With the new year well underway, many small business owners and freelancers may be looking for ways to streamline projects and squeeze more productivity out of the workday.
As a public relations consultant and freelance writer who sometimes dons a reporter’s hat, I’m always interested in trying out tools that allow me to get more done — but as a solopreneur, I’m also cost-conscious. I’m often asked what my favorite free or low-cost solutions are to accomplish communications-related tasks.
Here, I share 14 of my top picks. Continue reading 14 of the Best Budget-Friendly Tools to Help You Master PR, Content and Social Media
The freelance businessperson faces many challenges. As a long-time self-employed consultant – or freelancer, as it’s sometimes called – I know what it’s like to struggle with the questions that come up when one is trying to run one’s own business. So, I started #FreelanceChat in Sept. 2018 to help bring together freelancers interested in supporting each other as we address some of these challenges.
Over a year later, the Twitter chat is going strong. In 2019, we had a number of guests join us to chat about topics ranging from how to find clients to how to market yourself to how to get paid on time.
I asked some of these experts what advice they’d share with freelancers as we head into a new year. Here’s what they said:
Continue reading Freelancing in 2020? Here Are 11 Valuable Tips from the Pros
It’s the end of the decade – and what a decade it’s been. As we in communications and marketing look ahead to 2020, what can we expect?
I asked 20 influencers to look into the future and share their thoughts on this question: “What lies ahead for communicators in 2020?” Here’s what they predict. Continue reading 20 Influencers Predict What Lies Ahead for Communicators in 2020
The benefits of having an experienced PR pro on board – be they a team member or a hired hand like a consultant – are clear.
We help brands build, maintain and promote their reputations by sharing news and information via a variety of channels.
But, beyond the initiatives that skilled public relations practitioners generally handle, they bring something else to the table.
How a skilled PR consultant can help keep you out of trouble
Whether they know it or not, companies without PR counsel are taking a risk. They could be one bad decision away from a crisis.
If you work with a public relations consultant on a regular basis, he or she can help advise you on any number of matters. And avoiding trouble is always better than trying to do damage control.
Here are some examples: Continue reading Caution Ahead: How a Good PR Pro Helps You Avoid Trouble
When considering a public relations approach to get your company in the news, you may focus on newsworthy announcements. Initiatives like product launches, customer wins and new hires have traditionally been popular topics for press releases. But what do you do in between the news peaks?
One option is to pursue contributed articles. What’s a contributed article? Unlike an article written by a reporter about a company or its products, contributed articles are written by the company and are meant to lend a vendor-neutral perspective on topics relevant to a publication’s readers[i].
What can contributed articles do for you and your company? They can:
- Position you as a thought leader
- Help you be seen as the expert
- Increase your visibility
- Lead to other opportunities – speaking, more opportunities to write articles, be quoted in roundups and so forth
And with media publications continuing to downsize their editorial staffs, many are looking for contributed content to help fill their digital and print pages. Continue reading How Contributed Articles Can Boost Your PR Program
We may be in denial, but the holidays are indeed upon us. With Thanksgiving just over a week away and Christmas coming soon on its heels, we need to be looking at the calendar to make our PR plans.
While timing is always important in public relations, trying to get media coverage at this time of year can be especially challenging. Continue reading Time Your PR Right to Get the Most From It Over the Holidays
In this week’s PR Crisis of the Week column, we look at a brand that made its crisis worse by sharing misinformation, a brand who can’t seem to do anything right and a brand who’s been in this column more than any other brand.
Here we go: Continue reading PR Crisis of the Week: AT&T, USA Gymnastics and Facebook
Something’s becoming clearer than ever these days.
If you fail to connect PR to social media and content marketing, you’re missing an opportunity.
Before we delve into why, let’s take a minute to look back. Continue reading Are you integrating PR, content marketing and social media for better results?
If you have a company in the manufacturing or industrial markets, PR may be an element that’s missing from your marketing program. Many companies in these verticals overlook PR because they may feel it won’t be worthwhile for them. They may think, “What in the world do we have to talk to the media about?”
The truth is, a lot! The trick is figuring out the most effective way to leverage PR to make it work for you.
For example, I’ve worked with many companies in these markets who have interesting stories to tell. What they needed help with was unearthing these stories, then figuring out the best channels to use to get them out.
“You need to not only create great content, you need to make sure people see it,” says Jay Scheer of Thomasnet.com. “Too many manufacturing companies seem content waiting and waiting for those prospects to magically find their websites, pick up the phone, and sign on the dotted line.”
Traditionally, manufacturing companies have turned somewhat of a blind eye to marketing and PR. But, “As vendor loyalty erodes in the B2B market, manufacturers find ‘they’re almost having to resell their clients,’” said a recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business.
What PR approaches work for manufacturing businesses?
For manufacturers who want to take advantage of public relations, here are seven ways to get started: Continue reading 7 Ways Manufacturing Companies Can Take Advantage of PR
The holidays are indeed upon us.
While timing is always important in PR, trying to get media coverage at this time of year can be especially challenging.
In talking with clients about their imminent PR plans, the holidays have to be taken into consideration. Not only might our audience be tuned out to our news, but many reporters are also out of the office enjoying holiday time with their loved ones. And, adding yet another hurdle, one reporter I just spoke with mentioned that the holiday changes his newspaper’s production schedule.
Considering your schedule, the reporter or publication’s schedule and your target audience’s schedules, PR timing over the holidays can definitely present a conundrum.
So, if you have news you must pitch over the holidays, what’s a PR pro suggest you do? Continue reading How to Time Your PR Efforts Over the Holidays