site Pinterest, which made headlines last week by dropping its invitation-only status, stepped up its mobile game today with the announcement of new tablet apps for the iPad and Android (available for free download here).Today’s rollout also includes an updated version of the Pinterest iPhone app, which is already a big winner.

The site is a natural fit for the world of tablets because larger screens allow for a more immersive visual experience—trust us, your homemade cupcakes will look even more delicious when they’re eight inches wide.

Note: the app should also be available to Kindle Fire users later this week.

So who’s rushing to download these new toys? Will they change the way you approach Pinterest?