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Why Should Anyone Follow You?

July 13 2011

It seems like everywhere I look, I’m being bombarded with Facebook and Twitter icons from companies who are trying to gain fans and followers. They slap these social media badges on their websites, blogs, business cards, print ads, and even TV commercials, but one thing I’ve noticed is none of these companies ever tell me one important thing: Why I should follow them. Read More

5 Tips for Building Better Relationships with Referral Sources

July 12 2011

If you’re like me, you’ve found referral marketing to be one of the most effective ways to grow your business. I love receiving referrals, because it requires little effort on my part to generate and nurture the lead, and if the referral is coming from a good client, I know that, chances are, the person being referred will also be an ideal client. Read More

Do You Understand the Real Purpose of Press Releases?

July 06 2011

We spend a lot of time on this blog discussing tips for writing better press releases and interacting with reporters more effectively, but I think it’s important that we take a step back and remind ourselves what the true purpose of the press release is. Thanks to online press release distribution websites, more and more people are treating press releases as the finalized version of a story that’s ready to be printed, but that’s not what a press release is supposed to be. Read More

5 Things You Can Do Today to Secure a Future Job in PR

June 27 2011

Public relations has become a highly sought after field of work and study in the past few years. If you really want to try and break in, there are some things you should do to prepare ahead of time. Here are five preparation tips guaranteed to give you a head start on your future career. Read More

Evaluating Media Opportunities Properly to Avoid Negative Coverage

June 22 2011

When you’re constantly on the prowl for media opportunities, it’s tempting to take anything and everything that’s offered to you. But while most media opportunities do yield positive results, there are those rare occasions when things go bad. Sometimes, an interview might unexpectedly go south or an article might turn out to portray your company in a negative light. Read More

5 Reasons You’re Unsuccessful with HARO

June 20 2011

I’m not even going to waste my time (or your time) explaining what HARO is. By now, I’m assuming everyone on here is subscribed to it and is responding to media queries on a regular basis. Hopefully, you’ve earned some quality coverage by doing this. If not, I’ll tell you why you’ve been unsuccessful to date. Read More

Graceful Responses to Embarrassing Gaffes

June 15 2011

One of your employees, desperate to get on your good side, decides they want to monitor the company Twitter feed 24/7. Unfortunately, they haven’t quite gotten the hang of switching between accounts. During a particularly rowdy Friday evening they accidentally tweet about how much fun they are having with their enormous pile of beer bottles. Read More

5 Out-of-the-Box Press Release Ideas

June 14 2011

Sometimes it seems like writing press releases is a fruitless exercise. Usually this comes about because you’ve simply run out of fun ideas – which shows up in your writing! Nobody wants to read a boring press release, so yours get rejected. It’s a catch-22. Read More

The Phony Press Release Trend: Why It Hurts the Industry

June 13 2011

As you pore over your morning emails, you see a press release from your company’s president that he is very sorry for the recent problems customers have encountered with the latest product release. He promises no more errors will be made in the future, but in the meantime, all customers experiencing issues will be issued a full refund. And free candy. Read More

How to Restore Confidence in Your Customers When You’ve Failed

June 09 2011

Well, you goofed. Big time. The Twitterverse is ablaze with anger, your Facebook feed is filled with seething rage, and the national news has even given the story airtime. Your face is red and soon your profit margins will be, too! Unless you do something. Read More