Category : Marketing

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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…

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Social Media: For Small Business, It Can Be Like Jumping Hurdles

Social media continues to grow globally in terms of adoption, usage, interest and impact in a massive way. It’s undeniably changing the way that content and information work particularly in terms of the publishing of consumer opinion. This has transformed the way that consumers relate to brands and the way that brands should operate, driving direct interaction, transparency and a more consultative approach.

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Book Review: The Future of Nonprofits: Innovate and Thrive in the Digital Age

Leaders in the nonprofit and social technology world, David J. Neff and Randal Moss reveal how the future of innovation, internal entrepreneurship, fundraising and social media communications will radically reshape the landscape of nonprofits in the next five years.

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Engage, Listen, Be Authentic, Be Transparent. But How?

I survived SXSWi 2011 and all I got was this lousy t-shirt. Okay, I kid. This year’s conference actually served for some great networking opportunities and some solid presentations and heated panel discussions around branding, marketing, business and social media.

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Why I’m a SXSWi Nerd (And Why You Should Care)

March is a BIG month around these parts. It ushers in: 1) the very best weather Austin has to offer 2) Texas bluebonnets 3) SXSW. If you know SXSW at all, you most likely know it for its music and film festival portions. But something nearly surpassing these two in anticipation and excitement in recent…

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The Social Media Party Line

I remember well my visits to my grandparents’ house in New Orleans as a girl. Inside their cottage home were all sorts of unusual treasures, unlike my family’s own modern home 200 miles away. Notably in the hallway, there sat a black, heavy phone with a big finger dial atop a piece of furniture known as a ‘telephone table’.

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It’s Elementary, Dear Watson: Why Being Your Own Spy is So Important

What business owners tend to forget is how fast word can spread in this rapid-exchange media environment. There is no time clock, there are no geographic borders; instant gratification is expected. These reasons alone should make you want to read on.

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Understanding How to Target the Hispanic Market

The large and fast-growing U.S. Hispanic market has been intriguing marketers lately. There are around 50 million Hispanics in the U.S., about one-fifth of the U.S. population. More significantly, Hispanics account for at least half of U.S. population growth.

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The ‘So What?’ Factor: What’s In It For Me?

One of the biggest challenges I see on a daily basis with clients is how to deliver value propositions. Most businesses are started to fill an unmet need in the market place with their product or service. The catch is that so much attention goes into developing the vendor product or service, over time it’s…