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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.

Watch your PR agency career go down the panSteve Earl, joint-MD at Speed Communications, provided some great advice in his post on how to 'survive and thrive' in PR today.  But what about some helpful hints for those PRs who couldn’t care less about doing well in the business?  Here are a few choice nuggets for those seeking a PR career nose dive: