Twitter the New CNN

When you’re in PR you have one eye or ear on the news while conducting work for clients.  It’s tricky but I suppose it’s a good thing I’m a multi-tasker. Using social media has made it even easier for me to keep up on the news.  I literally get all my headlines on Twitter and … Continue reading

10 Must Have Elements for A Great Press Release

It doesn’t often surprise me that individuals doing their own PR struggle with one thing -writing the press release. Think about it…I had an entire class, three credits, one semester long devoted to writing press releases, and DIYers are left to figure it out for themselves. First things first, though….You must determine what your story … Continue reading

Don’t Spam Editors: Five Tips to Earn Their Respect

For small businesses DIYing PR there are three things that they have to learn to do well so be successful: 1. Tell their story – in effect, writing a strong press release 2. Effectively pitching media 3. Following up with media with respect The last of these seems to be the one that most DIYers … Continue reading

Media Interviews: Where Patience Meets Savvy

There’s nothing worse than being interviewed by a journalist only to forget who you’re speaking to and that everything you say is “on the record”, unless you say otherwise, and then seeing a quote or story that completely took what you said out of context. These kinds of snafus by political figures, celebrities and some … Continue reading

Online Press Room: One Stop Shop for Media

Last week I talked about the importance of SEO not just for your website but also your press releases (and distributing them online).  I will reiterate why this is important – so that people, especially journalists, can find you online! Remember this one thing, which I want to re-enforce, and I’m sure that Chris Nastav, … Continue reading

How the Internet Can Up Your Chances of Generating PR

The Internet has done great things for our lives.  Seriously, think about waking up tomorrow without it!  Not only has it allowed us the opportunity to find news and information, resources and more, it’s given little stores across the world the chance to have customers around the world.  We’re no longer tied to doing business … Continue reading

Why You Can DIY PR

There’s a reason why I’m in business and that’s because I can offer extremely affordable PR strategies for small businesses, and this is how I’ve grown over the years.  It’s also led me to other business ventures.  However, as much as the economy appears to be on the up entrepreneurs and small business owners are … Continue reading

Be Prepared for Anything When It Comes to Media Interviews

You’ve written the press release, pitched media your story and now a journalist wants to interview you.  The story could be a feature on you and your business or it could be a trend story a journalist is considering including you in.  Either way, much like you would for a job interview, you have to … Continue reading

Bowl of Spaghetti Theory Wastes Time and Focus for Small Biz

There are so many ways to market your business today, mostly thanks to the Internet.  Chris Nastav has made some great points on Small Business Daily about many of these online networking opportunities and, I agree, that many have become quite a fad.  One that has some business owners spending hours a day simply managing … Continue reading

Corporate Mishap is Small Business Lesson, Part I

This year has seen employees’ ability to negatively effect their employer through Twitter, YouTube, etc. It’s important for small businesses to remember that they are not immune from these same things happening, but… how you deal with it will determine the impact on customer perception Here’s a good brief read from “Bulldog Reporter”, a PR … Continue reading

Are You Prepared for The Worst? Crisis Planning Key For All Businesses

We’ve all seen how the news media react to toy and food recalls, even local restaurants with, uhm, pest problems.  The truth is that every business, regardless of your size, should be prepared for the “worst case scenario”.   It can happen anytime, anyplace anywhere and how you manage the situation can determine whether or not … Continue reading

More on PR and Embracing Amateur Journalists

This is a great e-zine that I read regularly and invite you to do the same.  Simply sign up to have it delivered directly to your in box. On the topic of PR, this article will be helpful to all of you in pursuing PR and marketing for your business….tell me what you think about … Continue reading

Resolution: Be An Expert In Your Field

When you think of those in your industry who appear to be the most successful, how do you define it?  Did they write a book?  Are they a regular contributor in industry publications or local news?  Do they have a radio show or are repetitively asked to offer comments for media interviews? Becoming an expert … Continue reading

New Year, New News Opportunities

It’s hard to believe that 2009 is right around the corner and will be here in the blink of an eye, but it will and you need to start looking ahead to your PR campaign.  New years bring about new opportunities, trends and resolve.  While you may make a resolution to “stick to your PR plan” this … Continue reading

DIY Press Release Distribution: What Sticks, What Doesn’t

The #1 most important thing you have going for you, if you’re pursuing PR, is your story.  The second is how you distribute that information to the world.  Do you know what journalists you’re trying to reach, where your audience is getting news, what are your goals – numbers/eyeballs or stories?  These are all things … Continue reading

Why An Integrated Marketing Plan is Key to Building Your Business

Every day we’re bombarded by messages.  Recently my grocery store put in TVs at the checkout and in the produce department.  Not only am I suppose to be getting the latest celebrity news and recipes from hot chefs but I’m also absorbing all of the product placement ads.  There’s one thing that major companies have … Continue reading

First Step In PR Success is Knowing the Media

I am often surprised by the number of small business owners that don’t know where their customers get their news.  It is, after defining your demographic (read: customer), the most important thing you can do to be successful at generating PR.  So what do you do?  You start reading, listening and watching media.  In particular … Continue reading

More Proof Why You Need to Make a Marketing Push Now!

  In reference to my last post on making a marketing push during economic down times, I wanted to post an excerpt from an industry marketing publication to re-itterate that other professionals will tell you to do the same (Just in case any of you thought that I was nuts for making the suggestion!).  This … Continue reading

Why is PR So Hard To Understand?

Gosh, I get this question almost on a regular basis.  There have been several times that I’ve begun to talk about PR at a networking event or with a potential client and I see their eyes glaze over.  They’re completely lost.  Since then, I’ve refined my definition of PR for those who are brave enough … Continue reading

Ho, ho, ho – Everyone Wants Big 4th Quarter News and Sales

For public relations professionals, we understand that most publications put their holiday edition to bed at least three months a go. However, the web has made it easier for you to drum up last minute interest, capitalize on fourth quarter sales promotions surrounding the holidays and turn sales into cash that will lead to the … Continue reading