Merritt Group Blog

Time for an Annual Checkup: Does Your Healthcare Provider Have a Pulse on Cybersecurity?

When scheduling your next checkup or appointment at the doctor’s office, a few things may come to mind: rearranging your work schedule, covering the copay or visit cost, anticipating the next steps or outcomes of the visit and so on. It’s rare that a patient considers the potential threat of a cyber attack during a standard doctor visit. But as we've seen from recent examples such as malware faking cancerous nodules, hospitals, health systems, private practices and others in the healthcare field can't ignore looming and potentially devastating cyber threats...especially as adversaries become more sophisticated and as our interconnected world expands the attack surface.

Topics: Healthcare public relations cybersecurity

Announcing Merritt Group's New Podcast: Lay of the Brand!

Looking for some industry insights and the latest tips and tricks to listen to on the commute to work, at your desk, or relaxing at home? Well, you’re in luck! Merritt Group has officially launched a new podcast series, Lay of the Brand, where we sit down with the leading industry experts to discuss the top innovations in marketing, creative and PR – and the way these disciplines are revolutionizing how the tech industry communicates – and sells to the world.

Topics: marketing public relations podcast

4 Reasons Why Startups Should Have a Brand Strategy

Having a strong and consistent brand is foundational to any startup’s success. Don’t believe me? A 2018 study found that 87 percent of B2B companies increased their brand investments over the previous five years, resulting in 82 percent of those seeing payoffs in increased sales and customer acquisition.

Topics: marketing branding public relations

Forget the Royal Baby! These Are the Can't-Miss Cyber Events of the Season

If you follow the Royals, it has been quite a decade for grand events – from Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding in 2011, to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding in 2018, to the birth of their first child.

Topics: Security public relations events

Emerging Technology Experts Make a New Transformation


At Merritt Group, staying ahead of cutting-edge technology in addition to marketing and public relations trends is at the very root of our agency’s core values. Whether it’s expanding our expertise in all things digital marketing (performance marketing, content marketing, creative services, etc.) or keeping up with the ever-changing tech landscape, our team gets goosebumps just thinking about creative possibilities that inspire real change within the rest of the market.

Topics: branding public relations emerging technologies

Q&A With a Merritt Group-er: Get to Know Julie Feldsott

Get to know the latest addition to the Merritt Group team! Julie Feldsott is an experienced Account Executive for the Security and Business Technology Groups.

Topics: blog public relations career

Q&A With a Merritt Group-er: Get to Know Rachel McIntyre

 

What do you do at Merritt Group?

I am a Marketing Project Manager in the Marketing Services department at MG.

Who do you love to follow on Twitter or Instagram and why?

I love to follow food accounts on Instagram - cooking is a hobby of mine and I’m always looking for new recipes to try. The photos always draw me in! A few of my favorites are: @halfbakedharvest, @nytcooking, @ambitiouskitchen.

Topics: public relations career

Improving Your PR Strategy in an Evolving Security Market

The security market is an evolving landscape where the threats often outpace the solutions, and new challenges arise every day. Because of this ever-changing atmosphere, there is always room for growth and improvement when it comes to the way we interface with media and our clients. That’s why last month, Merritt’s Security Practice Group convened for a boot camp on media relations best practices.

We sat down with seven reporters from top industry publications, including Dark Reading, Ars Technica, CyberScoop and The Wall Street Journal, to dive into the needs and preferences of modern journalists to hear straight from the source. These conversations shed some light into how the industry is changing and how we can incorporate new tactics to stay at the top of our game. Here are five key takeaways from our conversations:

Topics: public relations cyber journalist

After the Splash: Why AI Went from the Next Big Thing to Headline Fatigue

When you look back at the last few decades  of tech media coverage, there are some standout topics that have sustained long interest cycles -- the rise of the internet, the advent of mobile apps, cloud — and most recently, artificial intelligence (AI).

AI has been a lightning rod for media coverage over the past four years, but according to a research report conducted by Merritt Group’s tech PR experts, the volume of AI coverage began to level out beginning in 2017.

Topics: technology machine learning ai artificial intelligence public relations

The 3 Things You Need To Be Successful With Media Relations

There are few better feelings as a PR professional than getting interest from your dream publication on a big initiative. I remember the first time I heard back from Wall Street Journal and the journalist was interested in chatting with my client to hear more about the story angle. I also may or may not have also shed a tear on that day.

Topics: media relations public relations