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How AI is Already Impacting Communications

by Stephen Waddington | June 12, 2018

I spoke at a PRCA Fellows’ Debate in London today about how AI is likely to impact the future of communications. My message was that it already is. AI has become a catch all term to describe technology that engages with people or displays human characteristics. This is unhelpful and is contributing to hype and […]

SCOTUS Decision to Legalize Sports Betting a Grand Slam for Brands

by Shawn McBride | May 17, 2018

As someone who has worked in the sports business industry for almost 20 years, it is hard to resist hyperbole when explaining what the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to lift the 1992 federal ban on sports gambling in the U.S., and turning the discretion over to individual states, means.  Initial media coverage featured terms like […]

Considering Values-based Marketing Programs? Make Sure your Brand has “Permission”

by Blake Rhodes | March 15, 2018

When you run an ad campaign that costs $5 million dollars, you’re looking for a big return on your investment, right? Unfortunately, as brands look to increase their impact by touching on culturally relevant, and highly sensitive, topics, we are seeing both advertising and marketing campaigns miss the mark. When this happens, they are often […]

Going Big for the Gold: A View from Inside PyeongChang

by Tamara Jacobs | February 20, 2018

Every two or so years, members of the Ketchum Sports & Entertainment team enter the “Olympic bubble” where we live, eat, breath, and sleep the Olympic Games – arriving well ahead of the Olympic flame that lights the cauldron and staying until it is extinguished. Hardly noticing that there is a world outside of the […]

Managing the Impact of Facebook’s Newsfeed Changes

by Stephen Waddington | January 17, 2018

Facebook announced important changes to its newsfeed algorithm last week. The changes prioritize consumer engagement on the platform and have important implications for brand marketing and public relations. Our digital strategists from around the world have decoded the changes. Here’s where we’ve landed…

6 Essential PR Predictions for 2018

by Stephen Waddington | December 20, 2017

I recently took part in a webinar hosted by Cision where we examined some of the most critical challenges, trends and themes facing our industry in the year ahead. Topics ranged from the proliferation of fake news, to the increasing importance of brand integrity (and crisis management) in today’s hyper-connected, and scandal-laden, media landscape. The […]