(Abbreviated) Friday Wrap #223: Amazon vs. the world, gender stereotyping standards, doing AMAs well

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Data Journalism for Communicators

Data journalism is more than just a trend in the publishing world. Its momentum is crazy big with media outlets investing more and more into the practice of telling stories with numbers. The PR world has not caught on. There is potential in pitching data stories as well as producing our own data journalism to elevate our content marketing efforts. I’ll get you up to speed on data journalism in my July 27 webinar. Register

By the way, I recorded a… Read More »

Friday Wrap #217: WaPo on Reddit, GIFS from data, AVEs persist, Mastodon grows, VR growth slows

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News

Facebook community moderation guidelines leaked—Materials used to train Facebook content moderators has leaked, exposing some troublesome guidelines that the company is struggling to explain. Among them, live-streamed suicide attempts are fine “as long as they are engaging with viewers and threats to kill more than five days in the future are not to be viewed as a high priority. The guidelines address child abuse, animal cruelty, nudity, and other sensitive issues, offering… Read More »

Friday Wrap #210: China blocks Pinterest, bots flood Twitter, video search arrives, Lowe’s tries AR

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Note: The Friday Wrap will take a break next Friday, March 24, while I’m traveling on business and won’t have time to put it together.

News

China blocks Pinterest—Add Pinterest to the list of website now kept from the Chinese population. How Pinterest has escaped the Great Firewall this long is a mystery since China blocks pretty much all Western social networking sites, but now the hammer has come down. The takeaway: Reaching the 721 million Chinese users of the Internet… Read More »

Friday Wrap #205: Twitter tackles trolls, Flipboard gets personal, everyone’s using Stories

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Webinar Alert

This edition of the Wrap features a new category—The Values-Driven Marketplace—which reflects the meteoric rise of corporate activism and values-driven marketing. I wholeheartedly embrace this trend—I’ve been promoting it for years—but I worry that companies are launching into it without preparing their employees. When an automaker’s CEO says he opposes the travel ban, does he know how many employees working on the factory floor feel differently? How many employees… Read More »

Friday Wrap #197: Anonymous worker discussions, NASA GIFs, print’s viability, executive news habits

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News

Write online reviews with no fear of lawsuits—U.S. President Barack Obama has signed the Consumer Review Fairness Act, which protects consumers who write negative reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other review sites. The bill also bans non-disparagement clauses in contracts that require consumers to agree not to write bad reviews before they can avail themselves of the business’s services. The takeaway: Businesses getting bad reviews will now actually have to make… Read More »

Friday Wrap #192: Election connections, Messenger milestone, emoji URLs, fake news, PR in B2B

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News

Lessons for marketers from the presidential elections forecast inaccuracies—Virtually all the polls, including those from highly-respected data experts, were confident of a Clinton victory. The fact that they got it so wrong should give marketers pause about the approach they take to the data analysis that has become so integral a part of their work. The lesson: Access to data doesn’t matter much if you don’t analyze it correctly. The big mistake in the election… Read More »

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