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Marjorie Comer

Marjorie Comer Marjorie Comer is an award-winning PR professional at Axia Public Relations. She graduated from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. Marjorie cheers for her hometown Kansas City Royals. Marjorie has worked for Axia Public Relations since October 2011. Follow her on Twitter @Marjorie_Comer. Learn more about Marjorie Comer. Read Marjorie's recent blog posts below.

Recent Posts:

Is your announcement newsworthy?

Don’t waste the media’s time with non-newsworthy details

There’s a difference between internal news that you share with your employees and your company’s board of directors and external news that’s worthy to share outside the walls of your company. As a public relations firm, we work hard to educate our clients about what news they should share with the media. Expecting your PR firm to pitch media outlets stories that aren’t newsworthy is mistake No. 13 on Axia Public Relations’ list of 15 mistakes companies make when hiring a PR firm.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured

4 factors to consider when launching a PR campaign for your product

One reason companies hire a public relations firm is to raise awareness about their products. When you’re ready to gain media coverage for what your company offers, it’s critical that you provide samples of your product for media representatives to try. You should also be sure to ready your spokesperson for interviews.

When a company is unwilling to share product samples with media or to give the media access to certain people within the company, it’s committing mistake No. 12 of Axia Public Relations’ “15 Mistakes Companies Make When Hiring a PR Firm.” Don’t let this be your company. Educate yourself and prepare before you hire a PR firm. Here are four factors to consider when you’re ready to launch a campaign for your product.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

How, why and when you should use a press release distribution service

Prospective clients often ask us about news wire distribution services as part of their public relations campaigns. We find that many companies are using these services incorrectly. If you aren’t using a distribution service the right way, you aren’t receiving the full value of the news release and that could be hurting your brand.

To that end, we created a list of how, why and when your company should use a news release distribution service.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips, Press Release

The pros and cons of using a press release distribution service

Many companies want to see their news releases published on a news wire or a press release distribution services site. Axia Public Relations recommends to its clients that they only publish news releases on a news wire when they have a big announcement – or if they have a comprehensive budget to support the cost of a distribution service.

Your money is better spent on direct, one-on-one pitching and building relationships with reporters. If you’re still interested in using a news wire distribution service, check out these pros and cons.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Press Release

7 ways HubSpot makes blogging easier to manage

A few years ago, Axia Public Relations made the transition to HubSpot, a developer of inbound marketing software products, and we’ve been tremendously pleased with the results. One of the biggest reasons our team enjoys HubSpot so much? It gives us the ability to manage all our clients’ blogs as well as make updates to various website pages. We like HubSpot’s blog functionality and manageability so much that we think you should start using it too! We listed our top seven reasons we love HubSpot below so you can see why we’re hooked!

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Online Public Relations, Blog

3 things you should know about inbound marketing

Axia Public Relations teaches you how to market efficiently and effectively in its new inbound marketing book

Business leads are what keep a company growing. As your leads dwindle, so do sales. Some companies are still pushing their messages out in order to bring customers in, and it isn’t working. Perhaps you’ve realized that your online presence is static – that your company isn’t achieving the results it seeks – and you want to do something different. What else is out there?

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips, Inbound Marketing

3 reasons to participate in interviews with smaller media outlets

Don’t shy away from smaller opportunities

We know your company, especially the CEO, wants media results. To get those results, your spokespeople must be available for interviews via email, phone and in person. At Axia Public Relations, we’ve had companies hire us and then be reluctant to participate in interviews with smaller media outlets or with reporters who have smaller roles with bigger outlets. Being too selective about interviews is mistake No. 11 on Axia’s list of 15 mistakes companies make when hiring a PR firm.

There are actually a few benefits to participating in smaller interview opportunities. Here are three reasons you should be more willing to accept these types of interviews.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured

5 ways to manage your expectations for PR results

Don’t get frustrated when results don’t come quickly

After much research and vetting, your company hired a public relations firm with the hope of gaining media hits and results. It’s been a month and you haven’t seen any results. You feel frustrated and ready to throw in the towel. It’s important to remember that a PR firm can’t guarantee results or say when you can expect results. In fact, becoming frustrated when the results don’t happen quickly is mistake No. 10 on Axia Public Relations’ list of 15 mistakes companies make when hiring a PR firm.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

Who are my public relations account contacts?

Don’t confuse the pitch team with your account management team

Most companies consist of several departments, such as sales, marketing, customer service and human resources. Each department – or team – includes team members who each play a specific role within the company. When partnering with a public relations firm, many executives confuse the pitch team with the account management team and expect that their initial contacts will continue to be their contacts throughout the partnership. This is mistake No. 8 on Axia Public Relations’ list of 15 mistakes companies make when hiring a PR firm. Don’t let this be your company. Most PR firms have a process to ease the transition as you move from prospective client to signed-contract client.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips

What you need to know about media-monitoring platforms

4 steps to help you choose the best media-monitoring platform

Capturing media clips to share with clients is one way a public relations firm shows its success. What many PR firms struggle with is capturing all the media mentions for its clients. No media-monitoring service can capture every media clip or media mention. Some platforms can’t access certain sites, while Google Alerts may capture a clip before the provider. When choosing a media-monitoring platform, it’s important to use the provider that best fits your clients’ needs. Some popular platforms include Agility, Cision, BurrellesLuce, Meltwater and TrendKite.

Finding a media-monitoring platform isn’t easy as each platform offers something different. Here are four things you can do to ensure you choose the right platform for your company.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Media

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