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One out of three franchise-based companies will change their marketing firm in the next 12 months.

May 12, 2019|Franchise Sales and Marketing, Owned Media | 3 Min Read

Ironically, the reasons why one out of three companies change their PR and marketing firm each year are largely the same reasons that couples break up.  It comes down to communication, commitment, financial arguments and endless rounds of excuses. Is it time to move on to a new PR firm? See below. Your competition is getting all the headlines. Of course you want to be the star of every story written about your category – but you know that’s not going to happen. However, if your competition is always in the limelight and constantly interviewed by the press instead of […]

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Our Town: The King of New Mover Marketing

May 12, 2019|Earned Media | 1 Min Read

Our Town was featured in Yahoo! News and QSR Web as a company excelling in new mover marketing. In a world with a myriad of marketing ploys, Our Town keeps it simple and effective by attracting new customers when they first move into town. Many of Our Town’s clients are restaurants, and their team is dedicated to creating long term relationships between new movers and local businesses. Yahoo! News is read by over 59 million people per month, placing Our Town under a huge national spotlight. (Yahoo! News Link: http://news.yahoo.com/town-america-nation-leading-mover-marketing-franchise-celebrates-110152085.html)

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Can a national agency drive as much media coverage for your franchisees as a local agency?

May 12, 2019|Earned Media, Owned Media, Public Relations | 2 Min Read

919 frequently works with franchisees across the country on Grand Openings and local PR campaigns. Many times we are asked “how can you drive local news coverage as well as a firm located in my local market?”. After all, we don’t have local “relationships” to leverage like local shops profess to have. They can take reporters out to lunch or for drinks, can help you stage the event (so can an event planner that is much better versed in successful events) and in some cases may be less expensive. The short answer is that in most cases, we are actually […]

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Shiny Object Syndrome Isn’t Cute: 3 Examples of Tech-Love Gone Awry

May 12, 2019|Owned Media | 4 Min Read

I proudly wear “early adopter” like a badge. I love being on the bleeding edge of technology – having all the newest gadgets. I’m consuming information and beta testing a dozen different website and tools you probably won’t hear about for months. This “cool kid” status is not poisonous for me, since it’s my job. I’m supposed to have shiny, object syndrome so that I can tell you what is and is not worth your time. But when marketers and business get distracted and shiny object syndrome permeates into a global marketing strategy, the outcome can be harmful. I’ve seen […]

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919 Marketing’s Graham Chapman Featured in The New York Times

May 12, 2019|919 News and Awards, Earned Media | 3 Min Read

Graham Chapman, new business director for the nationally acclaimed, full-service marketing firm 919 Marketing, was featured in the most recent edition of The New York Times Career Couch. The August 1 article entitled ‘When Family Ties Bind Business Relationships,’ provided readers with a variety of perspectives on the challenges professionals face when joining a family-owned business. Chapman was the only family business employee that New York Times writer, Eilene Zimmerman, highlighted in an article that also included Greg McCann, Stetson University professor of family business, David R. Specht, University of Nebraska lecturer in family business management, and Larry H. Colin, […]

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Boost Franchise Social Media Results

May 12, 2019|Franchise Sales and Marketing, Owned Media, Shared Media, Social Media | 6 Min Read

The social media craze has boxed many franchisors into a corner. To date, lots of time and money has spent with mixed results.    No longer is the importance of social media marketing in question. Today, most franchisors are focused on choosing the right tactics from the evolving list of options. FIRST, BUILD THE ROADMAPWhen going on a vacation, you don’t leave without a roadmap for how to reach the final destination or without plans for specific vacation activities. The same is true for a social media marketing program. It should come as no surprise that social media success begins […]

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“Clients Gone Wild” Series: Wild Tempers

May 12, 2019|Earned Media, Public Relations | 3 Min Read

So, you’ve done your part. You’ve researched, written, edited, rewritten, pitched, followed up, scheduled, confirmed and trained. Granted, it’s no Journal hit, but it’s good coverage in a midsize market that should have the local client – and corporate office – happy with your efforts. But then, things take a turn for the strange. On the day of a scheduled interview, your media contact arrives promptly at the pre-agreed time, clutching your press release, ready to discuss the great things this new business will bring to the community.  Instead of being met by an excited owner, eager to tout his center’s features, […]

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Trying to Build a Business? Learn from Coach K

May 12, 2019|Owned Media | 3 Min Read

Here in the Triangle, everyone loves ACC basketball.  With two of the nation’s most respected programs within eight miles of each other, and a third boasting some of the loudest and most loyal fans in college sports, it’s hard to ignore the battles on the hardwood. Funny thing is, the most successful coach of the three schools (at least for the moment), is the one who started with the least resources.   This is difficult to say as a Carolina fan, but Duke’s Coach K has amassed numbers that speak for themselves – four national titles, eleven final fours, thirteen ACC […]

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Everyone is Replaceable

May 12, 2019|Owned Media | 5 Min Read

Getting a job these days is competitive and PR firms are looking for employees who can keep up with the high demand from clients.   I’ve had to learn this quickly as I, myself, recently made the transition from the news desk to the PR desk.   There are thousands of candidates out there trying to make that same move, so, it is critical that I prove my worth on a daily basis. Funny as it may sound, the transition hasn’t been that drastic because the same rule still applies – “everyone is replaceable.”  You know how you have certain sayings in […]

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“Clients Gone Wild” Series: Botched Radio Interview

May 12, 2019|Earned Media, Owned Media, Public Relations | 3 Min Read

As a reporter, I would usually provide interview subjects with a sense of what I was going to ask.  I NEVER gave specific questions, just a broad overview of what the interview would be about.  It was my job to create the specific questions immediately prior to the interview when I had a better idea of my story’s direction and it was the interviewee’s duty to use the broad ideas I provided them in order to prepare for the interview. My former career taught me how to manage the interview process on both sides of the spectrum and has certainly helped me […]

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