Friday Wrap #204: VW rebounds, Serial is back, NYT makes Snapchat move, blowback for Starbucks

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Volkswagen’s crisis response apparently paid off—Volkswagen has ousted Toyota as the world’s top carmaker. That’s remarkable, given that it wasn’t all that long ago some were predicting it wouldn’t even survive its emissions scandal. Despite some serious missteps at first, the company employed a “ruthlessly efficient PR strategy” to repair the brand image worldwide. Some reports also attribute VW’s repaired image to the simple fact that fading media coverage led to less… Read More »

Friday Wrap #203: PRSA blasts “alternative facts,” Samsung sets a new crisis standard, audio surges

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PRSA officially slams “alternative facts”—Good for PRSA (of which I am a member) for its official statement rebuking the White House for making false statements and labeling them “alternative facts.” The Public Relations Society of America issued a statement arguing that the behavior reflects badly on all communication professionals. President Jane Dvorak wrote, “PRSA strongly objects to any effort to deliberately misrepresent information. Honest, ethical professionals never… Read More »

Friday Wrap #200: Wendy’s rules Twitter, coping with fake news, a deceptive Instagram account & more

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On January 26, I’ll share 10 innovative and unexpected tactics communicators can employ immediately to build engagement. I’ll also talk about how engagement fits in a broader employee communication strategy designed to deliver bottom-line business results and distribute a tip sheet. Register

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Medium’s new trajectory—Twitter-co-founder Ev Williams announced a pivot for Medium, the publishing platform he founded. Included in the shift is the elimination of… Read More »

Voice tech is the new interface to everything

The Conversation Frontier

If you want an influencer to have conversations about your products with her followers, you can pony up some big bucks and hope she has the time to engage with each and every fan who reaches out to her. Or you can do what CoverGirl did. After getting 16-year-old dancer, model and TV personality Kalani Hilliker Kalani Hilliker's Botonboard, they studied her conversational style across her various social media accounts, then unveiled a chatbot on the Kik mobile messaging platform that simulates conversation with her.

Hilliker has 3.3 million followers on Instagram alone. A lot of her fans flocked to the clearly-labeled chatbot, generating 14 times more… Read More »

Friday Wrap #199: Echo witnesses a murder, Russia protests via meme, brands prep for Trump attacks

Friday Wrap #199This is traditionally a slow news week, so it’s a shorter-than-usual Wrap this week (and likely next week, as well, unless CES delivers some surprises). I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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No, engagement isn’t dead—I have been surprised to see so many articles proclaiming the death of employee engagement. The data they cite is fine; the conclusions they draw are absurd. While employees may not seek engagement, they do crave the things that engage them. And while too many surveys are more focused on… Read More »

Friday Wrap #196: NFL lightens up, Tinder has a podcast, Starbucks launches a chatbot

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Facebook patents tool to remove fake news—Facebook has filed a patent for “systems and methods to identify objectionable content.” The technology has been in the works since 2015 but takes on new urgency with CEO Mark Zuckerberg asserting Facebook has to come up with “better technical systems to detect what people will flag as false before they do it themselves.” The takeaway: This is good news for business, which is fast becoming the new target for fake news. On the other… Read More »

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