Articles in 'Marketing'

Communicating in the Time of Coronavirus – Part II

The COVID-19 health crisis is changing fast. In Part I of this series, we covered several initial observations and best practices for communicating in the time of coronavirus based on our interactions with media and clients. As the latest pandemic news and updates come out daily, our clients continue to ask for guidance and how best to move through this new, fluid reality we’re all facing. Today, I’d like to quickly share some of the insights from those conversations. 1. KEEP COMMUNICATIONS NIMBLE To limit the health and economic impacts of the …

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Hiring a PR Firm – 5 Questions to Ask

Hiring a PR firm to represent your company can often feel like you’re driving blind with only a stack of flashy Powerpoint slides as your roadmap. It’s incredibly hard to determine capabilities and team cohesion with only a few short introductory calls or meetings. The PR firm-to-company relationship is one that relies on a cohesive team dynamic, a good set of expectations and open communication. Asking the right questions up front can set the entire partnership up for success and eliminate missteps down the road. So, what are some questions …

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How to Combine SEO and PR for Marketing Success

PR has evolved considerably over the past decade and is (or at least should be) deeply intertwined with broader digital marketing strategies. In particular, as the digital channel consumes an even bigger share of the marketing budget, good search engine optimization (SEO) is essential to reaching customers and succeeding in the marketplace.  There was a time when it seemed like SEO would consume the entire marketing world and make other disciplines (including PR) obsolete. It didn’t help that the impact of PR seemed difficult to measure, especially when compared to …

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Voxus Supports ‘Tacoma Challenge’ to Help Accelerate Start-Ups

Voxus is excited to announce that we’re sponsoring The Tacoma Challenge, a contest designed to further position the City of Tacoma as an awesome place for start-ups to build new products and/or services. Do you work at an early-stage start-up, or know someone who does? If so, share this post or visit the website to apply directly. Tacoma is offering $100,000 in resources, network, space, and funding to help several start-ups work toward success.  Here’s how it works for start-ups: Attend the informational session or Live Stream it on March 30 at 6 …

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Building Better B2B Messaging in 6 Steps

Many B2B companies struggle to develop marketing messages that are clear, concise and compelling – typically because the exercise gets off on the wrong foot. In this post, I’ll break down a classic 6-step B2B messaging framework that can help ensure you start the messaging journey productively. The B2B messaging framework itself is well known and simple, and looks like this: For [target audience] Who [statement of need or opportunity], [Name] is a [category] That [statement of key benefit]. Unlike [primary competitive alternative], [Name] is [statement of primary differentiation]. That’s …

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How to Secure Technology Predictions Press Coverage

No other industry makes predictions quite like the tech industry. From the outlandish (like 5G-enabled drone taxis) to the mundane (cloud will get more secure), experts and vendors across the globe generate new ideas each year as they jockey for a piece of the thought-leadership pie. And for good reason. A well-planned and properly executed technology predictions campaign can bear significant fruit, both in the months leading into a new year, and throughout many subsequent months. After helping clients generate broad awareness through these technology predictions campaigns for more than …

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How to Master the Art of Rapid Response Press Pitching

When big news hits in your industry and there’s a flood of coverage, do you ever find yourself frustrated that it always seems to be a competitor that’s being quoted or cited? It probably drives you nuts (I know it drives me nuts). Today’s news cycle is extremely unpredictable and it never stops. If you want your brand to be a part of that constant surge, your PR team needs a solid strategy in place when it comes to rapid response pitching (aka newsjacking). That means creating a system that …

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5 Public Relations Tips for Running a Successful Awards Program

Getting industry recognition and awards is an excellent way to build extra credibility for your organization, team, products and initiatives. It can help your brand break through the noise in a crowded market and arm you with third-party validation for use across sales, marketing and recruiting. As a PR professional working in the high tech space, an important part of my day-to-day job is to track new and ongoing award opportunities, provide guidance on the best ones to pursue, and manage the overall process of creating a killer “winning” submission. …

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How to Write a Killer Predictions Post

It’s that time of year again. As we start off 2020, it’s time to be thinking about what this new year will have in store for us. Predictions or trend pieces are a nice way to get your company some coverage and start the year off right. Here are a few tips for coming up with compelling and exciting predictions to set yourself apart from your competitors.   Brainstorm with the experts                                                                                       Schedule a brainstorming session with a subject matter expert (SME) from your company. This can be your CTO, …

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How to network like a pro

Networking can be an asset to anyone’s career, whether you’re just starting out or well established in your field. But it can also be incredibly daunting. A room full of strangers? Awkward introductions? Yikes! It can sometimes feel like a middle school dance all over again. But wait! It doesn’t have to be that way. I’m a firm believer that you attract what you put out into the world, so be confident and you’ll be able to navigate your next event like a pro. Here are some helpful tips to …

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