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Public Relations - What Would John Hancock Do?

Effective Public Relations Strategies for the Declaration of Independence

This week, it’s fun to ask yourself a public relations question as you reflect on the events surrounding the birth of our country: What would John Hancock do today?

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Topics: Digital PR, Media Relations, Public Relations

Remarket Your PR Coverage for Maximum Effect

Gaining positive coverage is great news and certainly a morale boost in that someone thinks you are doing a good job, but why leave it there? Just because you had a story published, does not mean everyone has had a chance to see it.

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Topics: Digital PR, Public Relations, PR Tips

My Wife Naked, or, Why You Shouldn't Hire an SEO-Only Company

SEO: If your company has a website (what company doesn't?), you've undoubtedly wondered how to make it more effective at attracting leads and/or customers and growing your business.

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Topics: Digital PR, SEO

Make Your Website More Readable

Is your website easy to read? The best practice for website readability, according to www.Webaim.org, is to use fonts with styles of letters that are "friendly."

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Topics: Digital PR, PR Tips

PR Tip: 9 Ways To Outwit And Outsell Your Competition

PR Tip: Nine Ways To Outwit And Outsell Your Competition

1. Keep Your Eye On The Bottom Line

  • Are you selling products that are returning a high profit in dollars but not in percentages? Remember, it’s not the amount of sales you generate that really counts. It’s the amount of money you take the bank that counts.

2. Focus On Your People

  • Is your staff on your bandwagon? Explain to them that you are building a championship team that’s going to survive these times. Are they on board? If not, you shouldn’t be employing them.

3. Communicate Your Differentiation, Your Story And Your Value

  • Do you have a differentiation or value story to tell people? If you do, people will remember you and talk about you. If you don’t, they’ll forget about you.

4. It’s All About Connections

  • Be the mayor. Your business is up for election every day of the year. Put your time and energy into developing relationships within your community and collecting votes. Nurture your connections. The only cost is your time.

5. Be A Personality

  • Get in front of people and be the face of your company. Speaking in front of 100 people is worth more than you can imagine. People would rather do business with someone they know and like.

6. Love Your Customers

  • Your customers are the sole reason your business exists so make them feel important. Ask them for feedback. Once a year, invite your key customers to a special event to thank them for their business. It’s far less expensive to market to your true fans than to acquire new customers.

7. Wow! Be Fascinating

  • Everything you do and everything the customer sees about you -- your showroom, products, services, greetings, landscaping, washroom and lobby -- must be remarkable. If they’re mediocre, you’re just another average company that’s easy to forget about.

8. Make The Internet Work For You

  • If you’re not found on the Internet, people won’t know about you. Invest in “search” and PPC programs. Explore the advantages of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Learn about mobile messaging programs.

9. Develop A Sales-Building Plan

  • Write down what you want to achieve, your deadline for achieving it and what it’s going to take to get you there.
  • From this, develop a six-month sales-building plan. Get feedback from your staff so they “buy into” the program. And finally, get someone to hold you accountable for getting the plan done.

If you follow these guidelines, you"ll outwit and outsell your competition.

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Topics: Digital PR, Media Relations, Public Relations, PR Tips

Getting on Board with Social Media

Defining Social Media - Is It The Next Marketing Gold Rush?

Regardless of which business sector you're in, it's hard to escape the news - and hype - about social media. Is it the next marketing gold rush? No, it's just another element that may fit into your sales-building marketing plan.

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Topics: Mobile PR, Digital PR, Public Relations, PR Tips, Social Media

Digital PR: Carnival Cruise Lines' digital-centric guerrilla campaign

Carnival Cruise Lines employed a digital-centric guerrilla campaign.

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Topics: Mobile PR, Digital PR, Public Relations

Social Media and Blu-Dot's “Real Good Chair” marketing campaign

In November of 2009, Blu-Dot, a Minneapolis-based furniture maker, launched a guerrilla promotion utilizing social media that revolved around its $129 “Real Good Chair.”

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Topics: Digital PR, Public Relations, PR Tips, Social Media

Digital PR: Research shows more consumers going mobile-only

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Topics: Mobile PR, Digital PR, Social Media

Digital PR - Using Search Data to Spot Trends

Digital PR firms have long sought to gain an edge on the competition by spotting trends early. Some have been using mainstream media to uncover trends while others have begun tracking keywords used in search and social media.

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Topics: Digital PR, Public Relations, SEO

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