Writing Your Own Articles? Be Aware Of The Shifting Media Landscape

My team writes plenty of articles for clients every week, but for years I also have encouraged clients to write their own bylined pieces for print publications – both traditional and online – as one more way to get their name and message out to the masses. It’s a great addition to any publicity campaign. […]

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Spending Marketing Dollars Now Can Ease Tax Burden Come April

Financial advisors love to remind us that we should think about taxes all year long, not just the end of the year. Let’s face it, though. Many of us – me included – get so caught up in our day-to-day activities and responsibilities that thoughts of what we can do to offset our tax bills […]

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A Crash Course in Crafting Press Releases

People often express confusion about press releases – when to use them and what information to include. They can be a helpful tool, and they’re not difficult to write once you know how. So I thought I’d offer PR Insider readers a little Christmas gift today: tips from a veteran journalist on writing effective press […]

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Tips and Tricks for Product Publicity

Many entrepreneurs with a new product to promote have a hard time envisioning helpful publicity beyond news stories about how fabulous their Great New Thing is. While that kind of coverage is like hitting the jackpot, it’s not easy to get and it’s impossible to sustain. And sustenance is crucial: to stand out in a […]

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3 Changes to Twitter and How They Affect You

About two months ago, our lead social media strategist started noticing interesting changes involving the Twitter accounts we manage for clients. Tools she and our team routinely used were suddenly disabled. Twitter’s technical support, which hadn’t been good, improved. So, when news broke on Tuesday that Twitter had formally taken steps toward going public back […]

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How to Get Publicity for Your Product

Many entrepreneurs with a new product to promote have a hard time envisioning helpful publicity beyond news stories about how fabulous their Great New Thing is. While that kind of coverage is like hitting the jackpot, it’s not easy to get and it’s impossible to sustain. And sustenance is crucial: to stand out in a […]

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Could Your Message Hit the Next Media Home Run?

Just yesterday, Better Homes and Gardens interviewed one of our clients after learning about her from our invitation to review her new book. We were pleased – the 91-year-old magazine is an American institution with 7.6 million readers! That wasn’t the first great media placement for this client, a psychologist specializing in the emotional health […]

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What Can I Expect From My Online Exposure?

Years ago, if PR firms got a news placement for their client online, it was like a little bonus — a cherry to put on top of the sundae. Today, it is the very life-blood of PR, with online news coverage making up the majority of how people get informed today. […]

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How to Get Your Web Site Mentioned on the Air

The end result is that you deliver sales leads directly to your website which may be your online point of sale. And, you did it without buying an ad, and without offending the news media. In fact, if you were truly informative, energetic and entertaining, the media will view you as a resource, and may ask you back periodically. […]

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Six Ways to Tell if Public Relations is For You

One of the universal truths of PR is that it can help anyone, any company, any business in any industry. There is not a single commercial enterprise that cannot benefit from the power of public relations, and the scope of PR is limited only by the scope of the media.

Advertising is constantly changing, and what works today will likely not work tomorrow. Advertising resides in the realm of paid space, and so its only purpose is to serve the needs of the advertiser. […]

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Is Public Relations For Me?

Public relations is by far the most affordable and effective marketing tool available for small businesses and consultants. That’s a bold statement, but perfectly reasonable when you know the facts. I can’t tell you how many times I am approached by entrepreneurs who ask me, “Can I afford to do PR?” I always answer the same way: “You can’t afford NOT to do PR.” […]

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Insights into the New Landscape of Marketing and PR from Viral Marketing Specialist David Meerman Scott

A short while ago I interviewed David Meerman Scott, author of the number-one bestseller “The New Rules of Marketing and PR” (Wiley…published in 22 languages) and his hit new book “World Wide Rave” (Wiley). David is an internationally recognized viral marketing strategist and speaker at conferences and corporate events around the world. As David makes clear in both books, the rules for marketing and PR have changed, and everyone, from marketing executives to business owners and entrepreneurs, needs to understand the new landscape if they want to stay relevant in today’s online world. […]

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Portable Expertise: How Books Allow You to Go Everywhere They Can

If you’ve decided to become an expert in your field, in any field, allow me to show you how much faster that process can be – and how much further you can reach – through the publication of a well-written, carefully-planned, readable and entertaining book.

Books provide what I call “portable expertise.”

Low-Tech, High-Impact

Anywhere a book can go, you can go. Yes, there are more high-tech ways to reach your audience, but when someone’s wi-fi isn’t working, your book still is. When someone’s at 30,000-feet and can’t use their laptop yet, he or she can still open your book.

In a bathroom stall, in a parking garage waiting for an appointment, at a corner café with a cup of coffee, in bed late at night not wanting to disturb their spouse, in an elevator, your book goes anywhere they can go; and if you have a book, so do you. […]

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8 PR Insider Tips to Build Your Business through Radio and TV Interviews

It is no surprise to hear that media interviews are among the most effective yet least known marketing methods you could ever use to promote your company, products and services.

But as good as these interviews are, they can be made even more effective.
As with most things, there are insider techniques that can help radio and TV interview “first-timers” do a powerful job. […]

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Exploring the New Breed of Celebrity

It used to be that the only way to be a celebrity was to be on TV, in the movies, or to do something completely lame.

However, over the last decade, a new kind of celebrity has emerged – the expert celebrity. These are people who are absolutely at the top of their professions, and find a way to use the media to offer their expertise to the masses.

From Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer), Martha Stewart, and Bob Vila to Dr. Phil, Suze Orman and Rachel Ray, expert celebrities are taking over television, radio, print publications and the Internet. Moreover, according to media expert Marsha Friedman — author of Celebtritize Yourself from Warren Publishing (www.celebritizeyourself.com) – the next celebrity expert could well be you. […]

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If You Want to Succeed…Start Locally!

Getting your company noticed in this tough economic climate has become harder than ever before for many companies. With mounting competition and shrinking budgets, the question arises: how do I let consumers know that my company exist, on both a national and a local level?!

While national media exposure is ideal, there is great power in local media exposure as well. By focusing on your hometown media outlets you will be able to build a solid base of fame and recognition from which to grow on. Creating as much “buzz” as you can locally will compliment your national campaign to no end and it also gives you invaluable media experience when the national media starts to knock on your door. […]

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If You’re Not Focusing on Women Buyers…Then You’re Probably Overlooking Your Largest Market!

Buying the ‘small stuff’ has always been in the woman’s domain. Part of her domestic duties as wife and mother has been to keep the family healthy, warm, and well nourished. From the family meal to the family doctor, from shirts for her husband to shoes for her kids, chances are those choices have always been hers. […]

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5 More Tips for Successful TV Interviews

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, when you appear on television and are at the top of your game as a guest, it can completely change the dynamics of your business as well as your life! I’ve seen it happen many times with clients who know and love this medium! […]

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