Ragan Communications offers career boost at July 20-21 ‘PR Now & Next’ conference


CHICAGO, June 22, 2017 — Savvy PR pros can peer into the future—and get a jump on the competition—at an upcoming Ragan Communications event.

The “PR Now & Next” conference July 20–21, 2017, promises to “transform your PR results and career with today’s essential skills and tomorrow’s tools.”

“The event offers participants the opportunity to up their strategic and tactical game through storytelling, latest-generation social media, live streaming video and virtual reality,” says Mark Ragan, CEO of Ragan Communications, which publishes the industry-leading PR Daily.

“It’s rare that you’ll see a conference this important to everything you do in PR,” Ragan says. “You’ll learn practical strategies and tactics while also digging into exclusive job trends that will advance your career.”

The two-day conference features over a dozen mini-workshops that will help participants dominate platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Participants will also master videography skills and find out how to break into virtual reality on the cheap.
Writers and editors will learn techniques to get headlines to trend on Google in a session led by the director of SEO at tronc, formerly Tribune Publishing.

Ragan Communications is also inviting attendees to a free networking event: an improv show at The Second City Theater—America’s most celebrated comedy company.

The conference kicks off with a first-of-its-kind keynote from CareerBuilder’s director of corporate communications, titled, “Take charge of your career: Exclusive hiring trends and career advice for communicators.”

Later, the chief educator for the Brutally Honest Storytelling workshop series will explain how to keep audiences’ attention riveted with great stories. Those with steely nerves can also brave a media pitch tank, proposing a story in just 10 seconds to journalists from the Chicago Tribune, The Kittchen, Chicago’s ABC7 News and other outlets.

In addition, attendees will delve into augmented reality, chatbots and conversation marketing, and hear how to win the battle with advertising over tomorrow’s dollars.

Those who procrastinate may regret not signing up earlier. “This is already selling out quickly, and the fire marshals let us admit just so many people,” Ragan says.

ABOUT RAGAN COMMUNICATIONS:

Ragan Communications operates two of the top news and information sites for the PR and corporate communications industry—Ragan.com and PRDaily.com, which attract nearly 700,000 global visitors.

The Chicago company is also the leading provider of conferences and online training to PR, media relations and corporate communications professionals.

 

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