Seeing Your PR Campaign In 4-D

With movies such as “Logan,” “Alien: Covenant” and many others being filmed in 3-D these days, I started thinking about how a good PR campaign also has its own 3-D elements. Although since there are four types of media outlets – TV, radio, social media and print (offline and online) – what you really need […]

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5 Myths About Publicity: What It Does And Who Gets It

Judging from the questions I’m asked by people from every walk of life, misconceptions about publicity – what it can do and who can get it – abound. By definition, publicity is media coverage you get because you’re deemed to be of interest to an audience. If a journalist or talk show host thinks you […]

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Why Your Marketing Plan is like A New Year’s Resolution

If you sat down at your desk the first workday of the New Year, and vowed to do something bigger and better to market yourself or your business in 2017, you certainly were in good company. There’s nothing like the fresh start of a New Year for motivating us to tackle what seemed to be […]

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Simple Tips To Make Design Work For You And Your Brand

Like many of you, I’m excited about 2017 and the possibilities for another successful year. To achieve that success all of us need to be looking for ways we can improve, and over the years I’ve noticed that one extremely important area where people can improve is in the design on their websites and on […]

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How Social Media Turns You Into A Valuable Media Commodity

If you’re savvy enough to be using social media as part of your branding efforts – and I know that you are – then you’re also savvy enough to want to get the most out of those efforts. After all, when you’re using social media for personal or business branding, you’re not out to learn […]

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How To Grow A Social Media Following Using Resources You Already Have

At one time or another we all probably have dreamed about what we could accomplish if we had unlimited resources. Of course, for most of us the “unlimited resources” situation never progresses beyond that dream stage. But maybe that doesn’t always matter. […]

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Managing Your Expectations For Social Media Marketing

I’ve found that sometimes even clients who are enthused about their social media campaigns aren’t always clear on what to expect from them. Their usual ways of measuring success – such as how many leads or sales were generated – don’t really apply with social media marketing, and that leaves them puzzled. […]

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Sizing Up The Value Of Social Media

Social media has been a critical piece of the brand-building puzzle for so many years now that you’d think its value no longer needs explaining. Yet every time I think we’ve reached the point where explanations are unnecessary, something occurs that reminds me that maybe that moment hasn’t arrived just yet. […]

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Are You Set Up For A Successful Social Media Campaign

After months – or more likely years – of hearing about how you need to include social media as a vital part of your branding strategy, you’re finally convinced.

You’ve decided to take the plunge!

But hold on there! While you want to take advantage of this up-to-date venue for promoting your personal or business brand, are you properly prepared to take on a social media campaign that will accomplish your goals? […]

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Is Your Reputation In Peril? Let Social Media Ride To The Rescue

By now you probably realize (I hope) what a key role social media can play in helping you build and promote brand recognition. But social media can do even more than that! It’s also a vital tool for keeping your reputation shiny at a time when anyone can take to the internet and write a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How To Harness The Power of Digital Print Coverage

On occasion I still work with clients who need a little convincing – OK, in some instances a lot of convincing – about the strong PR value of articles that appear online, as opposed to appearing in traditional print. And just as I’m puzzling over how to explain it one more time, along comes a […]

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