The Value of Grassroots Storytelling

As the liaison between our clients and the media, we face a difficult task as public relations professionals: We must balance our clients’ priorities with what the media will find newsworthy.

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Making a Groundbreaking Newsworthy

There are three things that come to mind when thinking of a groundbreaking ceremony: the speech, the official groundbreaking and the photo op. These ceremonies happen all over the country every week, and each one expects to earn media coverage and a front-page story.

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3 Reasons Why Startups Should Invest in PR Early

After thinking of a great business idea and investing a significant amount of time and money in development, the next step is to bring the product or concept to market. PR is typically the last item on a startup’s to-do list ‑‑ brand building is not always a priority when sales are paramount. Many see PR as a luxury for larger companies, but in reality, it is essential to differentiate from competitors, build third party credibility and increase visibility.

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Five Steps to Stop Wasting Your PR Spend

Exciting news! You’ve earned a media interview and now you have an opportunity to share the good news about your company’s new product or service with an important media outlet. The interview with the reporter goes great and you send b-roll and photos to supplement the coverage.

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When a Negative Story Creates a Huge PR Opportunity

When the government calls for a federal shutdown, there’s a line of restaurant chains and food banks ready to feed furloughed workers.

When a Super Bowl appearance is ripped from the hands of an NFL team on a bad call, the coaches, sportswriters, and broadcasters are already lining up to discuss changes to the instant replay rules.

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Laying the groundwork for great PR in 2019

Before you get back into the same old PR routine you had in 2018, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the “basics” in an industry that is rapidly evolving. Here are four tips to laying the groundwork for a headline-worthy 2019. [Read more…]

How does one cupcake reach 37 million people?

You give it away for FREE!

At least that’s in the public relations playbook as it relates to Gigi’s Cupcakes, one of the country’s largest cupcake chains. We’re not saying that 100 cupcake locations across the U.S. baked and frosted 37 million cupcakes and gave them away one day. But we did succeed in a giveaway message that reached an audience of more than 37 million (possible cupcake-loving) people for all the right reasons. [Read more…]

Behind The Headlines

Getting a story in the media is not rocket science. But it does require the right approach. And a panel of experts across DFW media, marketing and PR outlets were on hand at WFAA recently to share best practices for the Dallas chapter of ColorComm. Our own BizCom president, Monica Feid, participated along with Eric Baker, general manager at Radio One; Lec Garcia, marketing producer at WFAA; Christine “Tiney” Ricciardi, entertainment reporter at Dallas Morning News; and Kathy Wise, executive editor of D Magazine. And here were the takeaways:

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Three Ways to Improve Your Facebook Advertising

With more than one billion daily active users on Facebook, it’s easy to see why this platform is a popular advertising choice for marketers. With such a large and diverse reach, it’s generally a safe bet that a boosted post on Facebook can help your business move the needle.

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How to Effectively Announce a New CEO

Over the past few months we have shared plenty of good news for our client, Edible Arrangements. From opening a second headquarters in Atlanta to earning delicious PR for their new granny smith apple donuts, Edible has been on a roll! This week, we made yet another exciting announcement- Mike Rotondo has been announced as Edible’s new Chief Executive Officer.  [Read more…]