3 Things To Consider When Hiring Someone To Handle Your Social Media

As recently as a year or two ago, it was common for me to have conversations with CEOs – especially older CEOs – who just didn’t “get” the entire social media phenomenon. They gave me a lot of pushback when I tried to persuade them that they were missing out if they weren’t making use […]

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What Word Best Describes Your PR Campaign? Momentum or Quicksand?

The media has shortened all of our attention spans. Consumers are used to paying attention to just about anything for eight minutes, then there’s usually a commercial. Websites have mere seconds to grab a visitor’s attention before that bored visitor moves on to another website. In a car, drivers and passengers often switch the radio […]

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How PR Can Help Mend Your Broken Reputation

I’m happy to report that the Internet remains one of the most powerful tools around for helping you build your brand, whether your goal is to promote yourself, your business or both. I’m not so happy to report that there’s a downside. Unfortunately, the Internet is also a tool that your detractors can wield to […]

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Don’t Be Bashful! Self-Promotion Is Essential For Building Your Brand

We’ve probably all been at social gatherings where one person monopolizes the conversation and drones on endlessly about his or her extraordinary achievements and experiences. By evening’s end, you walk away shaking your head and thinking to yourself, “What a shameless self-promoter. I hope I’m never like that!” […]

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How To Make The Most Out Of Working With Your Social Media Team

Take a look at nearly any recent photograph that shows a large group of people and it’s almost certain that many in the crowd are staring at their smartphones. Possibly some just received a text. But the odds are that a good chunk of them are looking at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media […]

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How To Squeeze The Most Out Of Every Print Appearance

  When I chat with our clients about the print coverage we’ve been getting for them, I always ask what they’re doing to get the greatest mileage out of all that coverage. Way too frequently the answer is either “little” or “nothing,” outside of possibly posting a link to the article on their website. What […]

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Identify The Unique Message That Will Help You Promote Your Brand

Each day journalists and radio and TV talk-show hosts need someone to talk to. In fact, they need many someones. Maybe they want a source who can explain why the stock market just crashed. Maybe they are in search of a guest for a TV talk show that specializes in lifestyle topics or a radio […]

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You Don’t Have To Be A Celebrity To Be Celebritized

As I’m sure you’ll agree, there’s nothing like a little good news to make arriving at the office for another day of work worthwhile. Just this morning the whole team here at EMSI celebrated when one of our print campaign managers revealed she had arranged an interview last night for a client with CNNMoney.com.  But […]

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The Key Ingredients To Developing A Social Media Strategy

It’s hardly a secret that, if you’re promoting a brand, a great tool at your disposal is all the social media sites that have sprung up over the last several years and continue to flourish, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and others. But, as I hope everyone also knows by now, it’s easy – […]

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When Media Opportunities Knock, Swing Your Door Wide Open

One piece of PR advice that I have shared with clients over the years is that they need to take advantage of every media opportunity they possibly can no matter how big or small. Why? Because the media follow the media – or in more generic terms, one thing leads to another! Here’s what I […]

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An Active Presence On Social Media Can Head Off Bad Publicity

I’m going to guess that if you wanted to track down the origin of consumer complaints, you would end up somewhere around the very first time humans got together to trade goods and services. Being unhappy with a transaction is a universal feeling – and was probably just as frustrating thousands of years ago as […]

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Recommended Reading: 3 Articles That Explore And Extol Social Media’s Impact

  This week three articles came across my desk that resonated with me because they reinforce, and state beautifully, some of the things that we at EMSI have been saying about the value of social media for quite awhile now. These articles were such an inspiration that I nearly decided to burrow through old PR […]

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Why Small Businesses Shouldn’t Ignore Social Media – Even If They Could

When it comes to social media, I suspect that a certain segment of the 55 and older crowd may still have something in common with a successful businessman I recently spoke with. Intellectually, he knew he should be on social media. He understood he could use it to grow his brand and reach people he […]

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Beware Of These 5 Social Media Mistakes

Social media sites have become a powerful way to market your brand, but anyone who follows the news is aware they present pitfalls as well. Companies end up apologizing over ill-advised tweets. Individuals create controversy with Facebook posts they thought were innocuous – or perhaps knew would be controversial but didn’t anticipate just how controversial. […]

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Blazing A Trail Of Publicity Until The Paparazzi Get Here

We all love to dream big, so I guess it’s no surprise that at EMSI we occasionally speak with people who expect to leapfrog over what they consider the “lesser” media and land a spot in the chair next to Ellen or be quoted in the New York Times. My husband and business partner, Steve, […]

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Social Media Just Changed Again! Did Your Marketing Strategy?

Just the other morning I was reminded (as if I needed any reminding!) that social media evolves more quickly than I can type in my username and password. On that day, Jay York and Brittany Vaill, two of EMSI’s social media strategists, were discussing changes in the works for Instagram and what the implications might […]

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If They Can Attract The National Media Spotlight, So Can You!

One of my favorite moments each day comes during our morning meeting at EMSI when my team shares some of the success stories we’ve had landing our clients appearances in print, on TV and on radio, or building their brand on social media. And recently, we’ve had some really great “hits” for our clients. One […]

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Make Your Passion Part Of Your Personal Branding Effort

Recently, I was chatting with a new client, and hearing his remarkable story reminded me of how we often separate our professional branding efforts from our true passions. And that may not be the best way to go. This particular client spent much of his career working with a famous athlete. That might be interesting […]

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