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Avoid Analogy Aneurysms

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

Analogies are great. We certainly love them here at 919 Marketing and use them all the time. They’re an excellent way to bridge the communication gap with clients.   They’re great motivating speaking tools for colleagues seeking advice/help. They can make a big difference…period. But they can also be a huge hindrance when they’re shot out left and right without application. You know what I’m talking about – it’s those days where you take an issue to all the people you care about (your Mom, your boss, heck, your priest) and they all give you different yet similar cryptic analogous responses. […]

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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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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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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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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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Franchise Marketing and Baseball. It Should Be About Performance, Not Politics.

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

As a former college baseball player, for better or for worse, I apply the lessons I learned as an athlete to the business world.   The lesson that’s translated most directly is “playing my way” into the lineup (not sure what that means?  This description about making the lineup should help).  In college, there were no daddy ball politics and the coach didn’t play favorites – I only played when I had proved to him in practice and during games that I could help the team win.   The parallel to new business sales is unquestioned – if you don’t prove your company’s worth, you don’t […]

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Client-Agency Relationships: Love is a Two Way Street.

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

The reasons marketing agencies get fired are well chronicled, from the well-deserved (lack of effort, lack of results, poor communication, etc.) to bewildering Bermuda Triangle reasons (new marketing director cleans house 80% of the time regardless of results, CEO’s cousin or wife is a marketing expert, etc.), and everything in between. On the other side of the coin, it’s hard to fire a client, akin to breaking up with a neurotic, abusive supermodel. Every founder starts an agency thinking, “If I do great work, clients will be happy, more business will flow to the company, employees will be happy, and […]

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