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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.



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15 insider tips for earning media coverage for your company

As public relations experts, we regularly secure earned media coverage for our clients at major news outlets. If you’re struggling to earn coverage for your company, use these insider tips to help you improve your media relationships and increase your earned coverage.

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Topics: Media Relations, Earned media

Earning media coverage without news releases

Don’t impede your potential results by requiring a monthly quantity of press releases from your PR firm

Did you know that you can earn great media coverage for your company without writing a press release? In fact, as a PR firm working with national clients, some of Axia Public Relations’ best earned media coverage came without ever writing a news release. Instead, we pitched existing contacts by phone – contacts with whom we’d established trusted relationships.

 

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, News Release, Press Release, Earned media

7 components of an effective news release

How to write a news release that gains media coverage for your company


If your company has an announcement it wants to make, then a news release may be a great option for you to share that news. A news release is an official announcement that a company or nonprofit issues to the news media. There’s a right way and a wrong way, though, to create a press release. The better it is, the easier it will be to secure earned media coverage. These seven tips will help you write an effective news release to gain earned media coverage for your company.

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Topics: Media Relations, News Release, Earned media

What’s the difference between crisis communications, reputation management, and review management?

As a public relations firm dedicated to helping companies manage crisis communications, improve their reputations, and manage online reviews, it often surprises us how many of our prospective clients don’t understand the differences between these things. We think it’s important to educate companies about these critical areas of PR. If you don’t know the difference between crisis communications, reputation management, and review management, you’re in luck, as we outline the three below.

 

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, Crisis Communications, Online Review Management, Earned media

Use PR and earned media coverage to announce employment opportunities and attract, recruit and retain employees

Pitching the media about company news that has a positive economic impact is one of the best ways to gain earned media coverage. (Hint: That’s because it’s newsworthy.) This is especially true when it comes to announcing jobs. News stories about employment opportunities are a great way to recruit employees. The news media enjoys sharing this news with their audiences. If your company plans to expand and increase its workforce significantly, then it’s an opportunity to gain some earned media coverage.

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Topics: Earned media

Top 6 questions public relations students ask us about the PR industry

A guide for a PR informational interview

At some point during their education, most public relations students receive the assignment to interview PR professionals about the industry, the job and to offer advice to someone considering a career in the profession. Trying to find a PR practitioner who is willing to speak to you can be frustrating. We know that PR pros are busy; and we also understand how important it is to help students prepare for their future in PR. Therefore, we created a list of the top six questions we get from PR students in informational interviews.

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Topics: PR Internship, Earned media

How can your company keep its blog full of fresh content?

5 ways to enhance your blog

Most companies start a blog with good intentions to reach more people. Too often though, the content starts to dwindle and may even cease altogether. Here are five ways to help keep your company’s blog full of fresh content.

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Topics: Blog, Owned media

PR success takes time

4 reasons to stick with public relations for the long haul

The insightful Warren Buffett says it takes 20 years to build a reputation. Public relations shouldn’t be a short-term investment. PR is about building relationships and building results. It’s important to know that every company’s needs and objectives are different. PR isn’t a cookie-cutter process. In fact, the best results come from a strategic and proactive PR campaign. Companies that don’t stick with public relations for the long haul are making mistake #15 of Axia Public Relation’s list of the top 15 mistakes companies make when they hire a PR firm. Below  are four reasons you should commit to a long-term relationship with your PR firm.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Tips, Earned media

Are you using your press release distribution service correctly?

It’s important that the news your company puts out via a news distribution site is newsworthy so you get the maximum benefit from your investment. Some company news isn’t actually appropriate for a news release – it won’t interest journalists or your target audience. How can you tell which stories are worth telling? And when is the best time to announce your news to gain the most traction?

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, Featured, Press Release, Earned media

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 of a 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 #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, Earned media

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