Thursday Three: Sponsored social media posts, television news remains on top and how to build a trustworthy healthcare brand

Dec 06, 2018

Each week on The Thursday Three with Pushkin PR we share three news stories that captivated our attention during the week ranging from public relations and social media trend updates to relevant news in the industries we serve including healthcare, nonprofits, government and festival clients.

william-iven-19844-unsplash.jpgSocial Media: The Effectiveness of Sponsored Posts

AdAge: Do Paid Endorsements Sell Product?

Influencer marketing is having a moment. Whether your brand is in the fitness, healthcare, food and beverage or lifestyle industry, it’s likely there are social media influencers who are eager to partner with your brand. But how effective are these partnerships?

This study looked at 814,000 posts to evaluate changes in engagement that resulted when content was tagged as #sponsored. The results indicated that sponsored content does not have a lower engagement rate than organic content. One challenge for sponsored posts was that they tended to receive more negative sentiment in comments. If you’re considering working with an influencer on sponsored posts, be sure to find one that is the right fit for your brand and target audience to ensure the most positive reception possible for your content.

Journalism: TV Remains the Preferred Platform for News

Pew Research Center: Americans Still Prefer Watching to Reading the News – and Mostly Still Through Television

47 percent of Americans prefer to watch the news versus reading or listening to it. Within this group, 75 percent prefer to watch the news on a television rather than on their computers, tablets or smartphones. Younger adults are more likely to turn to the internet to consume news media content, whether through viewing, reading or listening.

For PR pros, this information has big implications. When developing public relations strategies, it is vital to include tactics that target broadcast media to ensure key messages reach target audiences. When reaching a niche audience that is defined by a particular age group, it is important to dig into the data surrounding the news consumption habits of the demographic to ensure that public relations tactics will reach them on their preferred platforms.  

Healthcare Communications: Building Trustworthy Healthcare Brands

Agility PR: Weber study finds Americans don’t really trust social media for health info

As specialists in healthcare communications, we are familiar with the unique challenges healthcare organizations face when communicating with their target audiences. Earning trust is a major obstacle to be overcome with all generations reporting a distrust of medical information they find online. The study also found that millennials are more likely to trust their peers than physicians when it comes to medical information.

In order to build trust there are several tactics organizations can incorporate into their public relations strategies. Reducing jargon in communications in favor of easy to read, succinct information can help consumers weed through confusing and technical information. Working with third-party partners on campaigns can also help increase reputability in messaging campaigns. We also recommend that medical practices and physicians take proactive steps to establish themselves as thought leaders to build their profiles and position themselves as trustworthy sources of information.  

Category: Thursday Three

Caty Carrico


Caty Carrico is an award-winning social media strategist and public relations practitioner at Pushkin Public Relations, a Denver-based PR firm. Her expertise lies in helping brands identify their distinct social media persona and crafting communications strategies that engage target audiences. In her spare time, she can be found eating her way through Denver's restaurant scene or working on her latest DIY project.

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