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How Did the Media Cover the Nike Kaepernick Campaign?

Good, Bad, Left, Right… What did the media really say? I asked our media measurement team at Universal Information Services to analyze the actual broadcast news exposure related to the new Nike advertising campaign, Just Do It. In Nike’s latest reboot of this slogan they featured the controversial former NFL player, Colin Kaepernick. Some felt […]

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President Trump Has A Problem with Google?

How Do Google Search Results Work? This week, President Donald Trump claimed the famous search engine Google was aggregating more negative coverage of his presidency than positive coverage. Google has addressed this matter over the last two years, since a very rocky 2016 election cycle, it seems the President is still not happy with the […]

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What News Is Your PR Team Missing?

“They keep missing TV and radio stories that air!” “They never find any articles from the smaller, weekly newspapers!” “We keep asking them to fix our search, but nothing changes!” “They won’t let us out of our contract that auto-renewed!” If you’ve ever said the above statements, there’s a problem with your current media monitoring […]

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The New: Mobile Based Trivia Game Apps

Whether it is social media, messaging, or mobile gaming, people are always on their phones. And with micro-transactions becoming more and more common throughout all gaming, we have seen a huge increase in the market for mobile games. Mobile-based gaming now accounts for 32% of the total gaming market at around $46 Billion. But in […]

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News Monitoring: What Does Unlimited Mean?

You may have heard of the value proposition, which means “an innovation, service, or feature intended to make a company or product attractive to customers”. That proposition usually comes in the form of a hook designed to close a deal based on something specific like features or cost. In the world of news monitoring, and […]

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The Munger Philosophy: Taught vs. Applicable Knowledge

As another spring college semester came to a close for me, it was also time for 40,000+ people to come to Omaha to listen to the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, and his partner, Charlie Munger, discuss everything from life philosophy to investment prescriptions. Normally I’d focus on an investment tip that blew my mind, […]

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Why We Need a Break: A Defense of College Spring Break

We All Need Breaks! Around this time a year the spring break frenzy is coasting into the home stretch. I use frenzy to describe the buzz spring break gets this time of year because it truly become all consuming in terms of thought and resources.. I start to see things like sunglass’ croakies and beverage […]

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Adding Value: What Are Your Strengths?

Part 3 of 3 (The Bottom Line) As the 3rd in a series, I had to spend some time thinking about what value I could add to our previous Universal blog posts about “Knowing Your Strengths”. This question, “How can we add value?” is a question that I ask myself every day as I’m interacting […]

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PR Measurement: What Are Your Strengths?

Part 2 of 3 This post is the second in a three-part series illustrating the importance of knowing your strengths. As my colleague Ben Caldwell put so well last week, “Since 1908, Universal Information Services has been creating great media monitoring solutions for their clients. That is what we’ve done for 110 years because, to be […]

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Snapchat’s New Update: A flop of epic proportions

Like many other people in the world I am an avid Snapchat user and enjoy the app, well, I enjoyed the app. Ever since Snapchat chose to completely revamp their user interface they have alienated a huge portion of their users. What I can gather from my 18-22 year  old demographic is that we do not […]

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