Category : Entrepreneur

Personal Branding: The Perfect Storm
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Personal Branding: The Perfect Storm

Personal branding is not a new concept, and yet one cannot pick up an entrepreneurial or business magazine without stumbling across it. Why all this recent popularity? What has happened to put personal branding on everyone’s lips?

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Has your company’s storytelling gone “transmedia”?

One of the top buzzwords heard at SXSWi was “transmedia”. Interestingly this term is neither new or revolutionary. Transmedia (or transmedia storytelling), instead, is a little spit and polish on some communication strategies that are tried and true.

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Your Survival Guide for SXSW 2012

Whether it’s your first time heading to South by Southwest (“South By” as it’s often referred to) or your 5th, it’s key to have a game plan in place before tackling the monstrous conference.

First, prepare yourself to run into a wide variety of South By attendees… With music, film and interactive tech enthusiasts swarming the streets, there’s no telling who you’ll spot in early March in downtown Austin. Last year over 19,000 people attended the Interactive portion alone according to CNN, an increase of 40% from 2010. Who knows what the numbers will be like this year!

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Now We Vent

Manners, people. Seriously. This may not be your average PR advice post, but it’s unmistakably good business and public relations advice. Deep breath; I’m ready to rant. As a business owner, you come into contact with people every day whom you think could become future customers/clients. You also meet people who may never have a…

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Elevator Pitches – do they work?

Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to see several savvy, well-connected speakers talk about a the all-too-often referred to ‘elevator pitch’. Each person left me with a different set of ideas and expectations about the succinctly-orchestrated introduction that we use at least a few times every week.

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Lights.Camera.Action! – The importance of adding video to your marketing strategy

I was reminded this weekend of the power of film. Film has the ability to personalize a business, help build or strengthen your brand, share a story, create awareness for a need, illicit emotion, bring about change, and create action. As a small business owner, isn’t this something you are trying to do every day? Think about how effective a short video could be on highlighting a special business focus, or punching up blog entry, or highlighting the emotion and activity of an event.

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Does CSR = ROI? The numbers can add up!

There has been a lot of talk lately about “community relations” or “corporate social responsibility” (CSR). Dare I say it’s become a buzz word? PR Soup finds the whole subject quite yummy. We’ve written about how to effectively integrate CSR into your current PR strategy and most recently about companies launching pseudo-CSR plans. Undoubtedly, consumers…

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HELP! I have brain freeze.

We all know the feeling. The pounding that starts slow and then wham has you wincing in momentary pain. I’ve read that pressing your tongue or thumb to the roof of your mouth helps quell the throbbing. For me, squeezing my eyes shut and saying a few choice words seems to do the trick. This…

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Effectively Using Community Relations in your PR Strategy

Does your business have a community service project or plan? If your answer is no, why not? Community relations is one of the most overlooked PR strategies, yet something that can easily be implemented for very little money – if any at all – and with a small time commitment.  Plus, chances are the majority…

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Twitter This and Tweet That

It’s true. There are lots of people out there that still don’t get Twitter. I know a few of them, and my hunch is you do, too. And you may be inclined to fall into the trap I often do; the “let me explain this to you one more time” trap where before long you…