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    You’d think we’d have the hang of it by 2014, right?  But as social media continues to evolve, so do the tools we use to participate and the audiences that we try to reach.  This can be even more challenging for advocacy professionals where social media is often just one of a long list of responsibilities.

    So we were thrilled to have Colin Delaney present to a packed room on how social media can help with advocacy at

  • 04

    What Is Click bait?

    You’ll never believe what Facebook announced today! Read on to find out about the jaw-dropping news that was shared exclusively with us.

    Have your attention, do we? Teaser headlines have the tendency to draw people in, goading them to read on or click through. Instinctively, communicators do not want to oversell the content they are producing. They have been forced to evolve with this landscape in order to alleviate the risk that their message gets lost in the fold. Grabby headlines have become common practice, with sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed…

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    Try going 24 hours without getting a Facebook notification that someone you know has participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This fundraising phenomenon has clogged Facebook pages, infiltrated Twitter feeds and taken over YouTube channels, proving (as we always suspected) that a link and a hashtag do not a digital advocacy campaign make.

    Anything that goes viral this fast is sure to garner its share of controversy. The challenge has been

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    LinkedIn, the professional networking site home to over 300 million users, is traditionally thought of as being most beneficial to individuals looking for employment but its benefit to companies in the public affairs and trade association industries shouldn’t be overlooked. Companies looking to hire top-tier professionals commonly use the site to find high-quality applicants by looking at those working for industry peers and by searching relevant trade and skill-based networking groups.

    The newest feature on the site encourages a new form of social media competition by evaluating your…

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    If you’re like me, you get a little twinge of social media envy each time you see someone using a custom short URL.  Not only do they help track and shorten links, but short URLS also highlight your brand and—let’s face it—they just look cool.

    Recently, we had the opportunity to help a client set up their own branded short domain. During the process, we found many outdated articles on the topic, but few that reflected some updated policies at Bitly. With that, here were the steps we followed to set up a custom short link:

    1.  Set up a Bitly account

    If you do not…