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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.

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How to pitch so reporters don't hate your company

When pitching, find the balance between consistent and irritating to appeal to busy reporters.


You probably know just how bothersome spam or sales calls can be in and outside of the workday. The frustration you feel receiving these calls is comparable to how a news reporter may feel receiving pitches that don’t always pertain to their beat, for example.


As a company desiring news coverage, what are you to do? Your company needs to build relationships with the right reporters and be helpful instead of irritating or spammy. Here are six tips to help ensure reporters don’t hate your company.

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Topics: media relations, earned media, news media

Marketing for Memorial Day

Understand the meaning of Memorial Day so your company doesn’t make a faux pas.


Companies often view national holidays as a way to connect with consumers and tie themselves to a national story. Sometimes this is done tastefully; other times, however, it leaves the consumer with a bad taste in their mouth. Due to current trends in our culture and marketing saturation, the original purpose of a holiday can be overlooked. The national “holiday” of Memorial Day is one that’s meaning has been lost in celebration. 

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Topics: PR tips

How to prioritize media outlets for better company coverage

Classify media tiers, identify interest, select quality options, and stay informed about competitors to prioritize media outlets.


Earning media coverage is essential to a successful PR campaign, and it’s important to remember not all media outlets are created equal when earning coverage. For example, an outlet you may be excited to earn coverage with may not be exciting to the client.


Knowing how to categorize and prioritize media outlets as you build relationships to earn media coverage is essential in maximizing your efforts and securing coverage that matters to your executives.

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Topics: media relations, earned media, news media

Should your company website use WordPress or HubSpot?

Consider cost, design, support, and analytics when selecting the best content management system for your company.


One of the best ways to provide consumers information about your company is through a content management system (CMS) or website. This allows companies to build, write, or modify web pages without having the skill or knowledge to code. 

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Topics: PR tips, owned media, web media

7 ideas to consider before taking a stance on a social or political issue

Before your company takes a stance, consider what it will mean to your audience.


Companies make unintentional mistakes more often than consumers typically realize, whether it’s a typo in a newsletter or a personal post mistakenly uploaded to your company’s social media.


Consumers may never realize the mistake. At times, however, a misstep can turn out to be far more serious, such as when a company publicly takes a stance on social or political issues. 

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Topics: crisis communications, shared media, social media

Stop giving attention to negative content about your organization

Companies aren’t immune to negative web content published about them. Common places you may see negative posts about an organization are sites like RipOffReport and GlassDoor, but companies should also know those aren’t the only places that can host unflattering content. 


While awareness of negative posts is important, your company should also recognize the need to stop giving online traffic to this content. In fact, monitoring your company’s online reputation should be something your company invests in and utilizes. 

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Topics: reputation management, crisis communications, online reputation management

What’s a podcast Listen Score?

Educate your team on listenership opportunities with podcasts.


Since their launch in the 2000s, podcasts have continued to grow in popularity. Podcasts allow consumers to digest information through listening, whether it’s current events, history, mystery, how things are made, self-help, and more. Podcasts are a great tool for gaining new or additional knowledge on any topic. 


Unlike TV, podcasts allow listeners to consume content for free and at various listening speeds. Many consumers enjoy listening to podcasts during car rides, workouts, or as background noise during work. 


Typically, podcast producers will seek out guests with expertise in the topic at hand — guests PR professionals like us can secure. Because of this, there needs to be a way to assign or determine the audience of a podcast, as listenership is crucial to its success. This is where Listen Notes come in.

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Topics: podcasting

The difference between PR Newswire, Business Wire, and Globe Newswire

See how these three top-tier commercial newswire services differ for paid press release syndication.


In today's digital age, news releases are a powerful tool for companies and organizations to communicate their news and updates to the world. However, with so many commercial press release wire services available, it can be challenging to determine which one is best for your needs. In this article, we will compare the three top-tier commercial press release wire services: PR Newswire, Business Wire, and Globe Newswire.

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Topics: earned media, news media, press release syndication services, press release syndication

5 tips for responding to reporters’ media relations query tools

Manage your responses more effectively with these pointers.


Reporters use a variety of ways to reach companies and their spokespeople. Some rely solely on relationships they’ve made for their story sources. Others take to social media to pose a question and let the public help direct them to sources, or they may utilize media relations query tools. These tools allow reporters to pose questions and get a variety of responses from sources, as well as search for spokespeople who may have knowledge that applies to a story they’re working on. Public relations professionals use resources like these, so here are our top five tips for responding to reporters’ queries. 

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Topics: media relations, earned media, news media

How to measure and categorize the different tiers of news media outlet types

Understanding these four media tiers can help you gain quality media coverage.


Educating clients and helping them learn more about news media outlets, reporters, and pitching are a larger part of public relations professionals’ job than many realize. Therefore, understanding the ins and outs of news media outlets and how you can measure and categorize them is crucial to your ability to work successfully with clients.

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Topics: earned media, news media

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