Last year I gave a presentation on brand storytelling at StartUp Week. About two minutes before I was introduced I realized my notes were sitting back at the office on my desk, alone and deserted. Thankfully I had practiced and made it through without them, though they were missed and I left out an important tie-in to one story I told. So in addition to “check your laptop bag for your notes,” here are six practical tips for a successful public speaking engagement.Read More
Despite frequent sensationalist headlines about the demise of Facebook, it has an ever-growing user population. For a business, Facebook is one of the easiest ways to communicate directly and efficiently with its current and potential customers. Communication between businesses and consumers has never been this easy, but it’s now expected that businesses respond quickly and efficiently via direct message from Facebook. Some businesses may feel that they don’t have the time to keep track of it all or that it just isn’t worth what they put into it. But Facebook has over 1.4 billion monthly users. Can you afford to miss all the opportunities that arise from communicating your message to this audience?Read More
Public relations firms across the universe are gasping in horror and disdain at the idea that you might exercise a little Do-It-Yourself muscle on your next PR plan. And while I’m as eager as the next to help you launch your project and tell your story, budget constraints and unbridled enthusiasm often fuel DIY PR. If you’re headed down that path now, put on the brakes to read this.Read More
No matter the size of your business, sometimes you need to bring in outside help to gain expertise or stretch your resources without straining your staff. But how do you know when it’s time to enlist the help of a PR firm?
Public relations firms can’t guarantee you a spot on the Today Show or even on the front page of your local paper, but they can use their collective know-how and industry connections to move your business forward. Public relations experts excel at helping you get noticed in a competitive field, building brand recognition, and bringing creative solutions to achieve your business objectives.Read More
Are you staring down a yellowed three-ring binder with apprehension and wondering if it’s been six or eight years since you updated your communication plan? Or maybe the last time you opened the document, you were alerted it was saved in an incompatible version of Word? Yikes!Read More
When you’re building out a communications strategy, there are always new tactics and channels to consider. Should we Periscope the press conference? Could a Snapchat account grow our business?
But just throwing together all the new and shiny tools isn’t the best strategy. So let’s take the opposite approach today and discuss some traditional communications tactics and when to use them.Read More