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Company Twitter Wars

Social media can make or break a company. Gaining a large following on social media builds the overall awareness of your brand and provides you with a platform for owned media content. However, a small mistake online has the potential to cause serious damage to a company’s reputation and business. Recently a huge trend amongst […]

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Let’s Get Visual

In the age of social media, the visual arts reign supreme. Just look at recent trends. Over the past five years, Instagram saw more growth in its userbase than any other social media platform. According to the Pew Research Center, more Americans use YouTube than Facebook in 2018. More people are on Snapchat these days […]

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Recipe for Viral Content

What is the recipe for viral content? This baffling question struck me a few weeks ago after the news went viral of a military tank-style vehicle leading police on a low-speed chase through our very own city of Richmond. Sure the tank chase is the talk of the town here, but I wouldn’t have expected […]

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World Cup Highlights Brands Like No Other Sporting Event

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting today, I’m reminded of all things soccer in my life. Growing up, I lived and breathed soccer. I played rec as a small child, then travel or club soccer in the fall and high school soccer in the spring as I grew older. After graduating, I made the […]

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Implementing Thoughtful Media Relations

Times are changing, and so is media relations. That is why now, more than ever, it is crucial to implement thoughtful media relations strategies into your work. The media has undergone many significant changes over the years. With the introduction of the internet came 24/7 access to a constant stream of news and information. Then […]

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Hiring a PR Firm Isn’t Scary

I recently had a business owner tell me that he had spoken to two of our competitors and they both scared him out of wanting to use a PR firm for his business’ media relations and PR services. “Scared?” I questioned him, wanting to know more about the experience and what in the world my […]

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Relationship-Building Key in Getting Media Coverage

As public relations professionals, one of our goals is to get as much positive publicity and brand awareness for our clients as possible; but with an ever-changing media landscape where — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — public relations professionals outnumber journalists by more than 6-to-1, sometimes it can feel nearly impossible to […]

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Going Rogue – Why We Need Clients To Stay On Track

The client-agency relationship is similar to the relationships we build with the media. It’s built upon trust, communication, and transparency. The team at Commonwealth PR strives to be an extension of our clients and we work hard to not just work towards our communication goals, but overall company or organization goals. However, sometimes our job […]

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Snapchat Update: Bad for Business?

As you have probably already seen or heard, Snapchat has rolled out a new update. The update was originally announced at the end of 2017 but hadn’t gone into effect until now. The change was intended to appeal to an older crowd in addition to bringing in more advertisers and content creators; however, the plan […]

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The Crown: A Lesson in Reputation Management Not to Be Ignored

Image courtesy of Netflix The Crown: A Lesson in Reputation Management Not to Be Ignored By: Brian Chandler, president If you’re looking for a royal example of reputation management, look no further than Season 2 of the popular Netflix series: The Crown. With some needed time off over the holidays, I stumbled upon Season 2, […]

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