Twitter’s redesign slammed, Netflix buckles on suicide scene, and Google offers search insights

Also: Emails with visuals grab more eyeballs, an editing session goes awry, and Boeing’ struggles despite name change.

Good morning, PR pros:

Fifty years ago today, the Apollo 11 astronauts began their trip to the moon—and NASA is celebrating.

What journey will you begin today? How will you commemorate your organization’s heritage and triumphs?

Here are today’s top stories:

Twitter users criticize redesign

On Monday, Twitter rolled out changes to its platform for desktop. The new design is similar to Twitter’s mobile version, with features such as “Explore” and dark mode.

 

It didn’t take long for Twitter users to pile on the announcement with criticism and snark:

Why it matters: Ignore your online audience at your own peril. Twitter might have cherry-picked tweets to showcase in its redesign announcement, but social media’s interactivity served Twitter’s marketing team an entire orchard of feedback—including some rotten apples.

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MEASURED THOUGHTS

In 2018, one-sixth (16%) of all email messages were deleted without being read, reported Return Path. These and a plethora of other email marketing statistics were compiled by communications expert Frank Strong.

One key takeaway is that pictures really can say thousands of words—and move audiences to click. GetResponse reported that emails with images have an average click-through rate of 4.11% in comparison to plain text emails’ 2.87% rate.

However, don’t extend visuals to your subject line: Emails with emojis in the subject line saw 42% fewer replies.

Netflix removes suicide scene from ‘13 Reasons Why’

Following increased pressure from suicide prevention advocates, Netflix edited out a graphic suicide scene in its show “13 Reasons Why.” The move comes two years after the show was released and has garnered praise by organizations including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Trevor Project. Previously, Netflix added a warning at the beginning of the episode and shared a website with suicide prevention resources.

Why you should care: PR and marketing campaigns can have an affect on your audiences beyond your organization’s bottom line. Be mindful of social and political considerations when crafting messages, along with your responsibility as a communicator to fight misinformation.

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SOCIAL BUZZ

Communications and public policy expert Carol Blymire recently shared a story via a Twitter thread about an editing process that went off the rails. Here’s a sample of the story, which will make you either laugh or cry:

What’s your best editing story? Share it with us under the hashtag #MorningScoop.

Google explains process for changes to search results

On Monday, Google’s public liaison for search Danny Sullivan, published a blog post outlining the company’s process for modifying its users’ search results, including providing features such as featured snippets and autocomplete search queries. Sullivan said Google does not employ human curation for its results, but rather relies on its algorithms.

Impress your boss: In his post, Sullivan included links to how Google’s featured snippets work, a guide to getting your website verified and tips for updating the information that shows up about your organization—called Google’s “knowledge panel.” Check it out to refresh yourself on best practices for higher search-result rankings.

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FROM OUR EXPERTS

As Boeing works to retrofit an aircraft model that customers don’t want to travel on—and that pilots don’t want to fly—what options are left? PR Daily Editor Ted Kitterman explains why a name change won’t be enough to convert the skeptics and revive the 737 Max.


SOUNDING BOARD

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Did we leave something off our list? Share your thoughts with us by tweeting @bekiweki and using the hashtag #MorningScoop.


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