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The Media Business: Many journalists can't provide the value-added journalism that is needed today

The Media Business: Many journalists can't provide the value-added journalism that is needed today | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...Most journalists spend the majority of their time reporting what a mayor said in a prepared statement, writing stories about how parents can save money for university tuition, covering the release of the latest versions of popular electronic devices, or finding out if a sports figure’s injury will affect performance in the next match.

 

Most cover news in a fairly formulaic way, reformatting information released by others: the agenda for the next town council meeting, the half dozen most interesting items from the daily police reports, what performances will take place this weekend, and the quarterly financial results of a local employer. These standard stories are merely aggregations of information supplied by others.

 

At one time these standard stories served useful purposes because newspapers were the primary information hubs of the community. Today such routine information has little economic value because the original providers are now directly feeding that information to the interested public through their own websites, blogs, and Twitter feeds. Additionally, specialist topic digital operators are now aggregating and organizing that information for easy accessibility....

 

[The challenge for news media with the proliferation of social media and self publishing by everyone from city councils and corporations to citizens? Finding less available news and adding more value to it.]

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9 Things to Do After Launching Your Newest Blog Post

9 Things to Do After Launching Your Newest Blog Post | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The “content” part of content marketing is arguably the easiest. Creating content that is useful, insightful and shareable may require some trial and error, and there’s no way to know for sure if something will resonate as intended, but it’s still a singular task.


It’s the marketing part that tends to really trip people up, and for good reason. Far too often we focus the majority of our efforts on getting content just right – revising, rewriting, researching, and collaborating until everyone in an organization agrees that it’s ready to publish.


But then what? It goes up and you wait…hoping that the people in your existing audience find your content as useful as you planned it to be....

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Lots to learn from these blogging basics, particularly about the marketing after the blogging.

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13 Growth Hacking Techniques You Can Apply Right Now - Piktochart

Say you have a startup idea. You assemble a team and in six months, you have a product you are actually confident to release. When that day finally comes, you launch and nothing happens. If you are lucky, you get an article on Techcrunch, a top spot in Product Hunt and several thousand users, but most of them stop using it after a few days.


I bet you were hoping for a huge, viral growth curve. Instead, you face with the harsh reality: you only have handful of users registered, and they are churning incredibly fast. At Piktochart we went through the same problem, that’s why in this post we’ll analyze 11 different growth hacking tactics that actually work...

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Learn some key growth hacking skills and practices to be applied to for your digital marketing. Use these techniques for overall marketing prowess.

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Leadership: The Tony Soprano Problem

Leadership: The Tony Soprano Problem | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Today, every manager has some version of the Tony Soprano problem.  We’ve become used to hierarchal organizations optimized for specific tasks.  Now we often find that we’re competing in a networked world in which the old rules don’t apply.  Rather than traditional lines of authority, we need to start thinking in terms of ecosystems, platforms and movements....
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The role of leaders has changed. We can no longer command people to do what we want, but must inspire them to want what we want. Lessons from Tony Soprano.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, Today, 10:09 AM

Leadership must change from a hierarchal to a networked world model. Tony Soprano would be challenged.

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Smart Homes, Internet of Things, the Autonomous Purchase Path

Smart Homes, Internet of Things, the Autonomous Purchase Path | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
But with the impending convergence of in-home connected devices, such as smart refrigerators, washing machines, and coffee makers, and technology platforms for instant replenishment, such as Amazon Dash, the home and shelf are merging. Why would a consumer need a shopping list, or have to visit a store, when their consumable items just show up at their home when they need them?...
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Smart homes will require even smarter marketing.
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What Makes Your Blog Content Valuable to Your Readers?

What Makes Your Blog Content Valuable to Your Readers? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

So now your question is: how do you make your blog content valuable to your readers?


And there’s the rub. While it is simple enough to understand, and no one in his right mind will ever argue against the fact that your blog must offer something of value, creating value itself is the tricky part. I’ve tried to distill the entire process and break it down into what I think are the base elements that makes a blog post valuable. Here are my ideas....

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If you blog then just like all other bloggers you aspire for your content to be a hit with your audiences. The good thing is that it’s not altogether impossible for that to happen.

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14 amazing infographics on web design that you can not miss

14 amazing infographics on web design that you can not miss | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Creativity and great ideas can be dosed in a masterly way of aninfographic. Those 14 infographics is proof of that. They are tremendously useful information, it does so with full creativity and originality. Although most of them are about web design, some of those is also for SEO professionals or graphic designers themselves. I recommend you take a look at them because from the visual and composition view are very well developed....
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Great collection of Infographics for web design ideas.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 18, 2:48 AM

Great collection of Infographics for web design ideas.

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How to Grow Your Personal Brand on Twitter in Only 10 Minutes a Day

How to Grow Your Personal Brand on Twitter in Only 10 Minutes a Day | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Recently, I conducted a personal experiment on Twitter to see how I could increase the number of my Twitter followers through a limited number of activities. My goal was to confine the time I spent on Twitter to no more than 10 minutes each day.Based on my experience and the corroboration of others, I created a list that will help you grow your own personal brand on Twitter.


At first, you’ll need to spend some time learning the platform and setting up your profile. After that, you don’t need to spend more than 10 minutes a day. Here’s what to do....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Can't afford a social media manager? Columnist Neil Patel offers up tips on how to grow your own personal brand on Twitter.

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Tom Shaw's curator insight, April 18, 1:17 PM

A must for your personal brand.  A quick read. 

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It's not a pitch, it's a person. The super powers of influence marketing @MarkWSchaefer

It's not a pitch, it's a person. The super powers of influence marketing @MarkWSchaefer | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Today, if you’re in marketing to any extent, you’ll know about influencers and, more importantly, about influence marketing.

What makes a great influencer? Influencers are humans, clearly, not automated content management systems. They are mega-connected on social media (aka they have earned the trust of many other humans to deliver on what they promise) and they have the unique ability to inspire action. The good influencers out there have great knowledge in a particular field, know how to curate that knowledge, add their unique vision and value, and they know how to communicate with their audiences.

If I am a brand, I totally love that potential, that opportunity, that has only been created in the last few years. How can my brand become part of an influencer’s curated content (and in a positive light, hopefully!)....

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Valuable reading about bringing social media influencers and branding together from Dr Konstanze Alex-Brown.

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A Visual Guide to Telling Compelling Stories for Your Brand [Infographic]

A Visual Guide to Telling Compelling Stories for Your Brand [Infographic] | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Great storytelling is a great differentiator.

Imagine you're walking down the snack aisle at a grocery store. How do you make sense of the hundreds of choices on either side of you? What's going to be on your mind when you decide what to buy? Perhaps you choose one product over another because that company donates a percentage of their proceeds to a great cause. Or maybe you choose it because it has more protein -- and you were just reading this article about how protein helps boost concentration, and you've been having trouble concentrating at work recently.

People like making decisions quickly, and it'll be easier for them to choose your stuff if your message resonates with them. After all, content helps people travel through the inbound marketing methodology so that, someday, they might buy something from your company and spread your company's story with others.

But, as you may have noticed, a lot of people are trying to tell stories these days. How are you going to set yours part from the pack? And where on earth do you begin creating compelling stories for your brand?...

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Here's how you can use storytelling for great story selling.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 16, 11:36 PM

Here's how you can use great storytelling for better social selling.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 17, 2:26 AM

A useful article which speaks volumes about the importance of developing the story telling culture. This is not just about entrepreneurs and business heads but also about educators and facilitators. The storytelling culture can make learning more experiential, it caters to congintive learning, that is social congintive learning. While no doubt the article is for corporates and business houses, I feel it has a lot of relevance in the field of education, both at school and in college. Think for example, how many more people would like to go through the story of your research on values rather than a dry statistical analysis of how values matter!

Marco Favero's curator insight, April 17, 3:16 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Urgency Psychology, and One Simple Conversion Booster

Urgency Psychology, and One Simple Conversion Booster | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

WhichTestWon encourages readers to guess which version of a page or ad performed better before they reveal the answer, and often the readers (mostly conversion optimizers) are quite evenly split. This time, 90% guessed that adding a small line of text to an ecommerce product page would increase sales. And, they were right.

So, despite the fact that almost all of these web marketers knew that the small change would help, very few websites actually use this approach.

So what was the powerful line of text?...

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Marketers take note. One line of text can bring big traffic gains.

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Google Algorithm Will Soon Reward Mobile-Friendly Sites: Here's What You Need to Know

Google Algorithm Will Soon Reward Mobile-Friendly Sites: Here's What You Need to Know | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Starting on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Google is going to make a massive change to the way it ranks websites. How massive? This change outranks both Panda and Penguin in terms of its scale of impact on search results, according to Google's Webmaster Trends analyst Zineb Ait Bahajji.

The change comes down to one very important criterion: whether your website, landing pages, and blog are fully optimized for mobile.

Are you ready for it? Let's find out....

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Get ready for Google's new update by becoming mobile-friendly or your site will be penalized. Here's what you need to know. Recommended reading. 9/10

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Client Feedback on Famous Novels Reminds Ad People There's Other Writing Out There

Client Feedback on Famous Novels Reminds Ad People There's Other Writing Out There | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
A number of famous novelists spent time in ad jobs—among them, F. Scott Fitzgerald (who worked at Barron Collier in New York, where he wrote the line, "We keep you clean in Muscatine"), Joseph Heller (once a copywriter for Merrill Anderson in New York) and Salman Rushdie (who logged seven years at Ogilvy London, after failing an interview test at J. Walter Thompson that supposedly included making up a jingle about seatbelts).


Those three authors are the subject of these amusing ads—showing client feedback on their famous novels—to promote a British fiction contest for advertising writers. "Write for yourself. Not for a client," say the ads.


Entries are closed for the 2015 Winston Fletcher Fiction Prize, unfortunately, but it is an annual thing. (You have to work in advertising, marketing or a related business to enter.) Check out the full ads below....

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A copywriter is a writer is an author. Or not. At least according to fickle clients in these entertaining British ads.

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21 Awesome Facebook Facts and Statistics You Need To Check Out

21 Awesome Facebook Facts and Statistics You Need To Check Out | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
So back to Facebook. Facebook was the first social media network I joined in 2008 and at the time there were about 50 million users but growing rapidly. This seeming fad at the time was not seen as anything but a passing phase.


How wrong were those dinner party discussions.


The Facebook global numbers


Today there are nearly 1.4 billion users that are spread all around the world. It connects different cultures and allows us to share with family and friends in real time.


The USA and Canada is now just a sub-set of the Facebook global family.

  • Asia Pacific is the largest at 449 million
  • Europe has another 301 million....
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Facebook has big numbers but it's a challenge for business to get results.Jeff Bullas' stats may convince you to try again.

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4 Reasons Why Content Curation Matters | Cision

4 Reasons Why Content Curation Matters | Cision | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
When you think of content marketing, you may automatically think about ways PR professionals and marketers can create original content that will resonate with their audiences. And while that’s true, it’s important not to overlook the practice of curating and sharing content from respected influencers and brands in your industry.Why? Here are four reasons....
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Content marketing isn't just about creating original content. It’s important to do content curation, the practice of sharing influencer and owned content.
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How to write the perfect About Me page

How to write the perfect About Me page | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
A good ‘about’-page is more about your visitors than about youThat might sound strange, but by writing a good ‘about’- page you actually respond to all visitors need: what’s in it for me?’ They might not realize that they browse the internet with that need, and for that reason visit your page, but that is what it is all about: filling needs....
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The most read page on my blog is the "about me'-page. Learn the basics of creating a winning About page.
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Demographics of Key Social Networking Platforms

Demographics of Key Social Networking Platforms | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Fully 71% of online adults use Facebook, a proportion unchanged from August 2013. Usage among seniors continues to increase. Some 56% of internet users ages 65 and older now use Facebook, up from 45% who did so in late 2013 and 35% who did so in late 2012. Women are also particularly likely to use Facebook compared with men, a trend that continues from prior years....

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Valuable social media demographics from Pew Research Center.

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James Cracknell's curator insight, Today, 5:05 AM

Useful breakdown if replicated across the UK

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How to prove that your content marketing delivers ROI?

How to prove that your content marketing delivers ROI? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Despite all the overwhelming interest in content marketing, there is often little to show for it. According to the same studies mentioned above, only 38% of B2B and 37% of B2C content marketers believe their campaigns are effective. 


A more stunning figure is that only 23% of B2C and and 21% of B2B marketers say that they are successful at tracking their content efforts. Yes, we can wave with reach numbers of our paid ad impressions and with Facebook engagement rates. And show increased numbers of page views on our website. But are these soft metrics persuading our CFO?...

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Does your content marketing measure up? Here are the social media metrics that matter.

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Your ultimate cheat sheet to Facebook design - The Creative Edge

Your ultimate cheat sheet to Facebook design - The Creative Edge | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
With the roll-out of our new Facebook contest category and the growing importance of social media design overall, we thought it was about time to focus on the different elements that make up Facebook design.In this article, we’ll break down the different elements of Facebook to ensure that you’re creating a well-branded and clickable web presence for your client....
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Very useful Facebook design tips. Recommended reading. 9/10
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4 Powerful Reasons to Add Images to Your Blog Posts

4 Powerful Reasons to Add Images to Your Blog Posts | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
But here’s the million-dollar question: How do you get more traffic to your blog, without spending a single penny on Advertising?And, there is a way. It’s been staring you in the face. And it’s cheaper than any advertising strategy you can think of. What is it?Add Images....
Jeff Domansky's insight:
Looking to boost your traffic and audience? Add images. It's that simple. Yes, really. Here's 4 reasons why you should add images right now.
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Janice Cumberlidge's curator insight, Today, 12:16 PM

I ALWAYS add images to my Facebook posts too for the same reason - then the this powerful tool automatically creates the same post on my blog for me, hands free! Blog without blogging here: http://handsfreeblogging 

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32 Smart Ways To Drive More Traffic To Your Blog

32 Smart Ways To Drive More Traffic To Your Blog | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Have you ever looked at your blog’s analytics and wondered when the hordes of visitors are going to start showing up?


You’re publishing great content and have something to say, but try as you might, those traffic numbers just don’t seem to be climbing as much as they should be.


The truth is, it doesn’t have to be that way – you can get way more traffic to your blog and in this post I’ll show you how....

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Want to drive more traffic to your blog? Need actionable tactics? Follow these effective traffic generation strategies today!

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How TV Newsrooms Should Use Facebook (And Why) | Mediashift

How TV Newsrooms Should Use Facebook (And Why) | Mediashift | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

I recently had a long conversation with Bob Gambert, a former TV news colleague of mine. It was sparked by a comment I made on Twitter that TV newsrooms should post original video content to Facebook instead of teases for newscasts and stories. He took exception, and the discussion eventually turned into a back and forth about the state of the TV industry. He’s of the opinion that social media should primarily be used to maximize profits. TV stations should display content where they can make money.

While I respect my friend and his point of view, I strongly disagree.

You hear plenty of others in the TV news industry – particularly higher-ups – sharing my friend’s opinion. (You also see it in practice on Facebook feeds and Twitter streams every day.) That’s an incredibly bad sign. It probably sounds familiar, because it’s the same attitude most people in print had about 15-20 years ago.

THE CLIFF IS APPROACHING.
That same disruption (or whatever catchy buzzword you want to use) is coming to TV news. And a person with his or her eyes open can see it coming from a mile away....

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What's ahead for TV and social media? Dale Blasingame explores the potential and the challenges of Facebook and TV.

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DrAlfonso Orozco C.'s curator insight, April 17, 1:46 PM

Other Use of Facebook...!!!<<<<<<<<<<

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5 Need-to-Measure Ecommerce Metrics to Scale Like the Big Box Retailers

5 Need-to-Measure Ecommerce Metrics to Scale Like the Big Box Retailers | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

In other words, legacy brands do have a leg up on smaller retailers when it comes to ecommerce and it’s in the amount of intelligence they are using to drive conversions and increase revenue.

That said, data and analytics should be democratized throughout the ecommerce space, and no, Google Analytics isn’t enough. Your big box competitors aren’t simply monitoring new and repeat visitors, or from where their web traffic comes. No, they are using enhanced ecommerce analytics to push visitors down a purchase funnel from the moment they land on the site.

Below, the top metrics these retailers are using and how you should be using them, too....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

With the right metrics, the little guy can compete with the big online retailers. Here's how.

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Keystone Software's curator insight, April 17, 10:38 AM

A well-written introduction to some essential e-commerce metrics.

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How to Retweet the Right Way (with a Comment) on Twitter

How to Retweet the Right Way (with a Comment) on Twitter | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Just see a great tweet? Want to share it with others by reposting, AKA retweeting or RTing, that tweet? Cool! Sounds like you're getting the hang of how to tweet on Twitter. Now do me a favor, and don't touch that retweet button!

Not yet, at least. First, let's talk about the change Twitter's made to its retweet feature -- a really good change, in our opinion.

If you've clicked the retweet icon at the bottom of a tweet lately, you may have noticed the brand new "add a comment" feature, allowing you to comment on the content you're retweeting if you want. We love the spirit of this change because it discourages blind retweeting and encourages users to add their own voice about why they're sharing that Tweet....

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Laura Fitton provides an epic guide to Twitter's brand-new "add a comment" feature. Essential reading. 10/10

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'Ideate' tops Forbes Jargon Madness brackets | Ragan

'Ideate' tops Forbes Jargon Madness brackets | Ragan | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

But jargon? Admit it, communicator, this gets the blood throbbing in your temples.

So you will be pleased to hear that others share your disdain for "ideate" and other teeth-gnashing corporate cant. The word won Forbes' third annual Jargon Madness tournament final, crushing "The Uber for X" by 219-160 votes.

Jargon Madness is the business magazine's NCAA-style bracket featuring "the 32 terms most abused by startup founders, developers and marketers, plus the [venture capitalists] who fund it all."

Forbes defines ideate as a "nonsense word meaning 'think,' 'dream up,' or 'conceive of an idea.' Formerly known as brainstorm."


"Unicorn" and "thought leader," two of my favorites, were eliminated in early rounds...

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Only an idiot would use "ideate" as a word. A fitting winner of the Forbes Jargon Madness contest.

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The pros and cons of Google's new press release policy

The pros and cons of Google's new press release policy | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Google likes to keep us PR pros on our toes.

Last year the big update to search results came through the “nuclear bomb” that was Panda 4.0. The age of the keyword was essentially over, and proper storytelling blogs and press releases were in. Many claimed that SEO was on its way out completely.

Recently, Google made even more changes. Though the advent of Panda 4.0 made press releases seem borderline useless, the search engine has now revalued them. There’s one big alteration, though, that changes the way savvy PR pros should use press releases....

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News releases and SEO are a balancing act. Here's what matters to Google.

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