Category : Social Media

Seven Snarky Ways To Avoid PR Success
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Seven Snarky Ways To Avoid PR Success

Alright, let’s just jump right in! When your PR people call or write, don’t return those pesky phone calls or emails promptly. Journalists aren’t, after all, working on deadline or anything, so there’s no reason to be respectful of their time. Don’t get your PR team involved in branding meetings and brainstorming sessions. Heaven knows,…

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Stitchin’ Stories With Social Media

I spent last weekend at the International Quilt Festival in Houston – a total feast for my senses! Approximately 50,000 people cross through the doors of the George R. Brown Convention center (it’s not your Grandma’s quilt show), so there’s no doubt that it’s a major challenge for exhibitors at any tradeshow to rise above noise (literally and figuratively) and gain the attention of attendees. Every booth has something unique to offer, of course, but imagine trying convey this when you also have a language barrier to overcome!

Here are some of the fun ways I noticed exhibitors were trying to get their product noticed.

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Tips to Give Your PR and Marketing Strategy Some “Holidazzle”

With a little less than 30 days until Black Friday, you may still be thinking about your PR and Marketing strategy for the approaching holidays. The truth of the matter is that you’re already behind the 8-ball.

A recent research report by Yesmail Interactive shows that many brands haven’t properly aligned their marketing activities (PR and social media included) to meet consumer shopping habits. The result: missed opportunities to gain and convert consumer attention into sales.

Don’t panic. There’s still time to get some cleaver ideas together.

To Blog or Not to Blog - That Is the Question!
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To Blog or Not to Blog – That Is the Question!

If your company doesn’t have a blog yet, you might be wondering if you’re missing out on the latest and greatest business generator, or whether you’re just smarter than the average bear and avoiding a pitfall. (Click on “Blog” and there’s nothing there = pitfall.) There’s a plethora of free content out there in the world these days; your blog needs to be stand up to the competition. Sloppy and irrelevant have no place in the blogosphere, so think before you give that 22 year old intern the job.

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5 tips to get rid of the blog writing blues?

Okay – I admit it. This topic came to mind because I flat out couldn’t think of anything to write about today. I knew it had to be done – we need fresh content – but, I was stuck. It seems everything moves so quickly these days, it’s hard not to feel like anything you write about is ‘yesterday’s news’. Does this sound familiar?

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Nice Video! But How Are People Going to Find it?

Okay. Great. Everything came into place and you wound up with a beautiful video about your business. Your staff looks courteous, your product looks beautiful, and the soundtrack would make anyone want to do business with you. Fantastic. Now how are people going to see it?

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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!

Pinterest – has it caught your attention yet? It should!

I have to admit that I’ve caught the Pinterest fever! It’s a dream for this wannabe Martha Stewart – all my favorite things in one place, neatly organized, and easily shared. Nirvana!

So, what is this new nirvana I’m drooling over?

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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.