Take a look at some of the most common myths surrounding PR. Some of these myths were once truisms but as the media evolves to reflect the changing state of our world, so do the ground rules for media relations. 

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Over the last few decades I have had the opportunity to be a part of scores of product launches, company announcements, promotional campaigns, PR initiatives and the like. With each effort I try to evaluate what went right and what could have gone better. Fortunately I've been involved in many more programs that have gone right than not. Some campaigns have been funded very well while others were simply done on a shoe string. Some focused on extremely timely products and some on products in over-crowded segments. 

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Are your press releases falling on deaf ears? Whether you’re writing an announcement yourself or engaging with professionals – press releases remain a critical component of a well-rounded communications strategy, and care should be taken to ensure that they deliver maximum impact.

Here’s how to make sure your press releases are a slam dunk.

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“Can you help us establish ourselves as thought leaders in our space?” Almost every new client that comes to us asks us this question. The short answer is always ‘Yes!’ with the caveat that it will take some work.

To be a thought leader you must be prepared to be an educator. As a tech marketing firm, we deal with extremely complex products/technology, and our goal is to help simplify the message. 

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We all love getting positive media coverage. It gives us a credible ‘thumbs-up’ and gets the word out about what we have to offer and how we make life better for our target audience.

But today, the breadth of publications has lessened as the publishing world continues to be transformed by...

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According to Curata, two of the three most effective types of video are tutorial videos (50%) and demonstration videos (49%). If you consider this along with the overwhelming number of stats that show the value of video marketing, then you may be able to convince your company to embrace video as a means for communicating with your target audiences.

In my last blog on this subject, we explored how important video marketing is. And I’d be willing to bet that video marketing is one of the first forms of communication that most companies ignore due to fears over costs, content and bandwidth.

Fear no more! You CAN take advantage of the many benefits of video marketing, and here’s how to get started.

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It’s a standard question we ask every new client: “Do you have any videos we can use?”

Surprisingly, the majority of our clients answer no. Why when video is so pervasive? Whether it’s a quick, 30-second video of a pair of shoes we’re tempted to buy or a video of our favorite professional athlete hitting a walk-off home run – it’s a fact that video touches us all on a daily basis.

What keeps you from adding video to your marketing mix? Likely the answer is time and budget. In fact, according to Buffer 73% of marketers said they’d create more video content if there were no obstacles like time, resources and budget. And, if it’s not time and budget then the other answer may be, “We’re too technical for video.”

Well, time and budget may continue to be an issue…but let’s explore “too technical” and why this should come off of your list of reasons NOT to shoot videos.

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It’s an exciting time – you are prepping to launch a new product, your company direction has pivoted to reach a new market, you’ve secured funding, you have an amazing entrepreneurial story to share…the list goes on as to why you’ve engaged a public relations firm to guide you on getting the word out.

Before you jump in, it’s important to take a moment to consider the roles of all the players in the new adventure of connecting with media. It can’t be hard, right? People do it all the time from the cool start-up at your region’s most noted incubator to the established power players at Fortune 500 companies.

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You’ve seen it. You’ve probably found it useful or informative, and it has likely influenced your opinion on something – more than once. I’m talking about sponsored content – that is, content that appears to be editorial and often mimics the look and feel of the digital environment it  appears in, but has actually been paid for and provided by an outside company with an agenda.

This type of content initially started appearing 7 or 8 years ago thanks to new (at the time), edgy media companies (think Mashable, BuzzFeed) that favored sponsored content over traditional display advertising – and it’s definitely something to consider having in your company’s communications arsenal in 2017. 

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Doesn’t it seem like the 4th quarter happens quicker every year? That magical year end milestone is upon us and there is so much to do  to plan for 2017 while striving to hit your final goals for this year. If you’ve got CES on your calendar, then this is critical path time to rally the troops to ensure you hit the mark at the year’s biggest tech confab.

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