Introducing…our San Francisco office

Today, I’m beyond excited to formally announce ARPR’s expansion to the West Coast and our office in San Francisco. Many tech PR agencies and practices are born in the Bay Area and then move to the East Coast. But, as with so many things we do here at ARPR, we’re breaking the mold. In 2012, … Continued

Top Three Social Takeaways from the Social Shakeup Show

One of the best things about living and working in Atlanta is the amazing industry conferences that come to the city each year.  From May 22-24, I had the pleasure of attending Social Media Today’s Social Shakeup Show. The conference brought together more than 600 social media professionals with the same goal of “shaking things … Continued

PR pros can’t ignore sales & marketing functions

This article originally appeared in Ragan’s PR Daily. PR practitioners have an important job. Just think about the title of our profession: public relations. First, “public.” That’s a broad word in and of itself, referring to our communities, employees, board, investors, media, competitors, legislators and more. The list of “publics” can go on and on. … Continued

Dog Food and New Shoes: The Story Behind ARPR’s Brand Refresh

There’s an old adage that the cobbler’s children always need new shoes. Then there’s the adage that one of my mentors is fond of saying, “you need to eat your own dog food.” Combined, those two adages couldn’t be truer for marketing, branding and PR firms. Many agencies get lost in the hustle and ignore … Continued

Top Three Media Trends At Collision Conference 2017

As with almost every week in the Big Easy, the first week of May brought people from all over the world to our lovely land. However, this time it wasn’t only for one of the best music festivals of all time (for those who have never been, it’s called Jazz Fest, look it up!), the … Continued

An Industry at the Cross Roads: Why PR Must Up its Commitment to Professional Development

In case you haven’t been following closely, ARPR recently initiated and subsequently accelerated important conversations about the future of the PR industry (#futureofpr for our millennial friends). Today, the almost 120-year old profession is attempting to mitigate the consequences of having failed to innovate; struggling to stay relevant, cutting edge and valuable with clients and … Continued

PR Needs a New Definition

This article originally appeared in O’Dwyer’s.  As my colleague, pointed out in her most recent article, the public relations industry is celebrating its birthday. One hundred and twenty years after Ivy Lee founded PR we’re at a crossroads. This $14B global industry’s future is uncertain as other industries and new subsectors take over our very … Continued

Top 4 Takeaways from DigSouth’s Innovation Conference

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend three days in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina with some of the south’s leading innovators. In case you missed it, here are my top 4 takeaways from #DIG2017. Startups in the south have to hustle extra hard for investor attention. While there is an increasing number of angel … Continued

FinTech Spotlight: Top 5 Companies to Watch from Silicon Valley to Transaction Alley

Money is pouring into growing the thriving FinTech sector. In fact investment in FinTech has risen from $1.8 billion in 2010 to $19 billion in 2015. Why so much investment? From credit loans to financing and paperless funding, technology is propelling the financial services industry and providing consumers and businesses a better way to collect … Continued

Top 5 Tips to Consider Before Purchasing Marketing Automation Software

We love it when clients come to us with plans to implement a marketing automation tool or have a solution already in place. In fact, my last blog post discussed how much more effective PR can become when married with marketing automation. However, we often find that clients are underutilizing their marketing automation investments, or … Continued

Marketing Automation Is Changing Public Relations… For the Better

It’s no secret that technology is fundamentally changing the way most industries operate. Manufacturing has become largely automated. Improved logistics processes have created efficiencies previously unimaginable. Payments can be processed and transmitted faster than ever before. But PR, as an industry, has been slow to change. In fact, PR firms only spend 1.9% of their … Continued

INFOGRAPHIC: How ARPR is Creating The Future of PR

Happy Birthday To You, PR! That’s right, public relations turns 120 this year. Despite this milestone, the industry has failed to continue the innovation set in motion so long ago. As a result, the reputation, reliability and revenues associated with PR have all taken hits. ARPR is taking rebuilding the industry into our own hands by … Continued

How the Media Covered RSA 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT), the cybersecurity skills gap, pessimism surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies, and Russia’s hacking of the U.S. election dominated the dialogue at the annual RSA conference in San Francisco last month.This year, more than 550 companies descended on the Moscone Center to showcase their products and services … Continued

Happy 120th Birthday, PR. It’s time to grow up.

This article originally appeared in O’Dwyers. As the story goes, Ivy Ledbetter Lee founded public relations in 1897. He is lauded with sending the first press release, opening the world’s third PR firm and holding the first executive-level PR position. He was a trailblazer, a risk taker and an entrepreneur. Mr. Lee saw how communications … Continued

Three Top Health IT Trends from HIMSS17

HIMSS, the annual conference that reigns supreme in the health IT industry, attracts over 40,000 health IT professionals from around the world – all of whom are interested in learning about the next big thing in healthcare technology. I had my first experience with HIMSS back in 2014. I had just started working for ARPR … Continued

Wolf Packs and Nudity: PR Trends at SXSW 2017

This post originally appeared on PRNews. If you’re a PR professional and you’ve never had the opportunity to work a South by Southwest (SXSW) on behalf of a brand, you should definitely add it to your career bucket list. Unlike other global trade shows like CES, SXSW is more of a PR Wild West. Why? … Continued

Meet the Team: Nick Holland

We love each other. No really, we do. We think you should love us, too. Today we are continuing our series that lets you get to know our “army of awesome.” Meet our resourceful and strategic new Junior Account Coordinator, Nick. How was your first day of work at ARPR? Having been an intern for … Continued

Top Takeaways from Digital Summit Dallas: Think Bigger and Be Weird!

As part of ARPR’s professional development, the senior account managers (or SAMS, as we call ourselves) are given the opportunity to attend a trade show of our choice. After researching several different content marketing conferences, I landed on Digital Summit Dallas. Held last month, this event promised attendees real-world, practical solutions happening at the crossroads … Continued

Meet the Team: Erika Scholz

We love each other. No really, we do. We think you should love us, too. Today we are continuing our series that lets you know our “army of awesome.” Meet our dedicated and outgoing new senior account manager, Erika. How was your first day of work at ARPR? Exciting and jam-packed with a schedule allowing … Continued

The Secret Sauce to Becoming Technology PR Agency of the Year

On December 22, 2016, you could hear champagne poppin’ outside of ARPR’s offices. Inside our walls, we were toasting to a major year in our company’s history, capped off by being named Technology PR Agency of the Year. The award was handed down by Bulldog Reporter, one of the most prestigious communications industry trade publications … Continued