Hanson & Hunt

Get relevant news and advice about public relations, corporate communications, social media and marketing each month from Arik Hanson and Kevin Hunt. Arik is a solo marketing and communications consultant in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Kevin leads corporate communications content, channels and analytics at General Mills.

187: Web traffic from links, thought leadership, internal comms report

There’s new evidence that you should reconsider sharing links in your social media posts. Also, why your thought leadership approach might be stuck in “mutually assured irrelevance.” Plus, a new report on challenges in internal communications, the increase in distractions at work, and more! WHAT DO YOU THINK? We want to hear from you! Contact…

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186: Maximizing LinkedIn, new Pew data, collaborative articles

What kind of posts perform best on LinkedIn? We’ll dive into an overwhelming new analysis of user activity on the platform. Also, Pew recently released its latest data on the usage of all major social media channels. Plus, LinkedIn collaborative articles, the art of commenting to gain favor with your company’s stakeholders, and more! WHAT…

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185: 2024 trends, Solo Stove, career contentment

From the rise of social search to AI’s use in content creation there are many trends identified for the new year. We’ll talk about a few that are getting attention. Plus, Solo Stove’s use of Snoop Dogg, a new free training resource for media measurement, a growing push against career ambition and promotions, and more!…

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184: AI content, crappy photos, comms priorities

The quality and trust of AI-powered content vs. human-powered content is a hot topic right now. We’ll look at two new studies that get into that. We also chat about the priorities for comms leaders in 2024. Plus, the viral marketing stunt from The North Face that seems too far-fetched to be true, the continued…

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183: Creator report, social subscriptions, kids and influencer careers

There’s some great insight about creators and their fans in the “Creator Connections” report from Teachable. We also chat about the outlook for social media platforms charging for subscriptions. Plus, a post on the impatience so many organizations have right now with their social media strategy. Also, should you help your kid be an influencer?…

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182: Corp Comm study, LinkedIn is weird now, NPR doesn’t miss X

Was it ever worth it to share a link to a blog or website on Twitter? We talk about some data from NPR after they left the platform. We also chat about the type of stories that could drive meaningful thought leadership, how LinkedIn turned personal, Edelman’s 2023 Future of Corporate Communications study, and more!…

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181: Social career insights, Chobani’s ghostwriter, fake podcasts

We chat about Hootsuite’s first-ever Social Media Career Report, which has some interesting insights on workload, salaries, mental health and more. We also share what stood out to us in Edelman’s Trust at Work report. Plus, Chobani’s “ghostwriter” job posting goes viral, an uptick in money spent on influencer marketing, and more! WHAT DO YOU…

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180: Splintering of social media, crisis comms, YouTube thumbnails

It’s time to think differently about your social media accounts. We discuss why a niche approach is in and scale is out. We also chat about one company’s shoutout of their social media team in their latest earnings report. Plus, a job involving YouTube that we had no idea was so lucrative, why the dreaded…

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179: Side gig scrutiny, new FTC guidance, Threads

We discuss how going against the grain in social media starts with taking a data-driven approach. We also chat about what early-adopter brands are doing with Threads and how you should be thinking about it from a strategy perspective. Plus, is there any problem with having a side gig? The impact of the FTC’s recent…

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178: Too much content, UGC vs influencers, Twitter boots Arik!

We discuss a great report from Reuters on how people are getting and interacting with news from social media. We also chat about a growing call for organizations to produce and post less content. Plus, the rise of the bored work colleague, Arik shares his story of getting suspended by Twitter, and more! WHAT DO…

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