Agile Marketing Explained

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Despite the growing popularity of Agile Marketing and the fervent evangelism of early adopters, most marketers remain at least a bit confused, says industry expert Andrea Fryrear, Chief Content Officer for Fox Content.

We get it. Questions are to be expected. Why? Because, although the basic Agile modus operandi is fairly straightforward – release work rapidly, learn from its performance, and adjust accordingly – agile teams need an internal system that supports a new way of doing marketing.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about Agile Marketing and how you can make it work for you.

Source: Content Marketing Institute

Spread a little holiday cheer for your brand.

Goodwill PR Campaigns

This holiday season, if you’re looking for new ways to boost your brand exposure, drive sales, and garner media attention while also fostering a sense of goodwill, try mixing up your marketing strategy with feel good Public Relations’ initiatives.

Below are some quick tips for boosting your PR during the holidays.

Campaign for a Cause
Increasing numbers of brands are mixing social good into their marketing and PR programs. Not only is it smart; it can reap big rewards as well!

Studies show that consumers are more prone to make purchases and seek out services from businesses and brands that give back and do good for the world. As a matter of fact, in a recent survey, 87 percent of consumers said they would switch brands based on a connection with a good cause.

As with any marketing initiative, holiday PR requires a clear, compelling message. It’s also important to target the proper audience with a relatable, easy to follow offer and mission. Potential customers need to know specifically what or who their purchase will benefit. So host a toy drive or a coat drive to benefit a local charity and attach it to an offer for your business! Not only will you boost your sales, garner media attention (don’t forget to send a press release to your local media announcing your campaign and one after reporting on results) but you’ll also be perceived as a company that cares.

You can also support a charity during the holidays with a campaign that doesn’t attach a specific offer to it. One of our favorite promotions of all time is Macy’s ‘Believe” Campaign that invites kids to mail letters to santa to benefits the Make-A-Wish foundation. What makes it awesome? While there is no purchase necessary, it drives traffic to their stores and keeps them top-of-mind with their customers. They also always get a lot of press during the holidays as well, which is important for any business trying to stand out in a crowded marketplace. This year, the department store is making their campaign even more interactive, giving their customers an opportunity outside of the store to “show they believe” with the Santa Project, inviting customers to show they believe anyway they can by posting a vid, liking, sharing or re-tweeting with the hashtag #SantaProject to further promote their campaign. How cool is that! Click here to view their YouTube video.

Share Holiday Tips
Another great way to give back is by providing helpful holiday tips that help your potential customers solve problems they are facing during the holiday season. Get creative! You can write a blog post, send a tips-related press release, pitch and/or contributed article to your local media outlets, post an article on your LinkedIn page, or post on hyper local news sites. You can even host a free workshop! Not only will you establish your industry expertise, but you’ll be providing a valuable service to the community while potentially driving traffic to your business, website, or blog.

Whether you host a holiday outreach effort or craft seasonal tips to share, don’t miss out on a great opportunity to build your brand awareness while also celebrating the season of giving.

Chances are, you’ll boost your sales while also generating positivity and goodwill in the world.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

DIY PR: Six Frequent Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

If you’re looking to avoid common pitfalls of DIY PR, we’ve got you covered! Click here for six frequent mistakes entrepreneurs and others make when doing their own PR that you’ll want to avoid if you try to do it yourself.

Are you thinking of tackling your own PR? Believe it or not, you can actually do it yourself. (Although there are many good reasons for hiring a seasoned PR pro!)

If you’re looking to avoid common pitfalls of DIY PR, we’ve got you covered! Click here for six frequent mistakes entrepreneurs and others make when doing their own PR that you’ll want to avoid if you try to do it yourself.

That said, there’s also many reasons for hiring a seasoned PR professional. Like most things you may be able to pay for, legal advice or air travel for example, it’s usually best to pay a pro. If you do need help with a press release or pitch, content writing and strategy, email marketing or campaign, give us a call at (815) 651-0656 for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. We’re here to help!

Top Reasons Why your SEO Plan is Failing.

Executing a search engine optimization strategy isn’t enough to get you on the front page of Google’s search results.

Even with an SEO plan in place, there’s a strong possibility it isn’t working the way you hoped and expected.

There are a number of reasons your SEO strategy is failing to get you prime real estate on the first page. Without an understanding of what you’re doing wrong, your content will most likely get lost in the middle of the pack.

Click here for three of the most common—and crippling—mistakes to avoid.

Relevance Key Ingredient to Great PR.

 

As a PR professional, I can say unequivocally that great PR is all about intention. Knowing who to pitch; crafting a pitch that resonates; knowing when and how to pitch; all key ingredients to producing PR that gets results.

Creating PR that’s relatable is key. Check out this article from Forbes Magazine on how to make great PR by putting relevance first. Click here to read more about why relevance matters in PR.

Still need help? If you need support creating news and press releases that resonate and connect with your audience, we can help! April Neill PR has 20+ years’ experience helping businesses tell their stories, crafting messages that matter and producing PR that connects and delivers results.

 

Social Selling in 2015: A Look Into The Next 12 months [Infographic]

Social Selling in 2015: A Look Into The Next 12 months [Infographic].

Business projectSocial selling has proven to be both popular and effective. According to a 2014 study by DemandGen, 72% of B2B buyers used social media to research their purchase decision in 2014. High performing companies like Oracle, IBM, SAS and ADP among others are already reaping the financial and brand benefits of empowering their sales teams with training in social selling and access to the best tools available.

So what does 2015 hold for this quickly evolving space? From consumer trends to effective social platforms and content types, 2015 will be a big year for social selling. Take a look below!

SocialSellingInfographic

– Source: http://www.salesforlife.com/social-selling/social-selling-in-2015-a-look-into-the-ext-12-months/#sthash.tNjeItUN.DVSEV2kO.dpuf

Feel Good PR Tips for the Holiday Season

BoostPRHolidayImageThis holiday season, if you’re looking for new ways to boost your brand exposure, drive sales, and garner media attention while also fostering a sense of goodwill, try mixing up your marketing strategy with feel good PR initiatives.

Below are some quick tips for boosting your PR during the holidays.

Campaign for a Cause

Increasing numbers of brands are mixing social good into their marketing and PR programs. Not only is it smart; it can reap big rewards as well!

Studies show that consumers are more prone to make purchases and seek out services from businesses and brands that give back and do good for the world. As a matter of fact, in a recent survey, 87 percent of consumers said they would switch brands based on a connection with a good cause.

As with any marketing initiative, holiday PR requires a clear, compelling message. It’s also important to target the proper audience with a relatable, easy to follow offer and mission. Potential customers need to know specifically what or who their purchase will benefit. So host a toy drive or a coat drive to benefit a local charity and attach it to an offer for your business! Not only will you boost your sales, garner media attention (don’t forget to send a press release to your local media announcing your campaign and one after reporting on results) but you’ll also be perceived as a company that cares.

You can also support a charity during the holidays with a campaign that doesn’t attach a specific offer to it. One of our favorite promotions of all time is Macy’s ‘Believe” Campaign that invites kids to mail letters to santa to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. What makes it awesome? While there is no purchase necessary, it drives traffic to their stores and keeps them top-of-mind with their customers. They also always get a lot of press during the holidays as well, which is important for any business trying to stand out in a crowded marketplace. This year, the department store is making their campaign even more interactive, giving their customers an experience outside of the store with a mobile app that takes pictures of Macy’s holiday characters to further promote their campaign. How cool is that!

Share Holiday Tips

Another great way to give back is by providing helpful holiday tips that help your potential customers solve problems they are facing during the holiday season. Get creative! You can write a blog post, send a tips-related press release, pitch and/or contributed article to your local media outlets, post an article on your LinkedIn page, or post on hyper local news sites. You can even host a free workshop! Not only will you establish your industry expertise, but you’ll be providing a valuable service to the community while potentially driving traffic to your business, website, or blog.

Whether you host a holiday outreach effort or craft seasonal tips to share, don’t miss out on a great opportunity to build your brand awareness while also celebrating the season of giving.

Chances are, you’ll boost your sales while also generating positivity and goodwill in the world.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!