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Decoding social media: Five metrics to measure success

Decoding social media: Five metrics to measure success

If one of your 2023 resolutions is to decipher and comprehend your quarterly social media report, consider this blog your cheat code. Understanding social media metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) will help determine if you’re meeting your goals and objectives, discern how impactful your campaign is and help create a roadmap for future marketing efforts. While your social media goals will determine which metrics you use to measure your success, it’s beneficial to recognize and define all the data...

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Here are a few of our media relations, social media and content predictions for 2023

Here are a few of our media relations, social media and content predictions for 2023

We love everything about crystal ball predictions. And so, we asked our diverse group of Hodgers to stare into their crystal balls and share some of what they foresee for the year ahead. Strap in – it could be a bumpy ride in 2023! Media relations trends “Affiliate marketing will continue to impact media relations, particularly when it comes to product placements. We’ve seen examples of this in the last few years, but it’s a space that only continues to...

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The year of “re” and how we’re applying that to our work

The year of “re” and how we’re applying that to our work

As we unwrap our new planners and flip the calendar to a fresh year, our agency is embracing a theme that is customizable and flexible as we make our way through the year: The Year of “Re,” (as in RE-start, RE-energize, RE-juvenate). When you think about it, by adding that simple prefix to a root word, the possibilities are almost endless. Our team is prepared to come to our start-of-the-year meeting with a “re” word to help ground our work...

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Meta Moment: We asked an AI to write a blog post on the future of AI in PR

Meta Moment: We asked an AI to write a blog post on the future of AI in PR

EDITOR’S NOTE: Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, you’ve probably seen an influx of AI-generated social media posts and news stories by software like DALL-E and ChatGPT. We have a feeling that this is going to be a big topic in our industry in the months to come, so we thought it was fitting to go right to the source to find out more about the potential impact. Below is ChatGPT’s take on what AI...

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The Best Pitches of The Year and Media Relations Trends to Watch in 2023

The Best Pitches of The Year and Media Relations Trends to Watch in 2023

I’ve talked before on our blog about how thankful I am to have ongoing professional development opportunities here at Hodges. Joining media relations and writing coach Michael Smart’s Inner Circle in 2021 has been incredibly valuable to me, particularly the monthly master classes and Inner Circle Facebook group where members can ask questions and share advice. One of my favorite sessions each year is the December session on lessons learned from the best pitches of the last year. Members submit their best pitches,...

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2022 Most Gonged Blogs

2022 Most Gonged Blogs

Blogging is a two-way street. As much as you can busy yourself with plans for new, yet-to-be-written blogs and fill editorial calendars with content ideas, it’s just as useful to take a look in the rear-view mirror at some of your past blogs to see which ones are engaging your audiences most. In that spirit, here are some excerpts from our top five most-read Gong Blogs from 2022: 1. Five Examples of Media Interviews Gone Wrong. Our most popular blog...

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Meet a Hodger: Amanda Christian

Meet a Hodger: Amanda Christian

Whether she is coaching travel volleyball or seeing her favorite alternative bands in concert, Amanda Christian has her finger on RVA’s pulse. After graduating from JMU in 2020 with a degree in communications, she joined The Hodges Partnership as an intern, then came back to join the ranks of former-interns-turned-Hodgers this fall. With unwavering ambition, joining our team most recently from Virginia’s Wine Board, she has already propelled herself into a successful career in public relations. Without further ado, if...

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My Favorite Social Media Strategy from 2022 Was from the Company That Did Nothing

My Favorite Social Media Strategy from 2022 Was from the Company That Did Nothing

Social media platforms have emerged as some of the most effective tools for public relations practitioners. Sites like Facebook and LinkedIn provide us with receptive avenues for reaching target audiences, for telling stories that help shape brands and showcase a company’s expertise. But information on these platforms does not flow in just one direction. How audiences respond to social media posts tells us a lot about how interested and engaged they are with the nature of the content. Measuring the...

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Leverage owned data for nonprofit end-of-year giving

Leverage owned data for nonprofit end-of-year giving

For nonprofits, those precious, tax-deductible, unrestricted, end-of-year gifts represent one of your largest appeal campaigns of the year. Development appeals can take many shapes and forms, but if you have a donor that sends donations to several places, you’re competing with other nonprofit organizations for those funds. That’s why leveraging owned data is the key to success in your outreach – and we’re giving you three ways to use that data to your advantage. Targeted, tailored social media campaigns You...

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Can Twitter survive the Musk-induced damage to its reputation?

Can Twitter survive the Musk-induced damage to its reputation?

This slow-moving car wreck that is Twitter has turned me into a curious rubbernecker – strictly professionally of course.  I find myself craning my neck from moment to moment to assess the damage and divine whether there will be any survivors. So often in the near aftermath of such crashes, there remain way more questions than answers. First, a confession: I’m not a big Twitter fan.  While I signed up for the platform not long after its launch, I never...

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Investing in ourselves: Protecting time for professional development

Investing in ourselves: Protecting time for professional development

Every year during performance reviews, you can ask almost anyone in our office, and they will likely tell you one of their goals is to complete a certification or training. But the reality is, it can be extremely hard to get that done. When you have client work and life demands, it’s difficult to work the professional development that so many of us want – and need— into the week. Enter: HodgesCon. HodgesCon came about as a way to protect...

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Meet a Hodger: Andrew Knight

Meet a Hodger: Andrew Knight

He’s baa-aack. Faithful readers of these pages may remember Andrew Knight. He interned with Hodges back in 2020. At the time, he was simultaneously pursuing his M.A in Communication at Virginia Tech and teaching public speaking. A couple years later, we are excited to welcome him back to the team. Through his upbeat personality and optimistic perspective, Andrew brings great energy to the office. To balance the fast-paced nature of agency life, he enjoys spending time on the river. He loves...

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