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Paid social media: all the cool kids are doing it. The New York Times does it. Vimeo does it. Hellmann’s Mayo does it. As a user, you’ve seen — and possibly even interacted with — the sponsored and promoted posts scattered amongst organic activity on your social networks.

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The less it’s about you, the more it’s about you.

It’s a difficult concept to grasp. It’s even more difficult to sell up the corporate ladder, where executives at the highest levels expect to see corporate logos used as lead graphic elements and their products and services breathlessly mentioned in every sentence of content created by their marketing departments.

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MINNEAPOLIS – Each year, the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) honors one art director with the Designer of the Year Award. This year’s winner is Minnesota native and current MSP Communications creative director, Brian Johnson, for his “eye-catching portraits, sophisticated typography and captivating photo illustrations” displayed in his early 2014 work at Texas Monthly.

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YouTube is a great place to host video content for several reasons:

  • It’s free.
  • It’s fast and reliable.
  • There’s a built-in, “always on” audience of people looking for specific video content.
  • YouTube videos show up easily in Google searches.

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Looking for some social media inspiration? Check out BEARPAW. Whether it’s on TwitterFacebookInstagram or any other social site, the shoemaker tells its story with a consistent voice and tone. That’s one of the reasons Hugh Sinclair, vice president of logistics for Shopping Blitz, holds the retailer in high social esteem.

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Healthcare journalists explain how you as a PR person can earn media attention for your healthcare digital products and services. (Psst: these tips are valid for almost any industry or product.)

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LinkedIn is the legacy social platform for the professional marketplace. As of March 2015, there were 347 million LinkedIn users, with two new users joining each second. Of those users, 40 percent check LinkedIn daily. 

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Authentic, memorable, relevant content and information delivered in the appropriate channel for audience consumption is more critical than ever, according to speakers at last week’s Content Council annual conference in New York.

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Owning a credible and useful number, stat or data point in your industry can produce multiple and ongoing earned media opportunities for your company.

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A question I often get asked is, “Do Google Analytics filters apply retroactively?” In other words, people want to know if they turn on a filter, will it apply to historical data or only apply to data after the filter was applied?

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