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Social sharing through the likes of Facebook and Twitter has helped Brits better understand the issues underpinning the EU referendum vote according to a national survey. Maybe that's not a surprise, but the research also found that some people actually changed how they were going to vote based on information they've seen on social media.

To all PRs - how journalists use social mediaTake a look at this interesting infographic from PR agency Text 100, based on its study of how journalists are using social media.  It reveals they dig through around 2.6 social media channels to research each article and  also  review official  company blogs andl Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube profiles, among other channels, when looking for company background.

If you are involved in technology PR (either agency or client side) you’ll have come across press release wire services which help to pump out releases to large numbers of media who subscribe according to their interests.  But a recent post on the Econsultancy blog questions whether they are any use nowadays – given that journos and bloggers can probably find content and news using other means ( Google alerts, social networks, online communities etc).  While I agree that press rele

For a while now Google and Bing have been busily experimenting with various ways of incorporating social media signals into the way they determine which web pages rank highly in searches.  One school of the thought  says that if a page (link) is shared heavily on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc, it should rank higher. After all people must think it’s of a better quality right? 

Why PR agencies should buddy up with SEOLast month both Google and Bing revealed in an interview that social media activity on sites such as Twitter and Facebook can help specific web content to get listed higher in search engine rankings.  An example being that if a page is shared on Twitter by 'authoritative people' then that can help its performance in organic search results 'to a degree'.

Don't Panic BadgeThe growth of digital and social media means negative news or a full blown PR crisis has greater reach and can potentially (via search engines) stick around for much longer than it used to.  So I was interested to come across a really useful webinar last week in which Microsoft UK marketing manager, Cedric Chambaz, outlined a seven step guide for addressing a social media PR crisis.