Category : Messaging

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How Infographics Can Improve Your Storytelling

As a PR pro, I make my living telling stories. But I’m also a visual learner: visuals are important to me when I’m making informed decisions. It turns out, I’m not the only who learns this way: About 65 percent of the US population is made up of visual learners. That’s a big percentage of…

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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 Your Website Have the Five Abilities?

Since my company is currently undertaking a website redesign project, I’ve been thinking a lot about websites lately – in particular, what makes them successful as a marketing tool. In a quest to learn what other companies have done, I’ve visited dozens upon dozens of business sites for clues to their potential success. What I think I’ve discovered is…

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The Million Dollar Question: Is Google+ Worth It?

In a recent Harvard Business Review piece, the author, a well-known social media strategist who oversees, among others, the famous twitter brand of Shaquille O’Neal (@Shaq), begs one simple question that’s, well, not-so-simple. Paraphrasing: “How do I monetize social media? And if I can’t, why bother?” This question couldn’t come at a better time. With the recent launch of Google+, being lauded as the latest and greatest in an already saturated field, I find myself, a social media fan, beginning to wonder what the hell I’m doing and why.

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Four Elements of Exceptional “About” Pages

“Who are you, really?” Certain customers want an answer to that question before they sign on the dotted line (particularly if they are committing to a service or high-end product). The media certainly want an answer to that question before including you in a story. And certainly investors and potential partners will want an answer…

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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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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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When Crisis Looms, Don’t Be That Guy! Start Communicating Early

As a PR professional, one of my least favorite calls from a client is the one that begins, “Uh, we might have a little crisis in the works, we’ve got reporters requesting interviews for tomorrow morning’s paper and we need your help.”

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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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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.