Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

10 Tips for Taming SurveyMonkey

Surveys can be an excellent way to generate media opportunities and gather data to support your key messages. One of the most popular sites to use for creating surveys is SurveyMonkey. In order to produce the results you want, execution is key. However, if you’ve never used this tool before, it can be tricky. Below is a checklist of best practices for creating and promoting a survey for your PR or marketing program—this is no time to monkey around!   Plan, plan, plan. The most important thing to do when planning a survey is to determine what your main objective is and to formu...
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Aug 16

Finding Your Creative Confidence

Have you ever been told you that you weren’t creative?

Maybe it was an art teacher you had in 6th grade who shook her head in pity when she reviewed your work, or a classmate who made fun, or possibly even an old boss who told you, “stick to your day job.” Whatever it was, being told we aren’t creative can scar us for life. It instills the kind of fear that makes us hesitant to do anything outside the box or raise our hand when we have an idea (even a great one!).

A lot of us have stories like that, which is why companies and individuals often assume that creativity and i...
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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

How to Rock Your Next Media Tour

Your client is about to make a big announcement or wants to promote the company’s latest campaign. You know what that means…time to plan another media tour. The question is, how do you make the most of the time and effort that goes into setting up a tour?

  Below are some tips you can use to help your client look like a rock star.

Time it Right – Give yourself four to six weeks to pitch the media. You need time to draft your pitch, research the appropriate media contacts, conduct the outreach and follow up. It’s rare that you’ll get responses on th...
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Apr 04

Are you Working on Marketing Outputs, or Outcomes?

During a recent conference, I spent seven hours with local entrepreneurs, marketers, and PR professionals sharing first-hand experiences around marketing challenges and how they solved them. One of the main topics was digital trends and what we, as content producers, should know.

One speaker who really stood out for me was the charismatic Wil Reynolds, Founder and Director of Strategy at SEER Interactive, a digital marketing agency specializing in SEO, PPC, and Analytics.

Wil challenged the group to to ask themselves if they were working on marketing “outputs” or “outcomes....
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Aug 20

Book report: Tips for social media success

A review of social media-pro Guy Kawasaki’s book, “The Art of Social Media”

Sure, you’re engaging in social media efforts for your clients, but are they reaching the right people? Did they make any impact?

If you are already implementing, or are planning to implement, a social media campaign, Guy Kawasaki is a name you need to know. Formerly an advisor at Google and Chief Evangelist at Apple, Guy is an authority on all things social media.

In his book, “The Art of Social Media”, Guy outlines best practices and tips that all circle back to the main f...
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Aug 13

Best Practices: Writing Website Copy

As content marketing continues to drive many of today’s integrated marketing programs, perfecting writing skills for the various marketing channels has never been more critical. Copy for a brochure is not the same as copy for a press release, white paper or social media.

Copy development for a website has its own voice or tone. The great part about web copy is that it can be changed and adjusted on the fly and new messages and call to actions can be tested dynamically for each campaign or target audience. The hard part about web copy is that you need to think about the SEO implications...
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Jul 09