Articles in 'Business'

SEO tips for contributed content

Contributed articles (or guest articles) are a great way to drive leads to your business because they can make it easier for customers to find you. In addition to your corporate site being visible in search results, they can also see attention-grabbing headlines from their most trusted news sites. When reading the article, they’ll notice your executive as the author and be able to click through to your website via a link in the bio (or directly input your business’ name into the search bar) to learn more. The best …

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A Tech PR Pro’s Take on TechNews Versus Cision and Meltwater

I’ve been doing tech PR for more years than I care to count. During that time, I’ve used proprietary media database solutions and the platforms offered by Cision, Trendkite and, more recently, Meltwater. At our agency, teams often complain about the shortcomings of these solutions. In all honesty, no platform seems perfect, and everything often gets supplemented with Google and per-publication searches.  However, our teams have recently started using TechNews, and we’re in love…so much so that I want to take a minute to outline some of the key features …

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Billionaire buyers + newsroom innovation = ?

The 21st Century has been an interesting time for the media, particularly the newspaper business. According to Pew Research Center, the number of newspaper newsroom employees declined by 45 percent over the past decade, from about 71,000 workers in 2008 to 39,000 in 2017. At the same time, Pew found that newspaper advertising revenue declined by more than $30 billion dollars between 2006 and 2016. Despite these challenges, in recent years a number of well-known billionaires have come forward to acquire prominent publications. Most recently, Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and …

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It’s PTO season – how to set yourself and your teams up for success before you go.

The holidays are coming up, and that means professionals everywhere are cashing in their PTO left and right. If you’re planning to spend some time out of office, here’s how to set yourself and your teammates up for success before you clock out. Get your PTO approved ASAP Rarely, if ever, can a whole office take a vacation at the same time so you’ll want to plan ahead if you’ve got your heart set on a few specific dates on the calendar. The holiday season –  especially the days around …

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6 keys to unlocking industry analyst coverage

Name your market space and there are a handful to a couple dozen industry analysts that specialize in it. They’re pretty easy to spot, too. They are quoted regularly in articles and their reports are blasted out to every corner of the web. Because your customers care a lot about what they say, you should too; however, influencing if or how they cover your business requires dedication. If you’re thinking about starting an analyst program, dusting off a neglected one or finally getting serious about the results you get for …

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Five tips for pitching acquisition news

Voxus works with small to mid-sized technology companies, many of them startups — and that means communicating information about acquisitions and mergers is a regular part of our PR efforts. In many ways, these business activities are the holy grail of tech PR. Whether your client is being acquired or purchasing another company, acquisitions are major news that can often get your client local and business press they wouldn’t otherwise be able to secure. But there’s also the potential for acquisitions to damage your client’s brand if the news is …

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Track tasks and plan like a PR pro with Excel [free template]

A career in public relations often means juggling half a dozen accounts and managing a never-ending list of tasks. This all can definitely be daunting; however, there are ways to make your days a little easier and your communications program run more smoothly. This all comes down to effective planning and task management. Many PR practitioners track tasks with pen and paper, whiteboards, Post-it notes, emails, Outlook notes, etc. But these lists quickly turn into an array of messy crossed-out action items, notes squeezed between margins and many killed trees. …

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BOLD Camp for Women acts as an education accelerator

Event pairs UW Bothell students with female CEOs for mentorship, lessons We see the headlines almost daily now, even locally in Seattle, of women being taken advantage of in the workplace or not being treated fairly. The question is no longer whether or not this trend exists, but rather how to rectify it. Powerful women, such as Ariana Huffington, have taken on high-profile challenges to fight for equality in the workplace at companies like Uber, but I would argue it is the unknown soldiers, women such as Susan Fowler, who …

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Are you brainstorming for the sake of brainstorming?

In public relations, it can be easy to get lost in the block-and-tackle programmatic elements of the job; upcoming announcements, pitch schedules, endless award deadlines, reporting… the list goes on and on. It requires organization, attention to detail and discipline, as all of these things are essential when it comes to achieving results for clients. At Voxus, we try to inject originality into even the most basic PR and social activity; whenever possible, we also flex our creative muscles to come up with imaginative ideas for new PR and social media …

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31 days of public relations lessons

Whether at networking events or family functions, a certain question often crops up: “What is public relations?” Friends and family might think I find and hire candidates (that is human relations) or take up ad space in their magazines (that’s advertising). To answer this question, I could quote the Public Relations Society of America with “Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.” But that isn’t very tangible. Instead, I opt to give a snapshot of what goes on: getting clients …

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