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All Eyes on Rio: Leveraging the Olympics for Social Change

Private: Sydney McKenney

By Private: Sydney McKenney
Senior Account Executive of Creative

With just days left in the 2016 Summer Games, there are still many ways organizations can use the enormous spotlight on the Olympics as a hook for social issues in the U.S. With the media focused on Rio, Olympics-related hashtags gaining massive reach and thousands of organizations looking for ways… (read more)

When the Revolution Cannot Be Televised

Hannah Berkman

By Hannah Berkman
Vice President

If more than 150 members of Congress conduct a sit-in on the floor of the House, but C-SPAN cameras are off, does the protest make a sound? In the past, the answer would have been no. But with the advent of live-streaming and live-tweeting, the answer last week was a… (read more)

Rounding the Q1 Digital Curve: Tips to Keep Up Speed

Kerry Leslie

By Kerry Leslie
Director

Congratulations! You have two months of 2016 under your belt. The rush of the New Year is gradually morphing into a consistent breeze and the slew of 2016 trends emails is quieting in your inbox. While others may be content to coast on the momentum of the New Year digital… (read more)

Spitfire’s 2016 Digital S.M.A.R.T.S. Guide

Ellie Klerlein

By Ellie Klerlein
Senior Vice President

Are you struggling to get your organization to value social media or is it still seen as a side project? Does your leadership understand how digital should integrate into your overall communication strategy, or do they constantly ask you when your next piece of content will “go viral”? If your… (read more)

Staying Smart on Social: Cross-talk, Trust and Topsy

Kerry Leslie

By Kerry Leslie
Director

The world of digital communication is ever changing, which means a smart online communication strategy needs to be flexible enough to change with it. We saw a slew of developments in social and digital media in 2015, and we expect online interaction to evolve even more in the coming year…. (read more)

Smart. Savvy. Digital. (Part 1)

Kerry Leslie

By Kerry Leslie
Director

Today, it is nearly impossible for nonprofits and foundations to reach their potential for change without having at least some digital savvy. But with a constantly changing digital scene, organizations often struggle to keep up with the latest digital news. Knowing how crucial it is for our clients to be… (read more)

Right There with You: Livestreaming Best Practices for Nonprofits and Foundations

Imagine standing on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Building with LGBT activists before a landmark decision – or riding on a boat with protesters blocking an oil rig in the Arctic. Livestreaming offers advocacy organizations an exciting opportunity to engage audiences online and bring them right to the… (read more)

Setting Up Your Visual Social Media Strategy

Social media platforms that rely heavily on images are on the rise. This is great news for nonprofits that want to engage their audiences with memorable content that compels action. Instagram, Pinterest and even SnapChat are keeping organizations on their toes and moving communicators in all issue areas to give… (read more)

Three Communication Lessons From One Brilliant Troll

Sometimes the best way to take down Internet trolls (i.e., mean commenters online) is to join them. Facebook user (and perhaps Target’s best fan), Mike Melgaard did just that after Target announced it would eliminate “boys” and “girls” signs from its toys and bedding departments. Target received heavy backlash for… (read more)

Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss at Netroots Nation ’15

If you’re gearing up for Netroots Nation ’15 this week, Spitfire put together a list of sessions you don’t want to miss, whether you’re presenting or attending. How the Web was Won: The Battle for Net Neutrality (July 17, 9-10:15a.m., Rm 226 AB) Be sure to catch Spitfire’s Michael Khoo… (read more)

“This has been a tremendous eye opener. It shows us how to pull the aspects of communications skills, from the message, to the audience. It forced us to identify our strengths and our weaknesses in an effort to become more strategic in how we prepare our messages and communicate them.”

- Training Participant

Decolonizing Narratives and Communicating Justice: Spitfire at ComNet19

Mike Carter-Conneen

By Mike Carter-Conneen
Director

  At the Communications Network Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, Spitfire Strategies was proud to host a breakout session called “Decolonizing Narratives: Authentic Messaging, Ceding Control and Reckoning with Reality.” The panel, moderated by Spitfire Director Nima Shirazi, explored the blind spots of communication professionals, the problematic choices we can… (read more)

Spitfire’s 17th Season: Leading an Evolution

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  2002. It was a big year. George W. Bush came up with the term “Axis of Evil.” Serena Williams won her first single’s title at Wimbledon. American Idol premiered and MTV unleashed “The Osbournes” reality show. I also started my own reality series – Spitfire Strategies. It is in… (read more)

Making Your Pitches Count: Tips for Top-Notch Media Pitching Part Three

Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross
Senior Account Executive

  Communication professionals are no strangers to the challenges that journalists are facing today, from the demands of the 24-hour news cycle to budget shortfalls and understaffed newsrooms. We respect them for their tenacity and commitment to uncovering the truth, and we value being able to build relationships with them… (read more)

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