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
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
Events. Each month, there are hundreds, thousands of events taking place locally, regionally and nationally.
It’s clear that event marketing is on the rise. 85 percent of marketers cite event production as “essential” to their marketing strategies, while 41 percent consider event marketing the most crucial channel to achieve their goals[i]. Two-thirds of those surveyed say they plan to increase spending on live events in 2019.
Why are events so popular? They allow face-to-face interaction, which is vital as companies try to build that human connection with their customers and foster a sense of community.
With the uptick in the number of events, why is it that you often hear of them AFTER they happen? Or maybe you never hear about them at all.
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
Tracking the effectiveness of social media has caused many a marketer to shake his or her head in frustration. How can we PROVE it’s effective so that clients will see the value?
While much has been written about tracking its value, I’m going to make another argument – maybe the most significant benefit of social media comes from the views we CAN’T track. I refer to these as “lurker” views. Lurkers – you know, the people who see and read your content – they just don’t like it, comment on it or share it.
While that can be frustrating, its benefit still needs to be taken into account. Why? Because the lurkers may be the ones hiring you or buying your products or services.
Why should we care about social media lurkers?
Continue reading How Social Media Lurkers Can Boost Your Business
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
Some people just don’t know when to STOP talking.
Lately, there seems to be no shortage of folks who seem hell-bent on creating a crisis for themselves, simply because they seem not to know when to be quiet.
In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen several examples of public figures who would’ve benefitted from talking a little less.
Now they’re are embroiled in crises of their own making.
This phenomenon has many PR pros shaking their heads. A question some of us find ourselves asking: Why create a crisis for yourself? Continue reading How Talking TOO Much Can Create a Crisis Where There is None
2018 held lessons for all of us in PR. While we can look to brands who did PR right for inspiration, sometimes we learn as much from the fails as we do from the wins.
As we look back on a year filled with brilliance – and sometimes ignorance – we consider what made these brands and their choices unforgettable.
Here are my selections for some of the best and worst public relations moments of the year. Continue reading 7 of the Best – and Worst – PR Plays in 2018
The times they are a-changin’. Never have these lyrics rung as true as they do when we look at the way the PR profession is evolving.
Of all the things PR pros can expect in 2019, change seems to be the only constant.
Keeping up with the vicissitudes can be difficult for public relations practitioners no matter what stage of their careers they may be in.
As we head into a new year, what trends should PR pros be watching to try to stay on top of all this change? Here are a few. Continue reading 5 Public Relations Trends to Watch in 2019, Starring AI, Ethics and More
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