Archive for the ‘Strategy’ Category

GTM Planning for Health Tech Startups

This past Thursday, I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the Plexus Healthcare Innovation Hub in Philly. What an amazing place for health tech startups, especially medical device companies to get started – the space, equipment, people and networking at Plexus are incredible!

I was lucky enough to follow two amazing demonstrations that kept everyone glued to their seats and fully engaged – the first from Dr. Alan Flake of CHOP, who demonstrated an artificial womb that has the potential to significantly decrease the mortality and birth defects that can arise with p...
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Using Surveys for PR Buzz

Surveys and statistics can lend a powerful punch to PR campaigns. When a PR pitch is supported with credible numbers and statistics, it is much more likely to get the attention of the media and be interesting to the public.

There are multiple ways so conduct surveys - phone, online, focus groups - but among the easiest is using an online survey company, such as SurveyMonkey, which enables you to create and deploy surveys quickly and easily.

How do you create a survey that will produce interesting content, and what do you then do with that content? Below are some tips for ...
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Experiential Marketing: The Secret to Building Brand Loyalty

In today’s buyer-empowered marketplace, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to establish brand loyalty and effectively reach their target demographics. Audiences have become deafened to companies’ self-promotion, and standard marketing practices are falling short. In recent years, integrated marketing strategies have replaced more singular efforts. However, campaigns are oftentimes still missing a valuable component that is proven to broaden campaign reach and build brand loyalty: Experiential marketing.

Experiential marketing, also referred to as event marketi...
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Oct 13

The Benefits of Adding Video to Your Content Marketing Strategy

Video as a Rising Social Medium According to Cisco, video will account for 69% of all consumer traffic by 2017. Both current statistics and trend predictions like this one indicate video’s rapid rise as a social medium. It’s clear that marketers need to include it in their content strategy in order to provide maximum exposure for their businesses.   What Does Video Bring to a Content Marketing Strategy? Maximized engagement Cross-device targeting Brand authenticity and communication on a human level Cross-promotion with digital marketing initiatives Even Small- a...
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Don’t Join Social Media! Unless It’s for the Right Reasons

We’re all guilty of jumping on the bandwagon once or twice in our lives (maybe more?), whether it was pairing socks with your Birkenstocks, bleaching your hair so you could be more like Eminem, or jumping into Snapchat without a clue. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but that’s what it is to be human. In business though, joining the latest trend without considering all of the elements and possible effects can be costly or, even worse, damage your brand.

In the book 500 Social Media Marketing Tips, author Andrew Macarthy discusses the one big mistake that many bus...
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Cookies & Cognition: The Sesame Street Approach to Content Marketing

I hate to be the bearer of bad, awful news, but there isn’t a patented formula for successful content marketing. No matter how much we all wish that every post we publish would set the web on fire, rarely does that ever happen. More often than not, it feels like a cruel game of attrition trying to find the right topic, angle and frequency.

When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left
Let’s take a step back and simplify what content marketing is. Content Marketing Institute founder Joe Pulizzi explains in his thought-provoking book, Epic Content Marketing, that there are four pri...
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May 23

Tips for Partnering with your PR & Marketing Firm to Maximize Results

Whether you are redesigning your company’s website, developing event collateral, or implementing a PR program, an outside agency can be your most valuable resource. However, it’s critical that you, as the client, guide them on the path to success and stay involved so that your agency gets the direction they need to really shine, and you get the results you want. Here are some tips to maximize your agency relationship.

Define Success
Work with your agency and all major internal stakeholders to outline the deliverables and qualities of those deliverables. Get specific ab...
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May 03

Changing Your Perspective: 5 Tips for Successful Change Management in Marketing Programs

Change is a constant – in business and in life. Embrace it or fight it, there’s no denying it. Change is disruptive, often messy and always challenging. It is also necessary for innovation and growth. In marketing, it is vital to innovate often – moving faster and smarter than your competitors.  Where new products and solutions are concerned, the first to market has a clear advantage to dominate mind and market share. Even established brands that fail to recognize user needs and respond quickly, and with the right message, are in danger of becoming irrelevant. Apple’s iPod took ou...
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Oct 28

How to Secure Awesome Coverage When a Major News Story is Breaking

Getting great coverage for your clients isn’t always easy. It takes creativity, determination, and strategy.

The task becomes even more difficult when a major, global news story is breaking, and that becomes the only topic that editors are interested in.

As a PR person working with healthcare clients, it seems as though every reporter is looking to link their stories to Ebola in anyway they can. If that’s not an option for you, as it isn’t for me, here are some tips that will help ensure that your clients get the visibility they deserve.

1. Address the obvious. Att...
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Oct 20

Zer0 to 5ive Receives Big Kudos at PRSA Big Apple Awards

On May 22, Zer0 to 5ive was awarded the PRSA-NY Big Apple Honorable Mention Award for the National “OraQuick HIV Testing Day: Generating Awareness for a New OTC HIV Test” campaign. The campaign promotes the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, targeting African American women.

The Big Apple Awards are the gold standard of excellence for PR practitioners in the New York area. Big Apple Awards and Big Apple Honorable Mentions are awarded in more than 45 categories.

The Challenge

The OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test by OraSure Technologies is the first and only in-home rapid H...
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May 27