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

May 12, 2019|Owned Media, Uncategorized | 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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Trying to Build a Business? Learn from Coach K

May 12, 2019|Owned Media, Uncategorized | 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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Newsjacking: A New PR Approach Or Just A Gimmick?

May 12, 2019|Owned Media, Uncategorized | 3 Min Read

It goes without saying that getting media coverage for a client is a pretty sizable part of the job if you are a PR professional. Whether you choose to stick with traditional print and broadcast media or go the digital path by pursuing social media and blog coverage, telling an eye-catching story or creating a newsworthy pitch is required. A press release, however, isn’t the only way to get a client’s name in the news these days. PR professionals, meet “Newsjacking.” You’re going to want to get familiar, for better or for worse. David Meerman Scott describes the “Newsjacking process” […]

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Everyone is Replaceable

May 12, 2019|Owned Media, Uncategorized | 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|Owned Media, Uncategorized | 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, Owned Media, Uncategorized | 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, Uncategorized | 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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How I Became A Franchise PR Pro in Kindergarten.

May 12, 2019|Earned Media, Owned Media, Uncategorized | 4 Min Read

“When in doubt, go back to the basics.”  In my experience, it’s never a bad idea and, typically, returning to the basics helps give you a much needed fresh perspective. This mentality works wonders in the business world.  A lot of people get wrapped up in details and are convinced that it is necessary to develop complex and complicated solutions to each of their business problems.   I couldn’t disagree more.   In my experience, I have found that there is often strength in simplicity.  To me, everything I really need to know about being a franchise pr pro has roots in […]

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Don’t Find Yourself on the “Ridiculist” – Get Your Facts Straight.

May 12, 2019|Earned Media, Owned Media, Uncategorized | 3 Min Read

A few weeks ago, my son was working on a report for school.  He showed me what information he had gathered so far, and when I questioned one of the facts he told me, “Dad, it’s ok, I found in on the internet.”  Sure enough, he did, but it wasn’t a legitimate site for research, such as National Geographic.   It was a site written by a fan of civil war battles.  Nothing against the site or the writer, but in many cases it offered his thoughts of a battle, not the historical facts.   And that’s my point, with sites like “The Onion” out […]

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Tips Tips for Writing Killer EMail Subject Lines.

May 12, 2019|Owned Media, Paid Media, Shared Media, Uncategorized | 3 Min Read

Before I got into PR (some would say crossed over to the dark side) I was a television reporter.  I find my news background to be very helpful because I understand how to find the unusual angle in a story that might pique the interest of a reporter/producer/blogger.   However, the most difficult part of a pitch for me is writing the subject line for the email. Ironically I had the same difficulty in journalism school writing headlines and in the TV news business helping producers write teasers for stories.  Then, as now, the challenge continues to be that if the […]

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